(Closed) Capri or Pompeii?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You could still let Rome be the base, and then just doing an overnight in Naples area?  Then you don’t have to lug all the luggage around, just a small overnight… cept this way you have to double pay for hotel night.  But it’d be more relaxing than trying to day trip to either place considering its a 1.5-2 hr train ride to just naples, and you could do both spots.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I lived in Naples for 5 years…go to Capri! It is so pretty and romantic (AND EXPENSIVE!! Be prepared)

Alternatively, why not head down to the Amalfitan Coast? You can do Ravello and Amalfi on the same day

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

Capri

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Is it possible to see the Amalfi Coast from Rome as a day trip?  I don’t mean to thread jack, we are going to Rome this June with our 2 kids.  We are great travelers, the kids have been all over Europe a few times but I wasn’t sure if Rome to the Amalfi Coast would be too much for a day trip.  I wanted to go to one location – thinking Positano, for just a day but the unreliability of the Italian trains scares me.  I have been in Italy during a planned strike and that stunk.  It is on my bucket list to see the Amalfi Coast but DH is recommending that we do Amalfi on a seperate trip.  One never knows what will happen in the future so it pains me to think that we will be 3 hours away by high speed train.  I don’t want to swim or anything, just see it, walk around a bit and get lunch.  Is this possible?  We splurged on a really expensive hotel in Rome so I would prefer not to pay for another hotel room when the Rome hotel is already paid for.  I should have planned our trip better but it was kind of spontaneous and last minute.  Thanks in advance for your help and Poster – wishing you an awesome trip whatever you decide!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

Pompeii.  I could have spent a ton of time there.  I thought it was very fascinating. 

Capri was boring to me.  

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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llevinso:  Been to both and my vote is definitely Capri! There is history there too.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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llevinso:  I did both in one day. I could not decide. I arrived in Naples by train/boat  from Sicily in the morning, dropped my bags at the hotel and took the boat to Capri. Capri is really beautiful and really expensive. When I got back midday, I got on a train to Pompeii. It was a little rushed but not terrible. Pompeii is more than just ruins, think of it as an outdoor museum.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Did both last year August for our honeymoon and while  I really enjoyed Pompeii, my hubby didn’t 😔 I think he was quite fed up of history stuff by then. But he loved capri. It was definitely one of his favorite places and he actually wished we could’ve spent at least a couple nights there. We did the day trip to Pompeii from Rome and Capri was from sorrento though… So one possible con is that you may only get a short time on Capr. Hope you and your hubby have a great time whatever you all decide to do

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I went to both places last May and they were beautiful. If you’re a history buff, obviously Pompeii, but the grottos and beach of Capri were stunning.. but I adore water and I’m not too much into history. I did enjoy the Pompeii tour though- we did the Mt Vesuvius & Pompeii combo. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I also did both, over two days.  We stayed in Capri one night before heading down to naples to catch a ferry to greece.  This was actually when I was in high school (and probably the only reason to be in the latin club…)

I loved capri so much more than Rome.  It’s a much slower pace and it’s stunning.  I’m also into volcanos, so visiting pompeii was very memorable. 

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

Fiance and I spent a week on the Amalfi Coast (Ravello and Positano) and hired a boat to take us on a day trip to Capri. We loved the boat ride itself and the Blue Grotto, but Capri wasn’t our thing. We found it too crowded and touristy for our liking, but we really only had the chance to explore the island’s two marinas. Perhaps there are more scenic areas elsewhere.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

Capri by a mile, it’s dreamy. My only regret after spending an afternoon there is that I didn’t have a day or two on the island. Pompeii is not what I’d call romantic, and it gets boring after the first 20 minutes of volcanically preserved homes and stores and streets. I’m a history buff and even I find sites like Pompeii or Ephesus or excavated classical ruins in general to be a little monotonous after the first little while.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Capri! Get a private boat tour around the island– so beautiful! It was the best money I ever spent. 

Post # 29
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Newbee

I did day trips to both places when I was in Rome. By the end of my day in Capri I was bored and ready to go home. By the end of my time in Pompeii I was ready to throttle the guide for not planning more time there. There is so much to see I would have loved a whole day there. I know some others have said that since you will be staying in Rome you will see lots of ruins there but wandering around Pompeii is a completley different experience that visiting the historical sites in Rome

You really have to decide how you would like to spend your day though. If you just want to relax, eat, drink, shop and look at pretty water then go to Capri. 

If you would like your brain to be slightly stimulated then spend a day wandering through Pompeii and learning a bit about history. Pompeii’s story is captivating so even people who don’t love history usually find Pompeii fascinating because there is such a human element to it.

Have fun on your honymoon! I’m sure wherever you go will be wonderful.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Foreverblonde345:  honeymoon for two weeks in Italy and I cried when I left Positano lol I’m not joking. For you and for the OP, just take the Amalfi drive to Positano and stay there. Pastel buildings, little tourists, delicious seafood, ceramic shops, and lemon groves, and of course, clean glittering Mediterranean with black stone beaches. So yeah …I cried, I didn’t want to leave. be sure to go!! 

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