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Wonderful Ravello, mishap in Positano and unfortunate experience in Sorrento A&E

Wonderful Ravello, mishap in Positano and unfortunate experience in Sorrento A&E

Aug 9th, 2005, 06:26 AM
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Interesting report. Italy is so beautiful, but it's hospitals leave a lot to be desired. Our neighbor worked as a nurse at a large hospital in Rome for a year. Her comment upon returning - 'don't get sick in Italy!'.
When in Venice a few years ago, my wife and I wandered into a hospital, since my wife needed to use a bathroom. We initally thought the building might be a museum because it was so ancient looking, but it was a working hospital. The public toilet in the hospital had no seat, no toilet paper, and no sink.
Maybe we are just spoiled in the USA, with our sparkling clean, up to date hospitals. Ever in Montreal Canada, a hospital we went into looked like something out of the 60's.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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zootsi: Have you seen the movie Barbarian Invasions? It's the story of Montreal man's illness and decline and casts a very jaundiced view on the Canadian health care system.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 07:26 AM
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Thanks for another tip. I guess my first gut reaction would also have been to call home. I am planning to buy an unlocked cell quad phone with a SIM card. I will also carry a phone card (my plan b). Early during the trip I will need to stay in touch with my family every day as they will be my security blanket. Can you tell this is my first solo trip?
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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:47 AM
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hi Helen

hope this is not a repeat question. could you tell me which part of sorrento did you stay in? which part would you actually recommend?

thanks
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Aug 9th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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Cambe, you've already won the Lottery. Life has given you a wonderful sense of humor, marvelous writing skills, and obviously good strong quick mending ligaments, but most of all a strong spirit of independance.

Thanks for sharing in such detail.

Nina
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Aug 9th, 2005, 11:46 AM
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Thank you Nina

Hornbill,

I stayed in a 3 star Hotel (Hotel Girasole) on the Corsa Italia which is the main road from into Sorrento and about a 10min walk to the Piazza Tasso. It was OK but it did not have good views of the bay. If I was going again I would choose one of the hotels that hug the cliff but make sure it is central as some of the hotels require a bus journey or walk to the centre. The walk would be OK downhill to the square but not so pleasant uphill.

Helen
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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:10 PM
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thanks Helen. its just that when you look at the venere.com website, it divides sorrento into 6 zones, meta, s.agnello, piano di sorrento, etc.

is there a particular zone that has superior views?

hope you are reading your thread still?

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Aug 9th, 2005, 09:36 PM
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Hornbill - Meta, S. Agnello and Piano are not actually in Sorrento although some would have excellent views. You would have to get transportation into Sorrento such as a bus or taxi. If you want to be in Sorrento choose one of the other areas - centro or marina's. Some of the hotels that hug the cliffs will have shuttles into town. I stayed above Sorrento on the cliffs at www.ilnido.it and they provide a free shuttle service but you would probably prefer to be closer to town.

Cambe - I can't imagine trying to get around the coast and Pompeii with a swollen foot! Pompeii is huge and the walking is so uneven and very little shade to get out of the heat.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 12:55 AM
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Hi Cambe: Enjoyed reading about your travels and admire your free and independent spirit.
As I am in the planning stages of a June 06 trip, I'm wondering if you can share where you stayed in Ravello? Our two daughters will be w/ us and we will likely only stay one night but I wanted to experience the town through the course of a day and night. I am currently looking into a few properties and would like to hear if you were happy w/ your lodging. Thanks in advance.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 02:25 AM
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thanks kybourbon. oh dear, have booked a place for 2 nights at sant'agnello. can easily be cancelled i guess but the reviews all say that it is easy to get into town.

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Aug 10th, 2005, 03:21 AM
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Liyoung, I stayed in the Hotel Bonadies and was very happy with it. However, my reason for staying there was because it had single rooms. My favorite hotel was Hotel Rufolo but it was too expensive for a single room - the views from the hotel are wonderful. I also had a lovely meal at the Villa Maria (organic) and Villa Cimbrone.

Hornbill, S. Agnello is a very nice small village further along from where I was staying and is very nice. The bus runs every 30 mins to Piazzo Tazzo (1E which your hotel will sell you) or it would be about a 30min walk. Sorrento is quite spread out and a lot of the hotels require either a bus or walk to the centre. Does your Hotel have a view? That would be my one consideration if I were going again.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 03:35 AM
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Just back from Italy yesterday. I agree that the Ravello is a lovely town on Amalfi. I spent some time to search for the site with a view of a tree above a double-domed church facing the sea. We found a ceramic shop displaying a large plate painted with that scene. The owner told us to go to Villa Rufolo. At last we found the view that perfectly matches the picture from the guide book. What an amazing view!
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Aug 10th, 2005, 05:53 AM
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I've done a few searches to see if Villa Rufolo has a web site - but no luck. Does anyone have a web address? Thanks.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 06:26 AM
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thanks again, cambe. its a b n b called porto salvo. apparently some rooms have a view. cost is a consideration for me coz i have to multiply everything by almost 5!! very painful (on the pocket) sometimes to travel as a malaysian. explains why a lot of us do it by package tours coz it works out less usually. its great when you travel on pounds.
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Aug 10th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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Hornbill,
Looks great and the bus stop just ouside - couldn't be better. Remember to buy your ticket before you get onto the bus, yiy B&B will sell them at 1 euro each.

Carla, The links for the Vila Rufolo
and Hotel Rufolo (they are beside each
other but different establishments.

http://www.sorrentoinfo.com/surround...ello_italy.htm

http://www.frcreations.it/fabgallery...illarufolo.htm

http://translate.google.com/translat...lr%3D%26sa%3DG
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Aug 10th, 2005, 05:16 PM
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thanks for all your help, cambe. speedy recovery if you havent completely recovered yet
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