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is capri really nessecary as part of a few days on the Amalfi coast?

is capri really nessecary as part of a few days on the Amalfi coast?

Jun 7th, 2006, 08:07 AM
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Hi Plafield
just read about your decision to stay in Positano, I think it's fantastic. The ONLY thing I would have changed about our trip last year was to do Rome first and then rest and relax in Positano, as you are planning. I loved Rome immensely, but the first day there after Positano was a bit jarring for me.

I hope you have a wonderful time. Enjoy!
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Jun 7th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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We was in a day trip to Capri and love it. We were lucky to have good weather, so we could visit Grotto Azure that is incredible.
The views from Anacapri are very beautiful. We visited also Villa San Michele (the house of Axel Munte).

For us, it was a very nice day trip.
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Jun 12th, 2006, 12:37 PM
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I wasn't blown away by our day trip to Capri. If I had all the time in the world and went back to the Amalfi Coast, I'd probably spend at least two days on the island just so I could say I saw it at night after the crowds had died down. We loved Positano and I'm glad we decided to stay there for 5 nights instead of spending a night here and there.
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Jun 12th, 2006, 01:01 PM
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I think it depends on what you do once you get to Capri. If you stick close to shore, the main street and just shop, don't bother.

If you take the hike up the mountain through neighborhoods and forgive me, I can't for the life of me remember the name of where we went, it's an old ruin of a villa where some ancient ruler tossed people off the cliff...anyway, I wouldn't have missed that hike for anything, it was the highlight of the Amalfi coast. The views were amazing as were the neighborhoods, I think this is more of the real Capri people talk about that you see if you stay the night.

We only went as a day trip, we stayed at Le Agavi (awesome) in Positano, but what a beautiful hike.

I hope someone here can remember the name of the villa we hiked to!

I also recommend taking the water taxi up the coast from Positano to Amalfi, it's cheap, you get a great view from offshore and you can take the bus back for a different perspective.
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Jun 12th, 2006, 01:07 PM
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Whew, I remembered. It's Villa Jovis. Go to Capri and walk from town to Villa Jovis, it's well worth it.
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Jun 12th, 2006, 01:39 PM
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We spent a week in Ravello last May. We arrived with a long list of things to do/places to see, but enjoyed Ravello and our little house so much that we decided to be more leisurely. Plus the logistics of getting around on the Amalfi Coast are a little more complicated, so you have to really consider how much time you want to spend transporting yourself to various places.

We did do a day trip to Capri... walked down (over 1300 steps!) from Ravello to Amalfi, then took a ferry over. Once at Capri, we took a funicular up to Capri Town, a very small bus up to Anacapri and then a chairlift up to the very top. And then we did it all in reverse... with the exception of taking a bus back UP to Ravello instead of walking. Looking back, I'm really glad to have gone to Capri, but it was a lot of work for not that much time there. (I did enjoy the ferry ride though.)

If I were to go again, I'd want to stay one or two nights in Capri and get away from the crowds... maybe do some hiking. Anacapri was more my type place than Capri Town.

It sounds like you've decided to skip Capri. I do hope that you will make the trip up to Ravello for the day. Our rental house was right next to the Villa Cimbrone, which is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Allow plenty of time to wander the gardens. We also attended one of the concerts at the Villa Rudolfo and I'm lukewarm on that. Maybe it was just the particular concert we attended-- a pianist. The logistics of getting back to Positano could be complicated too..

You might be interested in my photo albums from the Amalfi Coast:

Week on the Amalfi Coast (including Ravello, Amalfi, Atrani, Capri, Mt. Vesuvius): http://www.slowphotos.com/photo/show...y.php?cat=3880

The Villa Cimbrone in Ravello: http://www.slowphotos.com/photo/show...y.php?cat=3585

Jun 12th, 2006, 04:09 PM
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OMG, Katie, those photos are absolutely breathtaking! You should post them separately on your own thread so others can enjoy.

What company did you rent your home from? It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I am getting all misty-eyed just looking at Cimbrone Gardens.
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Jun 12th, 2006, 04:30 PM
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SeaUrchin, glad you enjoyed the photos of the Amalfi Coast, and especially the Villa Cimbrone that I loved so much.

We rented our house directly from the owner. Here's the website: http://www.rent-holiday-homes.com/de...php?object=326 The house is really better and brighter than the photos show.

I've got a review of the house posted on Slow Travel here: www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/review.asp?n=1501 We really thought this was a great place, though it is a bit of a walk from Ravello-- though can't beat the location next to the Villa Cimbrone! (Plafield, I hope you'll visit there during your trip...)

Jun 12th, 2006, 04:32 PM
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sorry, I told you I was misty-eyed, and wrote Katie!! I will look at the house, I really would like to rent it in the future, maybe next year!

Your photos are so muted and dreamy!
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Jul 11th, 2006, 05:45 PM
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were the concerts at Ravello outdoor and do you need to buy tickets in advance or can we buy them the day of the concert thank you for your help
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Jul 12th, 2006, 05:12 AM
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Having not been to Capri, I can't comment. But Ravello is wonderful, and it's easy to do from Positano.

If you're using public transportation (as we did) note that Capri would, indeed, make for a very busy day from Positano. Even Pompeii would be quite a stretch.

Consider splitting your time between Sorrento and Positano/Ravello for that reason. We did 2 nights in each - not nearly enough time, of course, but enough not to feel too rushed. By the way, I trust you are leaving a night to spend in your departure gateway before your flight leaves.

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Jul 12th, 2006, 07:17 PM
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Positano is great, we stayed at the Conca Dora. Reasonable prices, great views, and wonderful service.
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Jul 12th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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We spent 4 nights in Room 32 at Villa Rosa in June! LOVED IT! What was Positano like in April?? We have been twice in June and it was gorgeous. What kind of temps did you have in April and was it rainy?
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Jul 12th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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tuscanlife - You made the Hotel Poseidon sound so great that I checked their website. It looks fabulous but you reported that you paid about 180 euros. The website shows MUCH higher rates than that. Guess I'll stick with Villa Rosa!
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Jul 27th, 2006, 05:30 AM
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my husband & I are going to spend 4 nights in Positano late May,2007. we only want to spend about 90 euro. can anyone recommend accom? thanks Kerry
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Jul 27th, 2006, 06:17 AM
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I haven't read the other responses to this post, but it seems that the subject has swayed a little from the original post. To answer the original post, in my persoanl experience it is NOT essential to do Capri.
We stayed in Positano this past May and had 4 full days. Capri took one of those days. personally, I wasn't blown away by Capri.
Now, if you're staying for 5 or six days, than I'd say do Capri. It's all a matter of time.
BTW - we stayed at the Hotel Ancorra in Positano. loved it.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:38 AM
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I agree with the others about skipping Capri. We spent a week on the island of Ischia in March and the locals on the island told us to visit the island of Procida instead and that it was preferred by vacationing Europeans. It was lovely and so is Ischia. We really got to know the local business owners there. Pompeii is a must see and you will need a whole day there to feel like you've really seen it, and I would also recommend a tour. Naples is fascinating but beware the taxi drivers! Very scary but they seem to be well skilled. The Amalfi Coast is breathtaking. I've been to Rome twice and love, love it. I spent a whole week the first time and still didn't get to see it all. The end of May should be a wonderful time to visit.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 08:21 AM
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Positano is a beautiful place and stay at Villa Rosa. The family who ownes the Villa are very garious and couldn't be nicer! I also stayed in room 32. 3 flights up but worth the king size bed and hugh terrace. they serve you a good continental breakfast every morning on the terrace. I had 170 eruo per night in the high season. i just got back 2 weeks ago.
The beaches are very hot, crushed rock-not sand so bring water shoes. The main beach is hot and crowded and a chair cost 12 euro. Walk to the "Little Beach". not as crowded and 5 euro for a chair and unbella.
The views are amazing, but there's not a lot to do on the Amilfi Coast. Sight seeing, shopping, beaching.
Capri is pretty and the water there is outstanding! Most of the shops are designer and expensive. I would walk to the outshirts of a town and that is where you would see the locals shopping, so I would find a resturant in that area or go in the butcher shop and get a tomato, basil and cheese panni. yummy! Capri is not nesscesary but if you're there for a few days, you will want to do something besides staying in Positano. I didn't stay the night so can't comment on the night life. The last ferry to leave Capri is around 6pm.
I'm still in a state of shock at how expensive everything is and I'm not a cheapskate and I,m well traveled.
Take the Eurostar to Naples, then the circumvesuviana (Local train) to sorrento which is the last stop. The train is a little tricky to find-just remember to the right and DOWN the steps- you will find the Sita bus outside the train terrminal. It cost $5 euro for a 24 hour bus pass. Make sure you buy your ticket before boarding or you will be finded. The bus will let you off at the Positano stop then you walk into town. Best advice I can give you is to pack Light! One suitcase, small. I'm an over packer and thought I was doing well, with two med. duffle bags. well, when you are going up and down stairs in the train and bus stations, I wished I had only one. I did manage, but it was diffecult.
Pompeii is a must. Take lots of water and if hot, an unbella for the sun. I recomend a guide so you know what you are looking at.
The first time in Rome I had a driver/guide and he was great! romeinlimo.com ask for Duman or Carlos. He took us to all the important spots. then the next time I got on the double-decker bus and rode the whole route to get accostumed to Rome, when got on and of the bus for the rest of the day.
Go to Palastine Hill before the Collosuim, the ticket is for both places and you will avoid the long lines. You will have to go through security at the Collosuim, but then go right to the enterence, don't follow the rest of the people because they wil be buying tickets which you already have.
Have a great time.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 09:18 AM
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How early can you get to Capri without having to worry the ferry won't run -- and when do the pools open? I would like to go April-May 08 but as early as possible to miss crowds and make it less expensive while still being able to definitely get there and swim in one of those infinity pools!
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 07:19 PM
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I loved, loved, loved Positano. Just went this past May. We stay in Positano for three nights. I definitely could have stayed longer. We did a day trip to Carpi. We took lucibello tours. It was nice and I liked it, but if you don't go I don't think you will feel like you missed the best thing ever. The blue grotto was definitely cool. And I had a really great pizza on the water front at Caffe Augusto. It was really crowded and I have heard it is nicer in the evening when all of the day trippers are gone. But I wouldn't pack up for one night there. I would just stay in Positano the whole time. I liked Positano soooo much better. I did hear the Ischia is really nice and probably a less crowded. In Positano we stayed at Albergo California. It was great. The room faces the water and it was so beautiful. I would stay there again. I don't remember the price, but it was definitely reasonable. The hotel is just a short way up. And I really enjoyed hanging out at the beach. We took the bus up to Montepertuso and hiked down. That was nice. As for food, I really liked Cafe Positano (caffepositano.it) also the restaurant next to Cafe Positano. I can't remember the name, but it was my favorite. And I had the homemade pasta of some sort it was my favorite meal the whole time I was in Italy. Also Buca di Bacco on the water front had really good food. Some people eating next to us at Tre Sorelli were having mussels and they looked really good. Also, there is a little sandwhich/dessert/snack shop on the way down to the beach from Albergo California that was great. It had the best Canoli's on the trip and the best Cappacino's and really great sandwhiches for lunch. Enjoy your trip, whatever you endup doing will be great I'm sure.
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