Rome and Pompeii anyone ?

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  1. Robert Clark

    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

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    Hi Guys
    At the end of the month we will be chasing some Autumn sunshine. I'm working on a couple of designation options and will make a final choice when the weather forecasts are available.
    One option in considering is returning to Tuscany - we had a great time there last October.
    This year I'm wondering if it's worth driving 3 hours from Florence to Rome, just for a couple of days. Then driving another 3 hours from Rome to Pompeii.
    Would appreciate any feedback from Funsters who have made this journey or visited these two destinations.

    Thanks
    Robert
     
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    We visited both these destinations in May . Finished up staying 8 days in Pompei (Camping Pompei opposite side of road to ruins same price as ACSI) very convenient also visited Herculaneum, Naples and Amalfi coast by rail and ferry etc. as the roads are completely mad. Went on to Rome and stayed outside the city at Acsi site Camping Tiber again very convenient and nice site. Train in to city takes 20 mins and shuttle to and from campsite to Station. Didn't originally intend to spend so long at either place but there was a lot to see. Also don't miss nearby Orvieto, aire right by funicular up to old town.
     
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    For Rome we stayed at Camping Village Flaminio, walked the short distance to the suburban railway station (supermarket on the way) and caught the train into the city centre and back - all very easy.

    For Pompeii and Herculaneum we stayed in Sorrento at Camping International Nube d'Argento and took the train to the sites. For Herculaneum you get off at the 'Ercolano Scavi' stop and walk a short distance through the modern town. For Pompeii the train deposits you outside the gate. The advantage of Sorrento is a) it's not too close to Naples, b) it's quite pleasant in itself, and c) you can visit the Amalfi coast and Capri easily from there as well. The road from the A3 Autostrada to Sorrento is busy, and at times a bit mad, but worth the effort.
     
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    Both cities are well worth a visit. We stopped at Camping Tiber for our visit to Rome and at Nube dArgento, Sorrento for our vist to Naples. Please, please take care of your personal possessions when walking around or traveling on public transport in Rome, street crime is rife.
    Brisey.
     
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    I should add that Herculaneum is a smaller site than Pompeii, so you may need less time there. Pompeii will easily fill a whole day. Most of the small finds are in a museum in Naples.
     
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    it's such a long way away, surely quicker and easier to fly there and stay in a hotel?? Italian roads are a nightmare :(
     
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    We've flown to Sorrento and Rome, and driven there in the MH too. We preferred the driving by far, which was about a million times less boring and dehumanising than flying and hotels. Italian dual carriageways are no different to French dual carriageways - it's only in cities where Italian drivers become excessively pushy.

    We drove to Sorrento in 5 days from NW England, crossing the Alps into Italy via the non-tunnel route through Montgenevre and stopping one night in Lucca. It was worth the effort just for the Alpine scenery never mind all the rest. After Sorrento we drove back up to Rome as part of the gradual return trip northwards.
     
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  8. Robert Clark

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    Thanks for the feedback guys - plans now made
    A mixture of Aires and Fattore Amico farms/wineries in Tuscany, then down to Rome and Sorrento (for Pompei)
    Fingers crossed for the weather at the end of the month!

    Regards
    Robert
     
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    Sorrento is an utter delight. Make sure you go down to the old harbour.
    Don't miss Herculaneum. There are houses there you could move into now, one even has beds, gives a much better impression of rich Roman life.
    And Capri, mega glitzy and once where the Roman Empire was ruled from.
     
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    Thanks Brian, will certainly add Capri to the list when we're in Sorrento.
     
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    Both places definitely worth visiting Rome is our favourite European city campsites already mentioned.
    Go and enjoy.


    Why would anyone with a motorhome ever choose to fly, hopefully I'll never fly again. Modern day flying is a horrendous experience.
    Italian roads are wonderful just drive lkke an Italian then it works. Love riding my motorbike in Italy anything goes.
     
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    On Capri there's the Grotto Azzuro - a sea cave in the cliff which is only accessible by boat. The sunlight filtering in through the narrow entrance hole illuminates the water with a weird blue light. Very unusual and worth a trip, provided you don't mind bobbing around in small boats.

    In Rome, once you've seen the Colloseum and the Forum, don't miss the Pantheon.
     
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  13. OldAgeTravellers

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    Hi Robert, we stayed at Happy Camping, ASCI approved, nice small site with free shuttle to the station. Get a €1.5 ticket and it will take you anywhere in Rome as it is timed.
    We went to Camping Tiber but too many midges and dogs howling from across the river.
    For seeing Rome sights download the "Rick Steve's" app for guides around Europe. https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/audio-europe fantastic if you have a tablet or Smart Phone get a splitter and two sets of earphones and he directs you around many of the sights. His one on the Sistine Chapel is amazing and saved us three hours queuing. Book online costs an extra €4 each and you also skip the queues. We left Italy two days ago, now in Croatia. The driving in Italy is now not so bad as they have reduced all the speed limits by about 20 kph below what they should be but driving is very slow but the Autostrada are very cheap it cost us €32 for about 380 km. from the Alps to Rimini and probably saved that in fuel. From Venice to Slovenia cost €11. If you have time go to Venice as well you can park in Venice €21 for the first 12 hours €16 per 12 hours or part after that with free electric hookup and water, didn't find dumping. It cost as much plus the fare over to Venice last year camping on the mainland. It is just a half hour walk into the city or you can take the people mover for €1.50 each. Best to get there just before midday to be sure of a space or else park with the cars for same price but without hookup.
    I personally think at least three days for Rome one for Pompeii half for Herculanium three or four for Venice. if you do Venice book the Free walking tour online it is free but both times we have been with them we have given a good tip. freetourvenice.com do it as soon as you get there and it is a very good introduction to the Venice you wouldn't see otherwise then get a two or three day pass for the Water Buses and walk and walk.
    Very much worth the drive. Even if you only do two or three days in Rome and Pompeii.
    Steve
     
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    Presumably aimed at the large number of Italian motorists who instinctively drive at 20kph above what it says on the signs. A clever piece of thinking by their Department of Transport.
     
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    Yes but an absolute nightmare if you vigilantly stick to the speed limits. You become a major cause of bunching with lunatics overtaking at the wrong place and a three mile tailback behond you.
    But, everyone is so much slower, but it takes an age to get anywhere.
    I half expected to get a ticket for NOT SPEEDING!!
     
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    Try driving like the locals it works, you won't have any problems then, after all it is their country.
     
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    We went to Italy in Autumn 2008 and spent 6 weeks wandering.

    4 nights in Camping Fusina in Venice - close to the ferry.
    Amazing city - we should have stayed longer!

    6 nights at Camping Spartacus in Pompeii - excellent centre for exploring - wonderful day trips.
    1 day on open top bus around Sorrento
    1 day on the boat to Capri
    1 day on the normal service bus along the Amalfi coast - awesome!
    1 day wandering the ruins of Pompeii
    1 day in Naples

    It's also possible to take a bus up Vesuvius - we had done that on a previous trip.

    6 nights at Happy Camping in Rome - wonderful city.
    Train into the city every day wandering and exploring.
     
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    We go to italy every summer and roads are detoriating all the time. They really are poor of main routes.....
     
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    I will second that! Just travelled down the whole Adriatic coast to where we are today, Otranto. Intended to visit some out of the way places off the main (non-motorway) roads. Forget it! The state of the roads are a national disgrace for Italy. Unable therefore to spend time (and badly needed money for the local economies) at any of these towns. Has spoilt our Italian tour somewhat as we had planned to overwinter in the country but after only 2 weeks are heading back up north (exclusively motorways again) and will head to Espana again.
    Ps:Italians are such a rude obnoxious lot in the main too. No manners, no warm welcomes, no gratitude for visiting their premises. Yuck! Exercised our recently found attitude to simply walk out of any establishment that did not show us any respect. Today makes 7 in 2 weeks!
    Pps: have never been in a country where the guides to aires etc are so erroneous. Went to 4 which were simply not there any more.
     
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  20. Robert Clark

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys - despite a shaky start this morning due to the closure of the Channel Tunnel, we're now en route to Italy and have just left Dover in the ferry
    The adventure begins !
     
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