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Just Back! - Trip Report - Amalfi Coast - Part I - Capri

May 27th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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dina -

Oh my God - three weeks!!??

You lucky soul. I am so happy for you, and you must post a trip report.

Is this a honeymoon? (You don't have to answer, I am just being nosy)!

Good for you! Have a great time (you will).

First trip to Italy?

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May 27th, 2008, 05:26 PM
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What an amazing trip you had! I can't wait, I'm planning a trip in September and your posts are extremely helpful.

Wanted to see how much time you may have alloted between flights (US to Europe then Europe to Italy). Want to get into Italy earlier in the day, but don't want to push the envelope with customs.

Any advise you could give would be appreciated!
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May 27th, 2008, 05:55 PM
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wanderer --
funny you should ask if it's our honeymoon because we're actually celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary!! ... and taking our 18 year old (who is graduating from high school next week!!) and our 15 year old.

lots of fun... we can't wait!

my daughter really wants the custom made sandals, so thanks for doing the research for us in advance! We will check out the shop you recommend in Positano!

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May 27th, 2008, 05:57 PM
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Wanderer1, thanks for a great trip report and for posting the photo's. We leave for Italy in just a few weeks. I have 5 nights to split between Capri and Praiano (AC), how would you recommend splitting them up? I currently have 2 nights in Capri and 3 nights in Praiano but I'm tempted to switch them around. Any advice?

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May 27th, 2008, 06:26 PM
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I am salivating reading your posts. My husband and I are going to Capri 12 June, staying at La Minerva. I have noted the restaurants and activities as my guide. Like you, we are going on to Positano ... actually Nocelle and will be in Positano for the Festival on 15 June. Can't wait!
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May 27th, 2008, 07:14 PM
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wnadere1- thank you for your suggestions. I will most definitely pass them to DD. I don't think budget is as big as issue as I initially thought. Maybe even allow a little more than I originally thought. And, yes I was speaking of US $. I will look forward to your next post. I appreciate your statement- "that I wouldn't mind my daughter staying at"- that would be my #1 concern. thank you!

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May 28th, 2008, 02:22 AM
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Katiekate -

This property came to mind for your daughter. It is in Positano and is really central - beach area with a nice view, nice courtyard. Nice thing about it is that there is a 2 BR unit, where all 3 girls could be together. I believe there are also light cooking facilities.


If I was young, this is the area I would want to stay in. Close to the beach, shops, bus stop, and a nice safe area. Can walk to everything.

Right down on the beach she could take a boat the Capri for a day. Time is an issue getting to Capri otherwise - you spend almost a whole day traveling to get there and check in at most places isn't until 3pm. I will check out some Capri places though.

nmag -

It depends what airport you fly into. We flew into Zurich which was really easy to get around. Our time between flights was about 2 hours. You don't need to worry about customs during transfers, just security. You go through customs once you arrive in Naples, and once you arrive back in the US. I would allow at least an hour and a half. The airlines say an hour. I don't think that is enough especially if you have to change terminals.

calvados -

Capri! And La Minerva! You will love it!!! Tell Luigi we said Hi (debbie and alan) and we will be back for a longer stay. He is an absolute doll.

jeremygil -

Depends what you want to do on Capri. We went there direct from Naples the day we flew in, and got to our hotel @ 5pm - Just takes a long time. The next day we focused solely on Capri, the next solely on Anacapri.

We saw everything, but would have liked just one more day to just hang out, look in the shops, sit out in the Piazza and have a glass of wine, etc.

Keep in mind from Praiano it will be easier to do day trips if that's your plan. Amalfi, Ravello and Positano are within easy reach. If you time it well, you could do Amalfi and Ravello same day, and Positano the next.

Dina -

Congrats on your anniversary! We celebrated our 17th while we were in Italy. What lucky kids you have!!

Hope this helps.

I would tend to do this rather
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May 28th, 2008, 09:31 AM
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Hotel sounds perfect, but would you believe they require booking for one week during high season.
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May 28th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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Wonderful - thank you. I love Italian ceramics & have managed to bring back quite a few. Positano is one of my favorite places on earth. Thanks for the memories.
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May 28th, 2008, 02:26 PM
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katiekate -

How long will your daughter be there, and what month?

Next best bet might be the Tartana - better location I think that the Villa Rosa for young girls.
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May 28th, 2008, 02:40 PM
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p.s. Tartana has a suite with a 3rd bed supplement, so it sounds like the suite might be able to accomodate all 3 girls.
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Actually she is in Italy right now thru July 6th.
They are presently on a bus to Pompeii/Naples area, will overnight and then study Art History and draw the beautiful coastline. Can you only imagine?? I can hardly wait to see her sketch book!
I will check out Tartana. thx
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May 28th, 2008, 09:12 PM
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Just found your trip report - I've only just finished your Capri section, but I love all the photos you took of Capri! So beautiful - I've always gotten the impression(probably wrong one) that Capri was very touristy. After seeing your photos, I would love to go and visit!

Couple of questions about the Aiano B&B - is there only one room at that B&B? Couldn't quite figure that out from the website. Also you said it was 140E per night - have there rates gone up from the website?

I saw your pictures of the B&B - cannot believe it is a B&B...looks like a small hotel lobby! Also, your view seemed to die for!

I really feel like I have to do some research to get a feel of what Capri has to offer.
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May 28th, 2008, 09:37 PM
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Just finished your report - loved all your descriptions and photos! Did notice that you mention that if you had to do it again you would spend all your time on Capri at the La Minerva - any reason why you preferred it to Aiano?
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May 28th, 2008, 09:47 PM
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Guh - sorry for the posts, but in the 2nd row of pictures in your Capri photos...were those of the Aiano or the Hotel?
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May 29th, 2008, 02:42 AM
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Capri is indeed gorgeous. I would have liked more time there.

Yes there are "touristy" sections, although I really wouldn't call them touristy, just busy.

Marina Grande, where the boats come and go is very, very busy. Up at the Piazzetta, it is busy with people getting off the Funicular and sitting/visiting at the outdoor cafes. Sort of like St. Mark's Square in Venice.

And that I think is the problem. If you go for the day, you land at Marina Grande, probably go up to the Piazzetta, walk around, see the shops nearby and think "what's all the fuss".

But just a few steps out of town is total quiet, birds singing, beautiful views, villas to ogle, hikes to take.

As to Aiano and La Minerva. Aiano has 3 rooms - 2 regular, 1 suite, which we had. I think they all have terraces - at least one other room does. The view is spectacular, and it is so special staying with a local family. The place is completely new, and not far from town (walkable).

La Minerva is on the opposite end of the island. Steps from town, but very, very quiet. Beautiful place. You can tell it is family owned (Luigi's family owns and runs it - as does he). We love small intimate places. We loved that they could arrange things - like the boat tour - for us, although to be fair, Aiano might do that for you as well. As I mentioned Aiano arranged a great dinner in Anacapri, and had their friends who own the restaurant come get us and bring us home.

La Minerva is in a much quieter section. Aiano is on the main road to Capri, and is a bit noisy. Small detail, but La Minerva is hilly roads to town, Aiano is steps down, and steps back up part of the way. A little bit harder walk when you are tired at night.

La Minerva is more expensive. The big thing you must realize - we did not - is Aiano is cash only. Depending on how long you stay, you have to plan for that. We didn't know that and were scrambling to pay our bill.

So very different - better views at Aiano, noisier, no credit cards, tougher walk to town, get to interact with a local family.

La Minerva - quieter, a little more expensive, potentially more services, cc accepted, beautiful rooftop deck for breakfast (or you can have it on your terrace), easier walk to town.

As to the pictures, the first are of La Minerva - right after the ceramic sign that says La Minerva - there is the lobby, our room, our deck, the rooftop deck. Aiano pics are also marked by a ceramic marker - all the pictures after the "Aiano B&B" marker picture are Aiano.

Capri - and Anacapri (even more peaceful) are definitely worth the trip. I would have liked a week just on Capri.

Remember, also, it depends when you go. I think May/Oct would be good weather, and not the huge crowds that make it not so fun.

Hope this helps.
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May 29th, 2008, 12:03 PM
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Thanks so much for the info, and your descriptions of Capri. You mentioned that La Mirenva was farther from town, but an easier walk - do you remember how many minutes away it was from the center of town?

I know hardly anything about Capri, and never knew it was divided into Capri and Anacapri - makes me want to start diving into guide books to learn more!

I remember you said it took a while to get from Capri from the Naples airport - was it about 2 hours in total?

I love Rome, and whenever we are able to get back to Europe, I really think I want to include Positano and Capri on the list!
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May 29th, 2008, 02:06 PM
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Hi. La Minerva isn't any farther away from the center, it is just in a different, quieter section (which I preferred).

It took us all of about 5 minutes to walk from La Minerva to the center. About the same as Aiano but an easier walk (no steps).

Anacapri is nice, but I would find it too quiet. My husband liked it better. It is less busy, and has a smaller Piazza.

I took about 2 hours from the airport - but we were in rush hour traffic - @4pm. About an hour from the airport (with the traffic) to the ferry terminal, and then about 1/2 hour - 45 minutes on the ferry to Marina Grande in Capri, then a taxi picked us up and took us up to the Piazetta, then we walked up to La Minerva from there (no cars are allowed beyond the Piazetta, which makes it really nice. Only electric golf-cart things that deliver the luggage and people are in the steets. Makes for easy walking!).

There is a good site to get some basic info on Capri - we found it helpful -


All this is making me just want to go back!! Soon!! I miss it already.
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May 29th, 2008, 04:34 PM
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Thanks so much again for your detailed replies on getting from the airport to Capri - I never realized cars were only allowed in a certain area. Thanks for the link - I'll be sure to check it out!
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May 30th, 2008, 01:34 PM
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wanderer, you mention that Luigi at La Minerva arranged for a driver to pick you up from the airport and take you to the ferry, then someone to meet you at the ferry and walk you to the hotel and take care of your bags. Can you tell me how much that cost?
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