Hello fellow travelers and DESTINATION EXPERTS!!
I will be traveling to Italy September 5-17 with 2 other girlfriends. The plan is to fly to Rome, take a train to Salerno and "do" the Amalfi Coast. From Positano, I need to find a way to get us to Sardina for the latter part of our trip. Below is the tentative itinerary for the Amalfi Coast I put together but as I write it again, I realize this is just OUT OF CONTROL and rather ridiculous expectations. Just too much, right?? In your expert opinions,which town(s) would you suggest we omit??
9/7: 2pm train to Salerno. Stay the night.
9/8: Spend the day in Salerno -- or is it worth spending a day in Salerno??
9/9: Hire a driver for the day (approximately 12 hours) and start early. All times are ballpark figures:
* Leave Salerno at 7:30am.
* From there, hit up Maiori for 2 hours
* Spend 4 hours in Ravello (incl lunch)
* Spend 2 hours in Amalfi
* Spend 2 hours in Praiano
* Ending the evening around 7:00pm or so in Positano. Staying the night.
9/10: Spend day in Positano, staying the night.
On google maps, the drive from Salerno to Positano is roughly an hour and 44 minutes. That in mind, I'm assuming I'm trying to stick too much into a day of small town sightseeing, right? The obvious tells me to just stick to Ravello, Amalfi and Positano but would we be missing better gems like Maiori or Praiano??? I'm going off the top 6 places to visit on the Amalfi Coast on TA...
2nd question - does anyone have any good recommendations on driving companies? And approximately how much they charge per hour or for the day? My mother hired a driver in 2010 and it was approximately 200 euros for 8 hours plus gratuity. But that was roundtrip from Sorrento to ?? (not sure where they turned around). This will just be a one way trip from Salerno to Positano. AND an additional 4 hours. I don't want to feel rushed so if we happen to spend 3 hours in Amalfi, then we can always just skip Praiano and go straight to Positano. We will want to have the flexibility to do that.
3rd question - what is the best way to get from Positano to Sardinia? We would prefer to fly/ferry into the Olbia area. Any travel company websites you can direct me to?
I appreciate any feedback. And I realize the itinerary is pretty insane...but will there be someone who thinks that crazy itinerary is plausible??