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Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

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Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

Hi- We are planning a trip in August with our two teens that has us traveling from Greve in Chianti to Positano. My plan was to drive and then return the rental car in Sorrento, then get a private transfer to Positano (and train back to Rome for the flight home afterward). But it seems conventional wisdom is to take a train to Naples or Sorrento. Thoughts on this? Where might be the best place to return the rental car if not Sorrento? Thank you!

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1. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

My two cents: drop the car in Florence (maybe at the airport to avoid ZTLs), then fast train to Salerno (less than 4 hours).

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2. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

Why Salerno and not Naples or Sorrento? Are you thinking the ferry from Salerno to Positano?

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3. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

Correct--it is closer to the Amalfi coast from Salerno, and Salerno is a vastly easier city to navigate versus Naples.

If you wanted to drive the whole way, I'd say drop the car at Salerno as well, but you just have to do a time/cost comparison. See the schedules on the trenitalia website (then check the ferry schedule too). It is not a particularly scenic nor difficult drive, so I'd chalk it up to a personal preference.

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4. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

Salerno is closer via ferry but if you are interested in seeing Pompeii or Herculaneum you could fast train to Naples and have private transfer with stop in Pompeii. We have done this and it is a hassle free way to see Pompeii (driver waits with car and luggage) and the ride along the Amalfi Drive to Positano is an experience.

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5. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

We usually turn the car in at Chiusi or Orvieto and take the train to Rome and then on to Naples.

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6. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

There is a direct train from Chiusi to Naples at 11:45AM [Hertz closed Sunday].

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7. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

Go to www.viamichelin.com and enter the origin (Greve, Florence, Chiusi, whatever) to destination (Salerno is best for the AC IMO) to see estimates re travel time and costs in terms of fuel and tolls. Then compare to cost of dropping car at one of the aforementioned spots + train tickets to Salerno. IMO do yourselves a favor and pack a picnic for the train and dump the car at the earliest opportunity. Although dumping in Florence is a PITA (because if you dump at the airport you need a taxi into the city and if you dump in the city you risk the consequences of the ZTL and bus lanes) so IMO look at dumping the car at Chiusi Chianciano Terme or Roma near Termini station. Or maybe Arezzo because of fast train availability but it's a bit out of the way.

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8. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

So is returning the car in Sorrento just a bad idea? I’m not super concerned with cost— more concerned with fewer stops and hassle, so I kind of thought just driving would be easier. But if returning the car somewhere else is better then we definitely want to.

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9. Re: Tuscany to Amalfi Coast

Not a bad idea if you are up for the drive. Research that info on www.viamichelin.com and also read up on Sorrento ZTL locations so you will be prepared.

But if you are set on driving then look at returning in Salerno and taking the ferry to Positano. Maybe I am missing why you want to go to Sorrento and then do a 100 euro private transfer.

Edited: 9:06 pm, June 08, 2018
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