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Pompei Scavi services the main entrance to Pompeii.
ETR 211 Metrostar

Circumvesuviana is a railway company operating services in the East of the Naples metropolitan area. The system uses the narrow gauge of 950mm and operates 142 km (88 mi) of route on six lines. It is entirely separate from other national and regional railway lines. It has 96 stations with an average interstation distance of 1.5 km.

The Circumvesuviana railway service covers a wide catchment area of over 2 million people, distributed in 47 municipalities, including Scafati, San Valentino Torio and Sarno in the province of Salerno and Avella and Baiano in the province of Avellino.

All routes start from the terminus in Naples Porta Nolana, and then split into several branches to towns on the province. The network forms an important commercial artery. The complete journey along the longest route, from Sorrento to Naples, takes about one hour. Halfway along the line is the station at Pompeii Scavi, situated about 100 metres from the entrance to the archaeological site.

On 27 December 2012 the company has been absorbed by the Ente Autonomo Volturno.


Lines Opening Traction Length Stations Route Stops Travel time
Naples – Baiano 1885 Electric 38 km 28 Porta Nolana - Nola - Baiano 28 59 minutes
Naples – Sarno 1891 Electric 38 km 28 Porta Nolana - Ottaviano- Sarno 28 65 minutes
Naples – Poggiomarino 1904 Electric 35 km 25 Porta Nolana -Scafati - Poggiomarino 25 57 minutes
Naples – Sorrento 1932 Electric 47 km 36 Porta Nolana - Torre Annunziata - Sorrento 36 68 minutes
Botteghelle – San Giorgio
2001 Electric 8 km 7 Porta Nolana - Centro Direzionale - San Giorgio[1] 11 15 minutes
Pomigliano d'Arco – Acerra
2005 Electric 3 km 4 Porta Nolana - Pomigliano - Acerra[2] 16 28 minutes
Lines Circumvesuviana

Rolling stock[edit]

The network uses FE220 electric cars, usually coupled together to form a two- or three-car multiple units. These are painted white with red doors and ends. Power is supplied by overhead catenery and the train motors can generate up to 500 kilowatts of power.

Additionally, twenty-six new "Metrostar" three-car articulated units arrived[3] between November 2008 and September 2009, manufactured by a consortium of Firema and AnsaldoBreda. These trains are capable of carrying 450 passengers and are styled by Pininfarina. As well as being more powerful, these also have computer driving aids, self-levelling suspension and onboard toilets.


  1. ^ path in common with the Napoli - Baiano to the station Botteghelle.
  2. ^ path in common with the Napoli - Baiano to the station Pomigliano d'Arco.
  3. ^ Ecco "Metrostar", il nuovo treno della Circumvesuviana

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