The excavations of the Roman city of Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, is one of Italy's most popular ancient Roman sites. The archeological site is huge and there's lots to see so plan to spend at least half a day there. There's a snack bar inside the archeological area and several restaurant choices in the modern town of Pompei where the excavations are located.
Find out what to see and get information in our Pompeii Visitor Information
Transportation to Pompeii from Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast
From Sorrento you can easily get to the excavations on the Circumvesuviana train line. Frequent trains go to Pompei Scavi (excavations), taking about half an hour. Check the schedule on the Circumvesuviana web site. If you have time for another site, you can take the train to Ercalano Scavi (Herculaneum), a smaller site, about 17 minutes farther down the rail line, or take the bus to Mount Vesuvius if you are finished with Pompeii quickly.
From Positano or Amalfi, the trip is longer as you will first have to take a bus to either Sorrento (and follow above directions) or Salerno and then take the regular train to Pompei Scavi, about a 45 minute train trip. See Trenitalia for trains from Salerno.
Pompeii and Herulaneum Tour from Amalfi Coast
If you prefer a guided tour departing from Amalfi Coast, Select Italy offers a Lost Cities - Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour.