Next month, I’m heading off to Naples with my friend Zoe for a 4 day trip!

In a month’s time, we will be here. Somewhere.
(Image: The Telegraph)

I’m using the city as a base to go visit Pompeii as research for my up-coming module next semester at university. On an even geekier level, I’ve always been a huge fan of volcanoes, and one of my dreams is to see a real life volcano (preferably a dormant one…).

From Naples, it only takes around 30-40 minutes by train to get to Pompeii, so it’s perfectly situated. We’ll have two full days, giving us a chance to look around Naples while we’re there too.

This trip will be my friend’s first time to Italy (and my first time to Naples) so I can’t wait to go exploring!

Who are you flying with?

We’ll be flying with Easyjet from Stansted (and arriving at Gatwick). We’ve got pretty good flights too, arriving home early afternoon on the Sunday ready for work and university the next day.

Where are you staying?

We’re staying at Le Stanze del Vicere, a boutique hotel in Naples’ Historical Centre. It’s a 16th century building quite close to the National Archaeological Museum and other sights. What swayed us about this particular hotel was its authentic Italian charm. JUST LOOK AT THE CEILINGS:

Our hotel’s lounge
It’s (almost) like the Sistine Chapel!

After considering staying nearer the central train station for ease of getting to and from Pompeii, we quickly changed our minds when we read online that the area can be a little dodgy at night. We didn’t want to chance it too much, especially as, thanks to the sun setting quite early, we’d probably be getting back from Pompeii when it’s pitch black.

Sounds costly. How much did you pay?!

We booked on Expedia and, for return flights at a convenient time and 3 nights in a hotel, we paid around £150 each – pretty snazzy I think!

Have you been to Naples or Pompeii? What do you recommend we see/do/eat?