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Pompei

Pompei was partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749.

Train from Naples - Pompeii, €2.30

Open: Every day from 8.30 am - 7.30 pm. Last admission 6pm.
Ticket: €11, Bus £2.32 / £4.64rtn or you can Purchase a 24 hr ticket for €6.30

Getting there:

  • Underground towards Circumvensia – Sorrento, Get off at the “POMPEII SCAVI-VILLA DEI MISTERI” station (scavi means ruins)
  • 30 mins away and it's directly by the train station
  • Remember to validate it before jumping on the train
  • Circumvesuviana trains don't have toilets!
  • From the train station you can take a public bus which hang around the train station to Vesuvius, which we climbed and had a glass of red wine at the top 1 euro 50! The cost of that trip was about 11 euros.
  • When leaving Naples, DO NOT TAKE THE 'Sarno' train as this looks like it heads in the same direction as the Sorrento one but it doesn't. Take the 'Sorrento' train. If you get the wrong train, you can change at Bara to get back on track, but be sure to ask the info desk which platform to be on
  • Main Stops: Napoli Centrali Train Station (lower level), Pompeii Scavi (archaeological site), Ercolano (archaeological site), Sorrento (via degli Aranci, five minutes by foot to city center).
  • The circumvesuviana train stops at Pompeii Scavi, which is the front gate to the excavations. If you take the FS train, you will get off at Pompeii on the other side of town from the excavations...not to worry, as the walk through town is only about 15 minutes...but the circumvesuviana is more convenient...

You'll need a good 3-4 hours to do Pompeii.

Ercolano
Is closer to Napoli and if like me, you love all things vintage, it has an incredible market. The historical site isn't far from the station and the directions lead you through the market, but actually it's at the bottom of the hill from the station. Again 10 euros or so for entrance.

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Mount Vesuvius

Getting there:

Take the "Circumvesuvio" train from Napoli-Station to Pompei, the shuttle to Vesuvio is just outside the st. You have to wait for a full bus to leave.

Buses to the volcano leave approximately once per hour until about 2 p.m. Return buses leave the volcano parking area on a similar schedule beginning at about 11 a.m. The last bus leaves at approximately 5:50 p.m.

  • €8 return bus fare and €8 entrance fee
  • "I am not a hiker, and I had to take about 4 breaks on my way to the top. It was cold 20mins hike ½ a mile long"
  • One of the two was near 70 and has asthma.
  • Parking at the base of Vesuvius, where tickets are purchased to walk up €8 per person.

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Positano

Positano is the most beautiful village/town on the amalfi coast in my opinion. It has very steep cliffs and many colourful houses built around the peninsula. There is a small beach and lots of lovely shops. It is hard work walking around the town as its all built on very steep cliff edges. To get to Positano from Naples you have to take a train to Sorrento then a bus from Sorrento station to Positano. The bus journey is very windy and scarey as there are sheer drops on the right hand side of the bus when going and left when coming back! It might be a good idea to take travel sickness tablets before you begin your bus journey. It shouldn't take more than 30minutes to get to Positano.


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Sorrento

Sorrento is a tourist resort more than anything. It's very picturesque.


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The Island of Capri

The main sights people go to Capri to visit are:

  • The Blue Grotto
    Opens and closes with the tide,
    Boat from Marina Grande to Blue Grotto €9, then €12 pp for the rowboat to take you in through the tiny entrance which includes the entrance ticket to the cave and demands from the oarsman for a tip, with a round trip of about 1 to 3 hours.

    Open from 9 – 1h before sunset daily

  • Villa Jovis
    Residence of the Emperor Tiberius, start from Piazzetta Umberto I and turn into Via delle Botteghe, continuing straight on through Via Fuorlovado, Via Croce and, finally, Via Tiberio.

  • Marina Grande
    Ferries and hydrofoils to Capri dock at the island's Marina Grande. This is where the Harbor Office and the main Tourist Office are located

  • La Piazzetta
    Elegant pavement cafés and jewelry shops. The main terminal for buses running between Capri and Anacapri, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande is situated just a few meters away from the Piazzetta.

Getting there:

€17 hydrofold, Ferry: 80 minutes, Fast ferry: 50 minutes, Hydrofoil: 40 minutes

Get around:

By foot: from the main harbor to the town up the hill leads a range of stairs. Stairs and walkways, mostly signposted, crisscross the island but very steep.

Funicular railway: If you're only going to Capri for a day via ferry. Once your ferry arrives at the port, catch the funicular right in front of you as it is the best way to get up to the main piazza, the centre of Capri. Price - €7 return. Time - The journey only lasts 1minute. It is overpriced but its the quickest way to get to the top.

Bus:

  • 1. Capri - Anacapri | Capri - Marina Piccola | Capri - Marina Grande

  • 2. Anacapri - Capri | Anacapri - Marina Grande | Anacapri - Marina Piccola

  • 3. Anacapri - Faro | Anacapri - Grotta Azzurra

  • Marina Grande to Capri town (4/hour) and then take bus to Anacapri (4/hour) but the Capri to Anacapri bus gets crowded, so you could take a bus direct from Marina to Anacapri (2/hour)

  • Anacapri Buses go to Capri (at least 4/hour) and to the Blue Grotto

They run on a schedule and cost 1,30 € per ride, €2,80 for 60 minutes unlimited use, or €6,70 plus €1 deposit for unlimited day use (deposit is refunded to you at end of day).

Tickets can be purchased on the bus, in the ticket offices in Marina Grande or in Capri.

Anacapri, the island's second town, is well connected with the Piazzetta in Capri thanks to a regular bus service (with departures circa every 15 minutes).

The beach of Marina Piccola can be reached by bus from the Piazzetta (departures circa every 15 minutes) or on foot, via the picturesque lanes of Capri or along the stunning Via Krupp. Buses from Anacapri to Marina Piccola are available only in the summer months and run on a less frequent basis.

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