Naples, Sorrento and Rome; Secret Spots?

Old Jun 9th, 2020, 12:54 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,482
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I have many but don't have much time now, so will just mention a few. I love mosaics. If they interest you, in addition to Santa Maria in Trastavere:
Santa Prassede
Santa Pudenziana (near Prassede)
Santa Cosma e Damiano

Love Rome! And Naples, too.
SusanP is offline  
Old Jun 11th, 2020, 07:26 AM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 375
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
In Rome my favorite tour is the Scavi underneath St. Peter's. We've done it several times and each time is a bit different depending upon the tour guide. Excavations office You need to request tickets in advance - as soon as you have your dates set gives you the best chance as tickets are limited.

We also enjoyed the Doria Pamphili Gallery very much as well as touring the Palazzo Fanese We love the area around the Campo de Fiori, the marketplace and shops as well as getting a bite at Antico Forno Roscioli - always crowded (well, maybe not during the quarantine) but a fun place and good food! On our last visit to Rome in 2019, we did a wine tasting dinner at Roscioli which was a lot of fun.

It's fun to just walk around Rome, you never know what you'll discover. We've downloaded a couple of Rick Steve's walks, one we really enjoyed was Trastavere, we thought it was a good overview of the area.

We've wanted to see the changing of the guard at
Quirinale Palace on Sundays but have never gotten the timing right. You can also book a tour of the palace which looks very good

As for restaurants, you can't go wrong with Maitaitom's recommendations. We used his trip report as a guide and were not disappointed in any of his choices!

tracilee is offline  
Old Mar 23rd, 2021, 02:35 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 743
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2020 was cancelled, let's try for 2021!

We have changed travel to October instead of November and are increasing number of days at two of the locations:
Naples 4 days (Capri and AC)
Sorrento 4 days (Pompei)
Rome 6 days

Suggestions already made are excellent, any additional comments would be icing on the cake. Thank you!
donnae_b is offline  
Old Mar 23rd, 2021, 04:07 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,021
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If things are still not looking good, COVID wise, late April (though perhaps rainy) through mid-June is lovely in Italy. Why not aim for May, 2022? Surely this horror will be over by then.
Sassafrass is offline  
Old Mar 24th, 2021, 02:22 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,511
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm reposting the links to my Rome planning thread (2017 trip) and the last trip my husband and I took to Italy - sigh, a wonderful 5 week trip through Italy, north to south. For some reason, the links I posted in the earlier threads (#7 & #9) don't seem to work. I hope you are able to link to them now! Given your interests, the second part of our trip might be especially interesting.

Rome planning thread:
8 Days in Rome in March 2017 - planning thread

Italy trip (2019), Part 1:
Nearly 5 weeks in Italy – Fantastico!

Italy trip (2019), Part 2:
5 weeks in Italy, continued…Orvieto, Naples, Amalfi Coast, and back to Rome
progol is online now  
Old Mar 24th, 2021, 05:51 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,123
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Naples 4 days (Capri and AC)
Sorrento 4 days (Pompei)
Rome 6 days
I'd visit Pompeii from Naples and Capri/AC either from Sorrento or independent of Sorrento.
yorkshire is online now  
Old Mar 25th, 2021, 12:52 PM
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 113
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
In Rome a bit of advanced planning will pay off immensely, both in terms of avoiding long lines and in getting access to sites that have limited access. I'm sure that access will be even more limited this year, if they are even open. For the following I'd highly recommend that you try to get tickets well in advance:

1. Vatican Scavi (as mentioned). This will include entry to the basilica afterwards.
2. Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum): Dungeon and Belvedere Tour. This will take you down below, and up to the upper levels ... far above the teaming masses.
3. Vatican Museums. This is a long and exhausting day in itself!
4. Galleria Borghese

You can get tickets to the public monuments and museums at

My other favorite off-the-beaten track sites in Rome:

1. Domus Aurea: Nero's Golden House
2. Terme di Caracalla (You can get "4D" guide that looks like an old view-master that shows amazing recreations of the rooms you are in)
3. Chiesa Rettoria di S. Cecilia in Trastevere. Knock on the door to the left of the main entrance and politely ask the nun who answers if you can see the angels.
4. Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. The Etruscans got overshadowed by the Latins, but they are fascinating in their own right

michael_cain_77398 is online now  
Old Mar 26th, 2021, 12:03 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 8,245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We did a walking food tour the first night we were in Naples. It gave us a nice introduction to the city and was yummy and fun.
KTtravel is offline  
Old Mar 26th, 2021, 12:11 PM
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 10,199
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Rome Secret Spot:

Campagna Amica Market located between the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. It's a weekend local market selling regional food to the locals. Very few tourists but lots of wonderful samples of regional delicasies. Go if you can and do what the Romans do when they want local produce from the area. While you're in the area, check out the nearby views of the Roman Forum behind the Capital Museum
kleeblatt is offline  
Old Apr 1st, 2021, 05:18 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,287
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I also recommend the Vatican Scavi tour to avoid those long lines. It is a wonderful tour. In addition, I agree with Michael on the recommendation of the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. Another highlight is the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Be sure to visit the Livia Frescoes on the top floor.

Here is our trip report from 2018

Europeannovice Expands to Italy-Rome-Florence-Sorrento-Rome

europeannovice is offline  
Old Apr 30th, 2021, 07:51 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,883
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I love wandering Trastevere. But consider taking a two hour or so mosaic workshop in the Monti neighborhood at Studio Cassio.

On the Amalfi Coast I prefer Ravello, so at least visit if you can.

annw is offline  
Old May 1st, 2021, 02:17 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 34,937
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
**We have changed travel to October instead of November and are increasing number of days at two of the locations:
Naples 4 days (Capri and AC)**

In the past, ferries have quit running about one hour before dark and it will be dark fairly early in Oct. You would need to take an early ferry to Capri to have much time there.

If you want a day trip from Naples, the Royal Palace at Caserta is about a 30-45 minute train ride (depending on train) with the station right across the street from the palace. The train is about 4€ one way.
kybourbon is online now  
Old May 4th, 2021, 06:16 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,669
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Why Naples and Sorrento?

Many people just train to Salerno then ferry out and stay on the AC.

If you want to see Capri, you can stay there for at least a couple of nights, then ferry to Naples and fly or train to Rome.

Unless you’re really big into archeology and plan to visit Pompeii and Ercolano, also the archeological museum in Naples and maybe go up to the volcano.

Obviously the coastal beauty of the AC is a big draw. It’s not impossible to day trip to Pompei. Tougher than from Sorrento but you can set out early in the morning.

scrb11 is online now  
Old May 4th, 2021, 07:00 AM
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,533
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1. The Keats - Shelley house at the side of the right side of the bottom of the Spanish Steps , not sure many people know about it. Incredible book collection and you can have a cup of tea watching the masses on the steps.

2. Eataly - incredible food market

3. Via Appia Antica - still not that well visited but absolutely magical place
BritishCaicos is online now  
Old May 4th, 2021, 07:00 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 25,128
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We based in Sorrento and found it easy to take the train to Pompeii, and a boat to Capri from there. The archeological museum in Naples is a must in conjunction with Pompeii. All were easy day trips but larger Naples could require several days. Others have suggested at least an overnight on Capri. We bussed to Amalfi but wished for a private driver because of road congestion!
TDudette is online now  
Old May 4th, 2021, 10:04 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 54,392
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I agree TD - Sorrento is a great base for touring the area, but perhaps Naples deserves a few days of its own.
annhig is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Dec 29th, 2006 10:35 PM
Jun 23rd, 2006 01:50 AM
Jun 9th, 2005 05:31 AM
Nov 27th, 1999 12:40 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:23 PM.