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May 9th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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10-12 Days in Southern Italy - itinerary ideas/hints/tips?

Hello - we are looking at 10-12 days excluding travel in Southern Italy in September of this year. The idea surfaced last night over a couple of bottles of wine so excuse the short planning horizon.
My first thought is to fly in and out of Naples if that will work since we just spent two weeks in Rome over Christmas. As far as sites and locations, here are the ideas:
Naples for 2-3 days/nights
Amalfi coast for 4-5 days/4 nights
Matera via Paestum for 2 days/2 nights
Garnago Peninsula for 2-3 days/2 nights
Drive back to Naples and fly home

This will be our first trip to Southern Italy and we've found that understanding a region takes a good 10-12 days on the ground.

My question - is this a reasonable route or should we also consider naples/amalfi coast/sicily instead and skip the eastern coast area? We could spllt the 12 days 6 and 5 with a transfer day inbetween....fly into naples and out of palmermo?

We are in very early 60's, adventurous, physically fit and have done a lot of travel in europe indpendently as my posts on this forum will attest.

Many thanks in advance for all your insights!
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May 9th, 2014, 11:17 AM
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Hi c

I visited Sicily for 3 1/2 weeks last spring and it was not enough. Save Sicily for its own trip.

The rest of the plan sounds good.

Buon viaggio
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May 9th, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Second Dayle. Your plan looks doable. Do Sicily another time.
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May 9th, 2014, 01:52 PM
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cmeyer - have you thought of putting Naples at the end of the trip?

two reasons - the first is the conventional one that it's a good idea to put the place that you are flying out of at the end so that you're in the right place for flight home.

The second is that Naples is quite a "full-on" place and you may get more out of it and feel more comfortable there if you've been acclimatised to Italy before you get there.
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May 9th, 2014, 02:39 PM
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Adding to annhig's list of reasons for putting Naples last...

There is bus service from the Naples airport to both Sorrento and Salerno and shared, private shuttle bus service from Naples airport to Positano, so no reason to start from central Naples.

http://www.sitabus.it/curreri-viaggi/

http://www.sitabus.it/buonocore-group/

http://www.positanoshuttle.com/posit...bus-timetable/
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May 10th, 2014, 05:32 AM
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That's useful info, Jean. I think I knew about the Sorrento one, but not the others.
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May 10th, 2014, 06:41 AM
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Here is a shot of Ammoudi---the 4th pic. And, the cat picture was also at Katrinas that AM as they had the tables stacked for cleaning.

http://www.slowphotos.com/photo/show...at=3829&page=2
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May 10th, 2014, 06:46 AM
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>>>cmeyer - have you thought of putting Naples at the end of the trip?<<<

I agree. I would put Naples and the Amalfi coast at the end.

The Sita bus links above are not official. Sita no longer uses the Sita.it website and it's been taken over by some random company. The Curreri shuttle and the Buonocore group of buses which also has bus service from Rome's airport to Salerno (only once daily) have their own websites. Both are private companies.

For the shuttle from Naples airport to Sorrento, you want the airport shuttle (10€). Curreri also has a private shuttle (both listed as shuttle on their website) listed which is much more expensive.

http://www.curreriviaggi.it/

http://www.buonobus.it/trasporto-pub...no-capodichino

Rome FCO/Salerno.

http://www.buonobus.it/linee-naziona...ttipaglia-roma

You might consider taking the Alibus from Naples airport to the train station and just catching the train to one of your furthest points to start your trip. Get your long travel out of the way, pick your car up there somewhere and work your way back to Naples.

http://www.anm.it/Upload/RES/PDF/Capodichino%202014.pdf
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May 10th, 2014, 10:19 AM
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The Sita bus links above are not official. Sita no longer uses the Sita.it website and it's been taken over by some random company. >>

that makes sense, ky. when we were in Sorrento, the Sita bus times seem to bear no resemblance to the timetable and no-ne, not even the locals, seemed to know what bus was going where and when.
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