A street in Pompeii

A street in Pompeii, with 2,000 year old cart ruts...

  The train from Rome to Naples...

Rome to Pompeii by train:  A Trenitalia Frecciarossa from Rome to Naples.  More info about Frecciarossas.

  The Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Pompeii Scavi...

A Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Pompeii.

Rome or Florence to Pompeii

It's one of Italy's most amazing attractions.  An entire Roman town, buried under ash and lava by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD then excavated so you can wander around.  If you get the chance to go, take it.  It's just south of Naples, but can be done as an easy day trip from Rome by high-speed train, or even (if you're keen) from Florence.  This page will tell you how, inexpensively & independently, no tour necessary.  By travelling on a 186mph high-speed train, not by 50 mph tour bus it maximises your time at Pompeii, and you can explore the ruins at your own pace for as long or as short a time as you like.

Step 1, take a high-speed train to Naples

Step 2, take the Circumvesuviana Railway to Pompeii

Step 3, cross the road to the ruins of Pompeii

Direct Rome-Pompeii train on Summer Sundays

Tips & suggestions

A visit to Pompeii in pictures
High-speed Frecciarossa trai from Rome to Naples   Frecciarossa 1000 standard class seats

1.  Take a Frecciarossa 1000 from Rome Termini to Naples.


Standard (2nd) class seats on a Frecciarossa 1000.

Pompeii Scavi Villa dei Misteri station, on the Circumvesuviana   Location of Circumvesuviana station & entrance to Pompeii

2.  Hop on the Circumvesuviana Railway from Naples to Pompeii Scavi, leaving every 30 minutes.


3.  Outside Pompeii Scavi - Villa Dei Misteri station, the entrance to the ruins is across the road and to the right.  See map.

Street of shops in Pompeii   Archway in Pompeii

A typical street of shops in Pompeii, complete with stepping stones at crossing points.

Ruined bakery in Pompeii   A taverna in Pompeii

A bakery.


A taverna, or Roman bar.

Cave Canem mosaic in Pompeii   Street in Pompeii

Above left, the famous Cave Canem mosaic - beware of the dog - at the entrance to a Pompeian town house.

A lupanar in Pompeii   Bed cubicle in a lupanar   Wall painting in the lupanar, Pompeii

A remarkably well-preserved lupanar.  An insight into a 2,000 year old culture if ever there was one.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupanar_(Pompeii).

Town house, Pompeii   Paint still on the walls!   Town house, Pompeii

Painted walls inside a town house in Pompeii.

Pompeii forum

Pompeii's ancient forum, with Vesuvius in the background.

Pompeii forum   Pompeii forum

More shots of the forum.

Pompeii, the Villa dei Misteri   Beautiful wall paintings in Pompeii's Villa dei Misteri

The Villa dei Misteri - House of the Mysteries - a well-preserved suburban villa on the edge of Pompeii, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_of_the_Mysteries.

Video guide:  How to change trains at Naples Centrale onto the Circumvesuviana

This video shows you exactly how to walk from the mainline concourse at Naples Centrale down to the Circumvesuviana Railway platforms for the local trains to Pompeii & Sorrento.

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