Via Giuliana 4, Pompeii, 80045, Italy
More about Pompeii
Burial Site for Poor People
the Mosaic depicting the Battle of Issus
Frescoes inside the House of Vetti
Rome to Pompeii by train
We would like to take a day trip from Rome to Pompeii. If we take the high speed train to Naples and then to Pompeii, should we purchase our tickets stateside or in Rome?
Re: Rome to Pompeii by train
You can buy the rome-naples ticket on internet (www.trenitalia.com).
To go to Pompei I suggest you to use "Ferrovia Circumvesuviana": its station is very close to the archaeological site, while Trenitalia's station is far away.
In Naples the Trenitalia and Circumvesuviana stations are side by side.
More info here: http://www.vesuviana.it/web/en
Re: Rome to Pompeii by train
As you have probably noticed, the faster trains from Rome to Naples all require reservations. However, there are so many trains making this run every day (www.trenitalia.com - look for English at the top), that there is no way that they all sell out. Plus, depending on your requirements, you may not want to take the fastest trains because they are the most expensive...go see the website, pick a day in the next week that is the same day of the week as when you are planning to go, and see your choices. Note: the AV, Eurostar, and IC trains all require reservations. The regional (R) trains don't take reservations at all (you have a ticket, you can get on).
Since the FS (rail system) will sell you a ticket at the last minute for a reservation-only train as long as there is a free seat, I would suggest waiting until you get to Rome and when you are sure which train you want to take. Reserving a train in this situation weeks in advance may actually be more hassle than it's worth, depending on how your plans might change once you're in town. Note: if you do buy ahead, there is a 15% discount on fast trains for tickets bought at least 7 days in advance (note: limited number of seats), and a 30% discount on fast trains for tickets bought at least 15 days in advance (note: limited number of seats). Also note that North Americans often report difficulties in buying tickets online from trenitalia.
Then, as gmg says, when you arrive in Naples, go downstairs to the Circumvesuviana station, buy your ticket there, and go. The Circumvesuviana is a commuter line and I don't even know if you can buy tickets in advance anyway...
Travel Tips for Pompeii
Free baggage check
Just to the right of the turnstiles at the site entrance there is a free baggage check. If you take the Circumvesuviana train (which is probably how you'll arrive at Pompeii) they might ask you if you want to leave your bags there. That is an option, however you'll have to pay a few euros per bag. If you walk just a bit (really quite short) you can drop your bags at the actual site and you won't have to pay anything.
Just a side note about the picture - Although it doesn't look like it, I really did pack light but after three weeks in Italy the souvenirs got the best of me! :o)
Free admission during culture week
When I was in Italy, many places I visited were free because of what the Italian's call "Settimana della Cultura" or Culture Week. This happens during a week every May (this year, 2005, it fell between the 16th and 22nd). Because of this I was lucky enough to enter the ruins for free. You might want to plan your trip during this week in order to save money.
Well, this is the correct place on VT for Pompei
Pompei is listed three three three times, and It actually should be be under Italy>Campania>Pompei, but nonetheless it's still the same place. I really enjoyed going here, and had an interesting time with my wife in November 2002. You'd be hard pressed to spend less than a day here and see everything. Walking around imagining the people who actually lived here 2000 years ago. Actually, Pompei is still occupied by residents of today, but they live around the ruins. I wonder how often they think of another Vesuvio eruption?
Well 18 years on and so much more of Pompei has been excavated and frustatingly we knew another trip would still not be enough. This time we decided to ditch the guide with our party (he wasn't happy about it but we agreed to meet at the pre-arranged restaurant for lunch) and do our own thing.
We managed to see a lot more this time and things off the normal tour itinerary too, but in the heat its so tiring and on cobbled roads too. So after 2hrs 30 mins we were wilting.
There are still places to see - like the Villa of Mysteries which was way over the other side to our entrance - its a huge place.
Pompei is a place where you can discover new things on other visits. Guess we will have to return again some day. This pic shows Pompei near the forum from our first visit 18 years previously and where they were excavating - what a contrast to the huge site now!
Your first stop
Once buying your tickets you will enter the city through this gate. There are two doors. One was used for horses and chariots and the other for foot traffic. It's rather dark in the evening, so a small flashlight may help.
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