Best Amalfi Coast Towns

Mar 11th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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I see that Autoeurope has offices in Sorrento and Salerno.

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Mar 11th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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I am going to rent a car in late September and drive south from Rome through Taranto and come back to the AC going through Pasteum from the South. I will keep the car and return it to Naples when I fly out. It looks like I am doing your same trip in reverse. Looks like fun, doesn't it?!
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Mar 11th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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SeaUrchin (love your name)..It looks amazing! I will only have a week..it really limits things but, hey...it is 8 days better than 0 days, right! And I always go with the attitude that I can go back....otherwise you drive yourself crazy planning every last second!

Are you thinking about staying around Paestum?
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Mar 11th, 2007, 09:20 AM
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I really like Amalfi, Tim, the locals are very laid back and friendly, but that Duomo-the Duomo di Sant' Andrea, is truly amazing. It's in my top 5 Duomos in Italy for sure-they are doing a lot of restoration work inside on the frescoes, which you can watch-which I found interesting. Plus the boat connections from Amalfi are great, you can jump on a boat there and get to Sorrento for around 6-9 Euros and the boat trips are just gorgeous, particularly at sunset. Or, if you want to go to Ravello, you can jump in a cab and be there in a few minutes. There is a lot to explore in Amalfi, and they have some great little trattorias as well. I also like Sorrento, but try to avoid being there in September, because it's nothing but tourist crowds, and the English have really taken over this bit of the Coast, what with their English pubs and all, which for me is a real turn-off, but those views, and the cliffside restaurants in Sorrento are fabulous.
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Mar 11th, 2007, 09:33 AM
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GSGirl..I am not Tim but the answers including yours on this post, and a few others, have convinced me that Amalfi and Sorrento might be best for me.

Can you give me a few of your favorite hotels in both those spots, and opinions of any of the following that you are familiar with:

Easy walk to restaurants and transport a plus.



Amalfi:

Santa Caterina
Luna Convento
Residenza del Duca (many steps)

Sorrento:

Ambasciatori
Imperial Tramontana
Bristol (#1 on TripAdvisor...?)
Gran Hotel Cocumella
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Mar 11th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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ek, yes you are limited but you will be able to see a lot but don't try and do too much this trip. This area is not for rushing around as you will see. Yes it is disconcerting to see so many British pubs now days in Sorrento there used to be just two, one that is Italian owned.

"But, Pricilla, I must purchase a hanky today" is what I overheard one day and it stuck in my head, yikes.

We are just winging it this time after Rome, I don't want to be tied down to reservations.
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Mar 11th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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Well now that phrase is going to stick in my head! I think I will use it as a code phrase for a place with too many flapping foreign flags and "full breakfast for 4 Euro" signs!"


I am thinking along these lines; again, sometime in April/early May..hopefully get some good hotel prices before rates spike:


Sunday Day 1: Arrive Naples; car to Sorrento; walk around Sorrento look for Priscilla. Ask her if they bought the hankies..

Monday Day 2: Day trip to Pompeii

Tuesday Day 3: Morning transfer (bus or boat) to Amalfi

Wednesday Day 4: Amalfi/ etc

Thursday Day 5: P/U car and drive south..stop in Vietri?? Paestum/Cilento

Friday: Cilento..Castellabate?

Saturday: Head back by car to be in place for early flight tomorrow...maybe spend night in Naples w/o car.

Sunday: Fly Naples-Rome/Milan-NYC

Monday: Begin planning next trip

Does this sound too much like a whirwind? I have spent time on Capri, albeit very long ago, and have not included it...

I should say that, for reference, although we thought Taormina was beautiful, we were ready to move on after a day there..way too tourist oriented for me, despite the wonderful views.
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Mar 11th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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You made me laugh out loud! Priscilla, indeed.

Your plans look good, you can pick up a car in Salerno, taking a bus from Amalfi. I would spend the night in Naples w/o a car too. You will get a good idea of the whole area this way and then can see if you want to return. I loved Taormina too but know what you mean about tourists.

Now I must go look for my hanky...
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Mar 11th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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We're going to Sorrento in June. Rented a car out of the "Other" Rome airport (on the way to Sorrento. It was cheaper to rent for two days with a return in Sorrento (and YES I have the "no return fee waived' in writing) than to rent for one day in Sorrento. The hotel will let us park. The airport is the private one for small planes and "celebrities" with there own jets. It was Outrageous to rent a one day car in Sorrento...cheaper to get a driver and car (by far). But we wanted to do a little driving(NOT the coast).
Has anyone every rented a boat from Sorrento to Capri, with or w/o a captain?
AND had anyone ever heard of the grottos in a little town above Naples?
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Mar 11th, 2007, 11:20 AM
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Thanks for all your comments, SeaUrchin. I will keep fiddling around with the plans...have to figure out how to droop off the car in Naples without driving the driver crazy. (Same driver who stopped the car in the middle of Montepulciano and refused to drive one more inch until I located the hotel on foot...and NOW I am dragging him to Naples!)......
Meanwhile make sure the hanky is a nice linen one with embroidery!!

Trsmom: That is interesting about the car. I can't wait to hear about your trip! Great time of year. What is the car agency? (Make sure the voucher says "return fee waived!!')
And where are you staying in Sorrento? Free parking is always a plus! Don't mean to barrage you with questions, I just love reading about people's plans for the area....
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Mar 11th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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On the rental. I used Kemwel (who used autoeurope). I have a renault auto a/c unlimited mileage, no return fee, they had a 10% discount at the time (thru 2/28), full insurance, all taxes (but the local 3.60) full tank of gas (to be replaced of course), doesn't include toll charges naturally, from Thursday 10:20 am to Friday 7 pm.....$394.61. The one day rental in Sorrento was over $500!
I Think this is a good deal. The first girl gave me the free drop-off and when I called back when I saw the 10% off the very nice young man gave that to me, but he included the drop off..which I said She already gave me. So ... got them both!
 
Mar 11th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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TuckH- thanks for Capri recommendation.
SeaUrchin - thanks for suggestion of creating a thread. Hope I did it by creating/bookmarking Best Amalfi Towns. We'll see!
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Mar 11th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Wow..one day car rental in Ssorrento for $500! Must have been a Lamborghini! Utterly amazing. I think you did very well on the car rental.

Anyone have any experience or opinions on the hotels I listed above in Amalfi and Sorrento?
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Mar 11th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Amalfi is charming, and not "gross." Great pastry shop on the main square, at the bottom of the steps leading up to the cathedral!
 
Mar 11th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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Ek-I stayed in a convent (Bambino Gesu) this past September in Sorrento, and I must say, I had a 180 degree terrace that could have fit 100 people on it easily-a complete view of the Gulf of Naples-it was stunning, really. The sisters did not speak English, which was no problem for me, but there was an American family there, and I don't think they had too much of a problem-I loved the place, and they could have cared less who or what I did while I was there-I even got the head sister to have a small glass of artisanal limoncello with me-they had a midnight curfew, but I was doing my "dolce vita" thing in Sorrento, so midnight did not work out for me from time to time, and that was okay, they would buzz me in those big iron gates at 2am one time! I am not familiar with the hotels you listed, but I would try the convent experience in Amalfi-Luna Convento? I don't know it, but it's different, and I liked doing the convent thing-(which is not the same thing as saying I would do it repeatedly-any kind of rules or curfews don't fit well with my personality type!)
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Mar 12th, 2007, 05:27 AM
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Thanks, Girlspy:

Somehow I can understand how you might chafe under the convent curfews! But it sounds as if you enjoyed yourself immensely.

The Luna Convento in Amalfi is a regular hotel now although I believe it is a former convent. (Has anyone stayed here??)

And there is another hotel, also in Amalfi: The 12th Century Cappuccini Convento where the rooms are converted monk's cells!

So that makes 3 convent or former-convent options in Amalfi! I think you managed to find a bit more of La Dolce Vita than the monk's did!
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Mar 12th, 2007, 05:39 AM
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Hi ek,

There is bus service from NAP to Sorrento.

www.curreriviaggi.it/

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Mar 12th, 2007, 06:39 AM
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I was interested in the possiblity of hiring a driver from the airport...can someone refresh my memory as to the approximate price, or give a website?

Then perhaps we will rent a car from Sorrento to get to Amalfi; stay there a few days, and move on...
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Mar 12th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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Never mind..I found a few websites for transfers. Would still like information on the price of a car/taxi from the Naples airport to Sorrento hotels.
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Mar 12th, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Hi Ekscrunchy - I think the going rate between the airport and Sorrento is about € 80

Try these for a quote:

www.francescomarrapese.com
www.cuomonet.it
www.seesorrento.com
www.tourofitaly.com
www.sorrento.it
www.sorrentolimo.com
www.admlimousines.com

Otherwise the Curreri airport shuttle bus costs about € 12, if I remember.

Hope this helps ...

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