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Naples, the capital city of the Campania Region, is also Italy’s third-largest city and a popular destination in the South. Our original plan was to take the train from Rome to Naples and Pompeii for a day trip but at the last minute, we decided to just book a panoramic tour of Naples and guided tour of Pompeii from Viator instead. This tour offers a panoramic view of Naples and an afternoon guided walking tour of Pompeii. Basically, it means sitting on a bus/coach while we drive around the city center and the tour guide pointing out the notable landmarks of Naples. This isn’t the most ideal way to explore this beautiful Italian city. But if you only have a few hours to spare, this is a good option because it’s convenient.
Participants of the tour are expected to be at the meeting point on or before 7:30 AM. We arrived around 7:15 AM at the Green Line Tours office near the Roma Termini station. After showing the booking confirmation from my phone, we were given a slip of paper to be given to the tour leader before boarding the bus.
Shortly after, we left the city of Rome and we’re on our way to Naples! Our tour guide Christina gave the tour instructions and information in English, French, and Spanish. She talked about the different points of interest we saw along the way and little tidbits about Rome and Naples. We stopped for breakfast at a rest stop halfway through our journey.
Here are some photos from our panoramic tour of Naples:
We had lunch at a local restaurant near the Pompeii excavation site entrance. Honestly, I was a little disappointed and thought that it was not the best representation of Napoli food. It was just okay. This is one of the things I regret, not being able to try classic Neapolitan dishes like Margherita pizza or Spaghetti alle vongole. And like any bus tour, there’s always a prerequisite visit to some jewelry factory (it was a Cameo and Coral factory/store) which for me is a complete waste of time.
I still recommend booking a guide when you get to Pompeii though. It’s huge so if you have a guide, the priority is the highlights. Like what our Pompeii local guide said, if you want to see the whole of Pompeii, it will take you at least a week! After your guided tour, you can still explore the ruins on your own in case you missed anything. Our Pompeii tour was only for a couple of hours and I wish we had more time to take photos and see the other parts of the ruins.
In hindsight, I wish we had followed our original plan of going on the day trip by ourselves. That way we’d have more control over our time and itinerary. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good tour. Some may actually prefer to do this instead of traveling by train or going on their own. It really was a panoramic view of the city, something that you might not be able to do if you choose to take the train. Also, the convenience of riding a bus instead of the train is a big plus. I’ve read lots of horror stories about pickpockets at the Napoli Centrale Station. On the way back to Rome, we were able to take a nap and they even dropped us off at the Metro Barberini station (nearest station to our Airbnb apartment). So yes, it was a great day!
How to get to Naples from Rome:
- Take the Frecciarossa (high-speed) train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale.
- Travel time is approximately 70 minutes.
- One way ticket base price is €44, much cheaper if you book in advance and reserve a specific time.
- You may buy your reserved tickets from Italia. Advance tickets are around €25 to €30 one way.
- Or buy tickets from Trenitalia. Advance tickets are around €25.90 to €29.90 one way.
- There are cheaper tickets available (€12 to €14), but those are for Regional trains which would take 3 hours travel time.
How to get to Pompeii from Naples:
- Take the Circumvesuviana train from Napoli Centrale to Pompeii Scavi-Villa dei Misteri
- Travel time is approximately 35 minutes.
- Train fare is around €3.20 one way
- No need to purchase train tickets in advance
Booking Pompeii Entrance tickets:
- Website: Parco Archeologico di Pompeii
- Ticket price is €15. First Sunday of the month = free entrance!
- Audio guide is available at the Porta Marina gate for rent: €8
- If you want a guided tour, you may inquire at the information desk at the Porta Marina entrance. Or you can book a tour in advance through Viator.
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Private Transfer between Fiumicino Airport and Rome City Centre
Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer between Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station
Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass | Roma Pass
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
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This blog post is Day 5 of my Italy Travel Diary Series. To read about the rest of my trip, click on the links below:
Day 1: Arrival in Rome – Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
Day 2: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Day 3: Vatican City (Papal Blessing/Angelus) and the Historic Centre of Rome
Day 4: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
Day 5: Pompeii Tour
Day 6: Arrival in Florence – First Class Guesthouse/Historic Centre of Firenze
Day 7: Barberino Designer Outlet
Day 8: Accademia and Uffizi Gallery
Day 9: Last Day in Rome – Night Views of the Colosseum and Castel Sant’ Angelo