Post # 1
Okay if you were staying in Rome for a week for your honeymoon and got to choose ONE day trip to go on…would you choose to go to Capri or the ruins of Pompeii? I am a history buff so I’d normally think Pompeii but Capri looks amazing. FYI this will be in the middle of September if that makes a difference. Thoughts?
Post # 2
Both are gorgeous! If you get one day trip, I’d recommend Herculaneum over Pompeii. I seem to recall it being better preserved. That said – there is plenty of historical delight in Rome so Capri might be a more refreshing change of scenery. Views from Anacapri are stunning!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do either of those as a day trip from Rome. If I was a history buff I’d go to Ostia Antica for ruins.
Post # 4
Capri is prettier, but Pompeii is far more interesting
Post # 5
Both!! Capri is so beautiful, I could get lost in the shops there and the beach is great. But Pompeii was on my bucket list and I enjoyed it more than Rome. We got a tour guide and she was great. My avatar is actually from Pompeii..
ETA: I heard Herculaneum was great but I didn’t get to go <cry>
Post # 7
All… I wouldn’t stay in Rome for the whole week. I’d split it up 4 and 3 days…. visit Capri, Pompeii and Herculeum (not as popular for some reason, but really cool, quite different from Pompeii).
Post # 8
Pompeii is really great for history buffs, but…yeah, you will have lots of similar history and even artificats in Rome. Capri is such a fun change–I’d probably recommend that if you have to choose between them. But can you just add in a couple days in the Naples area anyway? Then you could hit Capri, and Pompeii/Herculaneum and maybe some Amalfi coast…?
Post # 9
I’ve heard that as well about Herculaneum. I’m also knowing I will be seeing a lot of history related stuff in Rome so Capri might be a nice change of scenery. Plus, while I am a history buff, my husband is not. So I’m thinking he would enjoy Capri more.
There are only a few day trips that come with the package we’re doing unfortunately.
Post # 10
The water around Capri is gorgeous- I would love to return. And as much as I love history, ruins all start to look a like, to me. And as a P.P. stated, there already are a lot of ruins in Rome.
Post # 11
I’ve been to both on holidays in mid August. I thought Pompeii was very interesting and really enjoyed it but I nearly melted in the heat. Capri was lovely but the whole Amalfi Coast is beautiful. I thought the island itself was a bit of a tourist trap, absolutely jammed with people and very overpriced.
Post # 12
Both my husband and I don’t want to spend the whole trip carting our luggage from place to place. We’re also doing a week in Spain afterwards. Rome has so so so much to see that we both decided that’s where we wanted to be based and do maybe one or two day trips. As much as is love to see other parts of Italy, it just isn’t feasible this time around.
Post # 13
We went to Rome in November, we went to Pompeii from Rome on my birthday. We did it ourselves, no package or group thing to get there. Train from Rome to Naples, then train to Pompeii and back It was so good. So much bigger than I expected and it was on my bucket list to go see! Because we weren’t in a package we could do as we pleased, we weren’t rushed to go around. We waited for the tour guide at the entrance, went round with him and other english speaking tourists for 2 hours ish then went on our way to explore on our own afterwards. I’d definitely reccomend Pompeii!
Post # 14
I love your avatar. “Beware of dog”
OP, if you’re a history buff, I really think that Pompeii (or similar, as bees have suggested) is going to be something that you would kick yourself to miss. I don’t know where you’re from, but if you are a US bee, we just don’t have stuff like that around here and for me, also a history person, it really was fascinating. It’s also a bit different from ruins in Rome or Florence because it’s an excavated city, meaning you have complete avenues and buildings and can really imagine the Roman environment, as opposed to seeing say, the Colosseum that’s in the middle of a modern-day roundabout with scooters whizzing by. Capri is gorgeous, but it’s kind of well, just gorgeous. I know how that sounds, but it’s more sort of take in the scenery sort of option, even though there’s shopping and dining and all that. But honestly? Yes, the scenery is special, the *experience* if you will, wasn’t that different for me than knocking around any sort of vacay-costal-spot. Reminded me more or less of walking around Laguna Niguel in California or Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia or parts of the South of France.
Post # 15
In that case I would choose Capri. But ruins don’t really do much for me, unlike you perhaps. Though even if you love history & ruins, you’ll get plenty in Rome. Capri will give you something different.
I think Capri makes most sense in your case. Have fun!