My wife and I will be visiting the Amalfi coast for our anniversary in May and staying in Praiano. I wanted to post our rough itinerary and see if anyone had any suggestions, comments or recommendations. This will be our first time in Italy and while there are a few things we want to do, we’d rather err on the side of relaxation, as opposed to overextending ourselves.
After a quick 24 hours in Rome, we’ll be arriving in Praiano Friday evening on May 9th and staying at Hotel Margherita until Wednesday the 14th. We will be taking the train from Rome and arrive in Naples around 5pm where a private driver will take us to the hotel. We’ll probably eat at the hotel and relax Friday night, maybe do a little exploring.
Relax and explore Praiano for the morning/afternoon. Saturday evening we are considering taking a guided walking tour of Positano from 5-7:30 with Zia Lucy. We’d probably stay in Positano for dinner that night.
We don’t have anything “booked” for these three days, but would like to do the following:
1) Walk the Path of the Gods. Any opinions as to whether we should go with a guide/group or do it ourselves? I’ve heard good things about the tour with Zia Lucy, so maybe if we enjoy our tour Saturday we’d book something with her for later in the week.
2) Rent a small boat, cruise along the coast and visit Capri. Has anyone done this? I’ve read there are some very reasonable rentals from Amalfi, 100-150 euro for the day + gas. One detail I have not read is where/how to dock in Capri. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Also, would it be less crowded if we visited Capri on Monday or Tuesday, as opposed to Sunday?
3) Take a day trip to visit Amalfi, Atrani and Rovello. Would we have any problems catching the bus from Amalfi to Rovello this time of year due to overcrowding? Has anyone walked down the path from Rovello to Amalfi?
Bum around Praiano for the morning and take a car to Naples, where we will spend the night and fly out the next morning.
In addition to any comments on our itinerary and answers to the questions above, we would appreciate any recommendations for restaurants. We prefer the local hole in the wall/off the beaten path places with terrific food, as opposed to the Michelin Star restaurants. My wife is gluten free, so if anyone has any insight as to where to go or stay away from it would be greatly appreciated. We are planning on hitting up Vivaro Wine Bar, but that is about it.