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Visiting Pompeii and Sorrento
To visit the ruins of Pompeii you'll have to take a local train from Platform 25 of the main railway station in Naples at Piazza Garibaldi. The train actually goes all the way to the seaside resort of Sorrento (more below) but you will have to get off half-way at the station called Pompei Scavi (yes, with just one i for Pompeii). The entrance to the ruins is just a 50-metre walk down a short stretch of the road lined on both sides with souvenir stalls. Entrance to the ruins costs 11 euros but it is free to all EU citizens below the age of 18 or who are over 65 years old.
After your visit to the ruins of Pompeii you might want to take advantage of where you are to take the same train for Sorrento (photo below). As the sea in Naples city is not fit for swimming this is the place the locals go to on weekends for a nice swim. When you arrive at the Sorrento terminus just cross the road, go down some steps and continue walking for a short distance before turning left for the main shopping street. At the square you might want to take a bus to the beach as you are 50 metres above sea level and it really takes a lot of walking down a long and winding path to get to the beach!
By the way you might be tempted to go from Sorrento to Capri (the boat trip takes only 20 minutes). You can then return to Naples directly by taking a hydrofoil boat from Capri's Marina Grande to Molo Beverello in Naples.