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Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

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Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November


We'll be in Sorrento next week and would like to go see Mt. Vesuvius and some ruins. We're traveling with our 2 kids ages 9&7. Would you recommend Pompeii or Herculaneum? Also, what's the best way to get there? I'm thinking the Campania Train but just wanted to see how easy this is.


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Adelaide, Australia
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1. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

Pompeii is an exstensive area, and Herculaneum more compact

Trains Sorrento to Naples Pompeii and Heculaneum www.eavsrl.it/web/content/orario-ferrovia

Buses depart from outside the excavation to Vesuvius

www.pompeiisites.org www.sorrentotourism.com www.timeout.com/naples

Dallas, Texas
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2. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

Been to Pompeii twice and loved it! I would go back a third time as it’s huge. Wanted to see Herculaneum but storms this week prevented it. Both are easily accessible from the train.

Southport, United...
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3. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

For me its Herculaneum all the way, smaller site but more complete much better day out for two children of that age, less chance for them to get tired and bored.

Wales, United...
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4. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

Pompeii....site is a couple of minutes away from the train station.

Herculaneum....site is a good ten minute walk from the train station.

Both are wonderful and easy to get to by train.

Durham, United...
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5. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November


Please note that the Campania Express train has stopped running for the season. I also think Herculaneum might be better for children because it's smaller than Pompeii. Both are good though.


Circumvesuviana train. We've used it with no problems whatsoever but keep all valuables secure just in case.



Circumvesuviana train reviews


Info about travel to Vesuvius below.



Edited: 05 November 2018, 19:45
Houston, Texas
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6. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

Pompeii for me, but with kids that young Herculaneum is probably the better option. I will say that November might be ideal to see Pompeii though, since hardly any shade there and won't be hot like Spring or Summer.

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7. Re: Pompeii or Herculaneum in mid-November

We did Pompeii in December. Truly amazing!

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