Ravello and Praiano

Old Jan 14th, 2008, 02:51 AM
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Hi, I've stayed in Ravello and several times in Praiano, and believe that Praiano will offer better flexibility.

I don't think you'll have difficulty getting up to Ravello for a noon wedding- Steve James is right.

The only really helpful suggestion I can add is that you should account for the time it will take you to walk to Villa Cimbrone from where the taxis stop.

It's a good 20 minute walk, some of it uphill, and for the lady, if you're wearing heels, you might be smart to bring a pair of flats that you can slip into your purse to make it easier.




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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 02:52 AM
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and Buses stop just outside the town too, so the same suggestion applies!
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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Ravello is so gorgeous, you may not want to take many day trips from it. The people are lovely, very approachable and commecialization is very low key where it even exists.

We went to Positano etc., by using the little bus down to Amalfi and then a ferry/boat to wherever. Everything in Italy is slower. Just relax and go with the flow. Sometimes it is better to enjoy where you are then say one more or two things.

Positano is pretty awful- humid, full of apparel shops and tourists. Amalfi offers better shopping bargains.

Also in Ravello are lovely concerts at the Villa Rufolo that are relatively inexpensive given their quality and setting. During July there is a major European music festival that is excellent. And the venue is to die for, believe me.

Quite frankly, I would stay in Ravello and drink in the scenery, wonderful air, food, music and gardens.

Fly to Rome, train to Salerno and Ravello Taxi from the train station to Ravello -- or fly to Naples and limo driver to Ravello.

Enjoy! will be there in May if you have any questions.
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Ok we've booked our tickets!

We land at FCO at 1:05pm and need to make it to Praiano that evening. I think that we'll be too late to catch a ferry, so I am leaning towards train to Termini and on to Naples, then a driver Naples-Praiano.

We saved over $1200 by booking into FCO vs. Naples with 1800flyeurope.com so we feel fine with hiring a driver.

SJ- I think that we're more comfortable with buses/taxis as we only plan on one trip to Ravello (for the wedding) and can otherwise use buses.

My parents are likely joining us now, so a taxi will be more reasonable. I assume they fit 4 passengers (1 in front, 3 in back)?

Dayle- I will definitely check out the ceramics shop, thank you!

tuscanlifeedit- I hate when posts disappear. I sure hope that motion sickness doesn't affect us, but who knows?

caroline- I love Edinburgh!

bella- great tip! We will allow plenty of time to get to the Villa Cimbrone from the taxi stand, thanks!

mweiner- I appreciate your advice, too!

Thanks again everyone. Now that the flights are booked, I feel like it's really happening!
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Old Jan 14th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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I meant to say train from FCO-Rome and then on to Naples *or Salerno."

I need to figure out the pros and cons of each.
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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 12:57 AM
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"My parents are likely joining us now, so a taxi will be more reasonable. I assume they fit 4 passengers (1 in front, 3 in back)?"

What about your luggage ? A normal car is not likely to fit 4 suitcases in the boot. (We once had a problem with 2 big suitcases !!) You'll maybe need to specify a people-carrier or minibus.
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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 01:28 AM
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Hi Liz - The Salerno route isn't an option for you (- except by bus) - as the last ferry in May leaves Salerno mid afternoon.

Naples-Praiano would be better.

A limo transfer will cost you approx € 120.

Alternatively by public transport:

Naples-Sorrento by Circumvesuviana (60-70 mins).
Sorrento-Praiano by bus (70 mins).

Hope this helps ...

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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 06:00 AM
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Hi Liz,

>We saved over $1200 by booking into FCO vs. Naples with 1800flyeurope.com so we feel fine with hiring a driver.

We were pleased with Limousine Service Sorrento (Renato Cuomo)
www.cuomonet.it

Also consider Francesco. http://www.francescomarrapese.com/

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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 06:24 AM
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Thanks again, all.

To clear it up:
When writing about 4 persons in a taxi, I was referring to Praiano-Ravello, not a transfer with luggage.

I will look into the transfer options as well.
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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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Tim - There is a bus from FCO (does not go into Rome central) to Salerno that leaves FCO at 3:15 and arrives Salerno at 7:20. The cost is 12E one way.
http://www.buonotourist.it/
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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 06:55 AM
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For a transfer, the following limo companies have all been recommended here:

- Positano-based

www.positanocarservice.com
www.flaviogioia.com
www.limocarservice.net
www.benvenutolimos.com (Praiano)

- Sorrento-based

www.tourofitaly.com
www.francescomarrapese.com
www.cuomonet.it
www.seesorrento.com
www.sorrento.it

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