My wife and I are headed to the Amalfi Coast in about 3 weeks (beginning of October) and I need a hand with some of the finer details - particularly traveling around. We are in our early 30’s. I’ve been googling answers to my questions but getting a bit overwhelmed trying to validate that it is current info and then pull it all together. I’m hoping I can do it through this one big thread and hopefully help out others in the process so the info isn’t scattered. I tried to put three stars (***) at the spots where I need some advice since this is such a ginormous post. Any help or feedback on the itinerary you can provide is appreciated! Here's what I have so far:
Day 1 – Sorrento - Overnight @ Maison Tofani
Fly into Naples @ 12:35pm
*** Advice needed on how to travel from Naples airport to Sorrento - Our hotel gave us this option:
Private Transfer Napoli Airport / Rail Station - Sorrento Maison Tofani with English speaking driver euro 85.00
(Mercedes Minivan or similar)
I’m thinking it might be worth the extra cost since we are coming from the states after a very long trip (two layovers before we even get to Naples). Thoughts on this? Usually we prefer to do public transit, but sometimes will go private out of convenience. If the public transit options are easy from the airport then I’d go with that.
Wander Sorrento and grab dinner somewhere. Maybe try and check out Il Vallone dei Mulini (Deep Valley of the Mills) or Punta del Capo if we’re up for it.
Day 2 – Sorrento - Overnight @ Maison Tofani
Day trip to Pompeii
*** Need advice on how to get to Pompeii from Sorrento and how to get a tour guide at Pompeii. Should we book one in advance or at the site or through our hotel? I am thinking of just organizing it through the hotel Maison Tofani.
*** Here is some info I found on getting there…can someone validate it is current?
“At the main train station in Sorrento (Circumvesuviana) buy a round trip train ticket at the ticket area (€2.10). (Bus tickets are at the Tobacco Shop on the right side). Get off at the Villa dei Misteri and follow signs to the Marina Porta; entrance fee is €11
Hello, I've done this a number of times, and it really is very easy. Walk along Corso Italia, Sorrento's main street and you come to the station. Ask for POMPEII SCAVI-that's the station close to the entrance to the Pompeii site, and the staff will sell you a return ticket for only a few euros, about 5 I think. It is about 30-40 minutes on the train, which has its terminus at Sorrento and runs around the bay to Napoli. Get out at Pompeii Scavi ,and you will find the entrance is a few yards away up the road, past a row of souvenir sellers and a cafe. Follow the others, there are bound to be a lot of people doing the same trip. Its 11 euros to go in ,spend as much time as you like.”
*** And here is some info I found on a guide…maybe someone can just validate it?
“If you have no knowledge of Pompeii, then a guide is a must. They cost about 10 euros and take groups of about 10-12. Guides are available at the Porta Marina ticket office. They are licensed, so don't worry about being scammed. Most guided tours take about two hours. They are very worthwhile.”
*** Do we have time to do anything else? I’ve heard Oplontis is cool to check out, but not really familiar with where it is. Is it by Pompeii? Any specific sites to see in Sorrento? Are we really missing out not going to Vesuvias and/or Herculaneum? I feel like Pompeii should be plenty to appease our historical interests.
Day 3 – Capri – Overnight at La Minerva
*** Need opinions on how to get from Sorrento to Capri in early October. Seems like hydrofoil is the best option.
*** And here is info I found can someone validate or add to it?
“This link shows the timetable for boats to and from Capri. You can choose "Sorrento-Capri" in the pull-down menu. http://www.capri.net/en/getting-here
From Sorrento ferries/boats/hydrofoils leave from Sorrento Marina Piccola and you can take a B or C public bus to get down from Piazza Tasso (buy a ticket beforehand from a tobacconist and stamp your ticket when you're on the bus if you hadn't already done so)”
Check out the island. Not exactly sure what we’ll all want to do there except for eat, drink and walk around, but just looking forward to relaxing!
I found this guide that tells you how to get to La Minerva in case anyone is trying to find it: http://www.laminervacapri.com/images/Hotel-la-Minerva-Capri-Getting.pdf
Day 4 – Capri – Overnight at La Minerva
*** Need advice on doing a boat tour around the island. I’ve looked at a few options. Do I book this in advance? Once we get to the hotel? I have been looking at using Gianni’s boat tour - http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g187783-d1557450-Reviews-Gianni_s_Boat-Capri_Island_of_Capri_Province_of_Naples_Campania.html
I’ve also looked at Whales di Wendy
*** Any votes in favor of Gianni or Wendy?
*** I’m also wondering if the beginning of October we’ll be able to go swimming in the water or if the water will be too cold or rough.
Day 5 – Positano – Overnight at Villa Rosa (5 nights)
*** Need advice on getting from Capri to Positano and specifically to Villa Rosa. I understand it’s a very small town but sine I don’t even know how I’ll be arriving in Positano I’m looking for some guidance.
Explore Positano and just relax and enjoy the town, shops and views.
We are going to try and do the Buca di Bacco cooking class – probably on the first day because it will probably key us having the best food experience for the remainder of our trip –http://www.bucadibacco.it/cooking_school_en.html
Definitely want to do the Footpath of the Gods as well. I’m considering hiring a guide to do this to make it even better (Zia Lucy) - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g194863-d3247663-Reviews-Zia_Lucy-Positano_Amalfi_Coast_Campania.html
Day 6 – Positano – Overnight at Villa Rosa
Take a side trip to Amalfi and explore the town and possibly also go to a beach.
*** Need advice on best way to get to Amalfi from Positano
*** Any advice on what to do in Amalfi other than roam around? Do we have to worry about getting back to Positano on a timetable?
*** We may try and go to Arienzo beach / and the bar - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g194863-d1818046-Reviews-Bar_Bagni_d_Arienzo-Positano_Amalfi_Coast_Campania.html
Day 7 – Positano – Overnight at Villa Rosa
Take a side trip to Paestrum
*** Need advice on best way to get to Paestrum from Positano. What time will we have to take off to do the full trip and enjoy it without stress? (It sounds like Positano isn’t the easiest place to go to Paestrum from)
Day 8 – Positano – Overnight at Villa Rosa
Take a side trip to Ravello and explore the town
*** Need advice on best way to get to Ravello from Positano
*** I love photography and want to make sure I see this view - http://files3.caprionline.it/article/953_Ravello/image/1_l.20091209221925.jpg Does anyone know where I need to go specifically to see that view?
Day 9 – Positano – Overnight at Villa Rosa
Just have a lazy last day and enjoy the views.
Day 10 – Home
*** Need advice on the best way to get from Positano back to Naples. Our flight leaves at 2:15pm. What time should we start leaving to Naples?
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