La Cartolina Residence

Via Lamia, Zona Deserto, Sorrento, 80067, Italy
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to pompeii - train or car

by ellieinmj

We will be staying in Sorrento for 3 days. Our rental car will be in the hotel's free parking lot while we do day trips by bus, ferry, etc. Pompeii and Herculaneum are on the way to our next destination, Rome. Should we see it then or do it by train before we leave Sorrento?

Re: to pompeii - train or car

by Maryimelda

I'm not too sure what the parking situation is at Pompeii. If it's not good then I would certainly suggest doing it from Sorrento by train. The train station is almost right at the gate to Pompeii. Get off the train at Pompeii Scavi. Trains run regularly to and from Sorrento.

Re: to pompeii - train or car

by globetrott

train is the best option !Parking is hard to find and also the italian "style of driving" might not be like you are used to !

Re: to pompeii - train or car

by hawkhead

Leave the car in the parking lot! There are very frequent Circumvesuviana trains from Sorrento to Naples and one of the stops on the way is Pompeii Scavi. The train station is right by the entrance to the site. Couldn't be easier and avoids all the hassle of driving and parking.

Re: to pompeii - train or car

by hawkhead

Whoops, was a bit quick on the old finger...... Herculaneum is a few stops further up the line from Pompeii and is just as easy to do by train, although it will be a 15 minute or so walk to the site. You can do both in one day if you have to, although I wouldn't, as both merit an unhrried visit, herculaneum in partiuclar. You might also consider visiting Villa Aplontis at the Torre Annunciata stop.

Re: to pompeii - train or car

by globetrott

walking from the station to the ancient Herculaneum might be 15 minutes, BUT driving there and searching for a parking closeby might take more than 1 hour of cruising though small streets and finally taking any place in even a far distance...
The trainsystems of Italy and especially there around Sorrento are perfect !

Re: to pompeii - train or car

by leics

Definitely go to Pompeii/Herculaneum using the Circumvesuviana train. I wouldn't advise driving simply because going by train will be so much quicker (and so much less stressful). Trains are frequent.

Sorrento to Pompeii Scavi takes about 30 minutes, and stops more or less directly opposite the site entrance. The Ercolano stop is about 10 minutes from Pompeii Scavi, an easy walk (downhill) to the site.

Circumvesuviana timetables here:

You need Linea Napoli>Sorrento.

Travel Tips for Sorrento


by Catspjm

Look closely and you will find some really beautiful buildings in Sorrento. Not the sort of grandure witnessed in Roma or Florence, but much more subtle.
This is one of my favourites. Easy to walk past and generally forgotten about by the locals.

Cheap, Tastey, and full of flavor in downtown

by ChartIt about Pizzeria Giardiniello

The place is a tropical paradise inside. I ate dinner with two statues, The Virigin Mary and Father Pio * I think that is how you spell his name*, and under a sparkling *thanks to white christmas lights* and plants. We are talking a garden, i have never had leaves and flowers fall on me during dinner but it did here. The place was so lovely, pretty quiet and felt like a little peice of heaven from the chaos of Sorrento's downtown. The place is really quiet nice, I enjoyed it and would go back! The only thing i didnt like about the place, was that i kept having leaves and flowers fall on my head. Once or twice it is cool, 10-12 i am not so happy. We had the catch of the day, it was some white fish. I loved it! It was will cooked, the wine was nice and we enjoyed the lemon cake for desert!

The historical centre

by Polly74

Between the town walls rest the monuments, churches and the testimonies of antique civilizations.
Along these antique streets, small dim lights aligned on the walls of tuff, reveal the treasures and tell the secrets of the historic centre.
The centre of Sorrento is extremely rich, each alley, shop, church and building, has a story to show and tell. Each corner hides a legend to be narrated and findings to be admired just waiting for visitors "greedy" for history and culture, to satisfy.

Marina Piccola

by BorneoGrrl

Marina Piccola or small marina is where you go to catch the ferry or hydrofoil to nearby towns & islands e.g Naples, Capri. You can find many sales booths or counter selling tickets on the ferries or hydrofoils

The area itself is pretty, with a small park with trees & flowers. There are also some restaruants that serve coffee and mail meals if you are hungry.

Be warned, I walked from the top to get to the marina and the walk up on the long steps was exhausting!! Remember to wear good walking shoes!!

Naples to Amalfi - Old and New

by stewartl

"Sorrento itself"

This was a brochure holiday so travel and transport was 'taken care of'.
The hotel was the Conca Parc which certainly had a different lay out.
A long adorned tunnel leading up from a main road to the main hotel which was higher up the hill. Sorrento is VERY hilly.
The hotel was fine but like everywhere in Italy there are always the extras,
(extra for pool sunloungers, internet, safe, use of fridge in room.
We had a week but were determined to make the most of it.
Pompai, Hercanaleum, Vesuvius, Amalfi, boat trips etc.
We did.....
Sorrento has two ports/harbours which are unlinked at sea level.
The larger has all the ferries - Capri etc. The other more 'local' the restaurants. We hit it on the sunday - it was busy with locals.
Transit between them is via road up and down, hard hike.


We had come to Sorrento to hit classical Italy so our first destination as Pompeii. Forget the tours- the return train fare from Sorrento was approx 3 euro (weekend rate?)
The entrance was a few metres from he station.
We hired audio guides which lasted us the full day.
Some tours are a couple of hours - we spent 6 which was well worth while.
The tours stick to the main streets which are busy but a few moments away ae empty streets which really give you the feeling of the place.
If you have the time- allow a day and take yor time. It is not to be rushed.


If you visit this area make sure you do this.
Again we took the local train from sorrento ( a few euro).
On arriving a Hercalanium (scavi) we went away from our usual habit of trying to use public transport and opted for the easy option - we were glad we did.
The Vesuvius express (outside the station- 18 Euro?) runs minibusses direct to the upermost entrance ( entry included). You then have 20-25 mins to reach the summit- the same at the top anf the same down again.
Enough to see it. Other coaches leave you further down.
The drive is not for the fainthearted. - these are drivers with attitude.


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