Funicular railways generally get a visit on our travels. Found 2 operating in Naples, believe there is a third also.
In truth not much to see as they travel through the hil and are very much part of local transport rather than an attraction for tourists.
I am getting ready to do the same thing on Monday. My husband and I have a bed and breakfast in the Salerno Province down near the beach about 100 miles from Napoli. We are getting ready to head to the states and you are CORRECT with your concerns. We pick up days guests down by the port and down town just to tour around for the day and there are some very concerning areas.
I used to work for the DOD and we had some areas that we must stay out of Quartiere Spagnoli (Spanish Quarter).
After that the port area is not so close to the airport neither is city center. It is not far but you have to get up from the surface streets back to exit one on the Tangenziale and at 4 am that is not easy. Trains and buses are not operational so Taxi or private car is your best bet.
I have ( of course looking and speaking Italian with a family) have stayed in Secondigliano which is super close to the airport but super dangerous too. Not the hotel, just the location.
I will let you know what my decision on hotel is. I actually want a safer hotel for my luggage because I would like to visit some friends while I am there and do the Napoli underground tour and San Severo tour.......More to follow
Assuming that you have not already left on your trip, Coreno that you are referring to is near Frosinone. That is in Lazio north of Napoli. The roads A1 is fine once you get away from the port that can be VERY TRICKY. It is a bizarre place where the boat is accessed. My husbands picks ups and drives friends that come in by cruise around for the day and we had a good laugh over that. He is from Salerno and I worked for the DOD here in Napoli so we have spent a lot of time making that drive up and down the country. We have a house near the beach south of Amalfi - prepare yourself - it is HOT
You have a little under 70 miles to drive and mostly highway. So, hurry. You are near a National Park there and not too far from Formia and gaeta.
It is an excellent idea to travel by train from Rome to Naples. The traffic jam is too stressful especially approaching to two big cities such as Roma and Napoli. I don’t want to mention the problem of finding a place to park your car…
Look for your train here:
The journey takes:
1 hour with the high speed line and the train “Frecciarossa” (45€ second class – 58€ first class)
2 hours with Intercity trains (22€ second class – 29€ first class)
2 hours and half with local trains
You can open this link http://www.trenitalia.com/homepage_en.html
and you can see train to Naples depart every 10 minutes from Termini Station.
And you can see every train category for that route, from the fastest to the slowest.
The journey to Naples only took around 2 hours with regional train (slowest).
I hope this help you. :)
From Sorrento, Pompeii and other points on the coast south of Naples you will take the Circumvesuviana train into the city. You will arrive at Napol Garibaldi station, which adjoins Napoli Centrale station. From there you enter the city via Poazza Garibaldi (at present undergoing major works, and basically just a big fenced-off hole0.
Circumvesuviana carriages are more like Metro carriages than long-distance railway carriages, although the journey itself is largely overground.
The Circumvesuviana is a cheap, safe and frequent service. It can, however, become crowded at certain times of day, most especially at commuter times and around 1.30-2.30, when schools finish and students make their way home. Be prepared to stand if you do not get on at Sorrento itself (where trains terminate), although you will almost certainly be able to get a seat as people leave the train at other stations.
Just buy your Circumvesuviana tickets at the ticket offices: fares are very reasonable indeed. Entry machines will automatically validate them for you.
You can also get 1-day and 3-day Unico Campania tickets, which cover all bus, Metro, Cumana and Circumvesuviana journeys: very good value if you want to do a lot of travelling around.
You will not find Circumvesuviana train timetables on the Trenitalia site. Use the link below (it has English options).
For Unico Campania fare and travel info (in English) look at http://www.unicocampania.it/
You will be able to get to Naples on the safe, comfortable Trenitalia trains from anywhere in Italy. The Trenitalia link below has an English language option and will give you times, details and fares for all journeys on Trenitalia trains.
You will arrive at Napoli Centrale ('shentralay') station on the edge of Piazza Garibaldi, which is presently (2011) undergoing huge changes and is largely dug-up and fenced-off.
Napoli Centrale is a modern station with excellent and clear signing in both Italian and English. You should have no fear of getting lost or of being in any danger.
There are, of course, shops and cafes within the station itself, undercover access to the Metro sysytem (signed) and the Circumvesuviana station (Napoli Garibaldi, for trains to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Sorrento). There are taxis waiting outside and buses to various parts of the city.
It's a combined ticket valid for three days, allowing you to enter, without queues, the more representative of the Neapolitan museums and the archeological areas of the Phlegrean Fields, travelling on the entire public transport network, by land and sea, on the special shuttle that connect the museums and the archeological sites.
It costs 13 Euro for adults and 8 for young people of between 18 and 25 years. It is valid for three days from the first use (there is another card whose validitiy is longer).
The card kit contains the microchip card and a guide to the museums and services in six languages ( Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese).
Where you can buy it:
Tha card kit is on sale at Capodichino Airport, At the Central Station and that of Margellina, at Molo Beverello, in tha Metropolitan train stations, in the main hotels in the city, in all museums on the circuit, in the main newsagents.
Buying the card you can get free entrance, without queues, to the first two sites on the circuit and half price for the others. Entrance is free for the young in all the museums.
Free transport on the entire urban transport network and as far as the Phlegrean Fields and, at the weekend, on the LM shuttles the connect museums and tourist transit areas ( stations, port, etc.) and on the Archeobus shuttle that connect the archeological sites of the Phlegrean Fields.
From 15 to 40% discount on reception services ( bookshops, guided tours, audio guides ) of the museums on the circuit.
10% discount on the entrance ticket to the Santa Chiara Complex.
50% discount on the entrance ticket to Submerged Baia
20% discount on ANM car parking ( Brin and Colli Aminei ).
20% discount on the main ferry and hydrofoil lines for the isles of Capri, Ischia and Procida.
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Although Naples has its own international airport with connections to many European cities, those who want to visit from further away will probably need to connect in Rome or Milan. However, the smoothest way to reach Naples is by train from Rome. The relatively new fast trains (called Eurostar) take just over one hour from Termini in Rome to Napoli Centrale and are frequent, inexpensive and nearly always on time. The website below has the schedule and tickets (available in English).
Nice ferry journey from Naples to Palermo for 50 EURO. (Dec 2009). The cabin rate was supposed to share with another people. But at the end, I had the whole cabin. Nice. If you book a cabin on your own, the rate would be 68 Euro. The feery left Napli at 20:00, arriving Palermo at about 6:30 am.