Italy Itinerary - Round Two

Old Jan 12th, 2016, 03:44 PM
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Really? That is good to know, maybe I will expand my search after all.
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Old Jan 12th, 2016, 03:45 PM
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Just booked my Rome apartment in Campo de'Fiori! I'm practically giddy with excitement!

Now just need to figure out Venice and the AC and I'm all set with lodgings!
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In Venice it looks like you could store most of your luggage at or near the train station for the night. That might give you more flexibility. I found this by Googling:

Baggage storage
If you can't travel light, your next best option is to park your larger bags and take only a small carry-on suitcase or backpack to your hotel.

The Cooperativa Trasbagagli Venezia has baggage storage or left-luggage offices at:

Piazzale Roma, near the People Mover station facing the square. (Open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price: €7,-- per bag for each 24 hours after checking.)
Venice Marco Polo Airport, in the arrivals hall near the post office. (Open daily 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price: €6,-- per bag for each 24 hours after checking.)

You'll also find deposito bagagli offices in:
Venezia Santa Lucia (near Track 1) and Venezia Mestre railroad stations.
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Old Jan 12th, 2016, 05:00 PM
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Thank you!
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Old Jan 12th, 2016, 07:39 PM
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sorry the train station is in Cannaregio, but there are hotels just across the grand canal in Santa Croce.

I don't think there is any real problem getting off a boat with luggage. The only problem is that you may have to walk a distance with your luggage up and down bridges, and it may be crowded. You will know whether or not this is a challenge for you and your family.

btw if you see signs with and arrow and the word Ferroviaria..its pointing the way to the train station.

Don't check luggage at the airport or Mestre its too far and will take up too much time to retrieve. you have limited time in Venice.. spend your time there. Even if things are closed on Easter Sunday, you will enjoy being there.. avoid the crowds and get lost in the back streets.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 02:11 AM
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I'm thinking (hoping) that the hotel will be willing to store our luggage after we check out until it's time to head over to the train station.

Most hotels allow this, I can't imagine this would not be the case in Venice?
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 07:10 AM
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yes, much as I like old Mestre the station is not the place to base yourself, each Venetian hotel is a law unto itself and many have very small extra space for ex-customer's clobber (most are converted much older buildings, however we have never been let down yet.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 10:02 AM
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Do not pack more luggage than you can handle by yourself - whether getting in and out of water taxis, on and off trains (with steep narrow stairs) or through the walkways of the AC.

Where did you finally decide for the AC portion of your trip?
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Old Jan 14th, 2016, 03:52 AM
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I'm still working on booking Venice, then I'll take a look at the AC options.

I'm undecided as to whether we should stay in Sorrento or Positano.

What are your thoughts on these towns? Have you been to both? What are the pros and cons of staying in either?
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Old Jan 14th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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I always stay in Positano. IMO it is the most picturesque of the AC villages, has a good selection of beaches, great transportation links via ferry to Capri, Amalfi/Ravello and Salerno/Vietri, loads of good restaurants, spectacular views and some good shopping.

Sorrento is near, but not on the AC. I have visited Sorrento but never stayed because IMO it does not have the charm of the Amalfi Coast villages. But if you are more interested in seeing Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculaneum, than visiting the AC, then Sorrento is a good base.
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Old Jan 14th, 2016, 11:49 AM
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I'm doing a day trip to Pompeii while in Rome, so maybe Positano is the better choice.
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I've been to both many times Judy and have family who live on the Amalfi Coast. As ekc says, Sorrento is not the Amalfi Coast, rather is on a peninsula that sits high above the bay on a cliff, like a slice of cake. You get nice views but you have to seek them out or stay at a hotel that has them - like the link I gave you. It is undoubtedly a pretty place but personally, I don't see the appeal of the town itself. I do see its appeal for ease of transport. You have the train on one side and the ferry down the cliff.

Positano is stunning and as you are going in October, the crowds thin out by then so you will enjoy the village without feeling claustrophobic. Take a look at this website. I think the home page photo is just gorgeous.

http://www.positano.com/
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Old Jan 16th, 2016, 07:26 AM
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I was originally thinking of staying in Sorrento as my initial plan was to do a day trip to Pompeii from Sorrento.

However, that plan has changed (going to do a day trip to Pompeii from Rome).

So now I'm thinking.....Positano.

Is Positano nice the first week of April weather-wise?

Blueeyedcod - I'll take a look at that link, thank you for sharing!
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Old Jan 16th, 2016, 04:21 PM
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Read through the Positano site.
Wow.
And no closer to deciding where to stay!
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Old Jan 18th, 2016, 05:40 AM
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A shout out to Lancer11 - thanks for recommending Walks of Italy - just booked the Pristine Sistine tour, itinerary looks great, and given we'll be in Rome Easter week (with more than usual crowds) this tour is pricey but worth every penny.

I will report back on this after we take the tour.
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Old Jan 18th, 2016, 05:46 AM
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ekc and blueeyedcod - we've decided to stay in Positano.

And....I think we'll take a train from Rome to Salerno and then either a ferry or bus to Positano. Still comparing pricing for train v. private transfer, but training it to Salerno will give me a different view on approach to Positano.

Regarding hotels....California (that's the name of the hotel) looks appealing.....any recommendations?
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