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It's decided: Heading to southern Italy in late July and need help with itinerary!

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Mar 7th, 2018, 04:00 AM
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Thanks for the links! Have you used any of these?
By agency, I mean managing companies that take care of rentals, listing, maintenance, etc. Iíve found more success with those when traveling abroad. The places are clean and properly equipped, with clean towels and sheets. Canít trust Airbnb anymore. VRBO can also be very deceiving...
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Mar 7th, 2018, 04:48 AM
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friends have enjoyed using james... I've used agri... smith has a good rep, rest are out there. Do people lie? Sure, but you are going to southern Italy so your "anglo saxon" thought processes might run into a few bumps in the road, I know mine have.
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Mar 7th, 2018, 05:22 AM
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So did you decide on Puglia or the Amalfi Coast?
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Mar 7th, 2018, 06:14 AM
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Puglia. We are looking at rentals of villas with pool, like most suggested, in the area. We would love to visit Matera and possibly stay in a cave-type accommodation, at least for one night. But we have come to terms that staying put will be best. We may try to squeeze in a day in Naples either at arrival or departure, since these rentals run usually for a whole week. Amalfi has proven too expensive and it looks like we are late in the game trying to find a place there anyway. Just trying to find a fun place to stay, that will be comfortable and clean.
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Mar 7th, 2018, 08:39 AM
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I posted two links on your other thread, asking for villa rental agencies. You are wise to limit yourself to a much smaller area. Even Puglia: A few years ago, we could only travel for 8 days at a stretch. So we concentrated only on southern Puglia. (And our trips did not include beach time). We went back about a year later and covered the center of the region, with Matera, and returned for the third time to visit places we had not seen on the first two trips.
Then, a fourth time, we devoted most of the week to Basilicata--Bernalda, Pisticci, Cracco, Senise, etc. That area might have the least-discovered stretches of glorious scenery in all of Italy.

I would urge you to also consider the Cilento, in and near Castellabate. That area draws fewer Americans than some others, and you can take day trips to Paestum, to a buffalo farm (for the mozzarella), etc. If the villas allow rentals of less than a week, you could split the Cilento with a few days in Puglia.

I doubt if you will find a rental in Puglia on the beach. Just get one with a pool; it's easy to drive to the beach from just about anywhere in Salento. And you can rent chairs and umbrellas. Anything ON the water might be above your price range.

Other option is to split the time between Maratea and a rental in Puglia, stopping in Matera during the transfer. One of the most dreamy beach experiences I've ever had was near Maratea.
Another was on the stretch of coast south of Otranto.

Personally, with only 8 days, I would choose one spot in Puglia and stay there for the entire time, making day trips to places determined by your villa location.

Just keep in mind that many if not most, of the beaches will be rocks, not sand. There are some sandy beaches, though, and in general I think the western coast of Salento is your better bet for sand. There are great beaches near Ugento (west coast) and also Torre dell' Orso (Adriatic coast).

You could fly into Naples and fly home from Bari or Brindisi. You might even be able to work in a stop in Matera when moving from Maratea or Cilento to Puglia.

What is your weekly budget for villa rentals? If you put that out there, you might get some good ideas based on other people's stays.

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Mar 7th, 2018, 11:21 AM
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Though having a car is nice in Puglia but there are trains and buses if you do not want to drive. And, for Amalfi cars are a drag- boats best way to get around. Anyway for lots on trains check Acquista il biglietto con le nostre offerte - Trenitalia - Italian State Railways site; www.seat61.com; BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com.
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Mar 8th, 2018, 05:38 AM
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Wow!! Awesome input!
Thanks everyone for all of these suggestions! Looking into all of this (and will confess, itís been hard to coordinate the location with the timeframe). Will see what we can come up with!
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Mar 11th, 2018, 07:32 PM
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If I had your time frame I'd probably see Naples and then go to the Cilento coast. The Cilento - while a little farther on the map than the AC - is a quick drive from Naples, easy drive, and is much less expensive and less touristed. There are good agriturismos on the coast where you can take half board and have breakfast and dinner there. It's a truly lovely area. I especially liked Pisciotta (we stayed at the Marulivo Hotel). It's a medieval fishing village perched above the sea with a pretty good beach below and good restaurants. Near there is Palinuro with a sandy beach and you can take a boat to the blue grotto. And we also stayed at a super friendly place just down the coast, called Tenuta Terre di Bosco. Very low prices and good food.

I like Matera a lot but with that time frame, I'd stay closer to Naples. That way you can see Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Mar 12th, 2018, 06:34 AM
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Agree about Cilento; I mentioned it up above. Pisciotta, Castellabate, Palinuro---all either have or have access to, great beaches, and great scenery.
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Mar 12th, 2018, 04:21 PM
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The OP is looking at other locations. Here's the new thread:
Any ideas for an European trip with two families traveling together?
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Mar 13th, 2018, 05:59 AM
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Thanks kja! Yes, we are investigating other options, currently in North Germany, around Hamburg, Lubeck, Sylt. We were having trouble finding accommodations in south Italy.
We ended up getting tickets and are flying into Frankfurt for a week at the end of July and early August. I particularly would like to see Bavaria, but the group is leaning towards north Germany, which also seems like a great option. Not as busy and crowded, for sure. I welcome any ideas in that area as well!
But thanks to all for the great advice! This trip to Italy will happen in the near future (we are talking next year!), but certainly not in the height of summertime.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 06:00 PM
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No worries, camileaos -- I was just trying to help my fellow Fodorites.
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