Sorrento's proximity to this amazing piece of history is reason alone to add it to your itinerary. It's a very easy, inexpensive 30-40 minute trip by Circumvesuviana train to the ruins and if you purchase a good guide book at the entrance, you really don't need to book a tour. It'll be crowded, hot in the summer, and require a solid pair of walking shoes but a must do if spending a few days in the city. See my Pompeii pages for hours, entry fees, highlights and other tips.
Pompeii is easy to get to from Sorrento either on an organised excursion or by just jumping on the train. Making your own way there is far better as you are not limited by time, We spent 7 hours walking around and we still did not cover all of it.
November - March - every day from 8.30 am to 5 pm. (last admission 3.30 p.m.)
April - October- every day from 8.30 am. to 7.30 pm (last admission 6 p.m.)
Closed: January 1st, May 1st , December 25th
Entrance to Pompeii, Herculaneum is e11.00 and entrance to the museum at naples is e9.00
For visitors from Euopean countries under 18 years of age and over 65 years entrance is free but You must have evidence of age (i.e a passport) with you, visitors between 18 and the day before their 25th birthday entrance is half price. but ONLY IF RESIDENT IN EUROPE.. Various other passes ect can be purchased at various prices (3 day passes to all 5 ancient sites (Herculaneum, Pompeii, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) are e20.00
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Sorrento is a great starting point for a day-trip to Pompeii . You can reach Pompeii by Circumvesuviana train, departing Sorrento every thirty minutes. The trip takes about forty minutes- make sure you catch the right train when you're coming back!
In Pompeii you can see the the ruins of a Roman city that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Pompeii makes an excellent half-day trip from Sorrento, or a day-trip if combined with Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius.
This is just a must on any list and a major sight that really delivers.
You need at least 4-5 hours to do the site justice so better take a picnic. The refreshments facility in the middle seems small and gets very busy, toilets are also not plentiful.
Easily reached by Circumvesuviana from Sorrento or Naples – station Pompeii Villa dei Misteri.
When you buy an entry ticket, pick up the excellent free map and a booklet (various languages available).The cost is €11 for this site or €20 for a deal to Herculaneum and 3 smaller sites as well, over 65s get in free with ID!
A good plan is to see the Archaeological museum in Naples before visiting Pompeii
Access to the site is fairly good and I saw at least two wheelchair users, plenty of willing hands among other visitors for the tricky bits.
See also my Tourist Trap section but don’t let it spoil your visit.
It's very easy to visit Pompeii from Sorrento. Just take the 'Circumvesuviana' train from Sorrento to 'Pompeii Scavi/Villa dei Misteri'. There are several entrances to the site - the one nearest this station is the Porta Marina.
Pompeii was buried under ash and rock when Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, preserving the Roman city for future generations to explore.
It is a huge site (it is a whole town after all). The town covers an area of 66 hectares, or which 45 hectares have so far been excavated. Don't expect to see it all in a day trip. Some of the highlights for me included the Basilica (court house), and the house with ‘cave canem’ mosaic (to deter burglars) at the entrance. The streets had no drainage, so the pavements were high, with stepping stones (just narrower than width of chariot wheels). We also saw the only official brothel, which had recently been re-opened to visitors. Our guide was so excited about this that he had brought his own camera. We also saw lots of ‘fast food’ shops, which we were told often had a room at the back for a 'lady of the night'.
If visiting in summer, make sure you have plenty of drinking water and a hat - it's very hot and there is not much shade.
Pompeii is a ruined Roman city. It was destroyed, and completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD.
The volcano buried Pompeii under many meters of ash, and it was lost for 1,600 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748.
Pompeii is very close to Sorrento and is a must-see for any visitor to the region. More than two million people visit the ruins of the ancient city, destroyed by the lava-flow from Vesuvias in AD 79. The circumvesuviana (see transport tip) stops in Pompeii. From Sorrento it costs 1.80 for a single and the journey takes about 30 minutes.
The ruins of Pompeii, one of the Roman towns destroyed in the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, are a short day-trip away from Sorrento. They are easily reached by train from the town.