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Amalfi honeymoon in August - OK or not OK?

Amalfi honeymoon in August - OK or not OK?

Feb 12th, 2009, 06:11 AM
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Sam: Thank you! I have been speaking with Francesco (he is so nice on email), and that is a great idea - to ask if he will get the tickets for us. I am really excited about La Minerva - especially the breakfast in the room service.

petitepois: We're getting married on July 25, so we have quite a bit in common! I'm always a bit nervous when I book hotels in different countries, so it's always nice to hear good reviews about them - thanks. We wanted to use a driver for exploring the coast (same towns you did, except for Pompeii), but are worried that we would be in traffic all day, given the time of year we are going. Did you travel by bus or boat?

Thanks again!
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Feb 12th, 2009, 10:29 AM
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One more question, from Positano, Ravello and Amalfi are in one direction and Sorrento, is in another.

Can we see all 3 towns in one day? I was thinking it would be nice to see Sorrento in the day time and then drive back to see Amalfi and end the day at Ravello (with dinner).

What do you suggest?
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Feb 12th, 2009, 11:48 AM
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Hi Suzy Q -

I can't be very helpful regarding Sorrento, since we only drove through Sorrento. It's pretty, and I'm sure there's lots to do there, but in our (and Francesco's) rank ordering, the other towns were more important. I think even at your time of the year, you can manage all of those in one day - you won't be able to dawdle, but enough time to enjoy. We ate lunch in Ravello (Francesco picked out the restaurant, and it was a good one), but it looks do-able to me.

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Feb 12th, 2009, 11:16 PM
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Hi Suzy -- I was talking to my husband last night about your wedding/honeymoon and reminiscing over ours -- so many wonderful memories!

Anyway, we did most of our touring during the Positano portion of our trip, mainly because we were in Capri for only a weekend (2 nights) but in Positano for 1 full week.

As I mentioned, we took public transport everywhere and never felt the need for a car or driver. From Positano, we took the bus to Ravello -- that was a pleasant day trip and we ate lunch at Cumpa Cosimo, I still remember the freshly made warm buffalo mozzarella...

From Positano, we also took a boat to Amalfi, another pleasant day trip.

We passed through Sorrento on our way to Pompeii -- but did not really stop in Sorrento, except to transfer from the ferry to the circumvensia train.

Obviously, it would be impossible to do all three on the same day if using public transportation. In fact, even with a driver, I wouldn't recommend doing them all three on one day -- for one thing, the roads are very windy -- I remember being car sick and wouldn't want to spend the majority of my day in a car there.

Anyway, it would never even cross my mind to hire a car/driver to tour the area, since the public transport is so convenient. But you're right that it would help you pack more sites into one day, if that's a priority for you!

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Feb 13th, 2009, 04:17 AM
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I don't think Sorrento has to be high on your list for a daytrip. In the same day you could certainly do Amalfi and Ravello. By bus. You will likely have to change buses in Amalfi anyway, so take that time to wander through the town and eat lunch, perhaps at Marina Grande overlooking the beach. (They will also rent you a lounge chair and bring your food to the beach if you like)


After lunch,take the bus up to Ravello and see the gardens, maybe have a drink in the Villa Cimbrone after touring the gardens, or in the town, and bus back down to Amalfi.


Since this will be high season, be aware that the buses will be packed, and there may be some pushing and general craziness at boarding. So plan accordingly.
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Feb 13th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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Thank you, that is really helpful. So I'm gathering there isn't much to do in Sorrento. We're actually going to skip Pompeii for this trip.

We're planning on doing a cooking class in Ravello, so we thought we would finish there by late afternoon and then go to Amalfi, have dinner there and head back to Positano.

Are we missing out by skipping Sorrento entirely then?
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Feb 13th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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I don't think so..I did make Sorrento my base but that was so many years ago..have not visited since then.

You cannot see everything and Ravello and Amalfi are more beautiful. We spent 5 days in the area last spring and did not visit Sorrento.

My own opinions, of course; others may disagree.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 06:24 AM
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Despite the fact that we love Sorrento - 18 or 19 times there - I really think you should give it a miss. It isn't a good destination for a day trip.
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