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Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento

Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento

All you need to know to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento

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Many travellers to southern Italy use Sorrento as a base to visit the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the smoldering volcanic Mount Vesuvius. If you are exploring the Italian coastline south of Naples, you should definitely make time to visit these unique and unforgettable spots...after all, when will you next get the opportunity to walk the perfectly preserved streets of a Roman city lined with shops, baths, and brothels, or stare into the steaming crater of an active volcano?

Sorrento to Pompeii

Getting to Pompeii from Sorrento, Italy is very simple: just take the Circumvesuviana train which runs from Sorrento to Naples, and in 20 minutes you'll arrive at Pompeii. The entrance to the archaeological site is right across from the Circumvesuviana station.

Sorrento to Herculaneum

Getting to Herculaneum from Sorrento is just as simple: take the Circumvesuviana train which runs from Sorrento to Naples and get off at Ercolano (about 40 minutes from Sorrento). Once you exit the station, follow the main road downhill about 500 meters to the entrace to the archaeological site.

Hours and Tickets

  • 1 November to 31 March: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 1 Aprile to 31 October: 9:00am - 7:30pm
  • Open daily; closed 1 January and 25 December
  • Ticket price: EUR 13 for Pompeii, EUR 11 for Herculaneum; Discounts: EUR 5.50 (students between 18 and 24 and teachers). Free for children under 18.
  • Free entrance the first Sunday of each month
  • You can purchase a pass for both sites for EUR 20

Guided Tours

You can join group guided tours at either site. There is a booth with official guides in different languages near the entrances, which you can recognize by the wooden sign above with the symbol of the Region of Campania (a white shield with a diagonal red line across it).

Sorrento to Mount Vesuvius

Combining a stop at the top of Mount Vesuvius with a visit to Pompeii or Herculaneum is a great idea. We suggest visiting Mount Vesuvius in the morning and continuing on to Pompeii and Herculaneum in the afternoon; buses between Vesuvius and the archaeological sites run until 3 in the afternoon.

From Herculaneum to Mount Vesuvius:

  • Vesuvio Express Bus: departs from the Circumvesuviana train station at Herculaneum and arrives at the visitor arrival area on Vesuvius at 1,050 meters above sea level. From here, you will hike with a guide to the crater (about a 20 minute walk along an easy trail).
  • Departures every 40 minutes beginning at 9:30 am
  • Price: EUR 20 (includes bus and entrance fee to the Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio)

From Pompeii to Mount Vesuvius:

  • Busvia del Vesuvio: departs from the Circumvesuviana train station at Pompei Villa dei Misteri and arrives at the entrance to the Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio. Here passengers transfer to a small 4x4 eco-bus which continues along the historic "Matrone" road to the visitor arrival area on Vesuvius at 1,050 meters above sea level. From here, passengers hike with a guide to the crater (about a 20 minute walk along an easy trail).
  • Departures every hour from 9 am to 3 pm
  • Price: EUR 22 (bus + ecobus + entrance fee to the Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio)

Lunch in a Vineyard

For a lunch break between the archaeological sites and Vesuvius' crater, we recommend a stop at the Cantina del Vesuvio winery, which produces local Lacryma Christi wine. They offer winery tours and a tasting lunch each day, featuring their own wines paired with local dishes. The winery can only be reached by car, and you can book a driving tour with one of the companies suggested below.
La Cantina del Vesuvio

Eurolimo - Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and Lacryma Christi Winery Pick

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Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and Lacryma Christi Winery

During this excursion your driver will give you the chance to visit the famous ruins of Pompeii, drive up Mt. Vesuvius and relax in a family winery for a light lunch, Lacryma Christi wine tasting and wine yards tour.

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If you love history and archaeology, this is the perfect day trip, with a full day journey back in time in the two buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. We'll also drive up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, where you can walk the 25 minute path to the crater at the peak.

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