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5 days Naples and area - please help with itinerary!

5 days Naples and area - please help with itinerary!

Dec 11th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Staying a night on Capri is obviously better, but I understand your desire to stay put in one hotel. Definitely get out of the main towns and spend time on the walking paths.

I'd highly recommend trying to see Herculaneum as well as Pompeii - I actually preferred it, partly because it's smaller, but also because more of the second stories survived, giving not only shade, but a better sense of life in the town.

Glad to see you're heading to Sicily - don't miss Ortigia, Erice, and all the lovely mosaics.
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Dec 11th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Thanks so much Palenque and thursdaysd for your excellent advice. I had not really considered Capri or Herculaneum but I certainly will now. And thursdaysd, I have read your report about Sicily and really enjoyed it. Thanks again.
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Dec 11th, 2009, 06:34 PM
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Have you thought about where you'll stash your luggage in Naples? There is baggage storage at the train station.

I agree that you don't need to dedicate a day to Sorrento. Whatever time you have after arriving from Rome should be enough.

Rather than taking the bus in both directions from Sorrento to the towns along the Amalfi Coast, I'd bus one way and ferry the other.
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Dec 11th, 2009, 06:54 PM
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Hope you are planning to go to the Archeological Museum in Naples. It is not too large and has Pompeii "stuff". Also the veiled Christ is worth seeing in Naples.
Happy travels!
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Dec 11th, 2009, 09:48 PM
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Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi... they are ALL touristy! Every town along the coastal route is. It just depends on if you want a very small tourist town or a slightly larger tourist town!

I preferred to stay in Sorrento as it afforded me the choice of many more restaurants and shopping opportunities... and there are things to see in Sorrento! And, the views of the bay are just as good...you just have to go to the right places to see them and/or have the right hotel.

I would have been bored to death in Positano and didn't really even like the town of Amalfi, other than the views. IMO, a day trip by bus from Sorrento covered both of these towns more than enough. It is really the ride there that is the most breathtaking.

Pompeii is a short train ride away from Sorrento. And, Capri is easily reached by hydrafoil.

And as Palenque mentions, Naples has hired it's 'reformed' pickpockets, drug addicts, and thieves (any non-violent convicted criminal) into their tourist business to advise and guide us little lambs.
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Dec 12th, 2009, 01:38 AM
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"Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi... they are ALL touristy!"

True, but only Sorrento is tacky about it.
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Dec 12th, 2009, 04:43 PM
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Well, Fra_Diavolo, we will have to agree to disagree. I found Sorrento no more tacky than both Positano and Amalfi.
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Dec 12th, 2009, 04:52 PM
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Well, when I see a cut-out of a London Bobby advertising fish 'n' chips at the nearest "pub" on the streets of Positano and Amalfi, I'll agree.
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Dec 13th, 2009, 12:45 AM
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I think comparing Sorrento to Blackpool is harsh. I can see why it is considered "tacky" in comparison to other Italian places, but It is hardly Benidorm.

Several of my work colleagues have been to Campania and used Sorrento as a base, and almost without exception they have been very happy there. In general they liked the ease of transport into Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum, the easy access by boat to Capri; the good variety of restaurants; the fact that English is widely spoken.

My impression of Amalfi and Positano is they are spectacularly scenic with prices to match.

I am quite fond of Naples, but it is easy to see what intimidates some people about the city. It is grimy and frenetic.

Some of my favourite things around Naples: The View from Castel Sant Elmo, The National Archaeological museum, The shops in SpaccaNapoli selling nativity scenes, Paestum (the Greek Temples are stunning, and the museum excellent), the Palace at Caserta.
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Dec 13th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Whether you should stay in Sorrento or on the AC proper depends on the kind of trip you're planning. While I didn't care much for Sorrento, as a base for visiting Herculaneum, Pompeii, the AC, and the Archaeological Museum in Naples it worked out well. If you just want to admire the scenery, chill out, or maybe do some hiking, staying on the AC would be better.
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Dec 13th, 2009, 09:52 AM
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Dec 13th, 2009, 06:16 PM
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This post definitely shows it really depends on what you want out of your trip. I've been to Italy three times and Naples is my favorite (even compared to Rome, etc). I absolutely love it. I didn't enjoy the AC (Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano, Capri). It just was not for me as it was entirely too touristy. This is not meant to offend all of the AC fans, but rather to show it really depends on your taste.
If you enjoy more of a gritty, "real" experience, please do not skip over Naples.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 09:11 AM
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Gina - i am like you - i'd rather be in Naples, albeit gritty and more than its share of pickpockets if you believe the stories but my comments were thinking of what the average American tourist, perhaps never having been to Italy before would enjoy more - and the Amalfi would be much more eye candy to them then Naples.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 06:25 AM
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It's really not helpful to try to put yourself in the shoes of the average American tourist, and send them to places you'd prefer not to be. I've seen this in a number of posts from frequent posters. They go on trips much different from the one they recommend other people go on. I don't think that's the kind of help people are asking for when they post on a message board.
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Dec 22nd, 2009, 08:13 AM
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How would Naples compare to say Athens or Porto in Portugal?
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