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Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

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Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

Hello!

My fiancé and I are travelling to the Amalfi Coast as part of our honeymoon next June. We arrive in Rome and then have five or six days somewhere on the Amalfi Coast before we hire a car and drive north to Como.

I have lots of questions!

Firstly, where to stay? We have been recommended Praiano, as we would like somewhere a little quieter, but still with easy access to other towns. We are looking for good food and friendly service, with views and swimming. Being our honeymoon, we want something special, but as we are doing a round the world trip we cannot afford more than 100-150 euro/night.

Is Praiano a good choice? I would be interested if people thought that Ravello would be nicer for the same price? Or if it would be much better to be in a bigger town like Positano? And which hotels would you recommend in our price range?

Secondly, what to do? We may only have four full days, and knowing my fiancé at least one of these will just be a chill out day by the pool/beach! But I would like to do some sightseeing, what would you recommend as priorities, keeping in mind that we will most likely be staying in Praiano? I would love to go to Pompeii, is this too far? I am also trying to choose between Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ravello or Amalfi as day trips...

Many thanks to you all in advance! We are very excited about our honeymoon :)

Taryn

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for Sorrento
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13. Re: Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

I have only seen the English Inn and Chaplins. Other places may have English words in their name but that is the same all over Italy and not peculiar to Sorrento.

From your previous posts I got the impression that your only visit to Sorrento was on a day trip last January. From what you now say it would appear that you have spent longer there?

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for Positano
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14. Re: Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

I would recommend staying in Positano (it is where I always stay when visiting the Amalfi Coast). There are better transportation options as you can just walk down and catch the ferry directly for your day trips - no need to wait for the bus to get you into Positano. There are also better restaurant and shopping options. B&B/Pensione Maria Luisa receives great reviews and should be within your budget.

Capri is a great day trip via ferry from Positano. Amalfi and Ravello can also be combined as a day trip via ferry from Positano.

You could see Pompeii on your way from Rome to Positano, or as a stop on your way to Como.

One of my very favorite things to do while in Pos is to spend the day relaxing at Laurito Beach and having lunch there at Da Adolfo. You catch the boat to go to Laurito at the dock in Pos.

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16. Re: Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

Tourism is a business, and they will cater from were the most tourist money is coming from.

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17. Re: Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

Quite so, Nurioopta. You only need to go any tourist hot spot to see the evidence.

@ KathyW, just who is generalising now? It's true that a lot of Britons could only afford to travel in the 60s and 70s by way of a package holiday. Scheduled airlines were very expensive and the cheaper charter flights were only available when booked along with accommodation. A few years later, things changed, I think the cheaper airlines had to take on a legal fight to make this happen, I'm not sure about that, though.

I travel independently because I like the freedom of choosing hotels and flights which are convenient for me - also, these days it's often cheaper. But what is wrong with taking a package? They just book flights and accommodation for you and that's it. It can't be any worse than the coach loads of Australians and Americans on an organised tour where they are escorted everywhere by a group leader - are they not afraid to come out of their comfort zone?

Tazp333, Another vote here for Praiano - places like Amalfi and Positano, although picturesque, have become far too busy and "touristy".

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18. Re: Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

A while ago now, but we stayed in Sorrento and avoided the few English/Irish bars. We did visit the Foreigners bar with its amazing views, ate in some very Italian restaurants, shopped the admittedly touristy streets but at very good value, visited Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast and visited Capri. A nice stay without succumbing to mainly touristy offerings. It is up to you what you choose to do.

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I've never understood a comparison between Sorrento and the AC villages - they are two entirely different things. I've never seen anything in Sorrento (sorry, I don't care for it) that makes me think of the AC villages other than the Mediterranean in front of me.

If someone wants the AC, they would do well to choose a village there - the terrain/landscape is very different than Sorrento, the size of the villages vs the size of Sorrento (much bigger) is very different, etc.

And, saying that Positano is very touristy (which it is as is the whole area) is a bit curious, given the tourist nature of Sorrento.

If someone wants to spend maybe three days with an itinerary of seeing Pompei, Capri and Naples - I'd choose Sorrento or Naples (for me, I'd choose Naples over Sorrento but that is personal taste).

If someone wants an actual AC holiday, the AC villages are where to look -

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Destination Expert
for Venice
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20. Re: Honeymoon Amalfi Coast

I think it is a real pity Sorrento is getting so much bad press on here, I have spent more holidays there

than I like to remember a prefect base for the area,, traveled quite a lot in Italy and still find it very Italian