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Drive or Train from Lucca to Sorrento/Praiano?

Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:48 PM
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When I responded, I didn't know that your group was so big. I was in Italy in October with my family of 6 - we had to rent two cars to get around, but, as I've said, I've driven all around Italy and it doesn't scare me. By the way, if you haven't reserved a big vehicle by now, lots of luck! I planned my vacation months in advance and couldn't find a van for 6! You may just want to take taxis from Praiano to Pompeii - yes, it will be expensive, but so is renting a car, benzina, and parking! Buona fortuna!
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:39 PM
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I have not been in that area in July, I think it will be a zoo. but since you seem to have no choice and are hesitant I would say take the buses, ferries. You can take a car but I wouldn't recommend a van that time of year. It is so crowded and it will be so hard to find parking.

You can take shortcuts back over the mountains for Pompeii and the autostrada, get a detailed map.

What part of Praiano is your rental? If it is high up in the hills you will not have such a problem parking.

Also remember the bus route is the same as the car route along the coastal road so it will be just as busy for both but in a car you have it more comfortable (is that a word?)
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Jan 4th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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I'm not exactly sure of the complete directions to our rental yet - because we have just paid the deposit and pay the rest in May - I'll get more detailed info then. But we rented through summerinitaly.com and the description says there is a bus stop near a stairway that descends to the villa - about 75 steps. So, it's above the sea but below the bus stop?
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Jan 4th, 2007, 08:06 AM
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steps down from the coast road or the upper road? do you mind saying which rental you have? I know the area above the coast road because I rented up there too.
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Jan 4th, 2007, 08:18 AM
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Hi PS,

Since you are going in July, you are not going to avoid the crowds or being caught in traffic whether you are in a van, 2 cars or a bus.

Regarding visiting Ravello:

Go early in the morning.
Take the SITA bus to Amalfi and change for the bus to Ravello, or take a couple of cabs up.

WALK down from Ravello to Amalfi. It's about 1 hr. (Ravello is about 300m up)

You can get a very detailed map at www.mappy.com.

Enjoy your visit.

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Jan 4th, 2007, 08:04 PM
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I don't mind saying which rental we have. It is Villa Fortuna from the summerinitaly.com website. If you can get information about where that is situated, that's great. I really appreciate all the help - Ira, thanks for the bus info.
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Jan 4th, 2007, 11:14 PM
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Hi, you are below the main road and on the Positano side of Praiano.

If I were you I would take my car and park it by the apt. and just use it to get to Pompeii and other places far afield.

Also remember if you are stuck in another town after the ferries and buses stop you will have to pay for two cabs for the lot of you and the amounts can really run high.

So if you are planning on going for the evening at another town keep this in mind.

The apartment looks so lovely, I know you and your family are going to have a wonderful time. You can't really go wrong, car or not, with the right attitudes!
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Jan 5th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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So, below the main road - is that the coastal road? I have to find a good map of the area, because not having been there it's hard to picture it. Thanks for all the information.
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Jan 5th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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yes that is the coastal road.
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