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Not enough or too much time?

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Not enough or too much time?

We have been to Italy on two prior occassions of three weeks each. One was a tour from Venice to Sicily. Our last visit was a more comfortable three weeks exploring parts of Tuscany and then Rome. Now we feel we'd like to explore the Amalfi coast; all the little towns and sites from Naples to Sorrento and the isles. We thought we might be able to do this over three weeks in a casual way using public transportation. We'd like to stay where we can do easy day trips via bus, train, or boat so we need a bas ewhich is a transportation hub, perhaps centrally located. Two questions we have to resolve are where shall we establish a base? And can we do all we intend in three weeks or can we do it casually in less ..

or more?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thankyou.

Lee, Aiken, South Carolina

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1. Re: Not enough or too much time?

Sorrento is a very good 'base'. Public transportation is available via boat, train or bus to Capri, Ischia, Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Caserta, Paestum and the Amalfi Coast (to name a few). Rome is 70 mins via fast train. You could 'base' in Sorrento, then maybe spend a few days on the Amalfi Coast, or a couple of days on Capri or Ischia. In other words, all kinds of options.

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I would suggest a week in Sorrento, to see Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius, followed by 2 days on Capri, and then the rest of the time in Positano. From Positano you can easily visit the other towns on the Amalfi Coast, via ferry or bus. You could even take a day and go to Paestum.

The Amalfi Coast is absolutely stunning and you will have a marvelous time.

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Thankyou for your reply and sharing your insights. . I'm still wondering though if three weeks is enough or too much time to spend in the area as we prefer not to rush around every minute of each day . What do you think?

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4. Re: Not enough or too much time?

We spent 5 nights in Positano and 5 nights in Sorrento earlier this year. Then it was on to Rome. Positano is great for seeing the towns and sights on the Amalfi Coast either by bus or ferry. It is a lovely place with great views...but it is basically up and down the hill, so be careful where your hotel is located. Sorrento is a small city and basically flat with much more shopping, more restaurants, and things to do generally. It is a great transportation hub...buses, train connection to Naples (1 hour away), ferrys to Capri and Ischia. Day trips to are easily done to the other above mentioned places from Sorrento. Three weeks should be enough to leisurely see anything your interested in seeing. Have a great trip....

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Thanyou for your reply and suggestions. You mention a fast train connection from Rome to Sorrento. We were wondering how we would get to the coast from the Rome airport. Would you be kind enough to provide further information on the train ?

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Lee (Tbird 04) Aiken , S.C.

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Thankyou malto bene italia for you reply and suggestions. On your vacation to the area, what were some of the coastal towns / villages where you felt you'd liked to have spent more time? Also can you share your thoughts on " must see/ do things or places ?"

Thanks again,

Lee ( Tbird 04) Aiken , S. C.

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7. Re: Not enough or too much time?

Don't get the two stages of the journey confused!

On the mainline system, the fastest trains on the Rome to Naples route take 70 minutes or so...

On the local Circumvesuviana railway, it's then 50 to 66 minutes from Naples to Sorrento

vesuviana.it/web/…20agosto2012.pdf

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8. Re: Not enough or too much time?

Thanks, Peter:

By your message I am assuming there is no direct fast train from Rome to Sorrento; that we will have to do a two stage train; first to Naples, then change trains from Naples to Sorrento. Is that correct?

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Lee (Tbird04 ) Aiken, S.C.

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9. Re: Not enough or too much time?

You are correct Tbird. Another option if leaving from Positano is to take the ferry to Salerno and then the train from Salerno to Rome. You will need to be in Rome the night before your flight.

We visited Amalfi and Ravello as a day trip from Positano and Salerno, Vietri sul Mare and Cetara as another day trip. If you have lots of time in Positano, you could do Amalfi and Atrani as a day trip and then Ravello as a separate day trip. You could also take an entire day to go down to Paestum.

If you are in Positano for a week or more, you could also rent an apartment, which not only saves $$, you get to know the locals when shopping at the grocery and the fish vendor and (to me) lends itself to a more relaxed vacation experience. It also allows you to do laundry, which helps with lighter packing!

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Peter,Engred, Malto bene Italia,Ocpony:

Thankyou all for your replies which were very much appreciated. We have discussed your input and have now decided to spend one week in Sorrento as a base and perhaps two weeks using Positano as a second base for exploration. We are looking at renting villas in each of those cities . If we choose to eat breakfast in each day and lunch,dinner out, I'm forecasting meal cost per day at moderate restaurants to be about ,100-125 E per day for two assuming a couple glasses of house wine at each meal. Does that sound ok for budgeting? If not what would you suggest we shoot for as a meal budget. ( we're not into everyday 6-8 course meals, but love 1st plate dishes and many second plate on occasion; pizza and the like are also fine for lunches ).

Thanks again for your help. We look forward to returning to Italy once more. We,re even talking two other couples in to join us.

Lee ( Tbird 04 ) Aiken, S.C.