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Trip Report Awe inspiring on the Amalfi Coast....an Albergo "Clash of the Titans"

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Positano Prologue

This trip was planned as the trip to end all trips to celebrate our 10 year anniversary my upcoming 50th birthday. We almost went to Positano for our honeymoon ten years ago but the logistics of getting there pushed it out of the running, in favor of Maui. Then this trip got rescheduled, as we were to have gone in May but I didn't feel like I could get away from work.

I think we would never have done the trip as well 10 years ago---we weren't Fodorites back then!��

This trip originally was to have been 7 nights at Le Sirenuse in Positano and 3 in Rome at Albergo del Senato but then I saw something on Monastero Santa Rosa and it looked too good to pass up. I went to work on selling Chaz on changing up the "trip of a lifetime" to a bigger, better trip of a lifetime. Not hard to do with some websites "accidentally" left open on an iPad and a little sparkling wine. Mission accomplished and we changed up the schedule a bit, and ended up with 6 nights at Le Sirenuse, 3 at Monastero Santa Rosa and a final night at Albergo del Senato in Rome before flying home. Would the change pay off? Could a renovated monastery compete with the mythical crown jewel of coastal hotels? We shall see.

Next, Naples is a PITA to fly in and out of on Delta, for some reason. We want to be on Delta as all my status is there, we live in Atlanta and I have not heard positive things about Alitalia. We ultimately decided to fly in and out of Rome and take a car to Positano. We just wanted to avoid the schlepping of bags and on to a train into Rome, then to Naples and then a car, bus or boat to Positano....that didn't sound like the trip of a lifetime and we have all seen Trains, Planes and Automobiles! Many recommended Francesco Marrapese and we booked with him from FCO to Positano. We do use miles to get business class...Chaz does not really fit comfortably in a coach seat and well, it's the trip of a lifetime so we had to ride up front. Although we would have to to sit single file as the side by side seats were full (but we catch up on movies on the flight, so not a big deal).

Hotels- check
Plane tickets-check
Car to Positano-check
Activities- not really

We only had a spa afternoon booked ahead of the trip and a wine tasting in Tramonti prior to leaving. This would be the trip of pools, prosecco and pasta and not much else. How would that work out? Dinner reservations? Not many...one the first and last nights at Le Sirenuse. Everyone talked so much about the glowing, candle light of La Sponda, so we had to book that (remember everyone looks better in candle light)!

The countdown began and finally it was time to start checking the weather report and pre-packing (and mentally check out of work by Labor Day weekend)

Next, the trip over and we check into legendary Le Sirenuse.

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