Italy: Naples and Amalfi coast

Old Jan 17th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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HI all, thank you so much!

We were able to get our flights only for Saturday June 22nd arrival at 9pm into Naples. So we are going to have the villa pick us up directly so we can enjoy Sunday at the villa in the coast vs staying overnight in Naples.

we were planning to come back to naples on June 27th after a morning villa checkout and then see Pompeii on the 28th and depart for Istanbul on the 29th early morning flight. We would then have 29th, 30th and then the 6th in istanbul, however now there is only one afternoon flight on the 29th so Istanbul gets cut short as we arrive only at 5pm. To avoid that, I am debating doing what the posts above have suggested:

27th, check out of villa, on the way to Naples see Pompeii, overnight in Naples.
28th, flight out to Istanbul.
29th, 30th, 6th - we have 3 whole days in istanbul this way.

Yes I understand I'm missing Naples....but i don't want to rush both naples and istanbul by trying to see both...

does this make sense....? am i missing anything in my thought process?

thank you!
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Looks good. If I had to pick between time in Naples and time in Istanbul, Istanbul wins every time. Your 3 days will pass in a flash.

How are you getting from the villa to Pompeii and from Pompeii to the Naples airport?
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Old Jan 18th, 2013, 07:28 AM
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thank you)

that....i don't's what the earlier post suggested: and we'll have our luggage which I guess I need to leave at the Pompeii luggage station.....
You should be able to catch the Sita bus to Sorrento in the lower town of Conca dei Marini. From Sorrento you would catch the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii.

There is a different Sita bus that you should be able to catch in the upper part of Conca that goes to Naples. It has a stop in Castellammare which is very close to Pompeii (only 9 minutes by Circumvesuviana train).

>>>>As in, will i be able to leave my luggage at Pompeii sightsee and move on to Naples??<<<

Yes. There is free storage at the entrance to Pompeii.
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Looks like you're all set and have a sound plan.

I would like to STRONGLY recommend this place for your one night in Naples. It is smack in the center of the historic district and an easy walk to the dozen or so "must see" renaissance era churches - to make the most of your very limited time there. It's in the midst of the best restaurants, cafes, shops, etc. Highest rating on tripadvisor too. And a bargain (about €100-120 for an enormous room).
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Old Jan 18th, 2013, 12:13 PM
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fabulous thank you! i'll get on it asap!
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Old May 9th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Hi everyone,

I've finally booked my flights!

We land in Naples June 22 night and will be spending June 23 in the villa in Conca dei Marini in between Positano and Amalfi towns.

June 24 - plan is to bus to amalfi town from conca, bus to Positano, walk down to the beach and enjoy Fornillo.
June 25 - we plan to bus to Ravello from amalfi town, check out villa cimbrone and hike down to Atrani, enjoy the area and walk to amalfi and have dinner there.
June 26 - I'm torn between visiting Capri, avoiding it altogether for another day spent on Laureto beach near Positano, or more hiking (above Amalfi town and exploring the paper mills and the town in general) or Santa Croce beach in Amalfi or La Gavitella beach in Praiano i hear is good for hanging out in the water

June 27 - we'll be heading to Pompeii and then to naples at night.
June 28 - we depart for Istanbul. I don't mind we're not seeing naples too much on this trip - i have to devote more time to Istanbul this time. Naples - for another trip

Any recos on any other beaches where the water is warm, calm, shallow to hang out in? Do i have to be wary of rocks in the water or stones...water shoes perhaps? Are Laureto/Fornillo etc this way?

thanks so much!
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> we plan to bus to Ravello from amalfi town, check out villa cimbrone

You might want to visit the Villa Rufolo and Ravello's cathedral, too!
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This sounds like a great plan!

We liked Arienzo beach - it's between you and Positano and just make sure you get off at the stop. You'll walk down many stairs and it's very nice. I wore teva's - water sandals. The place we stayed had a glossy book on the '100 best beaches of the Amalfi Coast' or something like that. The book said Arienzo beach was the best and since it was also the closest, we never tried a different one.

I also loved the hiking above on the Sentiero degli dei. We walked up but it is also possible to take a bus up to the top so that you avoid the long, steep climb but still get a nice hike and the incredible views. You might want to buy the guidebook 'Walking on the Amalfi Coast' by Gillian Price. I have it on my kindle.

I also really liked the paper museum. It helped me see the history of the area.

The New York Times travel section has a little article about a family who grows lemons near Amalfi and has a shop in town. You might want to track that down so you make sure you're having the very best lemon products!
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