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50 and Fabulous in 2015---need help planning my trip to Amalfi, FINALLY

50 and Fabulous in 2015---need help planning my trip to Amalfi, FINALLY

Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 09:29 AM
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Hi Denisea,

Your plans for the AC followed by Rome sound wonderful! As we're prepping to leave in about 21/2 weeks for our trip to "the Alps" and Paris, we're very interested in following your plans, as we love both the AC and Rome. Like you guys, we have had a couple of recent trips here in the US (NYC, Lake Tahoe, etc.) and a couple others planned for fall. But European trips seem to generate the most interest and excitement. Always looking ahead!

Re: your transportation plans. After flying into Naples, what is your final plan for traveling to the AC? Train? private driver?

Our upcoming trip has involved a lot more planning than most as we're renting a car (except for Paris), doing a lot of map study of mountain passes, and road rules for 4 different countries, and staying in mostly smaller towns. The easiest part to plan has been Paris, and we're really looking forward to that as a finale to our trip.

We'll stay tuned to your plans!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 01:02 PM
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Annhig....you would have to sleep on the floor----how's your back? This has been a long time fantasy and I just decided to pull the trigger on it.

Judy, I see I am in good company with the 3 nights in Rome.

Tomarkot---we still don't have the nerve to drive in Europe. Mostly because neither one of drives a stick and it hasn't been a necessity yet. I certainly got plenty of warnings not to drive on the AC!!! At present, the flights are still incomplete---we are so used to direct flights out of ATL and can't get one into Naples on Delta. Their site is pushing us to connections (and most with 2 connections) in Europe. No bueno. We will definitely fly on Delta, as all of my miles/status is with them. Right now it's looking easier to just fly in and out of Rome (direct) and we will likely will splurge(again)on a driver to just save time and make it easy (more fun) to just get to the AC. I don't really want to deal with the train, transfer, ferry stuff with jet lag. May change but for now, that's the plan. Have wonderful trip!! I am sure the Alps will be more than memorable!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 01:41 PM
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denisea, we used Renato Cuomo http://www.cuomonet.it/ for several trips during our stay in Positano and would highly recommend him.

He took us from Sorrento to Positano when we ferried from Capri, took us to Ravello and Pompeii (not on the same day) and to the Naples airport, where we picked up a car to go to Tuscany

We use Delta almost exclusively for the same reason you do and had to connect in Paris to get to Naples.....not ideal but worked for us.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for the recommendation Judy - they have great reviews on TA, also. Good to know.

We may take in the inbound DL flight that connects in CDG. The site is offering so many flights with multiple connections, which we won't do. I have to look at the flights a bit closer as I don't want a tight connection and then don't want to sit at CDG to long....it will all depend on what time it would get us into Naples and total travel time.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 02:23 PM
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One reason it took us so long to get the AC in our travel plans was the incredibly inconvenient trip there! PIA but we survived. We live in Norfolk, VA and so connect to go anywhere. We had a 1 hr 45 min layover at CDG and left JFK 1 hr 30 min late. Amazingly, we made the flight and Capri and Positano were so worth it, the trials of getting there were soon forgotten!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 02:28 PM
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Treat yourselves to a private driver as needed from your base. The public transportation (SITA) bus works from its own timetable = NOT!! While we caught it back to Sorrento from Positano, as a one-time thing, it was a beautiful day (late March) so killing an hour was ok, but you do not want to lose hours over the course of your precious days. Driving a rental car along the Amalfi coast would not be relaxing, you both want to enjoy the views, the route has lots of traffic. Parking in the larger towns is not easy either (is it in any larger city in Europe?? Love it once out of the city, ambling over hill and dale, but I'm stuck being the navigator glued to a map while DH drives -- at this point -- no thanks!)
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 04:33 PM
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OMG---Judy, the getting there is the main reason we haven't gone before (considered it for our honeymoon and ruled it out). It's another reason we thought about a warm weather trip to Paris....but we are going to do it and going to do it the easiest way possible for us. Glad to know it's not just me with the PIA thoughts about getting there-LOL!!!

My thoughts exactly aliced...not driving and that bus doesn't sound that appealing. I hate to wait anyway but especially on vacay when I am losing time to go, see and do!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 06:06 PM
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You will love Le Sirenuse. We had dinner at their restaurant, La Sponda. The most romantic restaurant we have ever been to. It is lit with 400 candles. We had a table next to the back window overlooking the Mediterranean and the side window overlooking the hill. Food wad delicious. Michelin one star. We went back the next night for cocktails on the terrace. As for Capri, we did it as a day trip. Very nice but you will not want to leave Le Sirenuse to spend nights in Capri.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 06:35 PM
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Yep---you are reading my mind letsgeaux. Have heard wonderful things about La Sponda and I am thrilled with anyplace with that much candlelight.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 10:48 PM
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Denisea I just celebrated my 45th in May in Positano. I had my birthday dinner at La Sponda. Incredible! It will be hard to top. You are going to have an amazing trip and I'm so excited for you. I absolutely love Positano. Enjoy and happy planning.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 11:42 PM
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Hi Denise,
I went to Positano on my recent trip. My base was a lemon farm (agriturismo) outside Massa Lubrense. Walked The Path of Gods from Bomerano to Positano. Loved it! I did go past the Le Sirenuse. I'll put up photos on my blog in soon. I loved the quieter pace of Massa Lubrense and the farm stay. But I can imagine staying in Positano will be awesome!
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Old Aug 4th, 2014, 06:53 AM
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Have been reading your report Ozgirl. That sounds interesting - how did you find it?

Thanks JenV - it doesn't seem that there would be anything not to like in Positano.
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Old Aug 4th, 2014, 07:50 AM
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Congrats on your decision! Be sure to post next year with your questions. I have a great driver I use in Pos if you need a recommendation and we had a fantastic new dining experience when we were there in June that I would be happy to share!
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Old Aug 4th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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Defintely will post for more info at a later time.
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Hi Denise, you'll just have to keep reading the epic saga that is my trip report
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 05:47 AM
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Very good OzGirl!

Wondering if anyone has gone kayaking on the AC. Looks like a good place to kayak and a great way to see the coast line. Guides or companies to use???
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 08:12 AM
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Most people I know just rent kayaks from the booth on the beach (Cassiopea, I think) but I know they also have guides. There is a new tourist information office not far from the beach that will have lots of information also. If you stand on the dock with your back to the sea and walk straight ahead, past the restaurants, it is on your left as you pass under the archway.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 12:09 PM
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Thanks, I found a few companies on Trip Advisor and am wondering if anyone on the forum has experience with some of those companies. I think we would see more with a local guide (or at least catch some hidden gems we wouldn't know about). Positano Kayak was one company I was wondering about.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 03:06 PM
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Have you looked at the Positano Daily Photo blog? Nicki (blogger) kayaks in Pos all the time, so you might contact her and ask for a recommendation.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 05:43 PM
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Very good to know - thanks. I will definitely check that out.
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