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Tickets in hand for Amalfi Coast - help me plan a 6 day trip

Old Jul 30th, 2006, 07:11 AM
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Hi dorkforcemom,

How lucky you are! You might want to read my trip report from last Sept. Search for "Dayle's Solo Trip to Italy". I was on the Amalfi Coast for 6 nights 1 week earlier in Sept than your trip.

Pompeii - definitely wear a hat or take a umbrella, lots of water, although it is for sale at the cafeteria inside. I used the audioguide and thought it was very good. When you buy your ticket, also be sure to ask for a free "special" ticket to the Suburban Baths, a newly excavated area that is really worth seeing.

Capri - I stayed 2 nights. I would not go just as a day trip. If you choose to, be sure to have your hotel make a boat res a couple days in advance for the earliest boat available, otherwise you find yourself only spending a couple hours on the island as you wait for a later boat.

Paestum - I went by public trans from Praiano. Beautiful temples, and so different from the Roman ruins. It was a LONG day due to crowded & late buses. If you take the train - you must buy your return ticket at the bar in the town of Paestum. The train station is so small, it doesn't sell tickets!!! I understand that the bus from Salerno goes to Paestum and the stop is much closer to the site than the train station.

Buses on the Coast in Sept - not a fun experience! I found Sept to still be peak season with absolute hoards of tourists and tour groups, mostly Brits. The SITA buses ran very late (30 - 50 minutes) or just didn't show up at all. Trying to take the bus between Amalfi and Ravello was a hideous, stinking, sweating experience. Take a taxi!

If you are staying in Sorrento, you will have plenty of boat options for getting around the coast - take a boat at least one way. Beautiful views, clean fresh air.

I've taken the Circumvesuviana between Sorrento and Naples several times. I wouldn't think twice about using it unless it's rush hour.

Buon viaggio!

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Old Jul 30th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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Thanks ever-so-much for the info and I'll relish reading your trip report. I may respond with questions, if you don't mind...best regards!
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Lavender : we got the hydrofoil from Naples to Sorrento, back in June. We got one at 3pm and I think there are about 4 per day. It was a pleasant, cool journey; but you do then have to get a bus or taxi from the harbour up the cliff to Sorrento town proper.

If you are going from Naples airport, you'd get the express Alibus & get off at the 2nd stop (of 2 - the 1st is Piazza Garibaldi outside the railway station) at Piazza Municipio, then it's a max. 5 minute walk to Molo Beverello where the hydrofoil goes from.
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