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Questions about luggage storage at Pompeii

We're hoping to be in Italy in October. After 3 nights in Sorrento, we have 5 nights in a rental home near Amalfi. On our first full day in Sorrento, we're day-tripping to Capri, and on the next we're day-tripping to Naples. We were going to spend our final day just enjoying Sorrento, with a driver picking us up in the late afternoon to take us to our Amalfi Coast rental home.

We want to see Pompeii while on this trip, and I planned for this to be an excursion from the rental home. Now, however, I'm realizing how easy and inexpensive it is to take the train to Pompeii from Sorrento, a 40 min ride. Whereas from Amalfi it's a 2.5 hour bus or 2 hour bus/train combo or requires a car transport which would be considerably more expensive.

Is it feasible for us to check out of our Sorrento hotel with luggage, take the train to Pompeii, and store our luggage there while we tour the ruins, in which case we'll have the driver pick us up from Pompeii to take us to the rental home? How far of a walk is it from the local train station to the place where large bags can be locked up? Are there enough lockers that I don't have to worry that none will be available? Are they big enough for bags that exceed carry-on size? (My husband and I always use carry on size, but our travel companions bring slightly larger bags.)

Does this plan short-change Sorrento, in that we won't be staying in town on any of our 3 days there? Is it better for us to spend that day in Sorrento and plan to go to Pompeii later, even though the transport will be longer and more expensive?

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So easy to visit Pompeii from Sorrento
You could probably check out and have your hotel hold your luggage that day, go to Pompeii then return to Sorrento for your pick up to Amalfi

Sorrento is delightful and you will be there each evening
You could visit Capri from Amalfi I guess ( ferry from Positano)

I think if you have driver from Pompeii to Amalfi you’ll go the inland route, not along the coast

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There are no lockers, It's a manned deposit.

I think it takes less than five minutes to Walk from Pompei-Scavi Circumvesuviana station and the Porta Marina Entrance. The Trenitalia station is farer from the site, I think the closest entrance is 30 minutes away on foot.

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It is post-Covid, and things could change. But for years, no one here has ever reported the slightest problem with the Porta Marina (Circumvesuviana stop ... ) Pompeii Scavi entrance luggage check. Sometimes there is a line, but it is very reliable and safe.

Perhaps it will be cool in October, but note that there is a vast amount of uneven walking surface (expect to walk a mile as an absolute minimum) and brutal sun exposure in Pompeii. There is air-conditioned hot food in a big cafeteria-like place inside. You can't exit and re-enter Pompeii to eat elsewhere and go back in.

OPINON: Sorrento is an attractive, but purpose-built, postwar, reinforced concrete, low-rise resort town. It does have some beautiful views. And the public bus up to Sant' Agata is one way to see these. Sorrento has only one horrible (but) sand beach, between the two marinas, with a distinct petroleum aroma. We spent five air-conditioned late-May nights in Sorrento for the excellent day-trip opportunities.

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Have you considered seeing Capri from Amalfi (and seeing Pompeii from Sorrento)?--it would mean a longer boat ride, but otherwise make things simpler.
I have not been to Sorrento, but I think of it as a resort/convenient base, not so much as a destination in itself.

From where do you arrive/depart? Just wondering if the Naples day trip might be rearranged somehow so that you could visit both Capri and Pompeii from Sorrento if you want the Amalfi time to be downtime/village exploration only.

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Is it feasible for us to check out of our Sorrento hotel with luggage,
take the train to Pompeii, and store our luggage there while we tour
the ruins, in which case we'll have the driver pick us up from Pompeii
to take us to the rental home?

Yes, the scavi has luggage storage as does the Circumvesuviana train station (deposito bagagli: lower level) you'll be getting off at. The cloakroom storage at the scavi itself can be busy and fill to capacity so I'd try to store at the station first. If you do decide to store at the scavi, it's not a long walk from the train station: see the map on the website (the Pompeii Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station is in the lower left of the map; you'll be using the Porta Marina Superiore entrance):

http://pompeiisites.org/wp-content/uploads/mappa-agosto-2019.pdf

A little info which might be helpful:
https://www.earthtrekkers.com/visit-pompeii-traveling-rome-sorrento/

And from the official website:
http://pompeiisites.org/en/visiting-info/visitor-services/

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Thank you for the helpful replies. We are doing our Capri day trip from Sorrento because it is a Rick Steves shared tour through Mondo Guide and that is where they pick up the guests. The 8 hour Capri day looks like a lot of fun and gets great reviews. Anyone reading this who is going to be in Sorrento on Oct. 23, consider joining us! There's room! We signed up for 4 slots and shortly thereafter could see that someone else took two slots, so the shared tour is a "go" because the 6 person minimum has been met. But they can take up to 12.

Based on what's been said about Sorrento, I'm satisfied that we'll enjoy enough of it on our three evenings there and don't have to worry about not having a full leisurely day there. The luggage situation at Pompeii sounds workable. I think we'll go with the plan to day trip to Capri on our first full day in Sorrento, day trip to Naples on our second full day in Sorrento, then check out of our hotel after our third overnight and travel with luggage to Pompeii. I thought of having our Sorrento hotel store the luggage, returning there to get it after Pompeii. However, I can't justify having to travel by train 40 minutes back there after our Pompeii just to get luggage, when we then have an immediate hour long ride by car to Amalfi. Seems better to just have the driver pick us up in Pompeii for the 40 min. ride to Amalfi.

We do want our Amalfi Coast time to be focused on the villages in that area, without any long day trips away. For the person who asked where we're coming from (before Sorrento) and going to (after Amalfi Coast), we're flying into Rome and will spend our jet lagged day and one night there before heading to Sorrento the next day. We are renting a car when we leave the AC and driving up to Tuscany for a week long stay, then have a final couple of nights in Rome before our flight home. This is a re-scheduling of a trip that was to have taken place in April of 2020. Can't wait!

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Oh!
You will enjoy the Mondo Capri trip
It was tons of fun

Skip the Blue Grotto and opt for boat trip around island instead

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You're going to have so much fun!
I'm so cheerfully jealous, Vickie.

Editing to add:

I think we'll go with the plan to day trip to Capri on our first full
day in Sorrento, day trip to Naples on our second full day in
Sorrento, then check out of our hotel after our third overnight and
travel with luggage to Pompeii.

I know it's difficult to do when you want to pre-book tours but if there is any way to make this plan more flexible, I'd advise it. While all-day rain is more unlikely than not, it can happen (did for us on our Oct. trip: poured all the way from Rome to Naples and onward to Capri) and the island wouldn't be especially fun in rain. We got lucky as it stopped just as we were arriving, and we had 2 nights on the island to work anyway with so had more opportunity than you will for a dry day.

But if the weather is REALLY foul, I'm pretty sure they'll cancel the tour. Anyway, Naples would be the better choice, should one of your two days be wet, as there's much more 'inside' stuff to do there.