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14 day countdown to Italy: Sorrento, Tuscany & Rome: PLEASE CRITIQUE!!

14 day countdown to Italy: Sorrento, Tuscany & Rome: PLEASE CRITIQUE!!

Oct 2nd, 2009, 06:21 PM
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Avoid driving in Naples at all costs. Just finding the autostrada is a nightmare. The train is waay preferable. Do go see Pompeii, it is very worth the time.

When we went to Capri we basically got off the boat and headed right up the mountain said. I think we took a bus up the first part, then a funicular railway (I think that went to Ana Capri). From there, you can take a ski-lift type thing all the way to the top of the island. Lovely trip, well worth the trip.
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Oct 2nd, 2009, 06:36 PM
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>>>75 E would be worth it vs. the toil & effort & extra time.... Not so?<<<

It's whatever is worth it to you. To me, it's not. I just go downstairs and hop on the commuter train - about 3€. Travel time will be about the same (train is 65 minutes)unless you run into traffic gridlock in Naples or going down the coast. It's the same train you will use to get to Pompeii.

I would also consider taking the bus (either Curreri or Marozzi)from Sorrento to Rome and then catching the train to Chiusi. The bus departs Sorrento (cost is 16€) and arrives Rome Tiburtina station where you can catch an R train to Chiusi for 8€. Under 50€ for two from Sorrento to Chiusi. The buses do depart early (Marozzi at 6am and Curreri at 6:30), but you are in Rome at either 10 or 10:30 without having to go into Naples.
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Oct 2nd, 2009, 10:53 PM
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I would have to agree that the private transfer would be worth it after a long flight. The road down passes through small towns and has great views (Naples to Sorrento).

Capri doesn't have to be a tourist trap. If you like to walk or stroll there are pathways which are most deserted and are beautiful. I have written here before that on the Matermania walk, we met about three or four people the whole afternoon. I enjoyed the experience of the Blue Grotto, it was a hoot but some people don't care for it. I agree the Emerald Grotto near Positano is not worth the time.

Here is one article on the pathway:

If it is not too hot a day, and you are happy to walk a couple of miles, there are several good excursions around Capri. One of our favourites is a walk around a picturesque stretch of coast. You should be prepared to spend an hour or more on the excursion, though there is the opportunity to stop for drinks or lunch. The walk begins by heading uphill from Capri town along Via Matermania, passing a convenient water tap where you can fill drinking bottles for the walk. When you reach the wooded cliffs, you can turn left past a restaurant terrace to descend steps to the a viewpoint by the Arco Naturale. This is an impressive natural rock arch high above the sea. Retracing your steps, you could pause at the restaurant - Le Grottelle - for a cold drink or a simple pasta lunch. Next you head down a long flight of steep steps to the Grotta di Matermania, a large cave containing ruins dating back to the Roman age, when the Emperor Tiberius may have used it as a space for entertaining. The next stretch of path winds along the steep slopes to Punta Tragara, above the Faraglioni. There are great views down to sea-level, where you can see the Casa Malaparte, a striking rationalist house designed for writer Curzio Malaparte (now belonging to a foundation). From Punta Tragara you can just stroll back into Capri town.
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Oct 4th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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thanks all, sounds great! Looks like Capri and Pompeii it is...
kybourbon: your thoughts about riding the bus are interesting, and I wouldnt mind leaving Sorrento earlier to get into Pienza earlier. The car rental place closes between 1-3 pm so I'd have to check into getting into Chiusi before 1 to get the car.... do you have a link to the bus schedules? Where do we pick up the bus from in Sorrento and what type of bus is it? Would it be too difficult to travel via bus w/ luggage (rolling bags?)
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Oct 4th, 2009, 05:32 AM
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The bus is a regular tour type bus. Your bags go under the bus. The buses should pick up at the Sorrento train station although they both might have a brief pick up at Piazza Tasso (Marozzi used to pick up there first). They make a couple of brief stops (3-4 at Pompeii, Vico Equense, etc.)before getting on the autostrada to Rome.

On the Curreri website, click bus routes (no Sunday service).

Marozzi's website is a bit more difficult. There's a PDF that has directions in English. The English directions start on page 15.


As for the car pick up, you will have a hard time getting there before 1pm even with using the car service and leaving Sorrento very early. You have about 75 minutes travel time Sorrento/Naples and another 90 minutes to Rome (not counting waiting time for the train). I would not count on getting to Chiusi before 1. My last ES train on the Naples route departed an hour late.
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Oct 4th, 2009, 02:06 PM
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Patty: You mentioned 75 Euro for the trip from the train station to Sorrento? Last year we paid 60 Euro from the airport to Sorrento. The airport is farther away. Did you check with your hotel to see what they offer?
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Oct 4th, 2009, 06:13 PM
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Yes, Ann1, I did check w/ the hotel before, and their rate was either 90 or 100 E. I got this Transfer from a recommendation from another Fodorite.
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Nov 15th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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Four of us plan to do a drive trip through Italy late next Sept. We plan on renting a car on our way out of Rome and drive to Sorrento. Basic geography question: Do we have to drive through Naples to get to Sorrento....I hope not.
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Nov 15th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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I went to Google maps and put in Rome, Italy to Sorrento, Italy ant the suggested route follows an autostrade around Naples, missing the city proper.
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