Today we left Rome, braving Italian public transit for the first time (unless you count the “hop on hop off” buses…); it was quite the treat. Actually, the train from Rome to Naples was pretty luxurious – even in second class. Although, in all of the confusion of navigating Termini station, we forgot to validate our tickets, which caused Erin an immense amount of stress, as evidenced below.
I figured we could just play dumb, which really wouldn’t be playing at all. In the end, it didn’t even matter, and Erin was able to sit back and enjoy some refreshments for the rest of the ride.
The Naples train station was incredibly easy to get around, and we found the platform for the local train to Sorrento, the Circumvesuviana, in no time. Don’t be fooled by the fancy name – this was the sketchiest train I’ve ever travelled on.
Sorrento was at the end of the line, and as soon as we got off, there was nothing. No signs telling us where to go, no place to buy bus tickets as promised by Rick Steves, nothing. After 3 hours of train travel, most of it on the gross Circumvesuviana, we had little patience to spare. We finally found the right bus stop (after sitting at the wrong one for about 15 minutes), and a short ride up a cliff side road, the Hotel Minerva welcomed us.
The view from our balcony speaks for itself.
When we’d finally stopped drooling over the view, we freshened up, and trekked back into town for some more breathtaking views (and oversized seagulls).
And, of course, we stopped for some pre dinner treats.
We had dinner at the hotel, and enjoyed a well-deserved glass of wine in the lounge.