Itinerary help, first time in Italy

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Jun 7th, 2018, 11:30 PM
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I think the OP is trying to create a tour of the Amalfi Coast via boat and bus--Salerno is just the end of the line, not a real desitination.
I thought the same, but it still doesn't make sense to take a boat from Naples to Sorrento and then a bus to Salerno and back to Positano The trip by boat from Naples to Sorrento doesn't pass the Amalfi Coast at all, whereas the part from Salerno to Positano is the most scenic part and would be best done by boat. I would take the fastest route
to Salerno (high speed train) , then back along the coast by boat, stopping in Positano before finishing in Sorrento

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Jun 7th, 2018, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ellenem View Post
"Also, I don't understand why you would want to take a boat to Sorrento and then a bus to Salerno, just to backtrack to Sorrento."

I think the OP is trying to create a tour of the Amalfi Coast via boat and bus--Salerno is just the end of the line, not a real desitination.

I, too, would be concerned about a one-nighter in Cinque Terre. What if your one day there was bad weather? I like bvlenci's idea of two nights in Lucca or Pisa and then hopping to Cinque Terre for the day if the weather is good on one of those days.
If you spend only two night in Pisa or Lucca, there's really only one day when this day trip would be possibile.
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Jun 9th, 2018, 04:08 PM
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The first thing I would do is dump le Cinque Terre, especially given your time of year.>

Even Oct 21? I was there once about that time and though there were lots of tourists it was greatly reduced from peak season. Anyway a good day trip from Pisa area IMO. But crowds vary as to the weather.

Rome/Florence/Cinque Terre in late Oct?
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Jun 9th, 2018, 06:07 PM
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>>Even Oct 21? I was there once about that time and though there were lots of tourists it was greatly reduced from peak season. <<

Yes, even in October on weekends, and if they are in Rome on the weekend they would be in the CT the previous Sunday.. But maybe you visited before Rick Steves made it a 'must' for every American visiting Italy.

>>She keeps getting a message saying that she can only post 2x in 24 hours. Is that right? It rings a bell with me but I didn't think that it applied to ordinary posts. <<

As I understand it -- posting is limited until a new member has 5 posts. So if you post once or twice a day you be up and running by Monday Welcome to Fodors.
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Jun 10th, 2018, 05:24 AM
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Did you visit CT on weekends in October? Curious? Recently?
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Jun 12th, 2018, 12:15 PM
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Thank you everyone for your invaluable advice! Yes, Rick Steve's advice did indeed influence my desire to visit CT. But, we have decided to stay in Lucca two nights and skip CT unless by some chance we have loads of energy left and we want to give it a day trip visit. I think it might be best to save it for another time though. We have also decided to stay in Sorrento instead of Naples. We'll do the Pompeii tour from there as well as take either a boat trip to Positano or possibly a day trip to Capri or Ischia. Any opinions on those two islands? Thanks again!!
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Jun 12th, 2018, 12:58 PM
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Capri gets all the tourist ink - at least foreign tourists but I liked Ischia just a well - no Blue Grotto but that was closed the day I was in Capri because of high tides - not unusual when tourist boats can't get thru the narrow entrance. Don't try to do both same day - lots of stuff scattered around each island.
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Jun 13th, 2018, 05:22 AM
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I think there is a hydrofoil to Ischia so you get there quicker and would be preferable to me as my abiding memory of the boat from Sorrento to Capri is being so sea sick that I threw up on the quayside after we'd landed.

Don't let that influence you though!
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Jun 13th, 2018, 07:19 AM
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annhig That is good to know! I am prone to sea sickness.
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Jun 13th, 2018, 07:24 AM
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Ischia has a bunch of thermals including one down on the beach
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Jun 13th, 2018, 07:25 AM
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Hydrofoils are more subject to being rough I thought over the heavy car ferries?
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Jun 13th, 2018, 09:42 AM
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Pal, when I went on it the ferry from Sorrento to Capri was not a car ferry but a small tub. I don't know what it's like now of course - this was over 40 years ago.

Peglepete, I prefer the hydrofoils as they are a lot faster and as they skim the waves they should not be as sick making as a normal boat as they is no rocking or rolling with the swell and the waves.

I just found the timetable - it takes about an hour:

https://www.ischiareview.com/travel-...hydrofoil.html

if you scroll down you can also see the timetable for ferries to Capri which shows that the hydrofoil now goes from Sorrento to Capri as well so that might be a good solution for you, as it only takes 20-25 mins.
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Jun 13th, 2018, 01:10 PM
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I once went to Ischia on a ferry with my husband and some friends, and most of us got green around the gills. I'm not very subject to seasickness, but even I was a bit queasy. This was in early autumn.

Then, as soon as we arrived, there was a cloudburst and we were all drenched to the skin. We spent an hour or so drying out and warming up in a friendly restaurant that wasn't open yet. Still, it was a nice visit.

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Jun 14th, 2018, 06:01 AM
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I think all boats are subject to turbulence in rough seas - just preview conditions day before.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 08:11 AM
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Need some feedback.

We are also 1st time visitors to Italy and did not want to do a tour so heres what we have so far. I guess all the touristy places and then if we like a return trip feeling more comfortable in one area rather than trying to do it all again.
Goals Rome--Florence--Venice--Back to rome and home---11 days.
Due to great flight prices , and non stop flights both ways. my wife and I are starting out in Rome. and finishing in Rome. Day of arrival , Spanish Steps and Colisseum. Next day , Vatican, St. Peter and Sistine Chapel. Hotel is 5 minute walk to train station. 3rd day train to Florence.
Still in process of putting this together. In Florence better to get a place close to train station again or go to Old Town? Have itinerary of things to see. after 3rd day off to Venice . 3 days there and then back to Rome for 2 days. To me it seems a little hectic but also not being constrained by tours we can basically do what we want. Like the first 3 days , if we want to extend in Rome than we can, same with Florence. If enough to do there, cut Venice short or out. So many choices. Especially don't know Florence at all and am looking for good hotels near RR station and sites.

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Jun 14th, 2018, 08:17 AM
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pcollins,


instead of hijacking an existing thread, it would be best to start your own, especially as your trip is quite different from the OP's.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 08:32 AM
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look at open jaws, fly in to one out of the other. Florence is tiny, old town even smaller. Lots of walking as roads are narrow and full of parked cars.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 09:05 AM
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Do loud mopeds still infest Florence's town center - if walking across streets if so watch out.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 09:30 AM
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ok , if I can delete it and start new one. didn't get the etiquette note when. I signed on.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:37 AM
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Hi Pcollins194, No etiquette involved, LOL. Just your trip is very different from the OPs and people who already responded may not even look at this thread again, so you will get advice more specific to your needs by having your own thread.

Since you are here, and hopefully still reading, two bits of advice.

Rather than staying in Rome twice, push on to Florence by train on arrival. Put all time in Rome together at the end. It will save time getting to and from and time checking into and out one hotel.
The distance is not great and you can nap and rest on the train.

Look at a map of Florence. Central Florence is so small, location, except for noise will not matter too much. You can walk from the station to the Duomo in ten or fifteen minutes. Stay at least a block away from the Duomo or the station for less noise and crowds. You can see a few major sights in Florence in a day or day and a half. You need more time for big museums. You can always use a day for a day trip to Siena or Pisa and Lucca.
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