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Day trip to Naples: Vesuvius and Pompeii

A May 2007 trip to Naples by pointofnoreturn

Mount Vesuvius Photo, Naples, Italy More Photos
Quote: We were desperate to take a break from Rome and opted for a full day in Naples!

Day trip to Naples: Vesuvius and Pompeii

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Overview

Mount Vesuvius Photo, Naples, Italy
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Naples is one of the largest cities in Southern Italy and also in Europe. It has a rich thriving culture and history with deep roots in Italian cooking and the arts. While it is a large city, it has its fair share of petty crime that makes it less-visited than other cities in Italy. Since we were planning to go to Naples for 1 day, we chose to only visit Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii because both places take up a great portion of the day. I absolutely loved both places but Vesuvius, despite the disappointing crater, won my heart - it has some of the most beautiful views I've ever seen in my life. When you're in Rome or even in Naples or its surrounding cities, make a point to visit Naples for a day. Qu...Read More

Mount Vesuvius

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Attraction

Mount Vesuvius Photo, Naples, Italy
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This famous Italian volcano overlooks the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both of which were left in ruins by the devastating eruption of A.D. 79. The last time Mt. Vesuvius erupted was just prior to the start of World War II and hasn't done so since then to this day. Vesuvius is over 4000 ft high and is now a national park in which visitors can reach the summit by foot. Entry to Vesuvius National Park costs €6.50. You can reach it by bus (€7.60-8.60 depending on whether you depart from Ercolano or Pompei Scavi stations) and taxi (€10/person round-trip). The latter is quicker and more frequent if you're on a tight schedule. A word of warning: taxi drivers are gruff, rude and dr...Read More

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Mount Vesuvius
Vesuvius National Park
Naples

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)

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Attraction | "Pompeii"

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
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Back in A.D. 79, the ancient city of Pompeii was reduced to ruins with the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius. Today, the excavated ruins of Pompeii has given important insights into the history of the Roman Empire.The site of Pompeii is massive - it spans a large distance and for the ordinary visitor, visiting Pompeii takes up a good part of the day. Many houses, baths, aqueducts, forums, pottery, and fountains have been preserved for visitors to examine. There are beautiful murals on the walls in baths and extravagant mosaic floors in several buildings. There is a large warehouse/storehouse in one area of the grounds that has a large collection of plaster casts of pots and bodies. The bodies ar...Read More

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Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)
Pompeii
Naples, Italy

Guide to Planning Day-trip

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If you're planning a day trip from Rome to Naples and intend to visit both Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii (or Herculaneum) and you're not sure how to plan out your itinerary, you can use this as a guide. TRAINS:The best way to get to Naples is by train (Trenitalia) and you should leave as early in the morning as possible to get a good start on the day. There are several different types of trains that go to Naples (i.e. Regional, Intercity, A/V 2-for-1, Eurostar, etc) and each of them have a certain price range. We were travel on a budget so opt for the cheapest train possible (Regional, 2-1/2 hours) which cost us €10-11 each way which is not too bad. Of course, we left on an early train (app...Read More