Pompeii / Sorrento / Capri Cruise Excursion – Travel and Photography Blog

February 21st, 2012

While cruising the beautiful Mediterranean, one of the excursions into Italy is through the port of Naples.  This was definitely a full day’s worth of activity and entailed ten hours visiting historic Pompeii, spending some time exploring Sorrento including lunch and a hydrofoil ride to see the beautiful island of Capri.

With Mount Vesuvius in the background, a view down a road at the ruins at Pompeii (Ian C Whitworth)

After arriving in Naples, a 30-minute bus ride takes you into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii.  The one and a half hour tour of this historic site will lead you through the archaeological excavations of this lost city that was buried in ash from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD.  The site is incredibly well preserved and helps us understand the lives of the ancient Roman from this time.

Looking up at a Pompeii Statue at the ruins in Italy (Ian C Whitworth)

With Mount Vesuvius in the background, a panoramic view of the ruins at Pompeii (Ian C Whitworth)

After taking in all the history from Pompeii, the bus takes you about an hour and a quarter to get to Sorrento where you will enjoy an tasty authentic lunch and have time to take in the local sites with great views over the Bay of Naples.  This is a great chance to capture some unique and interesting images during your free time here in this picturesque village.

View from the Sorrento harbour looking up the approximately 100 foot straight rise to a landmark building (Ian C Whitworth)

View of an interesting Sorrento street in Italy (Ian C Whitworth)     Scooters & motor bikes parked on a street in Italy. (Ian C Whitworth)

Next, you board your hydrofoil (in airplane like seats) for a 30-minute ride over to the spectacular island of Capri.  Great scenery and expensive shops great you in this beautiful island destination enjoyed by the rich and famous.  The funicular (or cliff railway) takes you on the steep ride up to Capri town where amazing views are available looking down the cliffs at the marina and surrounding sea.  Definitely a place to get some excellent images for us photographers, just be sure you are prepared for some potential haze and glare.

A view of the beautiful cliffs and boats on the island of Capri (Ian C Whitworth)

A view on the beautiful island of Capri (Ian C Whitworth)     A view on the beautiful island of Capri (Ian C Whitworth)

You can now rest up on your 55-minute trip back to Naples on the hydrofoil and start thinking about what you are going to have at the late seating of another delicious cruise ship dinner!

View of the Sorrento harbour (Ian C Whitworth)


Pompeii / Sorrento / Capri Interesting Facts: Photography Tips:

  • Sorrento’s population is over 16,500
  • Capri has a population of about 12,000
  • Pompeii was covered with approximately 4 metres of ash in 79AD after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
  • Pompeii was left buried and lost until 1749 when it was accidentally discovered
  • Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy with about 2.5 million visitors per year and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • One of the biggest challenges I found in this area was dealing with haze and glare
  • Be sure to use a lens hood to help keep stray light from hitting the lens / filter glass and spoiling your images with flare
  • Most definitely an excursion that will make good use of your polarizer and help give you some excellent images
  • Try to capture Mt. Vesuvius in the background of your Pompeii images for effect
  • Great images are available from the elevated positions in Capri town


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take in this great excursion on your next Mediterranean cruise.

References:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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