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Need help with Amalfi Coast, Rome & Umbria itinerary planning

Need help with Amalfi Coast, Rome & Umbria itinerary planning

Jul 13th, 2009, 04:45 PM
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I agree that Sorrento is NOT the Amalfi Coast. If your hushand wants sun & a view, the spectacular beauty of the AC is worth the pain & expense to get in & out imho. And I would drive it again btw. I just drove Sicily, so I am ready for almost anything now.

In Umbria also make a point of visiting Carsulae. This Roman town is largely unexcavated & seldom visited. We loved wandering around vitually alone in this site.

See http://www.english.regioneumbria.eu/...68&IdNodoA=547 for a pdf to d/l.

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Jul 13th, 2009, 06:06 PM
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portobello -

I would recommend Todi, Spello or Bavegna for your Umbrian base. Todi and Spello are practically untouristed. Steep, but not the steepest! Cortona takes that award in my book - so far! Both are well located and and Spello is easy parking and in/out, amazingly.

I haven't visited Bagegna myself, just drove past on the way to Montefalco (also steep) and tiny.

Do yourself a favor and choose a town on the Amalfi Coast and if necessary, see Pompeii on the way to/from. 2 nts on Capri will be very nice. The daytime hoards are awful, but you will be past peak season, so maybe better.

If you take the train from the AC to Umbria, you can pick up at Foligno, the Avis office is in the same building as the train station. Doesn't get better than that, and Spello is only about 15 min drive away.

You are so lucky! Have a wonderful time!
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Jul 14th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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We spent a week in rental outside Todi in May 2004. Todi is lovely and a good touring base, particularly if you’re not planning to overnight near Orvieto. Our day trips included Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, and Orvieto, and we also explored the tiny hilltowns like Montecastello di Vibio in our own neighborhood. I do think the Bevagna/Spello area would also make an excellent base as there are many places of interest in a relatively small radius. Perugia is a vibrant university town and well worth a visit. I found each of the little hilltowns to be distinctive; art treasures abound (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...hio-spello.jpg). I’d also stay up high to take advantage of the views over the countryside.
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Jul 16th, 2009, 07:01 PM
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Hi all,

Thanks for all the great responses! It has helped immensely in making some changes to our itinerary.

I know Sorrento isn't AC but for the sake of keeping my subject line short I didn't include it. I knew that you sharp Fodorites would point it out. LOL.

We were in Cortona in our last visit to Italy so it was nice to hear that these hilltowns are not as steep. We walked to the top of Cortona and boy was it steep so very nice to hear the comparison.

After all the wonderful input my DH is wanting to spend more time on the AC. I guess I got carried away about Umbria. Now it looks like our schedule is 9 nights total for Sorrento, Capri & AC. 2 days in Sorrento (M-T), 3 nights on Capri (W-Fri), 2 nights in Positano (weekend) and 2 nights in Amalfi (M-T). His thinking is that we can catch a train from Salerno to Orveito for 2 nights(maybe a day trip to Todi & Spello?), and then 5 nights in Rome. I know that it's a lot of moving around but we are used to it. We would like to experience these places after all the tourist have left for the day. I have read that some of these places like Positano closes down for the Winter but does anyone know if that will affect us in October? We will be there 10/12-10/20. I may have to post a new thread.

Thank you again for all your help.
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Jul 17th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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Sounds like a great itinerary to me since you don't mind the frequent room changes.

I doubt the AC closes down in October. As previously mentioned, the ferries (and buses) cut back on their schedules to reflect the "low" season, but I can't imagine the merchants and restaurants closing down. I suspect you'll be able to find some Oct AC trip reports here or on slow trav to get a more accurate reply.
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Jul 17th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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If you intend to daytrip to Todi and Spello, I think each are worth a half a day. Spello is tiny, but charming with some great art to see in their churches and excellent photo ops all around. Spello has a couple of fabulous restaurants for dinner....Il Molino and another that I haven't enjoyed myself, but that gets good reviews from other Fodorites.

Todi is quite steep, very ancient. We only had a short visit on the day we went ceramic hunting in Deruta. Deruta was a huge disapointment to me, but we went on a Sunday. We didn't realize that the upper town had the better quality. Skip the lower, newer, larger stores and head up, up, up.

If you were staying in Spello, a full day in Assisi would be excellent. Only 10 minutes away. Montefalco is somewhere in between and I enjoyed it. Fabulous Sagrantino di Montefalco wine, a big red.

Umbria really is wonderful. I wish you would give it more time. I enjoyed it much more than the Amalfi Coast, and I've visited the coast twice so far.
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Jul 17th, 2009, 04:45 PM
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Why not stay in Ravello rather than Amalfi? We went up for dinner & dusk was magical. I swore that we would stay there if we ever went back to the AC. That was on the terrace of the Villa Marie's restaurant btw . . .

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