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Trip Report One Week Solo on the Amalfi Coast

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This is the trip report for the second part of my trip to Italy in May, 2013. The first half was with 8 women to Rome, Orvieto, and Florence. You can read the trip report for that part at

I said goodbye to my traveling companions and boarded the train from Florence to Naples. I was going on my first solo adventure—to the Amalfi Coast for a week. I was apprehensive. Everything I had read about the Amalfi Coast said that once you get there it is spectacular, but getting there is a challenge. Train to Naples, go downstairs in the Naples train station to pick up a regional train to Sorrento, and then catch the SITA bus through Positano to Praiano.

I selected Praiano as my base instead of Positano or Amalfi for several reasons. Primary reason, cost. Praiano has the same magnificent views as Positano at half the cost. In addition, I wanted to get away from the crowds and explore the popular areas on my own terms. I didn’t need a night life or numerous fine restaurants. I wanted a charming small hotel or B&B where the staff knew me and would come looking for me if I didn’t return in the evening.

My requirements:

1) Private terrace, balcony with great view of the sea
2) Breakfast
3) Free wifi
4) Friendly staff
5) Under 150 Euro per night
6) Easy access to public transportation
7) Nice, but not a requirement-- a restaurant that offers diner so that I don’t have to go out by myself every night

After much research, I decided on the Hotel Pellegrino, also called Pellegrino Pensione. Reviewers raved about this little B&B and the owners with such enthusiasm that I knew I couldn’t go wrong. (To read reviews on tripadvisor, click here. I sent a reservation request and received confirmation for a single room with a private terrace and a view for 90 Euros. WooHoo!

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