We left Rome to make our way to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. We decided last minute to make a quick stop in Pompeii and were so glad we did. Pompeii was so easy to get to and was a highlight of my whole trip. I would definitely make the time to go there if you are traveling to Italy.
Pompeii was a port town with about 2,000 people. In 79 A.D., nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted destroying the city by burying it in volcanic ash and a pyroclastic flow. The city was not rediscovered until much later and was excavated. It is now an incredibly well-preserved sight showing what life in Italy was like centuries ago.
We left from the Termini Station in Rome and took the train to Napoli Central. The fast train only took about an hour. We used Trenitalia.com to buy our train tickets online ahead of time so we would know the schedule. Once in the Naples Station, you have to find the circumvesuviana trains which are downstairs. They are crowded and not comfortable like all the other trains we took in Italy, but it was a quick 30 minute ride. Buy your ticket downstairs to the Pompei Scavi stop and once there, follow the crowd to the Pompeii entrance.
FYI – the train station in Pompeii had luggage storage, which made it an easy stop for us on our way to our hotel in Sorrento. The sight is almost directly across the street from the train station, so it was very easy to find. To find the luggage storage in the Pompei Scavi station, follow signs to the WC downstairs.
There was a long line to get into Pompeii but it moved quickly. We used the Rick Steves Audio Europe App to listen to a free self-guided tour on our phone. Even with the map and the audio guide, we still got lost. This place is huge so make sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring water and snacks, and wear sunscreen.