Can I do a day trip to Pompeii from Sorrento?

Discover how Pompeii was after the devastating volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius.

Italy has so many wondrous places to visit and without a doubt, Pompeii is one of the top visited places. Pompeii was a rich and thriving city until a volcanic eruption destroyed it in 79 AD. Today you can explore Pompeii and see one of the biggest archaeological sites in the world.

You most certainly can do a Sorrento to Pompeii day trip! Sorrento is close to Pompeii, making it easy to reach the ancient ruins.

How to get to Pompeii from Sorrento

A day trip to Pompeii from Sorrento is the perfect way to spend a day on your Southern Italian holiday.

• By car, it is about a 30-minute drive with parking available for a fee. It’s recommended to arrive early to try to find parking close to the park.

• By train is an easy 40-minute journey if you don’t have a car handy. There is the L1 Napoli Porta Nolana train from Sorrento station to Pompei Scavi Villa Dei Misteri station.

• Tours are also available leaving from Sorrento which often includes a guided tour of Pompeii.

How long do I need at Pompeii?

Ideally, you will want at least two to three hours to see the historic city. Some people like to spend a full day while others will come back over a few days to see the entire city.

There is a lot to see in Pompeii, so if you’re short on time, keep reading to find out what you must see when in Pompeii.

What you must see at Pompeii

When on limited time, it’s difficult to see all of Pompeii, so it’s easier to have a list of must see places. Ensure you try to visit these places while exploring the ancient city.


The Forum was in the centre of the city and very hard to miss. The Forum had access to all the main public buildings, markets, and places for worshipping. As you’re standing in the Forum, there is also a clear view of Mount Vesuvius.


Pompeii’s Basilica was part of the Forum and was used to carry out business and the administration of justice. This Basilica is one of the oldest buildings of its type in the Roman world, dating back to 130 and 120 BC.

Brothels of Pompeii

Pompeii was a trading centre city with all kinds of people visiting the city for trade and a quick visit to one of the 25 brothels. Pompeii allowed prostitution socially and legally, with men visiting often. The brothels included a stone bed and frescos to be used as a menu of services provided and to help customers get in the mood.

House of the Faun

Dating back to the 2nd century, the House of the Faun was one of the larger Pompeii homes. It’s easy to tell the family who lived here were wealthy due to the size, the faun statue, and the formal garden.

If you spend about two hours uncovering Pompeii, you could make a trip over to Mount Vesuvius. There is a hiking trail up the volcano which takes around an hour to complete with scenic views across the surrounding area.

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