my family and I are going on a cruise and will be visiting Naples on the 11th June 2017, we would like to visit Pompeii and would like to know if we can get a train and where from
Yes, you can take the Circumvesuviana train and it's very easy (and cheap) to do so. Pompei Scavi - Villa Dei Misteri station is directly opposite the site entrance.
Circumvesuviana trains are more like overground Metro carriages than long-distance trains. They are not in any way 'dangerous' but carriages can get very crowded at commuter and school/college times (Circumvesuviana trains are commuter trains). Take normal commonsense precautions against pickpockets and petty thieves.
Napoli Centrale is a very largeTrenitalia station which also houses Circumvesuviana and Metropolitana stations. To find Napoli Garibaldi
2. Walk through the station concourse. Napoli Garibaldi is signed ' Circumvesuviana' within the concourse.
3. Pompei Scavi Villa dei Mysteri station is on the Napoli > Sorrento line. Pdf timetables for both Porta Nolana and Napoli Garibaldi on the official site here:
4. Buy your tickets either from the machines at the station entrance or from the ticket office.
5. Having checked the screens to see which platform your train will leave from, walk down the steps to the platform.
6. Journey time from Napoli Garibaldi is around 30 minutes, depending on how many stations that particular train stops at. From Porta Nolana it is just a few minutes longer.
7. Exit Pompeii Scavi station, turn right and you'll see the entrance to Pompei Ruins.
If you have time you can also visit Herculaneum (an entirely different experience and a much smaller site) on the same trip. Take the Circumvesuviana train back to Naples and get off at Ercolano. Exit the station and walk down the hill to the site (it is signed). It's about 10 minutes' walk but takes a bit longer when you're coming back up! :-)
Allow yourselves at least 4 hours at Pompeii and do make sure you take plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat with you. The site is absolutely huge (it is, after all, two-thirds of an important Roman town!), it is very exposed and it's largely made of stone.....so it can get very hot indeed. There is a cafe inside the site but it tends to be very busy.
Herculaneum is much smaller (allow at least 2 hours) and is set deep below modern ground level. It has more shade but, being at Roman-era sea-level, it is very humid.
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