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Help me plan a 2 week trip to Sicily and Amalfi coast.

Help me plan a 2 week trip to Sicily and Amalfi coast.

Old Aug 7th, 2011, 08:10 AM
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Help me plan a 2 week trip to Sicily and Amalfi coast.

I want to plan a last minute, two week trip to Sicily and the Amalfi coast with a few days in Rome for mid September for my wife and myself.

While we have visited Naples, Pompeii and the Isle of Capri over 30 years ago we have not been to Amalfi and Positano and never visited Sicily.

We will be leaving from NYC and have no clear plan on how to build this itinerary. We are very active 66 year olds, enjoy walking, exploring, meeting people, sightseeing, good food/wine and my wife is an avid photographer.

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Old Aug 7th, 2011, 08:36 AM
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You could use up the whole 2 weeks in Sicily. So at least a week for Sicily. Will you be driving there?

You can fly into Naples and spend time on the Amalfi Coast. And fly out of Palermo or Catania after touring Sicily. To get from Naples to Sicily, from Naples fly or take the overnight ferry to Palermo or take the train. You could also pick up the train in Salerno, which is beyond the AC. In this case, you could make a stop at Paestum, which has a grouping of well-preserved Greek temples.
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Old Aug 7th, 2011, 09:49 AM
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Don't know if it would work for you, but many New York based Ischians come over with MeridanaEurofly, who offer flights between JFK and both Naples and Palermo until quite late in September...


But I don't envy you the task of narrowing down an itinerary - it's almost all lovely, especially that month!


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Old Aug 7th, 2011, 10:34 AM
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It will call for good planning--especially this late.
Sicily deserves 2 weeks, the AC a week, and Rome 5 days. You will have some tough choices. I would start in Sicily and end in Rome. Heer are some pics to get you started in Sicily and the AC---you can find my trip reports by clicking on my name.


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I loved Sicily! We spent two weeks there and had a growing list of places to visit on a return trip.
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We did the same trip back in October 2007. Flew into Palermo, rented a car and headed to Marsala, Agrigento, Agrigento, Siracusa and Taormina. From there, we took the ferry from Catania and drove to Salerno, Sorrento, Cassino and ended up in Rome.
It was a lot of driving and in hindsight, we should have taken a ferry from Catania to Naples and eliminated a lot of boring driving.
We loved Sicily especially Palermo. We stayed at Principe DeiVilla Franca which was recommended on this site. Great location with restaurants, shopping and transportation close by.
We were in our late 50's on this trip and had no hotel reservations except in Palerno. We would just wing it each night and had a great time.
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Ooops, missed your stop in Rome. I had you moving south so as to maximize cooler weather. I'd stick to that, flying into Rome, moving on to the AC, and then to Sicily.
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Basing yourself in Positano, you can visit many nearby towns using public transportation. When we were there, we used a local bus that made a circle around the city, but mostly walked. We stayed at a Best Western Positano that totally surprised us, magnificent views from our balcony and a very Mediterranean room. You get a senior discount booking on the BW web site. The desk clerk recommended a restaurant down the road, and all 4 of us fell in love with the food, returning for lunch or dinner daily. Prices were very reasonable. We had turned in our car after visiting Pompei the first day, so we took bus from Sorrento to Positano, and on to other destinations. We used a car service to the Naples airport.
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