25th Wedding Anniversary and Turning 50

Apr 18th, 2012, 09:58 AM
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25th Wedding Anniversary and Turning 50

We would like to go to the AMALFI COAST and ROME, we will be traveling with our TEEN daughter's (13 and 19).We are planning to travel in July 2012 for 9 nights. We have found direct flights out of Toronto to Rome for 1100.00/person. We cant decide on accommodation's villa or hotel? We have a budge,t and want to be very active every day!!

Looking for a good itinerary
nice accommodation's with good locations
we want to rent a car as well
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Apr 18th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Assuming you have 9 night IN Italy (so excluding travel days):
Arrive in Rome, train/ferry/driver immediately to Positano. Stay in Positano 4 nights.
Train/ferry/driver back to Rome where you will stay 5 nights.
Fly home.

You absolutely do not need a rental car. A rental car is a HUGE liability and expense in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast. Trains, buses and ferries will get you everywhere you need to go.

www.venere.com for hotels. Book fast, as you are going in HIGH season and many places have been booked for months.
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Apr 18th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Thank you for your suggestions, we were thinking of staying 7 nights Amalfi coast and 2 nights in Rome.
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Apr 18th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Well, staying 7 nights on the A/C would allow you to rent an apartment or villa, which will save you money. However, 2 nights is not enough in Rome unless you have visited Rome previously IMO.
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Apr 18th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Apr 19th, 2012, 06:46 PM
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Could you suggest an Itinerary for us and hotel/villa's
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Apr 19th, 2012, 07:08 PM
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Pam, what do YOU like to see / visit / do during this trip? Itinerary and locations depend on what you want to visit and on your budget. So, nobody can make suggestions without knowing these things.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 07:39 PM
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If I had 9 nights in those two places, I'd do 5 nights (jet lag the first day) on the AC followed by my last 4 nights in Rome.
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Apr 20th, 2012, 04:16 AM
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We want to be busy site see, shopping and take in the beautiful AC!
I like the 5 nights AC and 4 nights Rome suggestion.
In AC Have you heard of the Hotel AMALFIA hotel?
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Apr 20th, 2012, 06:37 AM
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I would need to know more.
I agree with the 5/4 timing and starting on the AC, but WHERE on the AC is the question---Sorrento or Positano or Amalfi?
I can argue for each.

This may help:

NAVIGATING on the AMALFI COAST
HOW TO GET THERE: You have to want to—it may not be easy. The best option is to land in Naples, but that is not always feasible. Most travelers access it from Rome by train to Naples—a trip of less than two hours. Once in Naples, you have a choice. The local commuter train, Circumversuviana, leaves from the same train station and takes about an hour to SORRENTO, with a possible stop at “ Pompeii Scavi” to see the famed ruins. However, to access any of the coastal towns you must then take a SITA bus or a taxi.

The best option is to hire a private driver to meet you at the Naples station or airport and take you directly to your hotel. Expect to pay about 100E.
www.cuomonet.it www.tourofitaly.com www.francescomarrapese.com
www.angelodriver.com

WHERE TO LOCATE & WHAT TO SEE: Ah, what not to see? This is the most stunning scenery in all of Italy---be sure to pack the camera. Your daily activities will be somewhat determined by your location. SORRENTO is really on the Bay of Naples and not the Amalfi Coast [AC], but is the most convenient location for day trips to Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. The town is larger & relatively flat. In contrast, POSITANO is the most spectacular village on the AC but is almost vertical and a real challenge for your legs.
Hotel choices in Positano should be evaluated by their location in town relative to the beach or position on the hill above the beach. AMALFI & RAVELLO are other popular destinations but are further down the coast.

NOTE: Any of the drivers above can be hired for day trip excursions but should be booked well in advance. Expect to pay about 35E/hour.

Here are my top five activities for this fabulous coast:
• Seeing the coast from the water---the best option. Hire a boat and pray for good weather—here is one www.gennaroesalvatore.it

• Day trip to Capri by hydrofoil from Sorrento or Positano—in season

• Day trip to Ravello by local bus or driver. This lovely village is high above the coast with great views---see Villa Cimbrone.

• Day trip to Pompeii. Plan on spending 4 hours to see it well. You can take the commuter train from Sorrento or hire a driver.

• Shopping for ceramics and sipping LIMONCELLO. The latter is not to be missed---I still have it almost daily at home after dinner.

WHERE TO EAT: I hope you like seafood. Here are some of my favorites:
* In Positano: Da Vincenzo Buca di Bacco Da Constantino

* In Ravello: Cumpa Cosimo Villa Maria

* In Sorrento: Trattoria Da Emilia L’Antica Trattoria
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Apr 20th, 2012, 07:35 AM
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Thank you for your suggestions

Our thoughts....
Fly out of Toronto direct to Rome, rent a car drive to AC stay ? Hotel Excelsior Amalfi
Stay 5 nights will need two rooms it includes breakfast and dinner
Do day trips car, boat, bus
Drive to rome drop off car stay at NH Vittorio Veneto 2 nights 2 rooms includes breakfast
do some tours
Our concern the cost of 2 hotel rooms any suggestions?
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Apr 20th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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Pam, having a car on the A/C is both a hazard and a waste of money. There is LOTS of public transport to take you everywhere you want to go. Parking is very difficult to find and expensive, not counting the terrible traffic (think if a tiny 2-lane road clogged with big buses). If your budget is a concern, then do not rent a car.
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Pam, I have to admit you may need to think about this. I agree that a car may not be your best solution. It will be a zoo in July on that coast and a car will not be easy.

I do not like that hotel location at all. It is on the hill above Amalfi and is somewhat isolated for day trips. And, even the location of Amalfi is at the far end of where you want to be. What are your plans? Do they include Pompeii and/or Capri? The good news is at least the ferries will be running in July. Why not let Luca at Summerinitaly.com find you an apartment for 5 nites---may not be easy this late.

I also think you can do better for location in Rome. Have you looked for QUAD rooms, or are the kids too old for that?

Look at Hotel Mozart which has quad room and even apartments. Alos, check out Palazzo Olivia near Piazza Navona for nice 2 bedroom apts.
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Apr 20th, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Yes we will be going to Pompeli and Capri! Can you recommend a hotel with good
location? Thank you for your car suggestion I will let my husband know. Our daughters are 19 and 13.
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Again, you must decide your overall location--big differences.
Sorrento is most convenient but more of a flat tourist city.

Positano is the most spectacular but not cheap. Here is more on hotels, but I am serious about letting Luca find you a place---but, you must decide WHERE.



BOB’S FAVORITE HOTELS ON THE AMALFI COAST


POSITANO: 3 STAR HOTELS---150 TO 250E FOR DOUBLE—AVERAGE 170E

1. www.villarosapositano.it Popular B&B with great views—lots of steps

2. www.hotelcaliforniapositano.it Small hotel near above—great terrace

3. www.casalbertina.it Fabulous views but you will need good legs

4. www.villalatartana.it Good value, lower in town but still good views

5. www.larosadeiventi.net Has apts. in the old town---more private


POSITANO: 4 STAR HOTELS---250 TO 350E FOR TYPICAL DOUBLE

6. www.bucadibacco.it On the beach—nice hotel and great food

7. www.hotelposeidonpositano.it Hard to beat in this price range

8. www.puntaregina.com Great views in the old town [ fornillo ]

9. www.palazzomurat.it Good centro location—historic site

10. www.covodeisaraceni.it/ On the beach with great pool—expensive


Other locations in the region:

1. www.hotelantichemura.com/ Convenient 4 star in heart of Sorrento

2. http://www.villamaria.it/ Lovely 4 star in Ravello with terrific food

3. http://www.hotelsantacaterina.it/en/index Your splurge option near Amalfi

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