We are considering taking a day trip from Rome to Pompeii- does anyone know of a reputable tour company that does this particular excursion?
Robert, cool idea! I stayed in Naples for a night before doing my tour, but I think it could be done in a day trip if you're up early enough in the morning!
I took a day trip from Naples to Pompeii that I found on Viator, but it looks like they have a pre-set trip from Rome already set up (http://www.viator.com/tours/Rome/Pompeii-Day-Trip-from-Rome/d511-3731VESUVIUS).
If you want to spend more time in Naples though, I'd suggest it. Taking the Frecciarossa train south from Stazione Roma Termini is an easy and beautiful ride--especially if you're not taking the trains at any other point in your stay, it's worth having that experience! There are lots of cool things to see in Naples... (Ovo Castle, Da Michele, and much more!).
Hope this gives you some things to think about! Have a great trip!
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We used Viator in Sept. 2012 for our Rome to Pompeii activity. Instead of using the full guided tour, we used the "independent" version which is, basically, comfortable transportation to and from leaving you to your own devices in Pompeii. Pretty seamless - leaves from just next to the Stazione Termini.