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Amalfi Coast Late Sept '12 -- Best Lodging Town for Two Single Women

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Hi Fodorites! My friend and I will be traveling to the Amalfi Coast and Rome in very late September through early October. We will have approximately 6 days on the Coast and 3 in Rome. We are two women in our mid 40’s, single, active and physically fit. I have read lots of posts and consulted the various guide books but am still not sure which town or two we should make our home during our visit. (We are not renting a car and will likely use public transportation.)

I’ve read that Amalfi and Sorrento have the best transportation options but that Positano and some of the other small towns are much more charming. We generally don’t like to stay among hordes of tourists and appreciate the beauty of scenic little towns, but we are also single and not looking to have a “very romantic” experience. We normally like to stay in upscale hotels but it appears that most are $500 and up for our dates or sold out.

During our time on the coast, we are planning to visit the various towns, linger, shop, hike, and enjoy the beauty.

Questions:

Given that we have 6 days on the Coast, we thought it would be interesting to stay in two locations. Given the above, which two towns do you think would be most appropriate? I’ve heard Capri deserves a sleepover but I’m wondering if it will be dead in late September and not worth it.

As we will likely be traveling around a lot during the day, does it make sense to stay in a town where we would have to climb up or down 300 steps every time we wish to leave the hotel? We would probably appreciate the exercise but feel it could be a nuisance if we are doing it 3 or 4 times a day.

There also seems to be a tradeoff between having a hotel with a scenic view of the coast and being in the center of town. We have often found that after a hectic day, it’s convenient to have shops and restaurants and nightlife pretty close by. If we stay in Sorrento, it appears that this is definitely a factor. I'm not sure about the other towns.

We also actually found a Superior First Class hotel in Vietri Sul Mare that is pretty reasonable. What do you think of this as a location?

All advice is appreciated!!!

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