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seeing pompei when travelling by bike, train and with tent
I'm looking for help with the Naples part of my Italy trip.
I'll coming from Sicily by train, carrying a bicycle and luggage. I intend to visit Pompei and Herculaneum plus the musuem in Naples.
1) How do I get best to Naples from Sicily? From either Catania or Palermo? Ferry? Train? Cost of getting there?
2) Where can I set up a tent? It doesn't have to be a camping site, if you get my drift. But it should be relatively close to Naples (8 kms max), so that I can easily get back to the train station. (I want to go on to Rome.)
3) Any easy bike rides in Naples? I heard horror stories about the traffic. True?
4) How far is Pompeii from Naples? Might it be possible to go by bike?
5) Should I better set up camp near Pompeii instead of Naples?
Re: seeing pompei when travelling by bike, train and with tent
1) Ferry from Palermo (with Tirrenia http://www.tirrenia.it/ or Snav http://www.snav.it/)
From Milazzo (Siremar http://www.siremar.it/ and Ustica http://www.usticalines.it/)
From Catania (TTT Lines http://www.tttlines.it/)
Depending on where you will be at that time (up to you)
2) I'm not sure you'll find an "unofficial" place to set up your tent in or outside Naples (outside in this case is a 20 km radius) and I definitely wouldn't recommend you to do that. In that sense, Naples is not a good place for backpackers. This page lists some camping sites in and around Naples (http://www.hotel.portanapoli.com/ENG/ecamping.html). If your main goal is to visit Naples and Pompei, then aim for camping sites in these two cities - as the other are further. The circumvesuviana (regional train) connects Pompei to Naples in 20 minutes or so.
3) The traffic is hectic. I go there every month or so and even if I like driving in Naples, it is definitely not a place for bikes. If I were you, I would leave it at the camping site.
4) See above. I wouldn't recommend doing it by bike.
5) See above.
Travel Tips for Naples
Temperatures in Naples are bearable
The Temperature averages for the year are very tolerable. It does get cold in the winter, it rains a lot, and it does get rather hot in the summer.
Averages In Celsius: Jan 7.0 Feb 8.0 Mar 10.3 Arp 13.3 May 17.6 Jun 21.4 Jul 24.0 Aug 23.5 Sep 20.5 Oct 16.0 Nov 11.3 Dec 8.6 Year Avg. 15.1
Averages in Farenheit: Jan 44.6 Feb 46.4 Mar 50.5 Apr 55.9 May 63.7 Jun 70.5 Jul 75.2 Aug 74.3 Sep 68.9 Oct 60.8 Nov 52.3 Dec 47.5 Year Avg. 59.2
Capodimonte is famous for some reason....
This little shop is in the heart of Naples in Spaccanapoli. Don't ask for addresses, because you couldn't use an address to find it any way. It's just down the street from the Piazza Del Gesu walking towards the Duomo. This street is always crowded with university students and tourists. One of the best parts of the city. My wife's Sociology department is on this street as well.
The shop sells the famous Capodimonte Porcelan for about half of what you'd pay elsewhere. The owners are really friendly. Buy a Capodimonte of Pulcinella for a real souvenier of Napoli. Pulcinella is the mascot of the city, and is characterized by his fun loving, joking manner. He is never serious, and always joking. The Pulcinella cost us only 15 Euro.
The URL listed below is not affilitated with the store, but there as a reference on this fine porcelan.
Da Michele - A Napolitan Pizza Treasure
One of the most famous in Italy. It's comparable to Trianon, and would be an excellent choice. Pizza, and they only serve Margharita and Marinara varieties. They have the Vera Pizza Rating of D.O.C., which means it's first class.
Gesù Nuovo Church
It's a great church and you have to visit the inside with lot of art. But the most amazing things are outside. The facade of the building is made in "bugnato" (diamond cut stones) and on every stone there is a sign that sand back to an ancient cult. We've been looking at the signs for more than two hours, every sign is different from the other but nobody know the meaning. Its difficult to take ggod pictures of signs, so I tried to show you the modern signs (graffiti) with the church on the back.
First you must choose which tour to go on. They offer tours in Italian, German and English. Then you decend down 138 steps into the heart of the city where the guide takes you on an 1.5 hour tour of the "caverns" There you learn about the way it was built, the way it was used during WWII for a shelter, and why it was stopped being used because of the Cholera epidemic. It is truly an architectural masterpiece given the time it was built.
Just on top of the underground lies the enormous body of the Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore, which was constructed in the place on which the Roman Temple of Dioscuri once stood. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore has the deambulatorio that crosses the dome and makes it one of the most important examples of gothic style in Italy, giving a religious presence to the commercial urban center, which was once a piazza (Agorà) in the Greek Neapolis.
Immediatlely after the enormous bell that emerges from the side, lies Via di San Gregorio Armeno, which was known as Via Degli Augustali in Roman times. Now days has the name of “Via dei Pastori,” which means “Street of the Shepards”, because of the numerous artisan shops that build biblical dioramas on this street. Returning to the piazza, we cross Via Dei Tribunali which was once a major street of Greek-Roman Naples.
This street runs into a smaller street with a close end, that takes us to the fascinating world of underground Naples.
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