The overnight ferry from Palermo went pretty well. Lots of people use the ferry with their dogs and we met quite a few dogs as we wandered the halls. We headed to Pompeii via train to Naples from the port.
Pompeii is a HUGE site. We highly recommend NOT visiting Pompeii in the summer. Even though the temps were only in the 70’s, the humidity was high and there’s not much shade. According to our B&B owner, at least 2 people die every year from heart attacks. Mark and I are pretty sure more people than that break or sprain an ankle on the site.
After Pompeii, we headed off to Capri right at the end of the season (ends on 10/31). Many shops and a few hotels were already closed, not to reopen to around Easter. Restaurants and bars also close for the winter and workers head off for 3-4 months of holiday. Several waiters and owners told us they work 12-14 hours every day from Easter until the end of October and are more than ready for a break.
80% of visitors to Capri are day trippers and we can believe that! Cruise ship tour groups and “regular” tour groups crowded the center of Capri every day; when evening came, we pretty much had the island to ourselves.
Rome was our last city. How do you get to Rome from Capri?? Not easily, if you’re not with a tour group.
- Walk from your hotel to the funicular in Capri to get to the port.
- Buy a ticket and take the ferry to Sorrento (about 30 Minutes).
- Walk or take the elevator (1 euro) UP from the port of Sorrento to the main town. Best 1 euro you can spend!
- Walk to the train station, dodging tour groups.
- Take the local train to Naples – think 24 stops and 50 minutes, standing the whole way unless you luck out and find a seat.
- Take the highspeed train to Rome and figure out how to get to where you’re staying once you’re in Rome. We opted for a taxi to our AirBnB.
We arrived in Rome on November 1, All Saints Day, and a holiday in many countries. Rome was packed with people for the weekend but calmed down come Monday.
To get home, we flew from Rome to Frankfurt, spent the night, and took the direct United flight to Denver with the crazy lady sitting directly in front of Mark. Other than punching the call button ALL the time, ignoring her lap baby and 5-year old, and yelling at the flight attendants, she was your normal passenger. Denver’s finest met her when she got off the plane and United supervisors were everywhere! Mark told the flight attendants to call him if they need any backup for her behavior!