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May172013

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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

Naples, Italy

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4 star rating: Recommended

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The tour was excellent and a good value for the price. It was well organized, on schedule, convenient pickup/dropoff at hotel, comfortable bus, properly paced for us to see and enjoy the sites, and the tour guide was very good. These sites are not easily reached or toured on your own despite what guidebooks tell you. A professional organized tour is far better, especially if you are unfamiliar with the confusing local public transporation system. Andre, the tour guide, was friendly and lighthearted but knowledgeable (in several languages) about the Pompeii Site and the Vesuvius site. Andre gave us some accurate history background and pointed out points of interest, and he was obviously interested himself in the history - not at all like the typical boring and ill-informed tourguides we often see. He was very attentive to our interests and our comfort, and he also gave us an interesting perspective on contemporary Naples as we drove through the city. There was a nice meal pre-arranged at a good restaurant instead of the expected tourist shack greasy pizza! The only disappointment was with the Pompeii site: it has been sadly neglected and only a small portion of the city is open to public viewing. All the art and historical objects have been removed to museums. Still, it is a place not to be missed. Vesuvius is a tremendous experience - a bit hard to climb the path but spectacular. I would very much recommend this tour.

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