Naples & the Amalfi Coast in 7 days

Jun 8th, 2019, 05:36 AM
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Well StCirq, to your somewhat snarky comment, I will just reply that yes I do travel light--no "accessories or cosmetics," no fancy clothes, no extra shoes---just a jeans & T-shirt traveler. It's none of your business, really, but the extra half-bag is a necessity.
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Jun 8th, 2019, 08:07 AM
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St Cirq: I would so love to hear about what you pack in that suitcase. After a recent trip to Japan when the extra luggage really impacted our trip in not a good way, I have made a pledge to myself to winnow down. Funny that when I am home I can wear the same jeans and shirt day after day..not in succession!!
But when I travel I feel I must upscalel my dress, which leads to overpacking and general annoyance and inconvenience. I've got down the Africa safari packing but the European just flummoxes me.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Shall I begin a new thread n this, if you are willing to respond?

Also interested in that jacket you bought via the chinese online site.....I get those ads every day and wonder if the clothing is as listed...
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Jun 8th, 2019, 08:30 AM
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ekscrunchy, was the Chinese jacket from NewChic? If so, I think their quality is good. (especially shoes). I used to occasionally order things from another Chinese company (and maybe that jacket was from there), and their quality was dubious (though to be fair I ordered things I wouldn't wear often, so they worked OK for me).

I think maybe where we differ in packing is that I don't feel the need, at all, to "upscale" my dress. If I do it at all, I do it with a nice necklace or scarf.

It's hard to put together a list of what I pack, because it's very dependent on the season/weather. But I have kept my packing lists, which I do religiously for every trip, and will try to look at a few and come back and give you some idea of how I "get by" on very little. If you want to start a new thread, sure, I'll respond. You might also check packing threads by janisj. She's a real genius at packing (I think she gives classes).
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Jun 8th, 2019, 06:15 PM
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Yes please take the packing lessons to another thread.

I now plan to spend 3-4 nights (2-3 days) in Naples, wanting to spend many hours at the national museum, then visiting the castles, possibly a train out to Herculaneum or Pompeii. Do any of you have recommendations about the best location for me to book a room which will be most convenient in terms of walking & public transport?
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Jun 9th, 2019, 01:17 AM
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I would stay in the center, Quartieri Spagnoli or nearby (we stayed northeast of there). This area is pretty hectic but you'll get used to it. I arrived in Naples after spending a week+ in the country and it was a shock to the system. I didn't like it for the first day. Then I loved it!

We stayed at Hotel Piazza Bellini. It's a great hotel, very close to the archaeological museum, walking distance to Santa Chiara, Napoli Sottoterranea, San Severo, the Duomo, etc., etc. A longer walk down to Castel dell'Ovo and Chiaia, but over the course of 5+ days (no day trips) we did everything on foot except Capodimonte.

I didn't think the area right around the station was very attractive nor right around the port.

If you want a more relaxing ambience, you might look in Chiaia or even Vomero. Those won't be as convenient to the train station, though.

I never understand why people concern themselves with how much luggage other people bring on their trips.
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Jun 9th, 2019, 05:50 AM
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We stayed recently at a B&B in Naples called Napoli Bonita. It is steps away from the Toledo metro stop on Via Toledo. We found it to be a convenient location for all the things we wanted to see and do. The hosts were friendly and helpful, and the room spotless and comfortable.
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Jun 9th, 2019, 02:56 PM
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We enjoyed staying in Chiaia neighborhood of Naples. where we could easily access the lingo Mare on the Bay of Naples.
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Jun 9th, 2019, 04:15 PM
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Thank you for your suggestions, Leely2 and indyhiker! Unfortunately, I was too late to get into either Hotel Piazza Bellini or Napoli Bonita for my dates. But I did just book a nice-looking B&B called "Bell's" for 3 nights near Toledo Metro station, and like the location for both walking & possibly using the Metro. Too few days for Naples, for sure, but I decided I wanted 4 full days in Sorrento to do day trips along the Amalfi coast. I've booked La Casa dell'Orologio just off the Piazza Tasso there, and hope this is a good location. I probably should have paid more attention to where the bus & train stations are in Sorrento, since I will be using them every day. Any suggestions about a better location would be appreciated.
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Jun 9th, 2019, 05:15 PM
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Now to decide how to get to each place.
1) Does Rome2Rio have the best rates for the high speed train? Will I take it from FCO airport to Rome and then to Naples? Will I have to change trains in Rome?
2) What is the most scenic & comfortable way to travel from Naples to Sorrento? (not by car).
3) Best way to travel from Sorrento to Civitavecchia?
Thanks in advance!
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Jun 9th, 2019, 05:19 PM
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rome2rio is simply a resource for finding transportation options. You must click through to the underlying links to identify specific modes of transit and the companies that run them. For ANYTHING about train travel, including how to find the best fares, consult seat61.com
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Jun 10th, 2019, 03:19 AM
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Leely2, we'll be staying at Hotel Piazza Bellini for one night in October -- any suggestions for a nice place to have dinner that's not too far a walk in the evening? We'll be having pizza for lunch between arriving in Naples and visiting the Archeological Museum :~).
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Jun 10th, 2019, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by kja View Post
rome2rio is simply a resource for finding transportation options. You must click through to the underlying links to identify specific modes of transit and the companies that run them. For ANYTHING about train travel, including how to find the best fares, consult seat61.com
kja, as I think I mentioned--navigating public transport is my weakest skill in traveling, despite that I use it almost exclusively. I know. Bewildering, right? Anyway, when searching for a train from FCO to Naples, I found seat61.com led me to loco2.com on which I spent nearly 30 minutes going in circles, with almost no options. Went to Rome2Rio, and when I clicked on their option to purchase tickets on their site, I got tons more options, with a large range in price. ~$25 for a 4-hr trip with multiple changes, to ~ $45 for a 2 or 3-hr trip with 2 changes. I'm pretty frustrated right now, but is that a reasonable range for this trip?

I would really appreciate guidance on booking this segment, as well as the best & most scenic way to get from Naples to Sorrento, and then how to get from Sorrento to Civitavecchia.
TIA to all who can help this pathetic world traveler with the most basic of tasks!!
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Jun 10th, 2019, 05:12 PM
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We took the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini (14 €) and then a high speed train booked directly on Trenitalia’s website to Napoli Centrale. From there we took the metro to our B&B, getting off at Toledo. It was all rather easy and the Toledo station itself is a work of art.

We booked the high speed train months in advance and got really good rates, but it meant a longish wait at Termini to guard against any delays in our arrival from the States. Certainly, you can wait until your arrival to buy tickets, but you will pay more. We got second class tickets that were perfectly comfortable.

Be sure to validate the ticket for the Leonardo Express before boarding. You will not need to validate your high speed rail ticket as you have a seat assignment.
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Jun 10th, 2019, 06:16 PM
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Personally, I'd persist with loco2.com, despite frustration, if that's what seat61 recommended. JMO.
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Jun 10th, 2019, 06:26 PM
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Hi plr,

We have taken the train and bus from Naples to Sorrento. We found the bus to be the most scenic. We have taken all of these segments before, some multiple times. Upon leaving, I would take the local train from Sorrento to Naples. Then a fast train (70 minutes) from Naples to Rome Termini (I don’t know your dates but I see some times in the summer for $16.90). then a local train to Civitavecchia ($4.60 to 8.50 from 47 minus to 61 minutes).

You can find the segments Naples to Rome to Civitavecchia on the trenitalia.com site. I usually buy in advance and have the ticket on my phone. The local Circusvesuviana train is quite frequent, and you can easily buy tickets in Sorrento. It can be slow going, especially when schools are in session at certain times in mornings and afternoons. Ticket cost is $3.60. Here is the schedule: https://www.sorrentoinsider.com/en/n...train-schedule
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Jun 10th, 2019, 07:25 PM
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adlmllr, I also stayed at Hotel Piazza Bellini and also don't want to go far for dinner. For your pizza lunch, as you leave the hotel, turn right and go a very short distance to Via Port'Alba and turn right. Antica Port'Alba is right there. The best pizza I've ever had. It's supposed to be the oldest pizza restaurant in Naples. Halfway through the second piece, I realized that I was shoveling it in as if I hadn't eaten in a week! 😁 So good.

For dinner, A Casa R'A Signora right on Piazza Bellini was good. The fried fennel appetizer was excellent (I went back a second time just to have this again).

Don't go to l'Etto next to the hotel. It's a buffet, which I knew, but they take your selections from the buffet and warm them up in the microwave, which I didn't know! Not good.

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Jun 11th, 2019, 10:25 AM
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Many thanks to indyhiker, kja & whitehall for such detailed & helpful information as well as website links! I've spent hours online today, and have so far booked the following: Leonardo Express from FCO to Roma Termini, Curreri shuttle coach from Naples airport to & from Sorrento. After reading up on the Circumvesuviana, I chickened out due to the luggage hassle on a truly commuter train. So I now need to find the high speed train to/from Roma to Naples, as well as a reasonable alternative for getting from Roma Termini to Civitavecchia. A concern that dawned on me today is the prospect of steep stairs onto the trains. Can any of you tell me what to expect in this regard on each of my travel segments?
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Jun 11th, 2019, 11:38 AM
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OMG--Am I in the Twilight Zone??! I'm trying to register on the Trenetalia website (to be able to receive an invoice for high speed train tickets), and United States is not in their dropdown list of countries --so it won't let me proceed!
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Jun 11th, 2019, 12:20 PM
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Try "Stati Uniti D'America". And, there are always passengers that will help you get your luggage on the train, even if staff is thin.
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Jun 11th, 2019, 06:20 PM
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It's been quite a while since I was in the area, but I seem to remember a lot of stations in which one must ascend and descend stairs to get from one train platform to another, or from the platform to/from the station level. I've encountered and seen a heartwarming array of helpful fellow passengers, and I've also been shocked by the much more rare occasion when strong, healthy people pass someone who is obviously struggling to move luggage up or down stairs. I would guess that someone will readily jump in to help 90 or 95 per cent of the time, but I wouldn't assume that help will be inevitable. JME. Getting luggage onto the train is easier -- other passengers who want to get on or train personnel will help in the end, IME.
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