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Help with Amalfi Coast Itinerary Planning

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Planning a 25th anniversary trip to the Amalfi Coast. Have taken tons of notes from forums and trip reports already, but still need some advice. We will be traveling early May from NYC airport via connection into Naples. We have 8 days. Want to stay in Positano and Capri, with day trips to anacapri, Pompeii, Sorrento, Ravello and Amalfi. Looking into La Serinuse in Positano and La Minerva in Capri. Splurges for us, but it is a special occasion.
My questions are:
Logistically, how to split the trip? Possibly 3 nights Capri and 4 nights Positano. Transportation-wise, what to you recommend? Where to go first and when to fit in a day trip to Pompei? Will it be easier to get to Naples airport on day of departure from Capri orPositano?
Definitely not interested in renting a car. Is the bus the best way to visit the amalfi cities or via ferry?
Anyone have first hand experience with these hotels?
Can anyone recommend car service for drive to Positano or day trip to Pompei?
And any favorite restaurants, tips or experiences that you really enjoyed would be most appreciated.
Thank you so much.

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    I think the hotel in Positano can recommend a car service. They did for us last time we were there. We have traveled by ferry, car service and we rented a small (really small) boat to get around.
    I can't recommend restaurants because I did not keep any notes.
    I would do 3 nights in Capri and 4 in Positano.
    The weather and ferry service might be touch and go so for that reason I would do Capri first and then Positano. You won't have to stress about the ferry running on the day you depart.
    Have fun, it sounds like a dream trip trip.

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    This may help:

    HOW TO GET THERE: You have to want to—it may not be easy. The best option is to land in Naples, but that is not always feasible. Most travelers access it from Rome by train to Naples—a trip of less than two hours. Once in Naples, you have a choice. The local commuter train, Circumversuviana, leaves from the same train station and takes about an hour to SORRENTO, with a possible stop at “ Pompeii Scavi” to see the famed ruins. However, to access any of the coastal towns you must then take a SITA bus or a taxi.

    The best option is to hire a private driver to meet you at the Naples station or airport and take you directly to your hotel. Expect to pay about 100E.

    WHERE TO LOCATE & WHAT TO SEE: Ah, what not to see? This is the most stunning scenery in all of Italy---be sure to pack the camera. Your daily activities will be somewhat determined by your location. SORRENTO is really on the Bay of Naples and not the Amalfi Coast [AC], but is the most convenient location for day trips to Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. The town is larger & relatively flat. In contrast, POSITANO is the most spectacular village on the AC but is almost vertical and a real challenge for your legs.
    Hotel choices in Positano should be evaluated by their location in town relative to the beach or position on the hill above the beach. AMALFI & RAVELLO are other popular destinations but are further down the coast.

    NOTE: Any of the drivers above can be hired for day trip excursions but should be booked well in advance. Expect to pay about 35E/hour.

    Here are my top five activities for this fabulous coast:
    • Seeing the coast from the water---the best option. Hire a boat and pray for good weather—here is one

    • Day trip to Capri by hydrofoil from Sorrento or Positano—in season

    • Day trip to Ravello by local bus or driver. This lovely village is high above the coast with great views---see Villa Cimbrone.

    • Day trip to Pompeii. Plan on spending 4 hours to see it well. You can take the commuter train from Sorrento or hire a driver.

    • Shopping for ceramics and sipping LIMONCELLO. The latter is not to be missed---I still have it almost daily at home after dinner.

    WHERE TO EAT: I hope you like seafood. Here are some of my favorites:
    * In Positano: Da Vincenzo Buca di Bacco Da Constantino

    * In Ravello: Cumpa Cosimo Villa Maria

    * In Sorrento: Trattoria Da Emilia L’Antica Trattoria

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    Thanks for your replies.

    Bougainvillea-thanks for the advice. Guess Capri would be the more logical first stop. And I will contact Positano hotel re transportation.

    bobthenavigator-What a coincidence. I was just reading your past trip report and looking at your wonderful photos and then I saw your reply! Thanks for all the suggestions and information. I will definitely try to book gennarosalvatore for the boat trip and have noted restaurants.

    I think we will go to capri first even though it will be an extremely long travel day and will stay for 3 days then to Positano for the remainder and do a day trip to Pompeii from there.

    Once again thanks for the info!

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