I know this is a long day but has anyone done this and do you have a tour you would recommend? I may have a total of six to take including two children (edited to add: ages 7 and 9) and one (spry 73 yo) senior. Any experience you can share would be most appreciated! Thanks
Added after some comments:
Thank you to all who have commented so far! I have added the ages of my kids and mom. I tested the waters with my mom to see if she was willing to consider Ostia instead and she said no, she is quite keen to see Pompeii and so are the kids.
I looked at the very comprehensive blog post in one of the comments and I think taking the high speed train makes the most sense. Is there a way to get to the sites that would be better than taking the local train from Naples - has anyone experienced a private tour that might meet you at the train station in Naples and take you to the sites and guide you as well and then return you in time for your train back to Rome?
Also I know my kids would be over the moon to see Vesuvius. If you have included this in your own trip please share thoughts. Thank you all!