After spending our first few days in Rome, we headed down south. Many suggested that we do Naples and Pompeii all in one day but we wanted to take our time in both places.
We started by taking a bullet train to Naples and then a local commuter train (which I highly recommend to not take if you have luggage, the train is super packed and its about an hour commute) to Pompeii.
Pompeii was gorgeous, and a great place to visit, but if you don’t have a lot of time on your trip, I would skip Pompeii and head straight to Naples. The ruins of Pompeii are just that, ruins, and most of the notable artwork has been moved to the Archaeological Museum in Naples.
If you have the time to visit Pompeii then make sure you make the time to go up to Mt. Vesuvius. We went through the company Busvia del Vesuvio and loved it! The ride up was in a cross between a bus and a monster truck, super bumpy, yet scenic and well worthwhile. The best part was making it up to the top, viewing the city below, and enjoying being in the clouds.
This is an active volcano. We were told that the volcanologists who study the constant pattern of this volcano will only know about 2 weeks ahead of time if the volcano will erupt again. When you are at the top of the mountain and look down you realize just how crazy it is that so many towns are situated so close to the unknown danger that awaits.
Now for Naples, many travelers have fallen in love with Naples. I was not one of them. I loved everything about my trip except for this city. I just felt the city was not just dirty, which who cares when you have lived in New York city all your life, but everything was covered in graffiti and seemed like it was falling apart.
The one thing I truly loved during the visit was the Archaeological Museum. In the sea of dirt in the city, the minute you walk into the museum, you are surrounded by pristine white walls with gorgeous marble statues four times as tall as us.
This is the museum where a lot of the surviving artifacts and art from Pompeii, after the volcanic explosion, was brought to. It was quiet an experience to walk through these rooms and see all the extravagance of those times.
Then we were off to the streets of Naples…
We finished our Naples trip, with Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which is known for the best pizza in the city. Many have raved about it to me, I didn’t like it and would recommend to look elsewhere for good pizza. Not the best way to end our Naples trip but we had to get back on the bullet train!
All of the tourist attractions we saw, through this Italy trip, we did by self guide using different books and tips we found online. The most helpful was Rick Steve’s Rome and his audio files, I don’t think we could have gotten very far in the city without it.
I hope you enjoyed the second part to this getaway post… More to come tomorrow! And if you have not looked at it yet here is Part 1!
I brought back an extra gift from Italy for a special reader, the giveaway is up and the winner will be announced next FRIDAY!