Sorrento or Positano

Old Aug 22nd, 2015, 03:02 PM
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Sorrento or Positano


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.

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Old Aug 22nd, 2015, 03:14 PM
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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.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2015, 02:35 PM
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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.
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Old Aug 24th, 2015, 08:45 AM
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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.
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Old Aug 24th, 2015, 09:47 AM
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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.
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Old Aug 28th, 2015, 06:50 AM
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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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