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“spectacular find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Amalfi Coast Drive

Amalfi Coast Drive
Via Lorenzo Di Amalfi, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
+39 339 589 5021
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“spectacular find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We litterly 'stumbled' upon Amalfi coast drive while looking for a taxi. It became an impromptu personal tour with a friend! MEMORABLE evening, only wish we had hired him for all of our sightseeing in the area. As a vacation business owner myself, I know what hospitality really means and this is it! Book him early if you want the best.

Visited November 2013
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“Get private driver if you can”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is truly a beautiful drive along some of the most beautiful coastline there is. But if you want to see it, I recommend you hire a private driver instead of taking the bus. We caught the bus in Sorrento. People line up very orderly for this bus and you will probably miss the one you came for. The line was about 75 people long when we showed up and when the next bus was filled, we were still there but we were about #12 in line. This allowed us to get excellent seats on the right side of the next bus. However, there must be some contest amongst bus drivers to see who can get to Amalfi the fastest. There is lots of foliage along the road side which of course restricts the view, but it seemed that every time it appeared we would have a good place to see or take pictures, the driver would speed up to top speed and then slam on the brakes for the next turn. This usually meant you had a brief second (maybe) to grab a look. The combination of extreme acceleration, stopping and turns actually made my wife nauseous (very unusual for her). All in all I was disappointed and frustrated. So the site itself is amazing, but if possible, try to do it in a manner where you can see and enjoy it.

Visited September 2013
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Dramatic scenery next to emerald waters”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Amalfi Coast Drive needs an experienced, careful and patient driver. The winding road is extremely narrow and to certain points, the driver must stop, go backwards, forwards, again and again to let vehicles from the opposite direction, pass. It's better and safer, if you take a tour or even cheaper, the local bus, instead of renting a car. It's important that you choose seat at the correct side of the bus. Otherwise you'll lose half of the scenery, because it's so deep, that you must be at the right window to enjoy the depth of the precipice.The view leaves you speechless. Stunning white houses with colourful courtyards topped by purple bougainvilleas, old watchtowers in the middle of emerald waters, picturesque chapels next to luxurious hotels, castles turned to restaurants, sandy beaches, vineyards and the characteristic of the area, special Amalfi lemon trees, main source for the famous Limoncello liqueur. Noone remains untouched before such a dream landscape. You must live it, to believe it!

Visited June 2013
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“Like being in a postcard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Off a cruise ship for one day and booked Shore Excursions Group for half day drive along Amalfi Coast & half day at Pompeii. This Excursion group does it right (skilled driver, personable guide/narrator, Andreas, comfortable Mercedes van for the 12 of us, priced about 20% lower than cruise ship trips). This drive was amazing, it is as beautiful as the postcards you may see of it. The road is sometimes scary, overlooking straight-down drops to the sea but in our small van everyone had awesome views. We stopped in Positano for gelato, bakery treats, & limonello samples from Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi. Being in a small group allows for changes... our guide phoned ahead & reserved a boat ride for us for 12 Euros.. not a part of the package but this is what happens sometimes with Shore Excursions. The view of hills, grottos, villas & trails from the sea were so amazing; you would not see this from a bus or the road.
On to Pompeii, beginning with free time for lunch/coffee at base of Mount Vesuvius. Our guide stayed with us again as we walked through the ruins. Price was included in tour package. He told us about the history of the mountain & the discovery/excavation of the city. Without a guide, so many interesting & unique stories would go untold. Back to the ship in lots of time before departure. We saw many busloads of cruise tours along the way but going in a small van is such a savings in time (washroom breaks, waiting for slowpokes, questions) & money. No more cruise tours for me... ShoreExcursionsGroup is worldwide, check them out.

Visited October 2013
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“Sorrento to Amalfi & Ravello using Public Transport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

As the title of this review suggests, we decided to go it alone when making this visit, rather than pay the expensive excursion fee charged by the tour operator. We bought 24 hour bus tickets from the cafe on the right hand side of the road leading up to the railway station. They cost 7.60 euro each (10% of the price of a tour!). The bus was clean and comfortable, but make sure you get there early so that you get a seat on the right hand side (this is essential for a good view). Failing this, choose a seat opposite the exit doors halfway down the aisle, as at least there your view will be uninterrupted and you can sit on the steps to take photos. The journey took about 1hour 40 minutes and the scenery was indeed truly stunning.

Remember that you must 'validate' your ticket upon entry to the bus by inserting it into the little machine mounted on one of the seat posts. We didn't do this and an inspector got on!!. We were saved the ignominy and expense of a hefty fine only because he was preoccupied in completing the paperwork in fining two young girls who had not bought a ticket at all. They were two rows in front of us and we were lucky that our bus arrived in Amalfi, before he had finished his task. A glance at the forms he was filling out seemed to indicate that they were being fined 48 euro each!
By simply being forgetful our visit could have suddenly become very expensive indeed! Still, it was a lesson learned and we'll not make that mistake again.

Upon arrival in Amalfi we had a quick look around and visited the Moorish Church in the main square. If you're interested in that sort of thing it is realy interesting, as in the crypt there are the relics of St Andrew.

We decided we'd like to see more of Amalfi itself, but would first take the bus up to Ravello (before the cloud came in). At the bus stand we were surprised to learn that our standard bus ticket allowed us to have one free journey on the hop-on, hop-off bus, so we enjoyed an open topped trip up to Ravello. A visit here is highly recommended, and then caught the public SITA bus back down to Amalfi where we resumed our earlier look around.

The return journey took a little longer than the outward as we caught the 16.30 which involved us getting stuck in the rush hour traffic in Sorrento.

Apart from the ticket validation issue mentioned earlier, using public transport posed no problems whatsoever and enabled us to enjoy a great day out at a fraction of the cost of an organised excursion.

Visited October 2013
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