Pompeii

Pompeii, is one of the Campania’s towns where ancient and modern, sacred and profane blend, giving rise to places of undeniable charm and splendor.

It is no coincidence that many tourists who go to Pompei every year to admire it remain enchanted by the richness of its monuments, a testimony to a story that continues to tell each day.

However, if you have a short time or just passing through you can also visit Pompeii, just wake up early, wear a pair of comfortable shoes, get some water and here you are ready for this fantastic trip!

What to see in Pompeii

Once you get to Pompeii, you are just spoiled for choice on what to visit. Undoubtedly the must see places to see are:

  • The excavations of Pompeii
  • The sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii (il santuario della Beata Vergine di Pompei)
  • The Villa of Mysteries (la Villa dei Misteri)

The excavations of Pompeii

Scavi PompeiThe first compulsory stage of this trip is undoubtedly the archaeological excavations of Pompeii, a testimony to the city’s past.

Founded in the 8th century BC From the Osci, an ancient Italian-born population, Pompeii was an important trading center known for the production of wines and oils, and was therefore occupied by Greeks, Etruscans and Sannites.

It was thanks to the advent of the Romans, in the III sec. B.C. That it had a strong architectural development and the city was romanized to such a degree that it became the residence of “Roman patriziate.

Unfortunately, the growth and development of the city were arrested because of a serious event that occurred in 79 AD. Which caused its destruction: the eruption of Vesuvius.

The eruption was so powerful that the nearby centers of Herculaneum, Stabia and Oplonti were also hit. Within a few hours the city was buried first by a layer of ash and lapilli and then covered with a lava flow, almost no one was saved.

A tragedy, however, has allowed the ancient monuments to stay over the years and reach almost intact to us so we can admire them in all their splendor.

You can admire:

  • The Forum and the Temple of Apollo: the hole was the old center of the city, economic, religious and political center in the center of which is the oldest monument of Pompeii: the Temple of Apollo.
  • The Amphitheater: where the fights were held between the gladiators.
  • The Lupanare of Pompeii: real homes of pleasure, where are kept the squares depicting the various “services” that were offered.

The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary

Santuario della Beata Vergine del Rosario di PompeiPompeii however, Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeinon is only a story, but also an important religious center since the Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary rises there, where thousands of devotees gather each day in prayer.

The sanctuary was founded by Bartolo Longo and built between 1876 and 1891.

The basilica features a Latin cross plant with three aisles associated with three altars that join behind the apse. The central nave is surmounted by a 57 meter high dome decorated with frescoes depicting the life of Bartolo Longo.

The Villa of Mysteries

Villa dei MisteriVilla dei Misteri is one of the most visited places in Pompeii. It is an ancient Roman house located outside the city. We do not know exactly where the house belongs, certainly to a rich Roman patrician. Many believe that the Villa was by Livia, the wife of the Emperor Augustus, whose statue was found among the ruins.

But his name is mainly related to the series of paintings discovered in a room of the dwelling, and of which the meaning is still understood today. It is increasingly accepted that the scenes represent the initiation of a young woman or a Dionysian cult or marriage. Whatever the explanation you may not be fascinated by these images that enchant anyone to stop looking at them.

 

In short, a city that never ceases to astonish, and who succeeds in conquering anyone who goes to visit it, giving each and every time new emotions that will remain indelible.

Napoli Centrale railway station

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Napoli Centrale railway station is the main railway station in Naples. It is located next to Piazza Garibaldi. Under Napoli Centrale there is the metro station that is called Stazione Piazza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Piazza station), it is served by the metropolitan trains of the line 2.

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Piazza Garibaldi
  • Treni

Napoli Centrale railway station is connected by verious trains of Trenitalia and EAV (Ente Autonomo Volturno). For example, there are direct trains to and from Rome and to and from Salerno. In addition to this there is Circumvesuviana train station. Circumvesuviana is a railway operating services in the East of the Naples metropolitan area, managed  by EAV . The Circumvesuviana network is 142 km long, it covers around 96 stations and provides services to the important tourist destinations such as Pompeii (How to reach Pompeii) and Herculaneum (how to reach Herculaneum).

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  • Autobus

Napoli Centrale railway station offers numerous bus lines that connect different areas of Naples and the province. To move around the city, it is possible to use buses operated by  ANM, Azienda Napoletana Mobilità.

In addition to this, there are also buses Alibus that connect Napoli Centrale with Capodichino Airport. Average journey time is only 20 minutes.

alibus

  • Metro

As was mentioned before, under Napoli Centrale railway station there is the metro station line 2 that is called Stazione Piazza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Piazza station). Line 2 is operated by Trenitalia SpA. The line starts operate at 5.20 and finishes at 23.20. Trains arrive with frequency of 8 minutes.

Beside this, Napoli Centrale is connected with line 1 of Naples metro through a passage. Line 1 is operated by ANM, Azienda Napoletana Mobilità. From Piscinola first train leaves at 6.00 and from Garibaldi – at 6.20. As for the last train, from Piscinola a train leaves at 22.29 and from Garibaldie – at 23.02.

Timetable workdays:

06.00 – 07.00  Frequency is 12′

07.00 – 21.30 Frequency is  9′

from 21.30 Frequency is 12′

Timetable holidays:

06.00 – 07.00 Frequency is 12′

07.00 – 21.30  Frequency is 10′

from 21.30  Frequency is 12′

Friday and Saturday
The last train from Piscinola is at 00.48, from Garibaldi – at 1.32
*extensions are stopped till 03.09.2016

Napoli metro map

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Passage from Napoli Centrale to the metro

 

Vesuvius connections

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There are several ways how to get to Vesuvious from Naples and Pompeii.

 

  • From Naples

EAV Bus

The Company EAV Bus operates a shuttle service from the city center of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. Buses leave from the terminal of Piazza Piedigrotta and cross different parts of the city reaching the Vesuvius after 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You can see the timetable here: EVN: Napoli- Vesuvio

From Naples to Vesuvius the bus stops at: 

Capolinea P.zza. Piedigrotta

Napoli via Caracciolo

C.so Garibaldi

P.zza Garibaldi Hotel Terminus

Ingresso Autostrada

Seggiovi

Capolinea. Vesuvio Q. 1000

From Vesuvius to Naples the bus stops at:

Capolinea. Vesuvio Q. 1000

Ercolano S.Vito

P.zza Garibaldi Hotel Terminus

Napoli via marittima

Napoli via Marina (Molo Beverello)

Napoli p. Vittoria

Capolinea P.zza. Piedigrotta

 – Train Circumvesuviana

It is also possible to take train Circumvesuviana from Naples Central train station in direction of Sorrento till the station Ercolano-Scavi (more inf. about how to get to Herculaneum/it. Ercolano you can see here: how-to-reach-herculaneum). The train leaves every thirty minutes (more or less). Ouside of the station Ercolano-Scavi there is a bus station with buses and taxi that go to Vesuvious. The average journey time is 30 min.

  • From Pompeii

– Eavbus Pompei-Vesuvio

From Piazza Anfiteatro in Pompeii (you can see here how to get to Pompeii) leave direct buses Eavbus Pompei-Vesuvio

Buses leave every day from 08.00 till 15.30(because the last entrance to Vesuvio is at 17.40). The average journey time is 55 min. The bus goes till the crater (that is the height of 1000 m).

You can see the timetable here: EVN: Pompei – Vesuvio

There bus makes 4 stops:

Porta Marina

Villa dei Misteri

Height 400 m

Height 750m.

Tickets Pompei/Vesuvio can be bought in the bus. The price for one way ticket is  2,70.

  – Train Circumvesuviana

It is also possible to use the train Circumvesuviana direction Pompei-Napoli till  Ercolano-Scavi. Ouside of the station Ercolano-Scavi there is a bus station with buses and taxi that go to Vesuvious. The average journey time is 30 min.

  • From Herculaneum/Ercolano

Vesuvio Express Bus shuttle

From the square of the train station Ercolano-Scavi leave Vesuvio Express Bus shuttle that connect Herculaneum and Vesuvious. The bus leave every day, every 40 min starting from 9.30. Two way ticket costs 10 EUROES. It is also possible to buy integrated ticket that includes also the entrance to the crater of Vesuvius.

  • From Sorrento

 – Train Circumvesuviana

If you travel from Sorrento, it is possible to take  Circumvesuviana train direction Sorrento-Napolitill  Ercolano-Scavi. Ouside of the station Ercolano-Scavi there is a bus station with buses and taxi that go to Vesuvious. The average journey time is 30 min.

How to get to Sorrento you can read here Naples-Sorrento timetables

 

Vesuvio

After you reach 1000 m with the bus or taxi, you need to go for some time (around 20 min )on foot till you reach edge of the crater. The entrance is paid and you can enter only accompanied with a tour guide that you find on spot.