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johnoclimbs Aug 23rd, 2012 11:24 AM

Amalfi coast -vs- Tuscany
Single male traveling into Rome actually staying in Tivoli a few days. My question is from there amalfi coast or Tuscany? I love everything espicially Italian women and climbing :)
What would you reccomend for a single man? I will be traveling in mid September and also I'm a big landscape photographer. Thank you all very much. John

grosenb Aug 23rd, 2012 01:49 PM

The women you see in Amalfi will probably be more tourists that natives. I would stick to Rome for the women.

Tuscany is a landscape photographer's dream. But then again Amalfi isn't bad either. You can do day trips from either locations for great shots. Staying only in Amalfi or one town/city in Tuscany would limit your photography.

I've been to both and I could not pick over the other. Sorry.

ekc Aug 23rd, 2012 04:10 PM

Positano, hands down.

mamcalice Aug 23rd, 2012 05:44 PM

Having been to both, I would recommend Tuscany in a heartbeat. But not because of the women or even the landscape. Somehow, I find it more authentic and varied. And the food is great.

isabel Aug 23rd, 2012 06:26 PM

How do you plan to get around Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast? The AC is easier by public transportation - Tuscany you really need a car.

Not sure what you mean by 'climbing' - rock climbing?, climbing hills? We did a walk from Ravello to Atrani/Amalfi that was about four miles straight down - if you did it in reverse that would certainly entail climbing. We also did the 'Scalia Fenecia' in Capri which is about 1000 steps - going up would be a climb. Pictures of both those are here:

johnoclimbs Aug 23rd, 2012 07:36 PM

awesome thank you all for the replies! I figured out my plan and it follows stay in Rome 2 days then head up to Tuscany Siena. From Siena i will travel to Cinque terre to spend the rest of vacation. I only have a week this time so it has to be action packed. I am renting a car.

Isabel more technical rock climbing with ropes and all.

Thank you so much for all the replies. cin cin!

Mimar Aug 23rd, 2012 08:57 PM

A car is not advisable for the Cinque Terre. The 5 villages are connected by a path, boats and the train. The road runs inland. You'll have to pay to park your car while you visit each town. Better to take the train to the southernmost town and walk to the rest of the towns.

What airport are you flying out of?

The Dolomite mountains would probably be the best place for rock climbing in Italy.

StCirq Aug 23rd, 2012 09:42 PM

A rental car will be useless in the Cinque Terre.

Anna_Galea Aug 24th, 2012 01:54 AM

Maybe you can fly out of Pisa (or Genoa or Bologna) airport so that you would not have to return to Rome.

Going to the two regions you mentioned would give you some wonderful pictures of both the lovely country scenary of Tuscany and its lovely hilltop towns and villages and medieval cities, plus beautiful photos of the lovely rugged coastal views of Liguria, lovely cliff-edge houses and harbours, the region where the CT are situated - it would also be great for a swim. I can understand that for the CT towns you might not need a car, but use ferry to visit them, but I would still keep rented car to arrive there for the day, as it would be convenient also to drive around the Ligurian coast, not only the CT villages. In fact you might find even nicer secluded places to take photos than just the CT. Then at end of holiday you drop off car at airport.

Regarding girls, I am not so sure - I guess the northerners/central Italian girls are a bit more on the sophisticated side than the southerners - in fact, something which often makes me angry, I notice that even the Romans look down at southern Italy. But I find the southerners more friendly and down to earth, (and maybe loud and more short-tempered lol - you are more likely to find yourself in the middle of a quarrel between locals in southern Italy lol)- but that is what makes diversity so wonderful. But ultimately, you find all kinds everywhere that you might unexpectedly bump into, especially on holiday, as many Italians like to do their vacations in Italy to other regions to have a break, since this would be affordable for them. So good luck with the Italian girls, they just melt when they meet some nice looking English speaking guy - can we please see a photo of you - just joking - I am a married middle-aged woman!!!!.

PS In towns and big cities like Firenze there are many night clubs and bars where you can hang around - otherwise be on the look-out at the beach!!!

Anna_Galea Aug 24th, 2012 09:06 AM

Just another idea - maybe you might consider finding accommodation just to the north of Pisa, and sleeping in one place throughout the holiday. From there you can easily reach the Cinque Terre and other lovely coastal towns of Pisa and Liguria, and be also close enough to to many towns and cities in Tuscany like Pisa, Lucca, Firence etc to to a day trip by car, and to wander around the lovely countryside of Tuscany.

Plenty of coastal resor townss just north of Pisa which are also close to the Liguria (where there is the CT) border. That way you may reach both regions that you are intested in and would not have to change accommodation. Even Lucca in Tuscany might be good enough if you prefer to stay in a bigger town - or somewhere not on the coast..

johnoclimbs Aug 24th, 2012 10:32 AM

Mimar I have been to Dolomiti before climbing and skiing very wonderful!

Stcirq. I have free parking where I'm staying in Cinque Terre i am lucky so I will walk from 1 place to the other.

Anna_Galea Thank you so much for the information! you can find me on Facebook i'm the only John Okner or you can check out my photography website and send me a email from there.

Thank you all very much!

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