We had a fantastic time here and stayed away from the organised trips which we were proved right by other experiences. On arrival we "Negotiated" with a taxi driver who for 90 euro return (All of us) (Didnt pay until returned) took us to Pompei for the day and boy was it a fantastic trip !!
On arrival we went to the main entrance and booked a guided tour (WITHOUT HEARING DEVICE or TRANSLATOR) in english with a Professor of Archeaology (He was FANTASTIC) at 10 euros each and the tour took about 2 hours around the ruins which are huge and not what I expected. He was very interesting but I wont ruin what we saw as it would give it away, but let me say it is well worth the visit and the 11 euros entrance fee.
The total we paid per person for a top trip to pompei was 51 euros per person including travel from the dock, entrance fee and guided tour !! Fantastic !! against 120 euros via the ship per person.
You must visit this it is amazing.
When the ship docked everyone was just buying the 10 euro return tickets which meant a 1.30 hrs trip both ways on a hot train which seriously reduced visiting time in Rome as you had to make sure you got an early train or you missed the ship !! but only 10 minutes later we were sitting on a fully air conditioned new express train in total comfort that went whizzing past the regional train after a few minutes and we were in Rome very quickly. (Express trains are recognised by the first 3 letters IC or ESP)
Now !! dont do what we did and get "Ripped Off" with a Hop on Hop Off bus service from GLT (Green Line Travel) they were a nightmare !! and never again !! pick a Company that does NOT have a 20 minute cycle, as you can end up getting stuck over by the Vatican which is a serious distance from the Train Station, so my recommendation is the Vatican City first and the coliseum second which is walking distance from the Train Station. We also by accident came across the first Popes house PIOS X1 and his basilica which is only over the road from the Colliseum and this was really interesting. Also, it is worth PAYING for the escorted guide (20euro) as this gets you to the front of the queues and round the Vatican, Colliseum in record time. Please note even on this trip you only have time for 2 visits ie, Vatican & Colliseum and I wouldnt risk trying to do anymore with the time you have.
Also, check out any restaurant prices before going in !! it is expensive in every place there with a good lunch running at about 40 euros each !!
Still, you have to visit Monte Carlo !! and stand on the steps where James Bond walks out lol