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Which daytrip during the weekend?

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Vancouver, Canada
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Which daytrip during the weekend?

We have booked a hotel for 8 nights at the end of September and want to make four daytrips on alternating days. The in between days will be "unplanned" to leave us room to relax around the pool, at the beach or just stroll around town, shop or sit and have a drink at a restaurant patio.

The four daytrips we like to make are:

- Amalfi Coast by public bus, tour bus or ferry

- Herculaneum or Pompei by train (plus maybe Vesuvius)

- Naples Centro Storico by ferry

- Capri by ferry.

Weather depending, the daytrips will likely be on Tue, Thu, Sat and Mon. My question is: Which of these trips is best taken on the weekend? Is there any difference in crowds in town or on public transit between the weekend or weekdays? I.e. locals traveling to and from work? Weekend tourists?

Second question: If you would visit only one of the Pompei and Herculaneum sites, which would you deem the more interesting of the two? And why so?

Thanks so much. I already learned much from this forum.

South Australia
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1. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

You could take the bus to Amalfi (sit on the right handside of the bus), should you have time bus upto Ravello, returning to Sorrento by ferry

Buses sitasudtrasporti.it/public/…5070.pdf sitasudtrasporti.it/public/…5110.pdf

Ferry www.alicost.it

ferries to Capri www.capri.net Naples www.alilauro.it

Train Sorrento to Pompeii Scavi and Herculaneum both being of historical interest www.vesuviana.it

Bus departs from outside Pompeii to Vesuvius.

The Amalfi coast region is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, even into the Autumn months

Edited: 7:39 pm, April 10, 2013
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2. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

I enjoyed both Pompeii and Herculaneum, but if I had to choose, I would choose Pompeii. It really captures the sheer tragedy and destruction of an entire city in a way that Herculaneum, while interesting in its own right, does not.

Ayrshire
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3. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

The ferries to Capri are packed on a week-end as are the boats down to Positano and the beaches but it is worth the trip on public transport for the experience . Lots of over-excited Italians who have never heard of queueing - so watch out for sharp elbows.

Warwickshire, UK
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4. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

Pompeii was fantastic - thoroughly recommend - easy 30 minute train trip from Sorrento. We did go to Vesuvius also but were rather dismayed by the commercialism of it, particularly the sight of a souvenir shop right on the edge of the crater. Capri is beautiful away from the crowds but likely to be even busier in July then it was for us in March. We were forced by a train strike to go to Capri on a Friday (the boat was busy but not full) and Pompeii on a Saturday - we had intended to do it the other way around - and were amazed that there was no queue at all at the ticket office in Pompeii - we walked straight in. However, in July I suspect everywhere will be busy.

Isola d'Ischia...
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5. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

Busier in July than March?

Certainly the case at most of the sites...

http://www.pompeiisites.org/Sezione.jsp?titolo=Visitatori+2012&idSezione=1116

[Ed: Probably better with this instead!]

http://tinyurl.com/a2xqq56

For some peace and quiet, maybe also try Oplontis..

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/popea

... Boscoreale..

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/boscoreale

... or the Villas at Stabia - to which we've still not been yet, although a guide here recently told us they're looking wonderful now?

Peter

Edited: 5:47 am, April 13, 2013
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6. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

I'd use the weekend day for Naples and save the others for weekdays ... unless you're talking about the really off-off season months (Jan - Mar) when some restaurants and a few sites (for example, Villa Jovis on Capri) are closed on the coast and Capri. In those months I don't think it makes a big difference.

Isola d'Ischia...
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7. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

To the extent it may affect your decisions, for what's open when in and around Naples, try...

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187785-i421-k5346…

... with the most popular of the city's attractions, the Archaeological Museum, being closed on TUESDAYS - whilst the two sites you've mentioned are open daily!

On public transport, although the Circumvesuviana trains don't change much very much through the week, do note that Sunday isn't a good day on the SITA buses, with rather fewer running!

For some help with decoding the various quirks of their timetables, see:

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g187782-i162-k56…

It's probably worth downloading a copy of the 'Amalfi-Positano-Sorrento' one now, as that's said to be valid also for late September ad October this year:

sitasudtrasporti.it/public/…5070.pdf

Otherwise, organised tours from Sorrento...

www.goldentours.it/en/daily_excursions.php

Peter

Williamsville, New...
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8. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

My husband and I were in Sorrento a year ago in March and did all of the day trips that you mentioned. At that time of the year, the crowds I am sure, were much less. However, there were also fewer buses running, and not as many ferries.

A previous reviewer mentioned that Naples would probably be your best bet for the weekend, and I agree.. It is chaotic no matter when you go. Arriving there by ferry is delightful, as when you arrive in the port, there are many sightseeing opportunities right near the waterfront.

We visited both Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii is the largest, and therefore the most interesting, but we liked both. If you have the energy, both can be done in one day, and you can purchase a combination ticket for both sites. From Pompeii, you continue on the same train, and go further north to visit Herculaneum.

If you use the public bus to tour the Amalfi coast, it is a little difficult to see Positano, Amalfi Town and Ravello all in one day, simply due to the schedules. The buses fill quickly, and if you miss one, you might have to wait a bit for the next. I have heard of the buses not stopping in Positano to pick up passengers ( on the way back from Amalfi Town) if they were full! We had no problem, but don't know how this would be during the height of the tourist season. You might be better off on a tour bus, or using the ferries.

We actually did Amalfi Town and Ravello in one day, and devoted one full day to Positano.

I agree about pacing yourself and just enjoying beautiful Sorrento. We always plan too much, and wonder why we return home exhausted!

Above all, plan your day trips with enough flexibility, so that you take them when the weather is perfect. Don't miss your photo ops!

Vancouver, Canada
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9. Re: Which daytrip during the weekend?

Thank you all for your feedback and useful links.

Naples on the Saturday looks like a good option. Yes we like to be flexible and able to change schedules depending on weather and other local conditions (strikes???). That's why we like to have unplanned days in between. That makes it easy to adjust when needed. We may even decide to spend two days at the Amalfi Coast.

Also, the hotel we booked in Vico Equense rates highly in the TA reviews for the helpfulness of its staff with planning of outings. And although September is still a while away, planning is part of the fun. We so look forward to our visit!

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