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Old 05-14-2018, 09:36 AM
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Default Amalfi Coast - Things to see and do?

I'm possibly heading to Italy next month for a short trip - Amalfi and then up to Florence.

What do I NEED to see? What do I NEED to do there? Will be with the Admiral and adult daughter and her fiance.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:39 AM
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I was there last year..... Great place... Stayed in Positano ....

First thing you need to do is start climbing stairs in preparation - our condo had 285 steps to the main street !!!!
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not far from Pompei, very cool to go visit. I was there in the off season, and for work so i didnt have much time. But we did get to a few sites that were really cool hikes.
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Positano was our base for a week. We had a private driver to do day trips to the surrounding towns. I would also suggest take either a private boat or the ferry to Capri for a day. Emerald grotto is on the mainland drive, Blue grotto is on Capri, both were outstanding to see.
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This time last year I was in Italy. We started in Rome. On the 3rd day we went to Positano. Fabulous. Capri, Maori, Revello, outstanding. Then on to Florence for 3 days. Almost too much history to handle. We ended our 12 day vacation with 3 days in Siena. My favorite parts of the trip were Positano and Siena. If you are interested in my travel info, send me a message. I would recommend these people to anyone and I don't make recommendations
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This time last year I was in Italy. We started in Rome. On the 3rd day we went to Positano. Fabulous. Capri, Maori, Revello, outstanding. Then on to Florence for 3 days. Almost too much history to handle. We ended our 12 day vacation with 3 days in Siena. My favorite parts of the trip were Positano and Siena. If you are interested in my travel info, send me a message. I would recommend these people to anyone and I don't make recommendations
not to derail - but I will be in Siena and Florence in September .... first time in both for me ...
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Capri is excellent.
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adult daughter and her fiance.
You might not see much of them; Amalfi one of the most romantic places on earth.
Otherwise some good advice above. Do NOT drive a car along the coast, get a driver or a good tour bus. Highly recommend Pompeii/ Herculaneum as well, get a good tour guide.

How many days there? How are you getting there?
It will be warm to hot.
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Positano was our base for a week. We had a private driver to do day trips to the surrounding towns. I would also suggest take either a private boat or the ferry to Capri for a day. Emerald grotto is on the mainland drive, Blue grotto is on Capri, both were outstanding to see.
solid advice. did the same thing 3 years ago and it was awesome. drinks by the pool at Sirenuese and then dinner inside is a must. walk down, but you can take the local circular bus to go up.

go to ravelo for a day, it is greener and nicer.
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not to derail - but I will be in Siena and Florence in September .... first time in both for me ...
i could live in florence starting yesterday. it's a great place. you'll love it. a great walking city. walk all the way up the duomo, it is a trip. siena is also a great town. have some good restaurant recommendations if you need them. enjoy
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If you can swing it, the hotel degli orafi in Florence is a great place to stay. Right next to uffizi gallery and right on the river at the end of the ponte vecchio. Incredible service. The roof top bar is fabulous and the breakfast service is sublime. Easy walk to all the sights for a few day stay. Sienna and Pisa are easy day trips as is San Gimignano.
Definately a 5 * stay. On our last trip we our adult daughter joined us and we booked a two room suite which was in reality a two bedroom condo suite at the rear of the hotel. Views of the duomo and the river from the room. I can’t wait to go back again.
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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
You might not see much of them; Amalfi one of the most romantic places on earth.
Otherwise some good advice above. Do NOT drive a car along the coast, get a driver or a good tour bus. Highly recommend Pompeii/ Herculaneum as well, get a good tour guide.

How many days there? How are you getting there?
It will be warm to hot.
3 Days Amalfi Coast, couple days in Florence, maybe a day in Rome on the back end.

Is it dangerous to drive there?
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maybe dangerous in one of the water taxis.that went up and down the west coast side-looked really overloaded to me, beaches incredibly crowded.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
not to derail - but I will be in Siena and Florence in September .... first time in both for me ...
florence is a city. Moving, busy, fashion. Siena is incredible. Slow paced, homey, outrageous food and wineries. Don't miss Siena.
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We have, on 2 separate occassion, chartered a 72ft Pershing for the week and down the Almalfi coast and a bit south of there. Plus spent many vacations in Florence and surrounding areas, Milan, Rome, Venice, etc. Since you are pressed for time, I would recommend:
try to hire a private boat for the day from somewhere on the Amafi coast. It’s worth the expense. Pack a lunch and some wine and ask to be taken somewhere to swim and hang out. Or have the boat take you to Capri or Ischia for a few hours then to swim.

If you go to Capri, take the Funicular up to town but count your change when you buy your ticket....they will 100% try to screw your and not give your correct change. They hide the euro coins under their thumb till you question them.

in the town of Amalfi, have dinner in the outside garden at the Lemon Tree

have a drink in the outside terrace at La Sirenuse in Positano. Take amazing photos. Skip the very formal dinner in the restaurant in my opinion...it’s the kind of place where you have like 6 waiters, tiny portions, and I just don’t like to work that hard on vacation.

Skip Sorrento, its crowded and commercial ( so is Capri but....its Capri...must go once).

in Florence, my favorite places to stay are the Four Seasons and The Savoy. Arrange to have a car pick you up as take you through the country. San Gimanano is beautiful, Montapucinao, etc...go to a few wineries and have a nice lunch at one outside.

I would personally not drive in Rome or Florence. There are many rules about not driving in certain areas of th city center and you won’t know you have violated those rules until you get a very big ticket and late penaties when you return home...unless you are fluent in Italian and can ready the signs. Besides walking is half the fun....and you can walk almost everywhere. Except the countryside.

have a great time.
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Not to derail but how do you guys recommend getting from Rome to Amalfi? I am going in about 3 weeks and was planning on renting a car in Rome and driving but it sounds like it might not be the best option? Thanks
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Not to derail but how do you guys recommend getting from Rome to Amalfi? I am going in about 3 weeks and was planning on renting a car in Rome and driving but it sounds like it might not be the best option? Thanks
We took the train from Rome to Naples then hired a driver to Amalfi.... Watch your luggage down there... We lost a camera and phone somehow ...
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Be prepared for really bad traffic on the Amalfi coast and huge crowds in both places, these are at the top of the "Bucket list" for people who go to Italy. They both get swamped with cruise ship tourists. I have been to Italy many times including both of these places, you can go anywhere and have a great time. I personally will no longer go to anywhere that cruise ships drop their passengers off for the day.

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Check out the below link them make a trip to Venice, lol.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world...pri-lake-garda
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I personally will no longer go to anywhere that cruise ships drop their passengers off for the day.
X2 ..... I much prefer the path less traveled .... Small authentic towns with more locals than tourists ... but that is increasingly harder to find


OP - if you are into Hiking - wake up early and do this http://www.positano.com/en/e/il-sentiero-degli-dei

Slight pucker factor in a few spots if you don't like heights .... but not bad

great hike and at the north end close to Positano there is a great restaurant on top of the mountain .. then take the bus back to town
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