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2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

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2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

Hi

We have booked an apartment in Naples for 3 nights and really want to go to Pompeii and Herculanium. We plan a day in each, then 1/2 day in Naples itself.

I have been looking at the 3 day card, but find it a bit confusing.

Any suggestions on an itinerary and best ways to get to where we want to go would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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1. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

Herculaneum and Pompeii Scavi train from Naples lower basement station www.vesuviana.it

Bus to Vesuvius departs from outside Pompeii

Campania region info www.italia.it/en/home.html

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2. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

your intentions are perfectly suited to the artecard. If your time in Naples includes going to the Archeological Museum (and it should), then your best bet is the archeologia del golfo card, which for 30 euros would include admission to pompeii, herculaneum and the museum in naples, as well as the transportation to get to all of them as well). You could do even more with this card if you have time. If the museum is not in your plans, the 3 day tutta la regione arte card would cover both sites and transport for 27 euros (prices changing soon, but still your best bet even if you have to pay the increase). The transport part includes bus and metro in Naples, and also the circumvesuviana train from naples to both pompeii and herculaneum (ercolano). Both destinations are on the sorrento line of the train, and the stops you want are both further designated as "scavi."

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3. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

Bear in mind though that the 3 day "Tutta La Regione" (all-region) version of the Artecard is currently the only one with which you could visit Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast area... if that matters?

To save reinventing the wheel, for how you might make those visits, and some other stuff that may be useful, try the list of "Top questions about Naples" - at top righthand corner of this page!

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4. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

Thanks for the info. Somewhat nervous and excited about our trip. Not been to Italy for 20 years, since my honeymoon. So sorry if asking questions already answered.

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5. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

No worries!

If you'll stretch to a guidebook, the Lonely Planet is the one I'd recommend at present, with a new edition published this year.

Sadly the Naples visitor magazine seems stuck at their Christmas version, although a new one may come for the America's Cup races, later this month.... still worth a look though, and somewhat less expensive!

http://www.inaples.it/eng/quinapoli.htm

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6. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

Will do. Got the Rome Lonely Planet. ( we are going there as well ) . What is your opinion on pre buying the arte card. We will be coming down on the train from Rome. Just wonder if best left until we get there. Also if we get the archeological card, and decide to go onto Sorrento from Pompeii for example. Does that complicate things a lot? Just about to research best ways to see the coast, assuming there are boat tours from Naples.

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7. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

I'd not bother prebuying the Artecard - it's a fairly sizeable pack and isn't sent, instead you have to nominate a collection point... and would, in all probability, have to join the ordinary queue when picking it up anyway!

Whilst at the train station, buy it for cash at the tourist info office - where they usually have other worthwhile leaflets, maps etc... That's on the ground floor, near the platforms in the low twenties - handy also for the Feltrinelli bookshop, if in need of fiction, or more guidebooks!

napolicentrale.it/en/info/detail/tourist-inf…

If choosing the archeologia del golfo card, to go on to Sorrento you'd just buy tickets at Pompei Scavi station, and continue along the same line that you took there.. zone E3, €2.20 as a single (although, if wanting to go any further, things do then get a little more complicated!)

Various changes to the Artecard are promised for later this year, including a customisable version - but it's anyone's guess as to quite when those will appear!

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Oddly enough, I don't know of any boat tours that start from Naples, although there are regular services - to Sorrento...

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g187782-i162-k62…

... and also to Capri, Procida, Ischia etc.

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8. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

got one note to Peter's post-there is no requirement that you nominate a pickup point for the arte card if it is pre-purchased. (the same is NOT true for the Roma Pass, so I suspect that's where that notion arose). That said, I agree there is not much to be gained by pre-ordering as it has to be picked up from the same line, if there is one, in any event. The only thing you save is having to wait for the transaction to go through if you use a credit card to buy it, and if you are not sure if you want to use the Costiera part of the transit system, you could benefit by waiting. Note also that the Tutta la regione card provides only 2 free entries (and discounts beyond that) whereas the other card mentioned allows free entry to all sites covered by that particular card (which are limited to archeology related sites). So yes, planning is essential to knowing what's best.

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9. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

I also like this site: http://www.napoliunplugged.com

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10. Re: 2 days to see Herculanium and Pompeii

You may well be right about specifically nominating somewhere as we've never had the need to buy online!

However, rather than being free to make the purchase anywhere, they've only a limited number of pickup points - sic:

YOUR CARD CAN BE COLLECTED AT:

Museo Capodimonte, open: 9 - 18 / closed on wednesday

Museo Archeologico Nazionale, open: 9 -19/ closed on Tuesday

InfoPoint Central Station, open: 9 - 18 / every day

Libreria Scavi Pompei, open: 9 - 15

Scavi di Ercolano, open: 9 - 15 / every day

Palazzo Reale di Napoli, open: 9 - 19 / closed on Wednesday

Certosa e Museo e di San martino, open: 9 - 18 / closed on Wednesday

Castello di Baia, open 9- one hour before sunset/close on Monday

https:/…Order05.cfm

Peter