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Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

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Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Hi,

We are planning a two week trip to the Bay of Naples/Amalfi coast from 29th June this year. We know roughly the places we'd like to include but would really appreciate guidance on the best order to visit them in, views on amount of time in each area, views on whether we are trying to fit too much in etc. Of course any great hotel or restaurant recommendations wouldnbe good too.

We fly in to Naples on Friday 29th and thought we would spend two nights there, then for the rest of the trip we'd like to spend time on the Amalfi coast, Capri, Ischia and/or other islands, plus see Pompeii/Herculaneum as a day trip from either Naples, Amalfi area or Sorento. So broadly we thought we would spend 2 or 3 days in each place and return to Naples for the final night.

All thoughts welcome!

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1. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Perhaps there are two types of vacationers - who respectively prefer to relax first, or last?

If not, you might let the geography play its part... so as to avoid too much criss-crossing and backtracking:

- some of the bus and train routes "ashore"...

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/132567370

... and, more or less, those by sea:

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/137183118

That said, moving every two nights could eventually get a little tiresome? 15 days, 14 nights - five or six hotels?

Peter

(Quick edit to add... perhaps do Naples last - lest you have an early departure, and also so that you're more "up to speed" and able to cope with things here generally? It can come as a bit of a culture-shock otherwise!)

Edited: 5:48 am, May 27, 2012
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2. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Hopefully you'll excuse my 'cut and paste' but for Campania...

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For an easy start, maybe have a look at this - which covers a selection of the Province of Napoli's attractions, the "Pearls of the Bay"...

com-tur.com/documenti/…perledelgolfo.pdf

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Some very good tourist leaflets - in English - financed a few years ago by the Campania regional authorities seem to be available nowadays only from the website of a group of local B&B operators.

There are overlaps between them - the first is a general overview of Naples and Campania, the others are probably self-explanatory - but together they probably contain more information than you'll easily find elsewhere, although you should be sure to cross-check any times, prices etc before travelling!!

www.bb-napoli.com/english/naplesguide.pdf

http://www.bb-napoli.com/english/seaguide.pdf

www.bb-napoli.com/english/sorrentoguide.pdf

bb-napoli.com/english/amalficoastguide.pdf

bb-napoli.com/english/campiflegreiguide.pdf

www.bb-napoli.com/english/vesuviusguide.pdf

bb-napoli.com/english/archaelogy-art-guide.p…

bb-napoli.com/english/specialities-guide.pdf

That last one is perhaps the best.... close to food porn!

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The Naples area tourism people publish a very good, bimonthly magazine - 'Qui Napoli' - which offers a huge amount of useful information for visitors - including the details of the major sights and sites locally, and listings for hotels, restaurants etc etc. I guess it's given away in hotels and at the "Infopoints" but in several years have yet to find one! We use the PDF version instead, available here...

www.inaples.it/public/quinapoli/quinapoli.pdf

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And although it's well overdue for an update (so do cross-check any times, prices etc - and ignore all references to the 'Metro del Mare' for now), there's a useful 'Travel Directory' to the various towns and villages along the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast that can be downloaded from the official tourism website, using...

costiera.it/images/pdf/TravelDirectory_En.pdf

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For a tediously long series of photos from places we've visited over the last decade or so:

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

Peter

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4. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Hi Peter,

Thanks again for all your information, we're working through our itinerary making bookings etc. I wondered if you could give some guidance on the best area to find accomodation on Capri and Ischia? We'd like to be based somewhere that allows us to walk to restaurants and people watching in the evening, I guess by the sea would be preference although my research on Capri seems to focus on a piazza up the hill? We would probably hire a moped in the day to explore the islands if appropriate or use buses etc..

Thanks,

Richard

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5. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Hi there!

Sorry, can't offer much assistance re Capri, other than to direct you to these - both from a few years ago now:

www.italiantouristoffice.se/sv/docs/295.pdf

www.italiantouristoffice.se/sv/docs/296.pdf

... and their tourist board website:

http://www.capritourism.com/

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Here on this island, your description perhaps fits best with Forio - on the west coast - and 'Ischia Ponte' at its eastern end, our favourite when vacationing... and home since 2003!

pbase.com/isolaverde/image/110236626/original

For a look at the two places, and a variety of other stuff that may be of interest, starting from:

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/allaboutischia

I've put some pictures and notes in the 'Beginners Guide' section about the taxis and buses (which latter we mostly use for getting around), but there are also plenty of car and moped or scooter hire places - many of which will deliver to and pick up from your hotel if requested!

Do also try the island's bilingual visitor magazine - June's should appear at the top of the list on this page any day now:

ischianews.com/it/…2.html

Peter

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6. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Peter,

Thanks again for your help in planning our itinerary. We are going to have an initial night in Naples prior to three nights in each of Amalfi, Positano, Capri and then Ischia. It'll be a fair bit of hotel hopping but we're really looking forward to it, our plan being to experience each place through daytime and evening rather than just doing day trips from a fewer number of bases.

In Ischia we took your advise of staying in Ischia Ponte and have a room at the Albergo Il Monastero Hotel which looks lovely and in line with our likes, IE rustic character and amazing views rather than 5 star aircon and lots of TV channels.

I wondered if as a final piece of advice whether you'd let us know your 'must do' list for a three day trip to Ischia? Looking at your photo's there is plenty of material. We like great views, people watching and alfresco dining and would love to get as much insight into Ischia life as possible. We also wondered about a trip to your neighbouring island, but unless you say it's a must do, then perhaps there is more than enough to focus on on the main island.

Cheers,

Richard

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7. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Rich, I'll have a look and get back to you!

The dates you'd be here would be handy, just in case anything special is happening?

Peter

PS: A piece of good news that may help with your travel arrangements:

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g580214-i10609-k…

Edited: 2:06 pm, June 20, 2012
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8. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

We'll be there 9th to 12th July.

Cheers

Richard

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9. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Hi there.... in no particular order:

Perhaps best of all, try the round-island trip by bus? 24 hour tickets are some €6 now, but you can hop on and off any of them with those... stopping perhaps to see the views at Serrara Fontana and then Sant'Angelo (get off at Cavo Grado and walk to the pedestrianised area near the sea) and the island's second city - Forio...

One thing you might watch out for the Ischia Globalfest - based at the Regina Isabella in Lacco Ameno....

http://www.ischiaglobal.com/

As well as celeb-spotting opportunities, they often arrange nightime outdoor film showings which are open to the public - even if many of the other associated events aren't!! But, like everything here, details may well not be available until soon before it starts?

That 'last-minuteism' is presumably also a problem for the people who compile the island's visitor magazine... as mentioned, the most recent version can be had using the topmost of the list of "Download" buttons here.....

ischianews.com/it/…2.html

... but in the meanwhile perhaps have a look at last July's?

ischianews.com/images/phocadownload/Magazine…

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At that time of year most places are open every day, however the gardens at La Mortella can only be visited on your Tuesday or Thursday, on which latter evening they've a concert in the openair 'Greek' theatre, starting at 9PM... rather late, but right for the climate!

http://www.lamortella.org/en/

(You'll find a nice photo at the end of the July magazine)

Conversely, if interested in the Giardini Ravino - just beyond Forio, on the road that continues to Citara - the choice looks like being between your Monday and Wednesday!

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Procida's certainly worth a visit, if you can squeeze it in... best to go early as the Abbey church up in the Terra Murata closes promptly at lunchtime (we were there last month, and the sign said 10:00-12:45 and 15:00-17:30, but closed on Sunday and Monday afternoons).

If interested, I've the phone number somewhere for an English-speaking guide who can show you round. Otherwise, the taxis - to be found near where you'd land - offer a nice tour of the island, 2 or 3 hours including about 1/2 hour to see the church, which costs maybe 50 or 60 Euro... but don't quote me on that!

Perhaps come back for the PM? In cooler months, we've had some very enjoyable meals down beside the fishing harbour at Corricella - at "La Gorgonia" particularly - however it does turn into a furnace there during the days of high summer... on one memorable visit, too hot even to stop for a drink to cool us down!

You're in pole position for the Castello obviously, and it's well worth a couple of hours... for other ideas, perhaps try:

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

Got to dash to meet the hydrofoil now, but I hope you'll have a great time - and enjoy some of those things and places!

Peter

PS: No immediately apparent festas etc during those days, but every church has at least one... and do watch out for the Sant'Anna floats being constructed in the waters down near the foot of the Castello - the first of the 'bases' is already bobbing offshore, in use as a make-shift diving and sunbathing platform!

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10. Re: Itinerary help: Ischia, Capri, Amalfi coast

Fabulous Peter, thanks so much

Cheers

Richard

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