Please help for Amalfi coast newbie!

Nov 20th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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To be fair, eks, the last time I looked most Tripadvisor reviewers raved about the Luna Convento (as I'm sure you know anyway). The poorer reviews I remember may be a couple of years ago now.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Caroline: Yes, I did see all the reviews, including the better ones, which is why I am considering it. Also, some of the negative reviews complained about things that I doubt would bother me. I will keep you posted on my plans and be sure to write a review when we get home!! I love reading your reports about the area, by the way!
Thanks for being so quick to help out!


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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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You're welcome, eks - lucky you, to be planning a trip there ! I think you're right, maybe the complainers were just people who are used to 5* luxury ? The LC must have some of the best views, anyway.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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M- Great suggestions..Thanks alot

Gruezi- Fabulous. I worried that Ravello might be difficult in this sense so staying there at the end is really a superb idea. Thanks!!

Hi Gemini from another Gemini! Positano sounds like a great base, and I may end up doing this. Thanks for your nice suggestions!

Caroline- Santa Caterina is an unknown with me, but I'll check it and Il Duomo out. Thanks again!

Regards,

Kurt

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Nov 20th, 2007, 02:56 PM
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Here is the price list for the Santa Caterina; their prices do drop considerably in the off season.


http://www.hotelsantacaterina.it/it/rates2008.html
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Nov 21st, 2007, 11:05 AM
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Dec 16th, 2007, 08:09 PM
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Positano! A thousand times over. I love this place. Every morning I woke not able to believe I was in a place so incredible. And that is an understatement. I went in early May for my 30th b-day. The weather was great we were even able to go swimming. We stayed in Albergo California, it was a great hotel overlooking the sea. Great views.
You probably don't need anymore responses, but I just love Positano so much.
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Dec 19th, 2007, 05:43 PM
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sorry to hijack this thread but just wondering, if you're not looking for a "base" to explore, but rather just relaxation for a honeymoon (beautiful views, good food) - which would you prefer? capri or positano? I was in positano once for two days with my parents, and saw capri for a few hours..but dont remember much...
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Dec 19th, 2007, 05:57 PM
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I would definitely do Capri - which is magical in the evenings after all the tourists have gone. Very romantic - and much quieter than the other towns.

And if you want to see the Amalfi coast one day - its' very easy to do by boat - and the views from the water are incredible.
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Dec 19th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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Since you say you are very active, you have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing walks on the Amalfi Coast - which you can access from just about anywhere. There are whole circuits of beautifully built old stone steps/paths up above the coast connecting a networth of small villages, many of which have lovely restaurants to lunch in, and that take you through lemon groves, pine forests, and show you amazing views of the sea and mountains. We spent 4 days in Ravello in late March last year and 3 of them were walking into the hills and into the towns and villages nearby. (yes we had a rainy day but were still able to walk) You can walk down to the coast towns (several thousand steps) explore, say Atrani (a fine restaurant A Paranza there), Amalfi or Minori, and take a bus up again, for example. The whole coast and many of the inland areas which are starting points for hikes (downhill is best!) are accessible by the local buses. We bought the Sunflower guide to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento but there are local maps available at the Tourist Offices.

We are big fans of Ravello - its just a wonderfully beautiful small town that has been spared mass tourism - a real gem, but definitely quiet at night. For us a good thing. I think that bookending Sorrento and Ravello with some day trips would be a good way to see this coast and adjoining sites like Pompeii. Do stop off in Naples for at least a meal and a walk around Spaccanapoli - its really a terrific town.
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Jan 6th, 2008, 05:50 PM
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Thank all of you very much. I've bookmarked your suggestions for my next trip there

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