getting around on the amalfi coast

Oct 20th, 2007, 04:58 PM
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getting around on the amalfi coast

We're planning on renting an apartment for a week somewhere in the hills above Praiano. I'm told it's 12-15km to Praiano and Amalfi. What's the best way for us to get around the various towns on the coast, go to restaurants, etc.? Should we rent a car? a moped? other suggestions?
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Oct 21st, 2007, 06:19 AM
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The obvious thing is to rent a car. But you might consider a moped (only if you have some driving experience), because then you can bypass the frequent traffic jams.

There is public transportation, but you will probably have no access from your apartment (check it out).

Driving the Amalfi coast is an unforgettable experience!
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Oct 21st, 2007, 07:01 AM
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Hi J,

There is very good SITA bus service from Sorrento to Salerno.

The Orange bus goes from Positano to a few km east of Praiano.

Ferries stop at Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno.

When are you going?

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Oct 21st, 2007, 07:19 AM
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We stayed in Positano for a week earlier this year (June) - we were on the coast so ferries were easier, but we did take a couple of bus trips (Amalfi etc). The schedules are posted and easy to follow; you can buy tickets at any Tabacchi shop (marked with a "T") sign. IMO much easier than a car rental - the roads are REALLY narrow and twisty and it's much nicer to enjoy the scenery instead of stressing about the driving and then having to find parking in the tiny towns.
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Oct 21st, 2007, 07:44 AM
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We spent a week lodged in the hills above Sorrento. We had a car and were able to explore the entire area quite thoroughly (including Pompeii and Mt Vesuvio).

Staying "somewhere in the hills above Praiano", I can't imagine how you could reach the main road to use the SITA or ferry systems without a car.

We had no problem at all with the "narrow and twisty" roads...
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Oct 21st, 2007, 07:51 AM
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Just got back from there and we rented a scooter for 2 days. It was the best thing we did. Not only was it so much fun but it was so easy to get around. Passing traffic jams, slow buses, and having zero issues parking. You loose the convenience of storage but I think you make up for it with the ease of mobility.
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Oct 21st, 2007, 08:22 AM
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You must have rented a place very high up in the mountains, above Boomerano even. You will need a car or scooters, bus service is in the area but it is seldom.
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Oct 21st, 2007, 02:02 PM
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Thanks, everybody! The landlady says the nearest town is Agerola, 2km away. Ira, we'll be there May 28-June 4. Apirone, where did you rent your scooter? It sounds like that might be the best solution.
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Oct 21st, 2007, 07:48 PM
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We were staying in Positano and there were two rental scooter places in town. I don't have the info but I am sure you will have no problem finding a rental place.

However, did find this site for you that should be useful.

http://www.positanorentscooter.com/itineraries_uk.htm

Good luck and have fun!
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 04:24 AM
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Hi J,

>The landlady says the nearest town is Agerola, 2km away.

You are up in the boonies.

You will need transportation.

Have you any experience riding scooters or cycles?

If not, I suggest a very small car. Ask your landlady about parking.

You will be there before the AC gets really crowded.

Enjoy your visit.

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Oct 22nd, 2007, 04:31 AM
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PS,

There is bus service from Agerola.

See http://tinyurl.com/ybe6xk and click "Campania"

It is about 0:40 hr to Conca dei Marini, from where you can get the Orange bus or SITA bus to Positano, and about 1 hr to Amalfi, where you can get SITA buses and the ferry.



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Oct 22nd, 2007, 05:10 PM
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Hi, Ira -- Yes, we'll definitely be off the beaten track, but I'm hoping it's going to be a beautiful place. I understand it's right near a famous hike I've been hearing about, the Path of the Gods.

As far as transport is concerned, I think we'll have to rent our own. A scooter sounds like fun, but the more I think about it the more I lean towards a car. For one thing, how would we get our bags up the hill on a scooter? Also, after our week on the AC we're driving across country to Pescara. If we rent a car in Salerno for the AC leg of the trip, we won't have to go back through Salerno to get to Pescara. From there, we're taking a ferry over to Hvar in Croatia. We'll spend a couple days around there, then it's down to Kotor in Montenegro. I can hardly wait!
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Oct 23rd, 2007, 05:44 AM
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Hi J,

Renting a car sounds like a good idea.

Enjoy your visit.

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