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Advice needed for trip to Amalfi

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Advice needed for trip to Amalfi

We are going to Amalfi for the first week in June 07. My husband and I are traveling with another couple. Can anyone help me with the following questions?

Can anyone recommend an apartment/ villa in Amalfi with 2 bedrooms and with parking?

We are arriving on June 2, which is Republic Day in Italy. Will we run into problems with bus/train service or restaurants being closed for the holiday?

Can we depend on the ferries from the town of Amalfi for travel to and from other towns? What hours do they operate?

We are so excited about the trip and would appreciate any advice!

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1. Re: Advice needed for trip to Amalfi

Dear Mosister,

If the weather is nice and the seas calm, the ferries will run without interruption despite the Jun2 holiday, whereas the SITA buses will run on a Sunday schedule. Here's a link for some ferries from Amalfi to Positano with the Coop Sant'Andrea company:

coopsantandrea.com/it/…servizi.asp

coopsantandrea.com/it/…

coopsantandrea.com/it/…

Here's a link for ferries from Amalfi to Sorrento:

http://www.metrodelmare.com/l-mm2_b.html

http://www.metrodelmare.com/l-mm3_b.html

If the weather is really bad, you can take a SITA bus to Conca dei Marini, Praiano, Positano, and to Sorrento which should be parked near the ocean at the bus depot near the docks. This schedule will change by June, however, there's a bar across from the depot where you can buy bus tickets and look at the SITA bus schedule posted in front. The schedule also includes buses leaving for Ravello and the stop should be under white tent:

sitabus.it/sitabus/…Quadro-XV-2.pdf

When you buy a bus ticket from the bar, you go to the cashier and tell him/her "SITA" and your destination and you'll be given the proper ticket to buy. When you get on the bus, you'll need to stamp it in the machine near the driver and then the ticket's good for the amount of time indicated on the ticket.

Although it's expensive, there's a good restaurant near the Duomo called, "Da Gemma" and then if you walk up toward the Norman Tower near the tunnel in Atrani (around a 5-10 minute walk up the hill to the left, ocean facing you), there's Ristorante Zaccaria which is also a bit pricey, however, very good. I mention this because we recently (3 weeks ago-low tourist season) ate a rather pretty restaurant near the Duomo in Amalfi and were so incredibly disappointed with what we ordered (unimpressive if not outright bad primo piatto/pasta, a small plate of antipasta, water) for what we paid(€25 a person).

Buon Viaggio...

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2. Re: Advice needed for trip to Amalfi

For Apartments and Villas in Amalfi visit WWW.amalfiaccommodation.com and for a list of Hotels visit WWW.amalfitouristoffice.it

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If you walk through the Zaccaria Restaurant (the footpath actually runs through the restaurant) and down into the town of Atrani you will find a few good restaurants including Le Arcate on the waterfroont.

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Hi there, a week in Amalfi - fantastic! It is a town of complete authenticity in that it has not changed in however many years. You can lose yourself in the breezy, covered, white-washed alleys with washing strung from window to window. Positano is quite pretentious - great for a visit absolutely, but it's full of western tourists barking orders to bored local operators. Amalfi is small, very villagey and it's where Italians come to holiday so your experience will be very `Italian' as such. Tourists do come in during the day of course, but by evening, when Amalfi is at its most special, a beautiful calmness descends and locals wander about chatting to whomever looks their way and simply walking along the harbour before settling in for dinner anywhere from 8pm to 10pm.

Enjoy - below are a few foodie tips too.

Now I agree with the post from gio from salerno and visit: coopsantandrea.com/it/…servizi.asp for all your ferry needs. The prices are cheap and importantly the boats are maintained expertly by friendly crew.

Also for a great day of sight-seeing day trip to Capri (a must-see) or along the Amalfi Coast, visit: ladolcevitataxicharter.com/amalficoastyacht/…

The crew operate out of Amalfi and are all locals with importantly, local knowledge.

For restaurants here are the best:

Marina Grande on Viale Delle Regioni - Amalfi main waterfront opposite post office. You must book though for dinner as it gets very busy, but they take seatings right up to midnight (serious). Very special place with fine service, run by father and his sons, a little pricey but the food is very progressive and well-thought out in presentation.

Stella Maris on Viale Delle Regioni - great position also on the main beachfront. Beautifully clean and a local family run the restaurant serving amazing local seafood caught daily and they also manage the beach in front with lounge chairs (lettini) and umbrellas. Ask if the grilled scampi with parmigiana is on the menu or tortono a local calamari/squid. Great spot to head to for lunch after a morning of swimming or to laze away the afternoon at over home-made lemon sorbet.

Lido Azzurro on Lungomare dei Cavalieri - is very fine dining with swishing waiters in a pretty setting overlooking a quiet port full of luxury boats. Food is very nice, can't fault it except you don't get a great deal on the plate!

Best people-watching: Pasticceria Pansa in the piazza, best croissant (cornetto voito in italiano), lemon sponge cake and morning cappucino.

Best panino - Mariana's salumeria. Walk up past the post office, which is on your left and the beach is on your right, to where the road begins to veer right on its way to Atrani and look to the immediate left. There is a small area which opens up into a tiny piazza, where there is a small, private bar (always locals here and great for a drink) on the right and Mariana's is straight ahead. Incredible mozzarella and ricotta from Agerola, Napolitano salami and the best crusty bread in town. They will stuff bread rolls with any filling or you can take it all away and make your own or keep for a nice antipasti on the balcony. There are also general supplies here too such including milk, cereal, biscuits, coffee.

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