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Day Trip To Pompeii or Herculaneum
From Itri it is easy to take a Day Trip to Pompei or Herculaneum
How To Get To Pompeii / Herculaneum From Itri
If you are planning a Day Trip to Pompeii or Herculaneum by train we recommend that you use Formia Station. Here you can park your car and then purchase your tickets prior to boarding the train. Please be sure to ask for a Return Ticket / Andata e Ritorno for Napoli Centrale (Piazza Garibaldi).
Do not ask for tickets direct to Pompeii, as you will find yourselves arriving at a different Pompeii station, which is some distance from the archaeological remains. Another mistake we have made ourselves, so we are happy to share this knowledge!
Once you arrive at Napoli Centrale station, if you want to visit Pompeii or Herculaneum then you will need to transfer to the privately operated narrow gauge Circumvesuviana railway. This is located downstairs in the station.
The Circumvesuviana has several routes running around the Naples area. One route goes all the way to Sorrento with several stops in between, including the one for Pompeii Scavi which is also sometimes known as Villa dei Miseri. Further along the train route is the station for Herculaneum or Scavi Ercolano. During the daytime the trains run approximately every half hour.
Please Note: Nowadays you are obliged to carry photo ID, in the form of your passport, when travelling on trains, so make sure you take your passport or Photo ID with you. The conductor may well ask to check this.
N.B. Security of Personal Items. As with many large cities, pickpockets do operate, so please stay aware and take care not to fall victim. Previous guests were caught on the Rome Underground, and one hears stories of handbags being pinched from cafe tables whilst you relax with your cappuccino. Hopefully fore-warned is fore-armed.
The Roman town of Pompeii was preserved in time when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, in 79AD caused it to be engulfed by a pyroclastic surge of searing hot toxic gas and volcanic ash. This ancient Roman settlement lay buried for 1600 years, however archaeological excavations of the site have provided an intriguing insight into Roman life. The ancient streets are paved in large flat volcanic stones, some visibly worn away by Roman carts.
The site at Pompeii is quite large and spread out. It is impossible to visit everything in just one day so you will need to choose what you want to see. There are the remains of a Roman forum, a Basilica, an Amphitheatre, a Gymnasium, Baths, Botanical Gardens, Shops, Bars, Bakeries, Villas and even a Brothel.
When travelling to Herculaneum on the Circumvesuviana train make sure you get off at the station named Ercolano Scavi. It is a 10 minute walk, downhill towards the entrance of Ercolano. Here the archaeological site is somewhat smaller and compact than the one at Pompeii, so we would recommend visiting this site if you don’t want to do too much walking. However, there is still plenty to see.
Ercolano was situated about 12 miles from Pompeii. During Roman times it developed into a prosperous seaside resort and trading port in the Bay of Naples. The Roman town had many luxurious and spacious villas, bath houses for both men and women, a large sports complex, a theater, a temple, shops and bars. It also had a seafront and beach. During the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD a high speed scorching pyroclastic surge of hot gases and ash suddenly engulfed Herculaneum. The Romans who had remained in the town would have become overwhelmed and died instantaneously. The Roman town was located right beside the sea however the eruption dramatically changed the geography of the local landscape, leaving the site of the old town now positioned further inland. For many centuries it lay buried under 20 feet of volcanic debris, ash and solidified mud. This thick hard covering preserved the town beneath until excavations began to reveal its hidden secrets. Only a quarter of the Roman town has been excavated. The modern day Ercolano was built above it, and modern buildings overlook the ruins. Mount Vesuvius still broods menacing in the background.