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Old Mar 7th, 2003, 02:16 PM
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honeymoon to Rome and Amalfi Coast or Sicily

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My fiancee and I are planning a honeymoon in July to Italy. We are planning to go for about 10 days, spending a few days in Rome (4 nites) and the remaining days on either the Amalfi coast or in Sicily. Our budget is about US$4-5000 for flights (from Portugal-Rome, and potentially Rome-Sicily), hotels, and meals/extras.
Firstly, does anyone know of a good, comfortable though not too expensive hotel/guest house in the Trastevere area of Rome?
Secondly, any suggestions for where to go next? Having done the city-thing in Rome, we're wanting someplace romantic as well as access to the sea/beach, so we thought of going to either Sicily or the Amalfi Coast. Does anyone have any pros or cons for either?
Thirdly, any ideas for places in Sicily that are both romantic and have a nice beach?

Ideas for hotels on both the Amalfi Coast and in Sicily would also be great!

I would be really greatful for some help on this!

thanks in advance,

Hakon
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Old Mar 7th, 2003, 03:29 PM
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Hakon--Amalfi Coast hands down for spectacular scenery. On the A. C., if you like touristy, crowded places, w. lots of "action", then stay in
Positano. But if you want quiet quarters w. spectacular views and lots of privacy, the Hotel Tritone
near Praiano is the place to stay. EVERY room has a view
to the west all the way to the Faraglioni (the 3 "rocks" for which Capri is
famous), and on a clear day you can actually see the arch in the middle one
from your room balcony. To the east is a magnificent vista of the village of
Praiano, w. its twin-steepled church in the center of your view and the ancient
church on the horizon about half way up the mountain. Straight down about
1000 feet is the sea.
The beach facilites are superb (although the beach itself is rocky, like all of
them along the Amalfi Coast), and you walk through a long tunnel carved out of
the rock to get there after a long elevator ride. There is a bar and a second
swimming pool down at the beach as well.
The breakfasts (which are included in the room rate) are sumptuous, including
different pastries/cookies of the region every morning (including almond cookiesand cannola), and you can get delicious omelets w. ham/cheese and apricot
juice along w. the standard breakfast fare most hotels provide. They are served
on an outdoor terrace w. to-die-for views.
The hotel is literally carved into the side of the cliff below the road, so it is very
quiet and very private, if that is what you want. You may even hear the "cock of
Praiano" crowing in the sunrise if you leave the doors to your balcony open, and
you can easily hear the church bells toll the quarter hours. It is the loveliest
place I have ever stayed in decades of travel.
The downside, if there is one, is that you really need a car to see the other
sites along the Coast and inland if you stay there. The hotel does have
adequate parking, however.
The service is superb and
it's in your price range.
Romance, of course, is where you find it, but if stunningly beautiful vistas help you find it, Tritone may be the hotel you seek.
For pix, visit:
http://www.italyby.com/tritone/
Happy honeymoon and many years thereafter.
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Old Mar 8th, 2003, 10:20 AM
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Thanks AZ,
we are getting in touch with Hotel Tritone shortly to check availability - it really looks beautiful! Are there many restaurants etc in Praiano? Is it difficult to get to Positano/Amalfi from there?
We're still interested in Sicily as an option however, so if anyone has any thoughts... And we are also still looking for a charming hotel in the Trastevere area of Rome.
Again AZ - thanks so much!
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Old Mar 8th, 2003, 09:13 PM
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As far as Sicily goes, I would recommend Ortygia in Siracuse or Cefalu. They're both beautiful romantic towns on the coast with a lot of character. Taormina is also a nice beach resort (but a bit touristy). The San Domenico Palace in Taormina would be a great place to stay for a honeymoon though. The Amalfi coast is absolutely gorgeous too with breathtaking views. It just depends on what you prefer. The towns of both Amalfi & Positano are more touristy than most of Sicily. No matter which place you choose, you can't go wrong. They're all beautiful.
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Old Mar 9th, 2003, 06:39 AM
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There are only 2 or 3 restaurants in Praino: La Brace is a great find--informal, extensive menu, good food, although it doesn't look like much from the outside. It's right on the main road, up a flight of stairs. In Ravello, Cumpa' Cosimo is everything good you may have heard about it. You definitely want to visit Ravello for the incredible views, even if not to eat.
You don't say whether you plan to drive or use public bus. If you drive, traffic will be heavy,but manageable--just do text search on driving amalfi coast for much more info. By bus, SITA (Societa' Italiana Transporti Automobilistici) has a regular, frequent schedule all along the coast. The problem with SITA--or any public transport--is that you have to keep their schedule, not yours. So you have less flexibility to pursue the unexpected adventure if you use SITA. But if you don't like challenging driving, then stick with SITA. In either case (car or bus), it is only a short ride to Amalfi or Positano or Ravello.

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Old Mar 9th, 2003, 06:39 AM
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Hi hnordang,

I'm planning a trip to Praino this Fall.

The SITA bus has a regular schedule between Sorrento and Salerno with stops in Positano, Praiano and Amalfi, as well as smaller towns.

There are a number of restaurants that have been recommended on this forum. You can do a text search.

I'm not sure that the Triton is IN Praiano. You might want to check if you will need a car.
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I don't think you can beat Positano for a honeymoon destination. The views are spectacular, the town gorgeous and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to choose from. There is a wide variety of hotel choices too-some expensive and luxurious (le Sirenuse) and some quiet, small and romantic (villa Rosa) in all price ranges. Another plus to Positano is that the hydrofoils stop there so that you can take boats to Sorrento and Amalfi and even Capri and are not so much tied to the bus schedule. The hydrofoil from Positano to Amalfi takes 15 minutes and it's a great ride up the coast. The bus can take much much longer depending on the traffic situation on the Amalfi Drive. As for Sicily, the San Domenico in Taormina would be great but it is at least 500 Euro per night. Also, if you stay in Taormina it is not all that convenient to get down to the beach and the beach isn't all that nice anyway. I'd pick Cefalu or go to the Aeolian Islands: Lipari, or Panarea. The Hotel Raya on Panarea is a lovely spot for a honeymoon but may be out of your price range.
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Old Mar 9th, 2003, 07:10 AM
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ira is right; hotel tritone is NOT in praiano; it's a couple miles west. for more on riding bus, see "amalfi bus ride" several posts below this one.
for sicily hotel, check out grande albergo (hotel) capotaormina. do google search or go to: http://netlondon.hotelbook.com/stati...25411.html#top
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