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itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

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itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

I have tried to lay out a rough itinerary for our trip in June with our 9 year old son. I have the Rome in Kids book, and followed some of their suggestions (as in seeing the Vatican in two smaller doses), but would appreciate any other suggestions. We plan to hire a guide for Paestrum, and the Vatican and a driver for Pompei and to return to the Naples train station. Not sure about Coliseum...I would appreciate any suggestions, TA has been a life saver so far!

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1. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

It would be hard to say without knowing how many days total your trip is. With all the ground you want to cover you would need a minimum of 7 days, not counting arrival and departure days, so 9 days total.

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2. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

What IS your itinerary for Capri and the Amalfi Coast - I'm not sure what you are asking.

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3. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

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June 9 Sunday

FCO-Termini-Naples by train

Naples-Monvero Port by taxi

Capri Port-funicular- Hotel La Tosca

June 10-11 Monday-Tuesday

Explore Capri:

Blue grotto, island tour, anacapri, hike to ruins Villa Jovis, beaches

June 12 Wednesday

explore capri in morning.

ferry to Positano-hotel Villa Rosa

explore town

June 13 Thursday

Paestrum and Mozzarella di buffola

June 14 Friday

amalfi- ravello- maori boat to small beach

June 15 Saturday

Pompei/ Herculaneum or tomorrow on the way to Naples train to Rome?

Or explore Sorrento and coast?

June 16 Sunday

Positano-Naples-Rome-Apt. Argentina Lux

Explore Pantheon-and historic rome

Market for breakfast

June 17 Monday

climbing st. peter's dome and basilica, castell s. angelo.

June 18 Tuesday

Coliseum incl. underground tour, forum, palatine hill, capitoline museums.

galleria doria Pamphilj

June 19 Wednesday

Borghese Gallery and Park. Spanish steps, Jewish Ghetto walk

June 20 Thursday

Vatican Museum, sistine chapel

June 21 Friday

Flight home 10 AM

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4. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

On June 15, spend the day exploring Positano (even take a guided tour with Christine of www.discoverpositano.com) and see Pompeii on your way back to Rome.

On the 15th, you could also take the small boat to Laurito beach and spend a couple of hours playing the water and then have a fantastic lunch at Da Adolfo (awesome food eaten al fresco in an oversized beach shack).

How are you getting to Paestum (note, there is no "r" in Paestum) - by private driver?.

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5. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

Good information about Christine and exploring Positano. Does Laurito beach have sand or pebbles?

Paestum was going to be with a driver because I understand from the forum that buses are hot and crowded, and driving at that time of year is a nightmare.

I hope I haven't scared off Momcat or Penny with my inept posting. BTW, I noticed you were both from NYC. my home town until about 6 years ago...

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6. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

Laurito has pebbles - as do all of the beaches on the Amalfi Coast. But I had no problems wearing my rubber flip-flops. To get to Laurito, be sure to catch the boat with the red fish on its mast - that is the boat for Da Adolfo.

Good idea about the driver to Paestum - stop at Vanullo if at all possible. Their products are amazing. We ended up buying a bunch of yogurt and bringing it back to our hotel for breakfast! :-)

Momcat will be back, no worries! :-)

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7. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

you didn't scare us off :-)

I would combine Vatican Museum with st. peter's since they are both in the Vatican and than will leave a whole other day free to fit in Castel Sant' angelo and other sites.

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8. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

I'm a bit of a sloth when I go to Positano or Capri - I never plan anything until the actual morning of the day so it's hard for me to comment on your itinerary; I just can't fathom doing it. But, we are all different.

Weather plays a factor - it can be rainy; you may get to Capri and on the most beautiful day of the year, you may not be able to go to the grotto because the sea is too high to enter the small opening, etc.

If these are things you want to do, it looks doable (I'm only looking at the AC itinerary for now) but just be ready to change on a dime if the weather turns on you.

I don't understand this though: Paestum and Mozzarella di buffola (what do you mean about the cheese? Just to have it? I'm confused by that, sorry.

It is a good idea to the Pompei on the way to Naples as there is a left luggage facility - it can be a long day to go there and return to the AC (if I am reading it right). Again, another thing to leave open based on how you feel by that point or weather.

I have never taken a tour and I don't know what the tour would involve in Positano but if it sounds good, go for it. I read the history of Positano and the entire AC before I went years ago and never felt a need for a tour but it could be fun.

I get there - I relax, take some boat rides, toodle over to Capri if I'm in the mood, hike around there, come back to Positano, read on my terrace, take night walks, and basically do not much of anything other than some reading, inhaling the views, a bit of writing/water colors, photography if I'm in the mood and leave a week later very very relaxed.

Lots of people get bored with the place in a day.

Check www.capri.net for what to do there if you haven't already looked at it; I think the chairlift would be fun, not only for your child but for you too. And, it takes you to the highest point of the island (which is also dripping in ancient history).

In Positano, I just swim at the Il Fornillo beach; in Capri, I go down to the Faraglioni to lay on the rocks there and swim in the sea (no beach there at that spot but it is my very favorite spot on the island and has been since I was 17 years old).

I'm not a fan of Da Adolfo, rather I like the little place right next to it better - again, subjective stuff. The little place next to it, Le Sirene, also has a little boat (with a mermaid on the mast) that will pick you up and take you over to the same place and bring you back later. Either though is fine. I didn't like that area for swimming myself but it's nice.

Here's my usual wind up on all this - this region/area is so beautiful and unique that I just don't think you can really put a foot wrong - but, I will say that I do think that overplanned itineraries are a bit of a shame -to me - because being in these extraordinary places at the sea is about soaking it in, taking your time and not rushing to other places.

As long as you are flexible and not wedded to our plans 100%, I think you will have a more enjoyable experience.

Your Rome itinerary looks good - not too much on any one day which will let you wander and stumble across some finds of your own -

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9. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

Thanks once again for the advice.

Apparently, in Vannulo, on the way back from Paestum, there is a farm with water buffalo and cheese production, which I thought might be fun.

If we want to do both Pompei and Herculaneum on the way to the Naples train station from Positano, with our luggage, should we just pony up and have the driver wait for us? If not, how to do both with luggage?

We will try to do St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums on the same day, but I may have a fried child half way through...

None of these plans are written in stone, but I always have viable options at hand. We try to balance adventures with relaxed time, but one can only "hang out" so much with an active kid, no matter how avid a reader.

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10. Re: itinerary review please for Capri, Amalfi coast and Rome

I agree with MC that the best way to experience the AC is to just BE and see where the breeze takes you. However, my first trip to Pos was last year with my mother and a group of girlfriends and I scheduled (and did) lots of daytrips. I don't regret it because everyone was able to see and experience lots of things (lots of festivals in last week of June). However, I was exhausted when I got home and this June one friend and I are going back for a week so I can have a "do-over". Don't get me wrong, I was glad that we saw everything we did, but I feel we missed alot of the beauty of the AC by not taking the time and just BEING there.

MC - interesting to hear your differing opinion about Da Adolfo! You are one of the few (maybe 3) people who prefer the "competing" restaurant, but that is the beauty of having options! And bawc, you should actually take all of MC's advice to heart!

Vannulo is fantastic - but be sure to have your driver call ahead to arrange a tour of the facilities. Our guide pre-aranged it and there were several people who were escorted out of the barns, etc., while we were on our tour. It likely was a safety issue. The Vannulo cannoli was one of the best things we have ever eaten in Italy - and we have eaten ALOT!! :-)

I would agree with paying to have your driver wait for you. However, I think doing both Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day in June (when it is hot and HUMID!!!) would be stretching it. Pick one and take your time and enjoy it - especially with a small child. I have only been to Herculaneum and I would guess that it would be better suited for a child. Smaller area and more shade. Due to the difference in being buried by different materials by the eruption (one by ash and one by mud - can't remember which is which) the preservation is different. Herculaneum was really eye-opening and not super huge so it only took a couple of hours to tour.;

To be the contrarian, I agree with breaking up St. Peters and the Vatican into 2 different days. We did both on the same day on our first trip to Rome and I was ready to throw a tantrum (or at least not really enjoy it) by the time we got out of the Vatican and went to St. P's. And I am a 40-ish grown woman! :-)

Just take a deep breath and relax. You will have a great time, even if you do nothing at all. That is the beauty of Italy and why we all love it so much! :-)

And the tour with Christine in Pos is great, because not only do you learn alot about the history of the area, but she points out various architecturally significant things (like the remainder of mills and acqueducts, etc.) and then you get to sample salame and cheese made by her husband's family, and she shows you various art galleries and artisans in the town. You can't buy when you are on the tour, but you can get a discount if you return and buy something later. Trust me, it is not a "sales tour" but she explains the history of sandal making in the town while showing you a shop. She showed us various architectural details around the piazza's, etc. that I never would have noticed without her.

Whatever happens, you are going to have a great trip!!