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Amalfi honeymoon in August - OK or not OK?

Amalfi honeymoon in August - OK or not OK?

Jan 21st, 2009, 08:37 AM
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Amalfi honeymoon in August - OK or not OK?

Hi guys,

We're getting married on this July 25 and would like to go away a few days after that...which means spending most of our trip during August, which I've been hearing so many negative things about, timing wise.

We want to spend 9-10 nights in Positano, Capri, and possibly Ravello in between, depending on costs.

My question is, if we leave by the end of July and spend the first week in August there, will we avoid the "craziness" or has it already started? Is it better if we leave at the end of August (after 24th)? I've heard it starts raining in September and gets cooler and we want to avoid that too.

We're really torn with this, as we would like to leave right after the wedding, but want to avoid a disastrous honeymoon. Any thoughts?
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Jan 21st, 2009, 09:46 AM
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I've never heard that it starts raining in September! And if it gets a few degrees cooler, you can still swim..early-mid September would be better than August, in my opinion.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 09:52 AM
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Is beginning of August just as bad too, or towards the middle/end?
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Jan 21st, 2009, 10:09 AM
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Europeans get much more vaction than do peoplein the US - often the entire month of August - so you really need to avoid the whole thing.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 10:13 AM
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Fair enough, thank you both for the honest opinion.

Any opinion on what to make the base while we are on the coast - Positano, Sorrento or Ravello?

And finally, do you feel that it would be easier/more economical to book everything ourselves or use an agency (suggestions welcome). We want to hire a driver and possible take a cooking class. Is that easy enough to do on our own?

Thanks again.

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Jan 21st, 2009, 11:00 AM
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I would think you could make those arrangements on your own if you are willing to dig through Fodors, SlowTrav and other useful web sites. We stayed in Positano for a couple of nights and Capri a couple of nights in late September 2005. They were both pretty crowded even then (i.e., NOT August) but still wonderful. We hired a private driver while in Positano to escort us along the Amalfi Coast (including Ravello), take us to Pompeii (and he arranged a guide for us there) - Francesco Marrapese (he gets quite a few recommendations here - francescomarrapese.com). We did NOT swim while in Positano/Capri - the beaches there are nothing like those most Americans are familiar with - pebbles rather than sand - but we loved being in both places and enjoying the seaside nonetheless.

Ravello can be visited from Positano but it's not particularly convenient as a place to stay IMO.

I would avoid this area in August - and you definitely do not want a rental car IMO - not many places to park.

Sam
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Jan 21st, 2009, 11:02 AM
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I got married on July 28 and left that evening for our honeymoon in Italy. We didn't stay on the Amalfi Coast for our honeymoon but have been their for several anniversaries in addition to some random trips in August. The places you mention are crowded from the middle of June to the end of September, with the biggest crowds during the last two weeks of August. You are not going to avoid crowds on the Amafi in summer. But it can be fun if you like the excitment, hustle and bustle of an Italian resort in high season. All shops and restaurants are open, great people watching etc. Travel by ferry/hydrofoil to avoid crowded buses and traffic on the Amalfi Drive. Ravello would be the most peaceful place to stay if you don't mind being away from the beach.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 11:03 AM
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Congrats on the upcoming marriage!! We spent a week at the beginning of Sept in 2007 and the weather was fantastic...we swam in the sea and it was lovely!

We rented an apartment through www.summerinitaly.com and they were great. Whatever you decide make sure you have a balcony!! The view is what its all about...nothing better than drinking wine watching the sea...or coffee first thing in the morning!

We stayed in Positano and just loved it. Sigh...I want to go back!
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Jan 21st, 2009, 11:05 AM
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The worst is the last two weeks of August.

Were it me, I would go, but I would give priority to finding a place that you think you'll be happy hanging around all the time if it turns out that you really do need to escape the throngs.

For me, that would probably someplace really nice in Anacapri, preferably with a kitchen too. It would be nice if you could find a cooking course in Capri.

To simplify your travel, you might consider spending your first few nights in Amalfi, visiting Ravello and Positano, then spending the remainder of your trip on Capri.

I know this is a highly regarded cooking class in the region:

http://www.thefoodmaven.com/seliano/index.html

and this place is considered to be extraordinary:

http://www.donalfonso.com/en/index.htm

In fact, I'm very quirky, but my idea of a perfect honeymoon might be flying and staying at don alfonso for 4 days, and then transferring to Seliano for the remainder, maybe with a daytrip to Ravello from there, possibly also Capri (ferry from Salerno).

I'd be sure that way to avoid the crowds and you'd really, really, really eat well.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 12:04 PM
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Thank you everyone, you've made me feel better about the timing. If we went in August, it would definitely mean ending our trip by the end of the first week of that month. So we'll see how the pricing looks, go from there and hope for the best!

We don't mind hustle and bustle at all, it would just be upsetting if it was so congested we couldn't get anywhere, but from what I'm reading, water is the way to travel at that time.

I think we'll start with Positano, stay there for 4-5 nights, visit Ravello and Sorrento while we are there. And then move on to Capri for the second half of the trip. Any pros/cons to picking Positano over Sorrento or Amalfi as a base? Don't want to do too much, but would love to check out Pompeii.

Knonxville and Zeppole, thank you very much for your suggestions. I will check them out.



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Jan 21st, 2009, 12:28 PM
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This is one of the popular cooking schools on the AC:



http://www.mammaagata.com/

I've got a couple more in my notes; I can dig them out if you are interested.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 12:40 PM
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@ ekscrunchy, that's the one I've been seeing too. It might be a good way to relax and see Ravello, especially if we don't stay there for any nights.

Any other suggestions are very much welcome, of course!

I looked on the Mamma Agata website. Wish they had more class schedule info, but I guess I will fill out the form and give the school a call once we have our dates fixed.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:55 AM
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Here is one more, but it is on the Sorrento Peninsula:

http://www.sorrentocookingschool.com/
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:20 AM
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Hi Suzy,
Don't put off your honeymoon; Capri or Sorrento, both limited in the amount of people they can hold will be crowded until October, but how magnificent to be newlyweds in places like those in the height of the summer sun. Stay away from the beaches in the morning which will be packed. The towns will be full in the late afternoon and early evening, so just reverse your day. No honeymoon can be disastrous if you are there to enjoy the beauty together.
good luck, yolanda
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 11:18 AM
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Thanks eskrunchy.

Yolanda, that is exactly what I wanted to hear - thank you!
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Jan 28th, 2009, 06:53 AM
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Quick question. We're trying to price everything to make a budget. Does anyone know how much a tax/driver transfer from the Naples airport to Positano would cost?

And the approx. cost per day/hour to hire a driver to take us around the coast (i.e. Ravello, Amalfi, Sorrento) and a day trip to Pompeii?

I've tried calling a few drivers but have had no response, if anyone has a rough idea, that would be really helpful. Thanks.
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Jan 28th, 2009, 07:13 AM
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Suzy Q -

Our time with Francesco Marrapese was 3+ years ago, so it's likely more now, but ...

Naples to Positano I THINK on the order of 100 €; full day tour with Francesco on the order of 250 €. My memory has dulled though, and I didn't keep a record. I'm sure he'll get back to you. As noted in my ancient trip report, he was great, and DW and friend's DW REALLY liked him, if you get my drift? Both DWs did come home with their dutiful husbands, though.

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Jan 28th, 2009, 07:25 AM
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Sam, thanks, and glad your DW decided not to stay back! We're just looking for a range, so that information is perfect.
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Jan 28th, 2009, 08:22 AM
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SuzyQ: It sounds like you're planning to go in August, but I wanted to comment on something you wrote above.

I went to the AC in mid-Sept and the weather was PERFECT. There was never a day of rain and it certainly wasn't "cool." It was warm and sunny, warm enough to swim, but not super hot and crowded like I imagine in August.

As far as your question about where to stay, I think Positano and Amalfi are both charming. I stayed in Positano and loved it -- the scenery/view in Positano has more of a "wow" factor that you might want on your honeymoon, but it caters primarily to American tourists and feels like a resort, as compared to Amalfi, which is more of an actual village with Italians going about their lives.

I'd prefer either of them over Sorrento, which has too many tour buses for my taste (and isn't technically on the Amalfi Coast). It's pretty but not as charming as either Positano or Amalfi (or Ravello, which is also spectacular, but not quite as convenient for travel to other places). I personally would split my hotel time between Positano and Capri (or Amalfi and Capri).
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Jan 28th, 2009, 09:44 AM
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Suzy: Take a look at the report I wrote; inside I discussed Dino, the driver we used for a trip from Amalfi to Paestum and back to Cetara; I was very happy with him and he charged 180 Euro--quite a bit less than some of the drivers often mentioned here. I should mention that he is a driver, not an actual guide, as his English is not fluent:




http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35128776



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