Amalfi coast in November

Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 12:42 PM
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Amalfi coast in November

Plan on a Italy trip in early November. Naples, Rome and Amalfi coast. As far as Amalfi I know it is off season, is four days a good idea?

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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 05:20 PM
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Four days total? Or four days on the Amalfi Coast?

I would visit Naples and Rome in November.

Whether the Amalfi Coast would be a good idea at that time depends on your expectations and your sightseeing plans. I wouldn't stay on the AC in November unless hiking was a priority as you might have only windows of good weather for hiking during the day. If you just want to see the towns, I'd visit them on a day trip or two from Naples only if the weather forecasts are good. Ditto a visit to Pompeii... only if the weather is good. Most restaurants and hotels on the AC will be closed for the season so "dining" options would be very limited. No coastal ferries.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 06:54 PM
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It would be 4 in AC
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 08:07 PM
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What do you want to do there in November?
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 09:41 PM
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We will come from Naples and want to explore the AC before heading to Rome. We will be staying in Sorrento and want to visit Positano, Ravello, Capri and also spend a day in Sorrento.
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You could definitely do your agenda in 4 days although a little tight if Pompeii is included as that is almost a full day for a good visit and including train travel. Capri is an easy 30 minute hydrofoil ride directly from Sorrento and that again is almost a full day. Sorrento is a great base to explore the AC and Positano is I believe about a 4o min bus ride from Sorrento. Ravello is further up the coast, maybe an hour by bus. At least you won't have to worry about crowds in November. Not a big fan of Naples, apart from the best pizza I have ever tasted.. (too hectic, busy, not the cleanest area) whats your attraction there?)

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Any other time of year I'd say four days based in Sorrento is very good. But not November. The chance of rain is too high and there is nothing to do there at that time of year in the rain. If you get sunny days then visiting the places you list can be great even if its off season, maybe dining options are not as good as in season but you won't starve. But the towns look dismal in grey weather and there is very little to do inside if it's raining. I would extend how ever long you planned for Naples to include the 4 days for the Amalfi Coast and then pick and choose your day trips based on weather. If it's raining do inside things in Naples, if it's just cloudy Pompeii would work. If it's sunny go to the Amalfi Coast towns. Splitting the time into two hotels, one in Naples and one in Sorrento saves commuting time and is what you should do if going between April and October, but in November it's worth the extra commuting time to have a better shot at a few good days, which might be interspersed with crummy days.
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Time sounds tight. Here's what we did (sorry for poor quality). Using public transportation will hamper getting around. We were there in March and were cold but you never know:

2002 - More Miracles - Sorrento, Pompeii, Amalfi, Capri

End of 2002 Trip - Naples and Rome

Please report back!

Oh, often tours are curtailed (if not cancelled). Others can say if ferry schedules get cut back.

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You'd have to check the boat schedules, but the infrequency of service might make a day trip to Capri from Sorrento just too short to be worth blowing a day. Also, if seas are rough, service is cancelled.

Ferries along the coast (Sorrento-Amalfi-Salerno) don't operate in November.
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Agree with other posters, 4 days is a short trip for even just AC and weather, ferry, bus and train schedules may hamper your ability to get around conveniently. On the other hand, crowds will be down and the weather may not be hot but it should be pleasant. We did a similar Rome and AC itinerary in September 2017. Here are several travel blog posts w relevant info:
https://travelfam.wordpress.com/category/italy-2017/

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November is the rainy month in the AC. If you are going mainly for Pompeii and Naples, then it is OK. IMHO, however, you will be missing the warm weather beauty of the AC, boat trips on the water, walking in sunny Capri, walking in Positano, etc. Sorrento is lovely in Summer evenings when you can eat outside and see the Bay, but in winter will not have much to do and be gray. If you are staying in Sorrento, certainly do not spend a day there because you will have evenings and that is enough, especially in the dark of winter. Of course, you might be very lucky, but you might also be disappointed if ferries are not running and you are stuck inside. There many great things to see in Naples though, so play it by ear. Herculaneum is a wonderful site to visit and close to Naples, so include it rather than trying to go further South. Check weather though because neither Herculaneum or Pompeii is fun in rain.
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Thanks for all the help!
We defiantly have to maybe rethink our plans?
mike1728 Where did you get the pizza in Naples? We were there in 2007
for a couple of days and the pizza we had was not very good.


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Our favorite pizza in the region was in a very casual place in Sorrento called Pizzeria Da Franco. We didn’t love the pizza we had in Naples, but we did enjoy the city, gritty and all!
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Mike,
We were there in May 2008. We stayed in a great non touristy town called St. Agata sui due Golfi. A beautiful town which is in the Massa Lubrense. It is situated about 3 miles from Sorrento and about 10 miles to Positano. So although not actually on the AC, it is situated in a perfect location to explore the AC/Sorrento/Massa Lubrense/Naples/Pompeii, etc.

It is in walking location to Sorrento thru a great trail amongst the lemon groves. (tough return, uphill-but a great hike).

Pizza in Naples was at Canta Napoli Ristorante located at 36 Via Chiatamone. Although I just googled it and it shows that it is now closed. But we walked by numerous pizzerias with diners eating al fresco and the pizza looked great everywhere!
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