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Trip report - Naples, Ischia & Amalfi Coast

Trip report - Naples, Ischia & Amalfi Coast

Nov 2nd, 2007, 01:47 AM
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Annabelle - Bikini-clad husbands?

Sounds worrying ...!
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 03:46 AM
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Steve, thank you too ! (How *do* you come to know *everything* ?! ) The mention of boats is interesting - it makes me think that maybe it wouldn't be too expensive to get a taxi-boat from and back to Sant'Angelo, to avoid those steps. I know there is a price list on the dock but have never been sure where all the listed destinations are.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Well, to clarify, their wee Speedos were about the size of their wives' bikini bottoms...
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May 20th, 2008, 04:45 AM
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My goodness - so much ischia info - we are going in July and are still trying to book a hotel - can't seem to get replies from the websites - is this the best way to book? As you all know Ischia so well, do you have any ideas for things that 2 well-behaved children might enjoy - i'm really keen for them to see something like mozerella/pizza/pasta making or winemaking or something similar - was going to do a day trip to Vesuvius & Pompeii but have been advised against it because of the heat! Help!
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May 20th, 2008, 05:21 AM
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In the summer there are aliscafi (jet boats) from Amalfi to Ischia. I'm not sure if they stop on the way, but you don't have to change boats.
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May 20th, 2008, 07:08 AM
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' ... was going to do a day trip to Vesuvius & Pompeii but have been advised against it because of the heat!'

Vesuvius is probably the best place to be on a hot day

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May 20th, 2008, 07:26 AM
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Jenny, I don't know of any of the activities you mention on Ischia. However, with children I'd suggest you stay in Ischia Porto or Ponte for easy access to the castle, ferries to other places & generally more goings-on.
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 04:32 PM
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Moltissimo grazie, bella! Where may I read of your favourite spots and times around Sicily and the Aeolians. You seem quite an enchantress! Negronis and Stromboli at sunset would be heaven.
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Mar 3rd, 2011, 06:14 AM
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Christian, that is very sweet of you !

We spent part of our honeymoon at the Hotel Raya on Panarea, with the view of Stromboli. It was the week after (a late) Easter and very quiet - we actually had the hotel to ourselves for part of the time ! I have always wondered whether I would like it as much in the high season - I suspect not. We had a lovely lazy time, not doing very much all day, then wandering down for Negronis & canapes before 3 courses of fantastic fresh seafood evey night - it was completely idyllic. As a contrast we had 3 nights each both beforehand & afterwards at the San Domenico Palace in Taormina.

Other places in Sicily I've enjoyed are all the obvious ones -Palermo (which we loved in much the same way we love Naples), Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina & Ragusa. The only place I didn't like so much was Cefalu - I'm not sure why as others seem to love it.

Sadly we haven't been back to Sicily for a few years - I think the last time was 2002 - so I've never done a trip report on it. It must be time to go back ! But now we are totally addicted to Venice so find it hard to go anywhere else.
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Mar 3rd, 2011, 06:45 AM
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Caroline, I know what you mean about an addiction to Venice. We went twice last year (could have been trip nos. 6 and 7) and it was a real effort to book somewhere else this year (Rome and Naples, as you know.) Of course there's still lots of time to fit in another one.

What is it about Venice? I just feel so happy walking around, doing a bit of museum going, a bit of shopping, quite alot of eating and drinking. Could heaven be like Venice?
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Mar 7th, 2011, 03:27 AM
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Mm, I feel the same Tarquin - I think you may be right ! We are now starting to work out whether we can actually move there to live full time...
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Sep 19th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Wonderful report-thanks for pointing me to it.
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To Shadrach- Regarding your post of July 5, I get thoroughly pissed off at people knocking Naples. They simply DO NOT KNOW!! I have had many experiences in Naples that cannot be possible anywhere else. The city is truly a marvel. If one would just not have a preconception of the (dangers?) lurking in Naples and just appreciate the place, they would discover a great adventure.
As I said, I've had many experiences in Naples. I gotta tell of one-- One day, I went to the San Carlo Opera House, and tried to get into the place. When I got into the lobby, a security guard asked what I wanted. I told him I wanted to see the interior of the Opera House. He said impossible, I had to wait for the next day in order to take a guided tour, and that they were rehearsing for Turandho, featuring Pavarotti. All of a sudden, the manager of the place came by and asked what I wanted. I told him I wanted to see the inside of the place. He said to come by tomorrow with the tour. I then fibbed and told him that I was leaving for the states tonight, and wouldn't be able to realize one of my great dreams to see glorious San Carlo. He asked where I was from, and I told him New York (even though I no longer live there). He said he had just come back from visiting relatives in Brooklyn. I told him I was from Brooklyn. It turned out that he was visiting in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, and we discussed some areas which he had recently visited. After some time, he told the security guard to show me around the place, because we were old friends. I got a private, lengthy tour of the Opera House and it was fabulous. The only downside was that the late great Luciano was not rehearsing. They had a standin for him, but I got to see the opera almost totally in addition to the private tour. ONLY IN NAPLES!
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Sep 20th, 2012, 02:07 AM
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Waldo, you're slow to chide - wasn't that posted on July 5 2006?

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Sep 20th, 2012, 02:51 AM
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Thanks, yestravel! We loved Naples so much, it's one of my favourite cities, we've been back and I hope we'll be able to go again - it is so interesting and full of life.
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Sep 20th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Peter- Yes, you're correct. These stories are so fresh in my mind, that whwnever the situation presents itself, it seems they just float to the top, and I repeat them. Naples is a place where oddball situations seem to be close to the norm. I'm sure that in the future, I'll publish these stories when someone who hasn't seen them will get the benefit(?) of them. Just bear with me.
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Sep 20th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Besides, I just recently stumbled on this 2006 post. The Naples stories are ageless.
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Caroline_edinburgh: first of all, I love your city! We were there a number of years ago, when I actually won an all-expenses paid contest to Scotland Secondly, I searched for info on Ischia on these boards and found your information about Sant'Angelo. Your choice of hotel turned into ours. Thank you so much for all you posted; it made our decisions so much easier!
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