One Town on the Amalfi Coast

Jul 31st, 2014, 09:35 PM
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Sorry: iron stairs with narrow steps and fairly steep at that (to the upper deck).
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We really MUST go to AC one day. It's definitely on my bucket list. So far we've avoided it because it seems somewhat difficult to get there. After all the suggestions listed above it may be on our radar again.

bob---fantastic photos!
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>>I hate to get to my hotel from the dock---all uphill.<<

Yes, that is a problem. I haven't done it (stayed in apartments there), but someone told me they arranged for the hotel to send someone to help with the baggage. I assume it's expensive to do that.
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Since nobody answered to this - the walk from Salerno train station to the ferry terminal is an easy, straight street, maybe 5 minutes long.
And the price is waaaaay lower than the private transfer from Naples. And I have to agree about the wonderful views of Positano, when first seen from the water.

Ravello is beautiful, but I would not stay there, too hard to get to the other places from Ravello. But do visit!

We stayed 4 nights in Positano and 3 in Capri, here are some pictures (you can skip the Rome ones).
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Vincenzo, there are porters at the ferry dock that you can hire to take your luggage to your hotel or apartment. I believe the cost is 5 euro/bag.

Letsgeaux - although Le Sirenuse is beautiful, it is a bit out of my league budgetwise. I was talking about Hotel Le Sirene on Laurito Beach. Very charming and more budget friendly with a free boat taxi!
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I will play the contrarian here: When I return to that area, I will consider staying in Cetara. Cetara is beautiful and lacks the high-season tourist mobs of Positano. And the restaurants are the best on the coast. Nice, beach, too. ONly one hotel that I know of, though.
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ekc: That 5 euros doesn't sound too bad when you consider the steps involved.
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Are you flying into Naples? If so, you can take the Curreri shuttle bus (10€ and it doesn't go into Naples) from the airport to Sorrento and hire a driver from there on to Positano or take the ferry the rest of the way.

You could also take the Alibus (or a taxi) from Naples airport to Naples port and take a ferry onward(might require a change in Sorrento).
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>In your opinion the best situated, the most scenic/picturesque, that "most unforgettable place in Italy" type of place.

Ravello. But it is not a great 'base' for touring due to accessibility.

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We chose Positano based on the advice we got on the forum. We will definitely visit Ravello but decided not to stay there (at least not on our first trip to the AC).
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We did the same denisea. We loved staying in Positano and visiting Ravello.
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Another vote for the Poseidon. As I recall there were steps across the road that led down to the water. To return we took the local bus (an experience). Also loved Ravello…I'd like to be like Gore Vidal and live there!
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@xyz99, I too am considering staying 4 nights at Positano and 3 at Capri (after 4 nights in Rome), then ferry to fly out of Naples to Nice. It will be our first trip to that part of Italy, do you find 7 nights all up sufficient? I have been told there is not much to do in Capri so perhaps 5 nights Positano and 2 nights Capri? We would want to visit Pompeii whilst in the area too. Thank you in advance for your advice and comments.

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We had 3 nights in Capri, which gave us 2 1/2 days there. We found plenty to do for that time, and loved Capri after the day trippers left the island. First 1/2 day we hiked the Natural Arch and Via Tragara (do it in this order, it's mostly going down). One full day w went to Anacapri, and the other full day we took a boat around the island, spent some tim in Marina Grande, visited the Augustus Gardens.
It was all done at a relaxing pace, but we liked it.

We also spent 2 nights in Naples, and visited Pompeii from there. I'm not sure how easy it is to get there from Positano, you might need a private driver. When are you going?

The 4 nights/3 days in Positano - we only had one sunny day, and visited Ravello that day. The other 2 days were rainy, so we had to skip the Path of the Gods hike, but we spent them in Positano, which is really beautiful.

It was our first time too in that area, and we were very happy with how we split our time. But you cannot go wrong either way, you'll love it. Have a great trip!
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Thanks for your advice. Currently we are thinking of going in late June/early July 2015. Our son wants to see the Colosseum and other relics in Rome, hence our plan to spend 4 nights there. He also wants to see Pompeii which we haven't been ourselves. I read on another thread that one could ferry from Positano to Sorrento, then train to Pompeii, not sure how easy this is, will have to look into it in more detail.

Could I ask you where you stayed at Positano and Capri? Another decision is whether to stay in upper or lower Positano.

How did you find Naples? I haven't really looked into staying there as I have read it is not a safe city/town. We will only train from Rome to Naples and arrange for private car transfer to hotel in Positano. Did you use a private car during your trip?

Many thanks again.

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You could take the Circumvesuviana ( local train) from Naples to Pompeii. It takes about 40 minutes to the gates of Pompeii.

About Positano: If you are in decent physical shape, I would highly recommend picking a hotel that is midway between town and beach. The views are better, and you can escape the heavy summer crowds when you need to.

About Naples: We loved it. So much so, that we went back last year for a second visit. The waterfront area is totally pedestrianized now, and not really that far a walk from the main sites. Of course there are some neighborhoods where you need to be careful, but we never felt unsafe during the day in and around most of Naples.
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We stayed at the Villa Gabrisa in Positano and loved it. The rooms on the 2nd floor have 24' by 24' balconies with incredible views. It is a little hike up the hill but the bus stop is right outside. We stayed a week in Positano and did Capri as a day trip. This is what I would recommend.
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Yes, you can take the ferry from Positano to Sorrento, and train then to Pompeii, but I think the first ferry to Sorrento is around 10 am. Not sure how long it takes to get to Pompeii this way,but sounds like you'd be there mid day. There is no shade at Pompeii, and it is very hot. Regardless of how you get there, carry water and a hat.
Alternatively, Herculaneum is smaller and better preserved. We saw them both from Naples, but that was a long and very hot day in May.

We stayed at Vila Rosa in Positano and La Minerva in Capri. Liked them both and would recommend them.

We only spent 2 nights in Naples (1/2 day for the Archaeological Museum, highly recommended, and 1 full day for Pompeii and Herculaneum). It is an interesting city with wonderful buildings and monuments, but so full of graffiti...very young crowd, full of energy, clean, swept streets, but every inch of wall, every fountain and monument are covered in graffiti. The contrast is disturbing. For us 2 nights was enough, but I can see why others love it and can spend much longer there. We felt safe there, but we stayed in the touristic areas. There is a lot of Police on the streets.

We did not use a private car/driver. We took the train to Salerno and the ferry to Positano. From what I read, it's about the same time for only a fraction of the cost. Transfer from train to ferry in Salerno was easy, maybe 5 min walk.

Hope this helps, happy planning.
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