Day 2: Naples - Herculaneum - Pompeii - Naples
This station Naples communicates with Herculaneum and Pompeii and also with Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast.
Another more comfortable option is to book a bus tour to visit Pompeii with a guide in Spanish or book this offer that includes a visit to Vesuvius, in both you will be picked up at your hotel.
If you want to go free, as we have done, it is advisable to book the entrance to Pompeii and the entrance to Herculaneum in advance to skip the lines.
If you prefer to know better the history of Pompeii and all the key points of the site, it is very interesting to book this 2-hour tour for small groups led by an archaeologist in Spanish.
We do the tour enjoying totally different views of Naples to those we had yesterday and also totally different from those we imagined when we prepared this trip to Naples and Pompeii.
A vision of a somewhat chaotic traffic, a somewhat dirty and neglected city, although we will not lie if we say we love it.
We arrive at Stazione Circumvesuviana in less than 5 minutes and for 2 euros per person we buy the ticket that will take us at 10:09 in the morning to Herculaneum, which will be our first stop of the day.
The train is quite old, but at this time it is already full of tourists, something that reminds us that we have made the decision to visit Herculaneum first, as they say much better preserved than Pompeii and most importantly, much less visited, so so we can take advantage of enjoying this enclave alone enough to «live it»A little more and in the afternoon, in Pompeii, avoid the tourist groups and cruises that have told us saturate the city of Pompeii first thing in the morning.
The second train stop is at Napoli Garibaldi, a much more central station, but at the same time much busier, so you can imagine that a train that goes to Herculaneum and Pompeii, in which we were practically alone a few minutes ago, we ended up being like canned sardines.
We arrive in Herculaneum in just under 20 minutes and once on the platform you just have to follow people, down the street to find us, facing the sea, the entrance to Herculaneum.
The first thing we find, before even going through the ticket offices, is a kind of catwalk in the upper part, from where you have an incredible perspective of the city, with Vesuvius in the background.