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Ease of train to Pompeii,

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Ease of train to Pompeii,

Hello, husband and I going to Sorrento for the first time middle 2 weeks in September and would appreciate advise of getting to Pompeii and Capri without going on tour operators excursions.

e.g. Length of train journey to Pompeii and cost, getting about on site to make the best of the day.

We are a recently retired but fairly fit couple.

Also temperatures at this time of the year and in the evenings.

Any info is much appreciated.

Thanks

Wilma from Scotland

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1. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

Hello, I've done this a number of times, and it really is very easy. Walk along Corso Italia, Sorrento's main street and you come to the station. Ask for POMPEII SCAVI-that's the station close to the entrance to the Pompeii site, and the staff will sell you a return ticket for only a few euros, about 5 I think. It is about 30-40 minutes on the train, which has its terminus at Sorrento and runs around the bay to Napoli. Get out at Pompeii Scavi ,and you will find the entrance is a few yards away up the road, past a row of souvenir sellers and a cafe. Follow the others, there are bound to be a lot of people doing the same trip. Its 11 euros to go in ,spend as much time as you like. I was there a whole day last year. Over 65s and coming from an EU country get in free, very generous, but if you fit the bill you need to tak your passport along. Its a big area, so take along a sunhat, water and preferably a snack or 2. They generously give you a booklet giving details of the main places of interest, but a map of the site is essential. Comfortable walking shoes are essential too, those original pavements are a bit uneven, well they have lasted 2,000 years! Its a wonderful experience, especially if you like history, and frankly Pompeii taught me that the Romans knew far more than we generally give them credit for. Don't miss going into the baths, and notice the original racks to put clothes on!

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2. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

The train to take from Sorrento to Pompei Scavi would be a Circumvesuviana Train bound for Napoli(trains out of Sorrento's Circumvesuviana Train Station go one one). A ticket would be a U5 fascia 5 for €3.20 which you can purchase from the train station or from any tobacconist:

http://www.vesuviana.it/$Nebula2DiskC/Documents/orari/ferrovia/est2006/EE62.pdf

www.vesuviana.it/Reteeorari/Ferrovia/Larete

http://www.vesuviana.it/$Nebula2DiskC/Documents/orari/ferrovia/est2006/EE49.pdf

In September, it's usually nice enough to walk around in the evenings without a sweater, however, you might follow the weather reports on the internet to see if there are any sudden cold-streaks.

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3. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

train is easy and takes you literally to the front door of Pompei.

The ferry to capri form Sorrento is also an easy journey just arrive 30 minutes early to be sure you get a ticket.

You should have no problem with either and do not need a tour, previous info is very accuate.

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4. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

Actually, a one-way E3 ticket from Sorrento to Pompei Scavi/Villa dei Misteri would cost €1.80 and not €3.20. If you travel during the weekends, you can purchased a day pass for €3.00 which is good for all the public buses and Circumvesuviana trains between Sorrento and Pompei.

This link shows the timetable for boats to and from Capri. You can choose "Sorrento-Capri" in the pull-down menu.

capri.net/salsa/lang/it/page/transport.html

From Sorrento ferries/boats/hydrofoils leave from Sorrento Marina Piccola and you can take a B or C public bus to get down from Piazza Tasso (buy a ticket beforehand from a tobacconist and stamp your ticket when you're on the bus if you hadn't already done so):

http://www.vesuviana.it/$Nebula2DiskC/Documents/orari/Autolinee/Estivo2007/Linea08.pdf

Buona Fortuna...

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5. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

Actually, the city bus link for buses from Sorrento Marina Piccola to Piazza Tasso would be the following:

http://www.vesuviana.it/$Nebula2DiskC/Documents/orari/autolinee/Estivo2007/Linea22.PDF

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6. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

We just got back and found the train to Pompeii to be VERY convenient and easy. It drops you at the entrance of the ruins and is very reasonably priced. The only trouble we had is there was a "strike" the first day we tried to get to Pompeii. Fortunately, we were able to regroup and headed to Capri instead.

We took a boat from Sorrento to Capri - can't remember the name of the line. We had planned to hire a private boat (we met a family that did and it sounded lovely). However, the seas were quite rough the day we went and the private boats were not running. On that note - many passengers got sea sick. If you are prone, prepare accordingly!

We hired a guide in both Pompeii and Capri and are so glad we did. The guide in Pompeii charged us $100 for our extended family (8 of us) and the guide in Capri charged $25/pp. In Cari, this included shuttle transport on the Island, chair lift tickets. It was well worth it! We saw and learned more than we would have on our own or with a self-guided tour.

Enjoy your trip.

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7. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

Hi Wilma We went to Sorrento in September last year and during the day is was really warm but hazy at times . At night i found it a bit cool at times but a wrap did the job fine. We did have a couple of quite spectacular thunder and lightening storms but they tended to be at night.

We really enjoyed Pompeii, just bought a guide book and walked round at our own pace, I don't feel that I missed anything. Remember a hat and water though - it gets very very hot and there wasn't much shade! All the other info about trains etc is all very accurate.

We took the boat to Capri too and also to Amalfi, the sea was a little bit choppy but I didn't fancy the bus journey to amalfi.

We used the local bus to get around Sorrento when we didn't fancy walking up and down the hill to the harbour!

Hope you have a lovely trip, we enjoyed it so much we are planning to back next year!

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8. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

Wilma,

Have just returned from Sorrento last week and went to both Pompeii and Capri under our own steam. You are right not to go on organised excursions, we found them to be a complete rip off (65 euros for Pompeii compared to 15 euros doing it on our own - Capri 95 euros compared to 25 on our own).

The station in Sorrento is opposite Piazza Laura on the Corsa italia. There are steps up to the station and again to the platform (something to bear in mind if it's very hot and you have difficulty climbing steep inclines). You can buy a return ticket to Pompeii for 3 euros at the little newsagents at the station (3 euros 20 during the week). The train is really easy and convenient to use. Don't be put off by the site of the train as they are covered on the outside from top to bottom in gaffiti (its not like that inside though, comfortable and fast). The train runs aproximately every 20 minutes or so and takes exactly 30 minutes to get there. You get off at Pompeii Scavi. As soon as you get off the train, turn right then left. The entrance to the site is about 2 or 3 minutes walk from the station. You say you are retired, if you are 65 or over show a copy of your passport of birth certificate and you will get in for free (entrance fee normally 11 euros).

There is a cafe and a small restaurant in Pompeii which is reasonably priced however, we took a picnic, panninis, slices of pizza , fruit etc. We took plenty of drinks and ate in a shady, quiet spot near the two theatres, it was lovely and relaxing. You also need to take a hat each as it does get extremely hot.

To get to Capri you need to go to the Marina Piccola (either walk down or get the orange bus from the centre of Sorrento (costs 1 euro). We paid 25 euros return on the hydrofoil and you can come back anytime (check where the boat leaves from comming back as it did not leave form the same dock as we arrived at. Capri is beuatiful but very, very, very busy (if it wasn't for the tourists!!). Get your ticket for the Funicula railway at the booth on the right hand side but do not wait in the first queue, go round the side where there is another window, there is not much of a queue here.

If you have the time, think about going to Amalfi, Positanno and Ravello, they are stunning. This was the first time we have been to Sorrento but we loved it so much would go back anytime. Hope you have a wonderful holiday, enjoy it, I know you will.

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9. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

Hi, Many thanks to everyone who replied.

All this information is very much appreciated and we will definately be doing our own thing.

Really looking forward to September, only 8 weeks to go!!!

Many thanks again.

Wilma

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10. Re: Ease of train to Pompeii,

A Mon-Fri E3 day pass/biglietto giornaliero between Sorrento and Pompei would cost €3.70 and would cover unlimited Circumvesuviana Train and bus travel between the two towns. As mentioned, you can buy your ticket at any Circumvesuviana window or tobacconist.

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