Pompeii & Vesuvius

Mar 13th, 2011, 08:23 PM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 102
bookmark ta
dondonandjj is offline  
Mar 13th, 2011, 09:41 PM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,553
Peter, your posts are breath-takingly amazing. I hope your information helps the OP, but I for one am most grateful for your addition to this thread! Mille gracie!!
ggreen is offline  
Mar 14th, 2011, 04:20 AM
  #23  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
What a sad day it would be if those who live in the area couldn't provide some up-to-date assistance!

Speaking of which, if thinking of perhaps venturing outside the station...

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic..._Campania.html

Regards,
Peter
A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Mar 19th, 2011, 10:10 AM
  #24  
bdj
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 247
Peter...your counsel is outstanding.

For this layman's eyes it was difficult to discern all the text and links to nail down a concrete itinerary. So if you will, could you please assist me on filling in the following blanks:

*Arrive Naples at 10:10 find the kiosk to purchase the Artecard for 27€ each. Will this card cover the cost of the bus from Naples to Vesuvius; bus from Vesuvius to Pompeii and the train from Pompeii back to Naples?

*It's the EAV bus correct? What will the bus state as it destination?

*Arrive at Vesuvius at 11:45 and take the bus to Pompeii at 13:10. Is this enough time to scale to the crater given the drop-off point? If not, when does the next bus depart from Vesuvius and arrive at Pompeii?

*What is the name of the bus from Vesuvius to Pompeii?

Much obliged...bdj
bdj is offline  
Mar 19th, 2011, 11:52 AM
  #25  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
First...
That version of the Artecard should cover both of those Vesuvius buses, as well as any travel you care to do on the Circumvesuviana railway, plus ONE visit to Pompei and one other site - but NOT the entry to the Park, which I gather recently rose to 8 Euro and now has to be paid at the on-site ticket office.

In Italian only... http://www.epnv.it/pnv/evidenza/TariffeGranCono.pdf

Second...
The service from the station in Naples is operated by EAVBus - and theirs usually say where they're going. They took over from three previous companies, and have a fleet of about 600 vehicles - the ones they themselves have added are red, the older ones have a blue and grey livery, and the very oldest are orange, and whilst some have electronic destination boards, others use signs... as you'll perhaps see from the range of small ones they had in use on Procida some time back..
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/105226509

The new ones look like this..
http://www.enteautonomovolturno.it/p...us/Autobus.htm

So, not sure what you'll find - and can only suggest you stop any that look possible, and ask "Vesuvio" ??

Third...
With AGAIN the proviso that spring/summer timetables may start very soon now...

The bus takes you up to 1000 metres - and you climb the rest of the way to (almost) the 1280m summit. Most people are done within two hours. For the WINTER timetable for the buses down, see...
http://www.unicocampania.it/files/orari_pompei2.pdf

Fourth...
As far as I know, EAVbus provide all the ones used on the Pompei/Vesuvius route in WINTER.
In 2010, until the end of September, a couple of each day's circuits were done by the opentop buses of the CitySightseeing company... and that may, or may not, happen again this year?

An announcement that changes were coming was made at one of the recent Travel Fairs - involving, I think, the use of those opentop buses on the route from Naples - however no precise details were given of quite what or when...

If not travelling within the next week or two, I'd suggest you check again a few days prior to your trip.... Easter is one obvious time when they might begin?

Peter
A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Mar 26th, 2011, 10:41 AM
  #26  
bdj
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 247
Peter…Thanks again for the impressive and helpful research.

The day trip is Thursday, April 14th. Our train times from and to Rome are set.

To follow up (pardon any over simplification or the abundantly obvious):

Regarding the Artecard, we will each need a card and each of us can use their card to enter Pompeii. Correct?

Assuming the winter timetable is still in effect, among the times it appears buses depart from Vesuvius to Pompeii are 1:10pm, 2pm and 2:50pm. Is that how you read it?
bdj is offline  
Mar 26th, 2011, 10:59 AM
  #27  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
Yes indeed, one card per person. But although it gives 2 site entrances, you can't use it to enter Pompei twice... so no leaving for lunch and going back in!

And yes, those times and then a last one at 16:40.

Hope you'll have a lovely day...

Peter
A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Mar 28th, 2011, 08:15 AM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 148
bookmarking
lmont is offline  
Mar 28th, 2011, 09:48 AM
  #29  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 32,277
>>>Yes indeed, one card per person. But although it gives 2 site entrances, you can't use it to enter Pompei twice... so no leaving for lunch and going back in!<<<<

Are you sure? I was under the impression you could re-enter Pompeii or Herculaneum over the three days of the card (just like the Roma Pass lets you re-enter the Colosseum as many times as you want IF it was one of your free visits).
kybourbon is online now  
Mar 28th, 2011, 10:51 AM
  #30  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
Perhaps you've a source for that?

Peter
A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Mar 29th, 2011, 12:54 AM
  #31  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
I rather suspected not - but in fact the situation remains as it has been, and all the ordinary versions of the Artecard allow just a single visit to any site. We first used one in 2003, and I don't think it's ever been otherwise.

The only type to offer more is their 365 day card, and even that permits only two entrances at each attraction...
http://www.artecard.it/EN/365.cfm

Should you need direct confirmation, do as I did and phone them... +39 06 39 96 76 50

The RomaPass website says nothing about how many times you can visit the Colosseum, and you'll find that their helpdesk (available on +39 06 06 08 ) doesn't know the answer for that card either...

I see however that Pierreci are clear that the ordinary tickets allow only ONE visit to each site:

Il biglietto Colosseo/Foro Romano e Palatino è valido per due giorni ed include un ingresso per ognuno dei due siti.

http://www.pierreci.it/it/musei-e-mo...o-singoli.aspx

Peter
A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Apr 3rd, 2011, 03:24 PM
  #32  
bdj
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 247
Peter...me, again.

What is the distinction between the Artecard at 27€ and the 3T tourist special ticket, which appears to costs 20€?

Much obliged...bdj
bdj is offline  
Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:22 PM
  #33  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Whilst in Italy a few years ago we visited Pompeii and thought that it was marvellous but then we took a train from there to Herculaneum (20min) to discover that these excavated ruins are indeed in a better shape and more interesting than those of Pompeii. The other great thing is that there are only a few adventurous tourists at this wonderful site that used to be on the coast but after the eruption it is now 5klms inland !!! GO THERE !!!
DRM51 is offline  
Apr 3rd, 2011, 08:04 PM
  #34  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 32,277
>>>What is the distinction between the Artecard at 27€ and the 3T tourist special ticket, which appears to costs 20€?<<

The Artecard gives you 2 free admissions then discounts plus 3 days of travel. The 3T is travel only. Pompeii admission is 11€, Herculaneum is 11€, the Archaeology Museum is 6.50€ so somethings are better value with the free admission than others. If you planned to buy the 3T and pay to visit Pompeii, the Artecard would save you 4€.

>>>A_Brit_In_Ischia on Mar 28, 11 at 1:51pm
Perhaps you've a source for that?
Peter<<<

I seem to recall from an earlier visit (just like I recalled they used to include one ride on the Metro del Mare). Rules can and do change (no more Metro del Mare included).

>>>The RomaPass website says nothing about how many times you can visit the Colosseum, and you'll find that their helpdesk (available on +39 06 06 08 ) doesn't know the answer for that card either...<<<

Also recalled from earlier visit and it's a shame the help desk is no help since it's listed under the FAQ's on the Roma Pass website. It's worded slightly different than a couple of years ago (Forum was free then though).

>>> When the ticket used for a combined entry is valid for more than a day, can it be used during the three days in which the Card is valid?

Yes. One of the museums covered by the combined entry arrangement can be visited on the first day that the Rome Pass and/or Rome & Più Pass is activated. Then the other sites included in the combination can be visited on the remaining days.

For example, with the entry ticket to the Coliseum, the three sites included in the entry can be visited on two different days. Therefore, if the Coliseum is chosen either as one of the first two sites visited for free, or as one of the sites visited at a discounted rate, then the Forum and the Palatine can be visited on different days (as long as the days fall within the Card’s period of validity), while, during the same period, the Card can be used to visit other sites.<<<
kybourbon is online now  
Apr 4th, 2011, 08:58 AM
  #35  
bdj
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 247
Thanks.

And just to be certain, it's the Tutta la Regione 3 Giorni Campania Artecard that I am seeking for local transportation and access to two sites. Correct?

And would anyone be familiar enough with Napoli Centrale as to guide me to the kiosk in which the card is purchased?

Much obliged...bdj
bdj is offline  
Apr 4th, 2011, 09:24 AM
  #36  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
Whilst that doesn't address multiple visits to the same site, it's perhaps worth noting the terms of the combination ticket for the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum...

"The Colosseo/Foro Romano e Palatino ticket is valid two days for an entrance in each site"

http://www.pierreci.it/en/buy-the-ti...-colosseo.aspx

Designed no doubt to ensure that a single ticket can't used by several people in turn - as is the similar restriction on the Artecard.

Peter
A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:34 AM
  #37  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 32,277
>>>--And just to be certain, it's the Tutta la Regione 3 Giorni Campania Artecard that I am seeking for local transportation and access to two sites. Correct?<<<

Yes. There are other passes that include transport, but they are just for either Naples or Naples and Caserta and wouldn't include Pompeii. The 7 day pass does not include transport.

>>>And would anyone be familiar enough with Napoli Centrale as to guide me to the kiosk in which the card is purchased?<<<

No clue as the terminal was under much construction last time I was through there. It only says Info point on the website and Trenitalia lists two different places as info points.

http://www.grandistazioni.it/cms/v/i...003f16f90aRCRD

http://www.grandistazioni.it/cms/v/i...003f16f90aRCRD

Map for major stations in Italy and services. Just click on the station you want.
http://www.grandistazioni.it/cms/v/i...0080a3e90aRCRD
kybourbon is online now  
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:51 AM
  #38  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 32,277
Oddly enough, it's listed under shopping on the Trenitalia website.

Campania Arte Card
On the ground floor
Monday - Saturday
09.00 - 13.30/13.45 - 18.00
Sunday
09.00 - 13.30/13.45 - 17.00
http://www.grandistazioni.it/cms/v/i...003f16f90aRCRD
kybourbon is online now  
Apr 4th, 2011, 04:01 PM
  #39  
bdj
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 247
Excellent. Thanks to all for the extraordinary advice and research...
bdj is offline  
Apr 4th, 2011, 05:39 PM
  #40  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 9,402
bdj,

I hope you have a good time and come back and do a trip report! Very few do and it's a nice way to return the favors.

Buon viaggio!
Dayle is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:44 AM.