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Old 08-30-2009, 02:42 PM
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The train that takes you to Pompeii (you get off at the Pompeii Scavi station) is the same train that takes you onto Sorrento, so the cost is somewhat less than the ticket to Sorrento. The trains run about every 30 min (each way) so there is really no need to research schedules. As to the order, you can probably get different theories, but there really is no need to decide until you buy your train ticket. But, I can give you a few factors to consider in your decision. If it is a very hot day, many would suggest going to Pompeii in the morning before it gets too hot. Keep in mind that the ruins offer virutally no shelter from the sun and the only cafe in the ruins is currently closed for renovations. Hence, you should buy some water before you enter the ruins (there are plenty of places just outside the entrance where you can buy bottled water or soda. The other factor has to do with shopping in Italy, Sorrento has a pretty decent shopping area, but like most of Italy, those shops will close around 1-2 pm and than not open again until 4pm. This is an issue if you want to spend the afternoon shopping in Sorrento. An interesting tidbit has to do with the nearby island of Capri where most of the shops now stay open all day (this is a new development and might be related to the recession).

As to Herculanium, it is also accessed by the same train line as Pompeii and Sorrento but you would get off at the Ercolano Scavi station (relatively close to Naples). You can actually buy a combination ticket that gets you into both Herculanium and Pompeii and save a few Euros (they sell these at either site). Personally, we think doing both ruins in a single day is a bit much for most folks (my wife and I have done this ourselves when we vacationed on the Amalfi Coast). You might want to save the Herculanium decision and decide on the spur of the moment (as your last stop) if you still have the energy and ambition.

Hank

Hank