Upcoming travel to Italy: Milan to Florence to Siena to Pompeii to Capri to Rome

My granddaughter, age 18 and I will be arrive in Milan June 17. We want to go to Florence on June19 and to Tuscany (siena?) on June 22. We'll rent a car there and hope to leave it in Naples. Then, we want to train to Pompeii, visit Capri, and somehow or other get back to Rome. You get six graduate credits if you can help. Obviously, we would like to do this in the most economical manner possible.
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  • Hello Margo,

    We can book the trains from Milan to Florence and Florence to Siena. When traveling from Naples to Pompeii, there is a local train that will take you from downtown Naples to the ruins of Pompeii. You can then take the train back to Naples from there and then the local metro from Naples Centrale station to the Naples Mergellina station to catch the ferry to Capri. Once back in Naples we can then book you on the train to Rome.
    Please note that the train from Naples to Pompeii is called the Circumvesuviana line and tickets are approximately 5.00 EURO per person each way. This train is located in the lower level of the Central station at the Naples Piazza Garibaldi station.
    I hope this helps you in planning your vacation abroad. Have a great day!
    Jen
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  • Jen --

    I would love to have you do this booking. Everything is as I explained in my original e-mail to you with the exception that we want to get to Pompeii from Siena via train. I believe that we will have to
    take a train to Naples and then take the local train that you suggested.

    So, we want to go from Milan to Florence on June 19
    from Florence to Siena on June 22
    from Siena to Pompeii on June 25
    from Pompeii to Capri on June 26
    from Capril to Rome on June 27.

    We would like to leave each day at about 9am, if this is possible. Thank you so much for your help and advice. I am ready to make these bookings now.

    Margo Smith
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 12, 2012 14:59
    Hi Margo,

    For the requested travel, I would recommend purchasing the Eurail Italy Pass for at least 4 days of rail travel. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    There are direct trains from Milan to Florence that will require reservations.

    Florence and Siena are connected by direct regional trains that do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    The ruins of Pompei can only be reached by taking the privately owned and operated 'Circumvesuviana Line' from Naples. This rail line runs from the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples down to Sorrento. The ruins are located right off the 'Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri' stop of this rail line. Since these trains are privately owned and operated, tickets would have to be purchased locally upon arrival. These tickets are rather inexpensive. For example, according to the Frommer's Travel Guide from a past year, the roundtrip ticket on the Circumvesuviana train between Naples and Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri only costs the equivalent of about $2.85 USD per person, and the train takes about 35 minutes in each direction.

    Thus, to get from Siena to the ruins of Pompei, you would make a rail connection from Siena to Naples, where you would switch to a Circumvesuviana train. Conveniently, the Piazza Garibaldi station is located in the lower level of the same building as the Naples Centrale station, which is considered the main rail station in Naples where most trains from elsewhere in Italy will arrive into.

    A connection from Siena to Naples involves changing trains once in Florence along the way. Therefore, you would take a non-reservable regional train back to Florence, for which the rail pass is all you would need to board. In Florence, you would switch to a train that will take you to Naples, which will require reservations.

    The island of Capri is accessible by hydrofoil or ferry from Sorrento. The hydrofoil between Sorrento and Capri takes about 20 minutes in duration, while the fast ferry takes about 30 minutes in duration and the traditional ferry takes about 40 minutes in duration. Tickets for the hydrofoil and the ferries would be purchased locally upon arrival. Considering this, you would take the Circumvesuviana from Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri to Sorrento in order to catch either the hydrofoil or ferry to Capri.

    Capri also happens to be accessible by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples. Therefore, you can just take one of these ferries or hydrofoils for your return back to Naples and Rome (instead of backtracking via Sorrento and the Circumvesuviana line). There are fast ferries and traditional ferries that arrive into the Calata Porta di Massa in Naples. The fast ferries take about 50 minutes in duration, and the traditional ferries take about 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration. The hydrofoils arrive into the ports of either Molo Beverello or Mergellina in Naples and take about 40 minutes in duration. Hydrofoils depart every hour during the high season. Tickets for both the ferries and the hydrofoil would be purchased locally upon arrival.

    After you add the rail pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Add A Trip' to include your reservations. On the next screen, you would just enter the cities under where it says 'Get Train Tickets or Reservations' and indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass where it says 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'. Otherwise, to check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our actual homepage.

    Once again, the segments you will book reservations for are: Milan to Florence on June 19th, Florence to Naples (as part of your connection from Siena to Pompei on June 25th) and Naples to Rome (as part of your connection from Capri to Rome on June 27th).

    For planning purposes, you can just view schedules for the non-reservable trains from Florence to Siena (and back) by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, entering the route, and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass, when prompted.
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  • I desperately need your help. I need to make these reservations. I believe that I will be best getting a rail pass for the two of us. We will always be traveling together.

    We want to go from Milan to Florence on June 19
    from Florence to Siena on June 22
    from Siena to Pompeii on June 25
    from Pompeii to Capri on June 26
    from Capril to Rome on June 27.

    We would like to leave each day at about 9am, if this is possible.

    , I believe that the best way to get from Siena to Pompeii is to take a train to Naples and then, the local train from Naples to Pompeii. The next day, we will have to ride back to Naples to pick up a ferry to Capri. Then, the following day ferry back to Naples to catch a train to Rome.

    I need to buy the appropriate rail passes and get the reservations made. We are leaving for Italy on Saturday. I am a grandmother who is trying so hard to make a wonderful trip for my granddaughter. However, because I still must work a lot, I have not been able to make all these plans well in advance. So, I need help from Rail Europe so badly.

    Thank you for anything you can do for me.

    All good wishes,
    Margo Smith

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Complicated Train Travel in Italy for a Grandmama and 18 year old granddaughter.
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