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Bologna to Florence / Florence to Positano

Apr 22nd, 2004, 06:48 AM
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Bologna to Florence / Florence to Positano

Hi all,

Just wanted to check on the recommended way to travel between these cities. I'm presuming train is the best but I'd like an idea of times and frequency. If it's too difficult maybe it would be best to rent a car?

Thanks - Ken
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 06:59 AM
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Hi Plates,

From Florence you take the train to Naples and change to the Circumvesuviana commuter train to Sorrento. From there you take the SITA bus to Positano, Sponda stop.

Train schedules and prices are at www.trenitalia.com/en

CV schedule is at http://www.vesuviana.it/orario_ol/orari.asp

SITA schedules are at
http://www.sita-on-line.it/

You want the Orari for Campania

You can also hire a driver from Naples to Positano for about 80E.
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 07:05 AM
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Good morning, Plates
By rail from Bologna Ccntrale to Firenze S>M>N is a trip of less than one hour...
"But between Bologna and Firenze is an
expressway which bridges valleys and is a very senic drive and that is the
Autostrada del Sole, Highway of the Sun..
In fact it is not a difficult drive, Some years ago, when we had more thtn one car of passenbers, used two cars and my wife drove this route without any difficulty. At time via rail you can see the Autostrada high up in the mountains. I would rent a car for this portion of the trip and then turn the car into the agency at the airport, taking a taxi for the last part into
Firenze Firenze is not an impossible touown to drive in but is a difficult
one, especially if you do not know you streets leading into town and the location of your car agency.
Richard of LaGrange Park, Il.
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 07:06 AM
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The train from Bologna to Florence takes about an hour. Trains seem to run about once an hour.

The train from Florence to Naples will take about 4 hours, some require one change in Rome. They seem to run about twice an hour. You then have to either take public transport to Positano (train, bus, ferry or some combination thereof) or take a taxi or car service. By car, its about an hour, plus you get to see the spectacular coast.

I would not drive any portion of this, as I just don't think it is that fun a trip on Italian highways, and parking is hard to find and expensive along the coast. I might consider driving from Bologna to Florence, but if you will only be staying in Florence and not taking day trips, then a car is again a pain because of parking and the fact that you can't drive in many parts of central Florence.

If you drive, don't forget that gas costs US$4.05 a gallon, automatic cars are more expensive to rent, and there are drop off charges. Also, you may find that the car rental agency in Florence is not willing to let you take a car into the Naples area, due to theft, or will charge you quite a bit more for the rental.

Take a look at trenitali.it for timetables. I personally use rail.ch (for Swiss railways) which is easier to use and gives times for trains all over Europe, not just within Switzerland.
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 07:11 AM
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Thanks Ira and Dick. Is it advisable to book train tickets / rents cars in advance or would we be able to do this on the day of travel (we'll be there from June 7th-21st)?
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 07:24 AM
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Hi Plates,

I recommend reserving car in advance from the US.

You should be able to get your train tickets one day in advance without trouble.

You can also buy them, up to 60 days in advance, from www.trenitalia.com on the Italian language site.

See Trenitalia Tickets Online
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34465647
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