need advice on almafi coast

Old Jan 10th, 2005, 06:30 AM
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need advice on almafi coast

we will be spending 4 days on the almafi coast in may and need advice in which town to base. i have a back problem and therefore climbing flights of stairs to hotels etc is a problem. should we rent a car, take local sita bus or hire a driver for 1 day to show us around. we do plan to visit capri and sorrento
i have heard of a hotel in castellammare de stabia called the crowne plaza. has anyone stayed there
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Old Jan 10th, 2005, 06:39 AM
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Positano is ALL steps or greatly inclined winding streets; I would not base there with your back problems. "Downtown" Amalfi is relatively flat, and so is Ravello, if you're interesting in staying that far down the coast.
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Old Jan 10th, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Sorrento is also fairly flat - and you can see the other towns from there - either by bus or by boat. It's also a good base for a tour of Pompeii.

Capri outside the town itself is very hilly - but if you'e going for the day the town may be enough. There is a funicular from the marina up to the town - but you do need to climb some steps either entering or exiting the funicular.

I would consider if you are able to comfortably do the Blue Grotto - since it involves transferring from a motor launch to a row boat - and back again - in the middle of the sea in order to enter the grotto. (The other choice - going from the island direct to the row boat - involves a huge # of steps. But perhaps it is possible to hire a row boat from the marina all the way around the island to the grotto - not sure - but that choice might work for you better. Just be aware that you need to lay down in the boat in order to get into the grotto - the ceiling is too low for you to enter sitting up.)
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Old Jan 10th, 2005, 07:37 AM
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You want Sorrento, Positano is all vertical. Forget Castellamare, not a pretty place. I would bus and train but hire a driver for one day to see Ravello etc.
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Old Jan 10th, 2005, 08:29 AM
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I agree that Sorrento would be the best bet for you. It is relatively flat, and very walkable in most areas. If a driver is within your budget, that might be a more comfortable and easier choice with a bad back. I can highly recommend the driver we've used many times, who is based in Sorrento. He is: Giovanni Gargiulo, and can be reached at tourofitaly.com. If you check previous posts for drivers, you will come up with lots of other names, too. Good luck, and have fun!
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Sorrento is in a good location to get to the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and other sights, but it is not on the Amalfi Coast.
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Old Jan 10th, 2005, 12:04 PM
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thank you for your advice. my back is not good but i am not that incompasitated thank g-d. any hotel recommendations for sorrennto
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