This train was the recommended way to get to Sorrento but I have to say it was one of the worst travel experiences I've had during 40 years of travel. My husband and I arrived at Napoli Centrale after a quick, comfortable trip on the Freccia Rossa from Roma. This was Sept. 16. We bought our tickets and went to the platform, where a large crowd was already waiting. When the train arrived there was lots of rushing and pushing to get on. We ended up in the no man's land between the cars. We had roller bags, a small pack and I a Travelon purse zipped and held close to my body. At each stop more people got on and the train workers just shouted and pushed them in. It was miserably hot and that was when the trio of thieves started their work. One started talking to my husband and the other two started moving around. Before I knew it we were separated and one of the men was first on one side of me, then the other. I thought I was being careful with my bag and we had talked about the possibility of pickpockets being at the stations and on the trains each time we got on one. I think it was the combination of the discomfort -so hot, so squished, so many stops and the fact of never having had this happen before that I didn't realize he was unzipping my purse. Luckily I looked and he had worked my wallet out of two zipped pockets. I yanked it away and spoke across the car to my husband saying, "He's trying to take my wallet!" Well, those guys disappeared into thin air. I was shaken but relieved.
This train is a disgrace! Given the number of tourists who travel to the Amalfi Coast, there should be clean, safe, adequately equipped trains and buses. We were able to take the airport shuttle bus from Sorrento when we left because I was not getting back on that train. I have seen the Rick shows about traveling to the Amalfi using the Circumvesuviana and I think that the hazards and discomforts have been understated. I would recommend trying to find another way to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.