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Amalfi Coast: choose 2 spots or stay put for the week?

Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 09:29 AM
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And Peter, FABULOUS pictures! Now I'm really POSITIVE that I want to spend a few days in Ischia. We will probably to Procida as a day trip...
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 09:30 AM
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And merci, I just saw the timing for the Capri/Ischia ferry.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 11:56 AM
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Glad you liked them!

You'd be better to look nearer the time but, from 16 September to 3rd November last year, Alilauro were listing a second pair of crossings between Ischia and Capri - which I've not noticed them do previously...

Capri to Ischia: 09:40 and 16:40

Ischia to Capri: 10:40 and 16:20

Who knows?
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Certainly two days would let you cover a lot more of the Campi Flegrei... you could perhaps do the easy stuff on one, and have a car for the more awkward places on the other?

But if doing something like that, it's perhaps better to leave the "where to go which day" decisions until the season has started - since places like the underground Roman streets of the Rione Terra, on the summit at Pozzuoli, may or may not be open this year... he sighed!

As I said, we've done our visits as daytrips from here - almost always on the buses and trains - but on one occasion a friend's father took us to this place for lunch - a nice-looking hotel in a great position, if not very handy for the local restaurants....
http://www.ilgabbianohotel.com/

Otherwise Pozzuoli itself has a big fishing fleet, and a host of restaurants down near its harbour - and staying somewhere there might be more convenient?

Peter

PS - If he's not found it, your husband may enjoy this site - generally it's very good, but tell him to look elsewhere for more current advice on transport etc!
http://www.ulixes.it
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:26 PM
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Well, one good thing done. Apartment rented in Vico Aquense for our first 5 nights... Yay!

Now, must choose between staying in La Fenice (Positano) or Residenze Luce (Amalfi) for 4 nights...

Any ideas?

http://www.lafenicepositano.com
http://www.residenzaluce.it/hotel.asp?l=2

Merci!
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 11:54 AM
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Peter, what do you think of this spot in Ischia for us to stay 4 days? It really appeals to me!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Campania.html

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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:28 PM
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J: I am glad you will be based in Vico--I would love to hear about your stay there as it has been on my radar for ages. Just wanted to let you know that the Frommer's
Amalfi Coast guide has quite a nice chapter on the town, as well as some of the other towns that are not on the usual tourist trail in the area.

I know you asked Peter about the Ischia hotel (I tried to see the rooms but was not able to when I stopped by two years ago), but I will chime in to say that I will be happy to give you a few ideas on where to eat if you do decide to go to the island, which I highly recommend.

Not sure if you noticed this report, but for what it's worth: I never did finish the last bits, but there is a lot of food into here:


http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-its-spell.cfm
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:48 PM
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Will definitely ask for good food recommendations esk, once we settle on the hard task of deciding where to stay, merci!

The choices are so overwhelming, non?

I guess staying in the Castle or close by is relatively convenient for the ferry returning to Naples. We will surely go to Negombo and see Sant'Agnelo on a day trip.

3 nights is not a whole lot, but we'll make the best of it!
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 02:40 PM
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Relatively convenient, but still requires a bus ride or a long walk. Did you look at hotels in Ischia Porto? Those would be closer to the bus terminal AND the ferries.

Yes, overwhelming! But on this forum the same towns, and the same restaurants, get mentioned over and over again...let me know when--I am always happy to discuss Italy. And food.
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 01:27 AM
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The Monastero is certainly spectacular, and very popular. Friends of ours (he American, she English) split their week on Ischia, half with us and half there, back in 2006 and we shared a memorable evening at the hotel's terrace restaurant. Not only was it the 4th of July but, after we'd eaten, we then joined the other guests around the TV.... to watch Italy beat Germany 2-0 in the semifinals of the World Cup!

Far below us, the streets of Ponte were for once - in July, mind you - completely empty....
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/63054610

... until the result sank in...
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/62976561

And, coincidentally enough, next day we all went to Negombo - which proved the ideal place to get over the late night of celebrations!

Other than when the lower part of Ponte is closed to traffic, the quarter-hourly number 7 bus comes down to the little square at the landward end of the "Ponte" - and takes 10 minutes or so to return to the Porto's harbourside depot. At other times you can call a taxi, or walk the short distance through the borgo back to the stop for buses diverted along the beachfront Via Pontano, just a few yards from our building's front door!

You'll find a link to the timetables, and some 'coming and going' hints, amongst the various stuff here...
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/beginisc

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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 02:54 AM
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Peter: One of these days I hope you will share with us the story of how you decided to settle on Ischia. Brilliant decision on your part, I must add!
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 06:35 AM
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Thanks! Your site is a gold mine of information, Peter!
So if we are in Ischia only 3 days, better to stay near Ischia Ponte then, let's say, the hotel near Negombo?

Did your friends enjoy the Monastero?

It really reminds me of Monemvasia in Greece!

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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:22 AM
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Negombo is further from the port, but that hotel looks great ( took a look when we were there) ....the beach there is beautiful. But you would be kind of isolated at night for restaurants, etc.
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:36 AM
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Hi Johanne. After responding on your other thread I now see this one is going again. Take heed of what eks says -

"The distance may well be 60 km long (I do not know the actual length) but this is one instance where distances are quite deceiving. The bus from Amalfi to Cetara takes an hour or so , although the distance is but 14 km. And you must also factor in the waiting time for the buses, if you plan on taking them. It is possible to spend most of a morning getting from place to place."

Our record was 7 hours from Sant'Angelo on Ischia to a place just outside Positano !
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 08:15 AM
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Hi! Glad you liked it - originally just meant as a way of helping friends and family to get here...

I think you'll find that the island's so small - just 28 square miles - that where you choose to stay won't be of any huge importance for getting around.

Obviously pedestrian-only Sant'Angelo is further in distance - and time - from the ports, but otherwise it makes precious little difference... 10/15 minutes from Ponte to Porto, and not very much longer from Lacco Ameno, where Negombo is, to either Casamicciola or Forio (from where there are just a few hydrofoils each day).

Little point trying to pre-guess September's timetables, but they should look much like the list here, from our local paper last May...
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/imag...91364/original

There is one slight drawback to being at the other end of the island from Negombo - in however many visits it is now, we've perhaps only twice not needed a taxi home... it's amazing how much energy you use wandering around the gardens, swimming and using the thermal pools all day - and how exhausted you'll feel afterwards, even if you've had a snooze after lunch!
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We were concerned about how they'd find the Monastero - with him no smaller than I am, and both of them used to a somewhat higher grade of accommodation when work is paying the bills! But in fact the former nuns' cells make decent-sized rooms, even with a bathroom fitted into them, and - thanks to the massive walls and the breezes up there - they didn't regret not having air-conditioning in the one they'd chosen.

Even though we see the castle almost every day, it's nice to have an excuse to look through their site again - the "living room" for instance is where they'd put the TV that night!

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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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Are there good restaurants near Negombo?
If we stay in that area, I guess we can easily rent a scooter or take the bus to visit the rest of the island?
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Are there good restaurants near Negombo?
If we stay in that area, I guess we can easily rent a scooter or take the bus to visit the rest of the island?
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 09:08 AM
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Or if we stay in your area, how much is that taxi after a relaxing day in Negombo?
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Oh my. Just realized that the hotel in Negombo is 165 euros PER PERSON and not per night. Yikes! That one is out!
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I'd go with eks' advice (and mine on your other thread) - since you are only staying in Ischia a short time, stay in Ischia Porto - or Ponte if you really want to. The bus round the island can take over an hour.
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Ah, the lovely Hotel della Baia!

Like everything else the Duke and his family do, it's not cheap - but perhaps try this...

€60 for two admittances, with reserved poolside sunbeds, at the spa

€60 for two dinners in their restaurant

and - for bed, and breakfast beside the beach - the room is €190 per night?

Still more than we spend almost anywhere, but few foreigners grasp the standing of Ischia's better hotels in the Italian tourism market.

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Back in the real world again, we usually pay about 30 Euro to return to Ponte - and it is possible to nod off on the way, though harder if one of these was at the front of the rank...

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/116643366

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