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Amalfi coast in April 2011 - lots of questions

Amalfi coast in April 2011 - lots of questions

Dec 18th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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Hi Gilly!

From Amalfi, Ischia's not as easy a day's visit as some places would be - though, unsurprisingly, I'd say that it's worth the effort.

During the summer the Alicost line runs a direct service from Salerno (which leaves at 07:50 and gets here by eleven, after stopping in Amalfi, Positano and Capri: it returns again at 16:20) - this year from June 14th until September 17th.
Here's the boat they use, at Ischia Porto on the first day it came over...
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/125608920

Otherwise, the Alilauro line has a seasonal hydrofoil service from Sorrento - in 2010 it ran from the start of April until November 3rd... setting off around 09:30, taking 50/60 minutes, and returning at 17:20.

For some people who were changing resort, I've looked into getting here from Amalfi before; they managed it without any problems, but did have to make quite an early start... and, depending on the rest of your plans, bringing your bags over, and not having to return, might have its advantages?

I've added a post to update the "Daytrip to Ischia" thread scrunchy mentioned as several things have changed, and also added to it a few suggestions of what to see and do, as well as some other stuff - so you may want to have another look....

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-to-ischia.cfm

And you'll find April photos from around the island amongst the 'Spring Collection' here...
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/springisch

Peter

PS - here's our month by month split of visitors!
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/122604639
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Dec 20th, 2010, 02:41 AM
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The one holiday when we travelled from Ischia (Sant'Angelo) to Positano it took 7 hours door to door ! (Walk to bus stop, bus to port, hydrofoil to Naples, hydrofoil to Sorrento, bus to station, bus to Positano, walk to dock, boat to lodgings - the Naples to Positano hydrofoil was not yet running.)

I think Ischia is idyllic but too far for a day trip, unless you were to follow my earlier suggestion and spend some time in Naples and visit it from there, but staying a few days is better to do it justice unless you just want to go round it by bus.
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Dec 20th, 2010, 08:41 AM
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Ouch - what a long time!

For anyone who may now be worried about travelling from Ischia to the Amalfi Coast, here are some alternatives to that expedition... with the caveat that, being based on the 2010 times and dates, things may be slightly different next year?

The first is perhaps a little naughty: from the middle of April onwards - on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays - there are boat excursions from here to the Amalfi Coast: take one, but jump ship...
They make pick-ups at the ports in Forio, Lacco, Casamicciola and Ischia Porto, and then motor straight on to Positano, where they stop for about an hour, before moving on and arriving at Amalfi by lunch. The €32 tickets cover a return journey, so if you don't like it there, come back again... friends who wanted a night on the AC from here were allowed to use theirs the next day!

These are the handbills given out early this year:
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/124264292

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/124264291

Second, from the start of April until November 3rd, Alilauro offer a daily hydrofoil to Capri at 10.40 (50-60 mins, c.€16), from where various lines run along the AC to Positano and beyond, using boats (c.60 mins - c.€15) and hydrofoils (30 mins - c.€17). If you'd like to explore Capri or if, at times, you face a bit of a wait, there's a left luggage facility down at the Marina.

Through the year the timetable of one line - Alicost - went like this...
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/imag...78291/original

(As mentioned earlier in the thread, during the peak season one of their scheduled boats comes all the way over to Ischia - if you're travelling then, bear in mind that it offers the cheapest of the sea routes... €19 to Positano etc.)

The third - or is it fourth - option would be to cross to either Pozzuoli or Naples, and then take one of the 'Metro del Mare' hydrofoils to Positano (which, generally, then continue on to Amalfi and Salerno). The mix of routes on offer changes through the season, so you'd need to pick one accordingly. Although difficulties delayed their 2010 start until June 19th, normally services such as these would have been going for some time by then....
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/129986011

The 2011 details should appear in due course - here, hopefully...
http://www.metrodelmare.net/

Complications with getting to particular AC resorts from the main ports aside, one or another of those should be quicker and easier - although less of an adventure!

Peter

PS: those who particularly dread sea travel might prefer to take the short ferry ride to Pozzuoli, and then trains to either Salerno or Sorrento and the appropriate SITA bus or buses - which would probably also be cheaper?
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Dec 21st, 2010, 02:31 AM
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Peter, each year we wanted to get the Metro del Mare (2007-2009 I think), the start was delayed ! Repairing winter damage to the Positano dock was the story. They were due to start in early June but didn't start til late June/early July.
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Dec 28th, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Hello - I was wondering if anybody had any specific hotel recommendations in Amalfi. Budget 100 euros per night max. If we don't find anything that particularly appeals in Amalfi I think we may end up in Praiano - Le Sirene - we're OK with the uphill walk.
Also - I may end up having to travel early April based on airfares. I tried to look up weather and got some very mixed info. Or is it worth spending the extra $s to go later in the month?
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Dec 28th, 2010, 09:52 PM
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We've now watched eight Aprils come and go here on Ischia and generally of course the weather improves as the year moves on - however I know of no way to guarantee which week will necessarily be the month's best, nor when the inevitable rain will fall, though we've seen plenty!

As you can perhaps tell from the April photos amongst these, the start of the month is sometimes better than the end...

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/springisch

The "Climate" and weather "History" sections here may be some indication of the range in previous years (for some reason, 2010 is giving me "No Data" today?)...

http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/Italy/Naples.htm

The gamble's yours to take but, with Easter so late, flights and probably hotels too, are likely to be dearer than usual at the end of the month.

Peter
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:10 PM
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gilly, I'd recommend where we stayed. Hotel Miramalfi: from what I recall, it was just about $100 US per night. A short walk down into town, Sita bus stop right outside, lovely breakfast on the restaurant terrace, helpful staff.
http://www.hotels.com/hotel/details.html?hotelId=200579
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:25 PM
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Thanks. For some reason it is coming up as unavailable for the dates I'm looking at.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:29 PM
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Are you looking around Easter or Semana Santa? Did you check the hotel's own website?
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:25 PM
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I was actually looking for the very end of April/early May. I checked availability on the link above, but I will look at their own website too
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:27 PM
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Just checked their website - they have rooms, but starting at 250e/night which is way over our budget. So,... still looking for help. I am still wondering, too, if it will be cheaper to stay in Praiano?
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:41 PM
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Ugh, that's so sad!! We arrived there on 1st May, so the timing was the same. What a difference a year makes! I'm sorry I don't have any other suggestions, either.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:22 AM
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It is probably because Easter comes so late this year.


One last place you might try is Atrani, which is the tiny hamlet next to, and within an easy walk of, Amalfi:

http://www.larginefiorito.it/en/chi_siamo.htm (75-105 euro per night)

http://www.roomswithview.com/bed_and_breakfast.html

http://www.mefracamere.it/en/le-camere.php

If these, and others in Atrani,do not pan out, would you consider a place in Furore, in the hills and on the bus route?

http://www.hotelholidaysficodindia.c...s_1072149.html
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Jan 4th, 2011, 04:19 PM
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The last place looks awesome but perhaps a little too isolated. Thanks for all the great suggestions
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Jan 5th, 2011, 03:07 AM
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If you've not found this already....

Although high time it was updated (so do crosscheck any times, prices etc they quote!), for more about the various resorts and villages along the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast, you may like to download the useful 'Travel Directory' from the official tourism website, here...
http://www.costiera.it/weben/index.htm

It includes fairly extensive listings of hotels and other accomodation...

Peter
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Jan 5th, 2011, 03:17 AM
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Have a look at this...

http://www.marinariviera.it

Looks like they have special rates during first weeks of April if you book before the end of January.
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Jan 5th, 2011, 04:47 AM
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Gilly, I have been to the Amalfi Coast 10x. I just planned a family vacation there for April 2011. If you fly into Naples, stay near to Sorrento or better still in Sorrento. Everything you will want to do is much easier from there. trains, busses and boats,and taxi. You can stay a 15-20 walk from the main square in Sorrento and feel like a local. 5 days is a short time and you will not want to spend ALL day trying to figure out how to explore something. All the listings for B and Bs, (which is what you should be looking for, you can shop and cook for yourself or go to a local restaurant) will tell how far from the main square they are. Pay attention to walking and Driving times, some B and Bs may be too far out of the way to take advantage of the local transport. The touresty feeling you are talking about comes from the amount of time you spend in the area, not the people. Talk to the locals, eat and do as they do. These are small towns along the Amalfi, i have never felt like I was in a sea of tourists. I have been there every time of year and have stayed everywhere from Sorrento to Amalfi. If you truly want off the beaten path, try the town Massa Lubrense. It is right next to Sorrento. Very small, 5 or 6 restaurants. 40 min walk to Sorrento. 10-15 min. by bus. Keep in mind also these walks are not that easy. There is alot of up and down walking and no sidewalks, just walking on the main roads with busses and cars zooming by.(no big deal)Try also searching from the Trip Advisor web-site. Your wanting to spend only 80 or so euros a day is not a problem unless you are looking for 4 star perfection. goodluck
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Jan 5th, 2011, 06:47 AM
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Have a look at the Residenza del Duca in Amalfi. I haven't stayed there myself but have heard several people rave about it and it's a relatively budget option - using sample dates of 27 Mar - 4 Apr, the cheapest option is €680 for the 7 nights.

I thinka drawback there in high season may be no airconditioning but that won't be a problem then.
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Jan 5th, 2011, 03:39 PM
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Looks very nice, but hoping for a balcony. I think I may be back to Le Sirene in Praiano. Mumperrucci, I appreciate your suggestion to stay in Sorrento but really had my heart set on somewhere right on the Amalfi coast. From what I have read on these boards it's prett easy to get around on the SITA busses, plus I plan to spend most of my time not doing much other than soaking up the atmosphere!
Perhaps I'm being too picky, and I'm sure I'll have a wonderful time wherever I end up staying!
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Jan 5th, 2011, 04:54 PM
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Hi - A few years ago I stayed at the Bellevue Amalfi which sounds like it suit your needs (http://www.hotelbellevuesuite.com/home.aspx. The hotel is small, close to Amalfi and has balcony views with elevator access down to a private beach. The owner/host during our stay was Tommaso Esposito who hailed from Amalfi but had worked most of his career as a senior manager in food services for Hyatt or one of the large US chains before returning home to operate his own hotel. He gathered eggs from his own chickens for omelets, made us fresh squeezed OJ from oranges picked from the grove out back and really made us feel at home. Not sure if he is still the owner but plan on returning to the Bellevue this summer myself. I've stayed lots of places but was never treated more graciously then at the Bellevue. Good luck whatever you decide!
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