Sorrento Travel Blog› entry 7 of 21 › view all entries
March 21st, 2009 – by: cotterb
I like the train, it is way more reliable and understandable compared to any bus system I've been near.
I took the bus from near my Napoli hostel to the train station. That went pretty well for being a bus. I got off and headed toward the Napoli Centrale train station, however I paused when I remembered that I needed to be on the Circumvesuviana train line which was a different station. One that should not be too far from the central station. I looked at my map and almost started to head down the street when I caught I one line comment about following the signs from the main station. What luck that was. After I navigated the main station I realized that if I had tried to come in the back way I might never would have made it.
Once I got to there I read the train schedule. It turns out that the Napoli Garabaldi station on the Circumvesuviana line is not the beginning (or end) of the line, there's one more down the way.
The Circumvesuviana train is a commuter train, not a long distance train. Even though the trip to Sorrento was just over an hour it's not as comfy as other trains. I also read cautions about pickpockets, thief's, hoodlums, etc. The biggest reason I mention this is because it was cold today, and the draft in the train was painful.
Okay, I'm here, now to the Hostel. I hate taxis and, of course, the hostel I chose was on the other side of town. I don't mind walking, even with my backpack on, and I started walking down the street. Sorrento is much friendlier then Napoli and you don't worry about being pick pocketed like you do in Napoli. I enjoyed the walk, figured out the trick to get to the hostel and as I walked in was amazed.
The Ulysses Hostel is actually a hotel.
My room was one of just a few dorm rooms they have. While they are a Hostel, most of their space is dedicated to private rooms. My dorm room however only had 1 bunk bed and a bathroom so it was basically private, and since no one stayed with me during all three nights I was here, it was basically a private.
Once I settled in I headed back into town. Between my train issue and finding the hostel it was too late to carryout my quick trip to Pompii and Mt Vesuious. I did some laundry and went to bed early so I could do my big trip tomorrow.
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