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Amalfi coast next week :)

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Amalfi coast next week :)

We arrive next Wednesday for 3 nights :( already wishing it was longer!

Looking to 'do' the Amalfi coast either Thursday or Friday.

Was hoping to 'nip' up to Ravello as well so had thought we could go by bus from Sorrento to Amalfi stopping enroute in Positano and then changing buses in Amalfi to visit Ravello. Hoping to get the ferry back but unsure if timetable yet released.

Is all this doable in one day without it seeming that we are rushing or are we better accepting just part of it and hopefully come back again? And also will the ferries be running next week?

Lastly are we better doing it on the Thursday ie will it be slightly quieter?

So looking forward to it!

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1. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

Hot, hot, hot off the press...

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2. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

Thank you for that Peter. Looks like it'll be Friday we 'do' the Amalfi coast.

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3. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

I'm a big fan of planning in ways that make the most flexibility possible. If there is an overload in your plan, it is including both Positano and Ravello, when on the day, you may decide both is too much. I'd decide which of the 2 is more important to you (personally I'd pick Ravello but others will differ) and then go there first. Whether you end up in Amalfi or Positano, it's the same boat back to Sorrento.

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4. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

For your 10:40 flight back to the UK on April 20th, from Capodichino....

We've almost always followed the airport's advice, to arrive there two hours before departure (so 08:40 for you!), even though that does usually then involve some hanging around - preferably, after checking our bags, at the outdoor café.... whose tables are to be found over towards the "Arrivals" end of the building....

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/142375669

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Currently the first two Curreri Viaggi buses (pay the driver, €10 p.p.) leave from near Sorrento's station at 06:30 and then 08:30, and are scheduled to take 90 minutes to reach the airport (so 8AM, then 10AM).

The second is clearly too late. Last year it wasn't until the highseason timetable appeared in June, that they added a perhaps-ideal one at 07:30....

But frankly, with the first one getting there for 8, that's what I'd pick!

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Simplest alternative would be to pay 80 or 90 Euro to be driven... setting off c.8AM, give or take your driver's advice? Likely to be dearer with a proper Sorrento taxi, so look for car and driver firms if considering that!

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Public transport also has the Circumvesuviana trains to Naples - current timetable here, with all of those shown running on Saturdays (although the few "FER" ones don't do so on public holidays or Sundays!)...

vesuviana.it/web/…202012.pdf

You'd go to "Napoli Garibaldi" station, come up to ground level and take either a taxi or the convenient Alibus (tickets €3, pay the driver) to the airport:

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/alibus

Overall, likely to take longer than the Curreri bus: 65 minutes on most trains, an Alibus every 15 or 20 minutes, then a journey of some 15 minutes.

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By sea... down to the harbour by taxi or with this service:

www.unicocampania.it/index.php…

... so as to catch the first crossing, the NLG hydrofoil, at 07:20 - at Naples Beverello around 8, with tickets €12.30 p.p. plus €2 for each suitcase.

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Again either a taxi (€19 to airport) or the €3 Alibus, as above - but you'd have to be setting off from your hotel not so very long after you would for the Curreri bus?

Can't think of any others...

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5. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

For your exploration day...

In Sorrento, as elsewhere with only a limited season, taxis are fairly pricey - but firms offering a private car and driver (usually likely to be a cut above UK "minicabs") will often undercut the official rates. We've used neither there but, for a few names, try...

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g187782-s304/Sorren…

As for a day's car rental - give or take what you'll think, after having seen the roads and traffic - your hotel will most probably have an arrangement with a local firm prepared to drop off the vehicle and collect again.

Otherwise the tourist board have a list of car, scooter and bike hire firms here:

sorrentotourism.com/en/auto--scooter-and-bik…

At random, as they've so jolly a name, the car hire prices of one of them:

http://www.jollyrent.eu/en/cars.html

Apply whatever sensible precautions you'd use elsewhere - and remember to check with perhaps the AA website or similar what the local ID and driving licence requirements for an EU national would be!

Peter

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6. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

Peter,

Thanks for all that.

After looking at the rental car prices I wondered if maybe hiring for our whole stay may be an option.

We are staying in Pompeii our first night and then just outside Sorrento for the following three.

How easy is it to drive from the airport? Am I right in thinking its a little out of Naples? Are the roads generally ok for someone who drives abroad every year? Including Mexico last year!

Our B&B owner provides a free transfer service to and from Sorrento so we would still be able to enjoy our stay properly.

Just wondering how 'mad' the traffic really is?

Thankyou

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7. Re: Amalfi coast next week :)

Good luck with that, it wouldn't be our choice!

But from a passenger's seat (neither of us drive here), mostly it's within Naples itself that you'd find things particular different from home.... where you'll not be going anyway?

In general though, expect some odd lane and junction discipline, treble parking, with scooters and bikes coming at you from all directions!

On GoogleMaps, the road numbers seem to go A56, A1, A3... and then turn off for Pompei.

By taxi we've done the first 4 or 5 miles of that several times (before looping into Naples), and the road and traffic have seemed about normal for UK dual-carriageways... so I doubt you'd find that journey too bad?

Can't tell you about the rest of the way to Sorrento, as we've not been by road...

Peter

PS This may amuse - driving some of the AC, before heading up to autostrada towards Naples and the airport rental car return place...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EG9Z5VC0QU

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