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spres242 Aug 22nd, 2015 02:02 PM

Sorrento or Positano
 
Hello,

I stayed a week in Positano 15 years ago with day trips to Sorrento, Ravello and Capri. Traveling to the Amalfi Coast September 13 - 18 after visiting Venice and Bologna. It's my boyfriend's first trip to Europe and I'm torn between Positano, which I am familiar with, or staying in Sorrento. Any advice or thoughts are welcome. I need to make a decision.

Thank you

PalenQ Aug 22nd, 2015 02:14 PM

Sorrento is NO Positano - on a hill above the sea that cannot be seen from much of the town - just a tiny seafront beach area BUT if going to Pomeii, Herculaneum, Capri or Ischia (which some like as much or more than Capri) - or Naples on day trips then Sorrento is much more a utilitarian base but if wanting to concentrate on the Amalfi - Ravello, Amalfi, etc Positano is a great base.

Services to the islands are much more frequent from Sorrento than Positano and Pompeii and Herculaneum are just short train rides away - Positano is an hour or more bus ride from Sorrento - boats run there to but still a long way to connect with boats to Capri or Ischia or trains to Pompeii or Herculaneum.

But Positano is a picture-postcard seaside town - Sorrento a well-equipped and very pleasant town just without from much of it those idyllic sea views.

Jean Aug 23rd, 2015 01:35 PM

You can have beautiful views of the Bay of Naples, the city of Naples (esp. at night) and Mt. Vesuvius from some hotels in Sorrento.

PalenQ Aug 24th, 2015 07:45 AM

but still Sorrento as a town is no Positano - nestled right on the sea with the sea in full view from anywhere in town - when I stayed in Sorrento from the main part of town you'd never know the sea was there - but yes from some hotels the view is marvelous.

ekc Aug 24th, 2015 08:47 AM

Since I stay in Positano for a week each year, my advice (obvs) would be to stay in Positano. It is a gorgeous town unlike any other, and a great spot to relax and end your vacation. However, if your main goal is to see Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples, then Sorrento makes more sense.

spres242 Aug 28th, 2015 05:50 AM

Thank you all for your responses. I booked a villa in Positano with a view of the sea and an overnight in Capri.


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