The amalfitana coast is similar of the inadulterated coast italian riviera cinqueterre. Of course Sorrento is more VIP , elegant Vernazza is more natural simple and we say here "the best of the 5 terre" but decide you
mino from Vernazza
Consider neither. How about heading out to Ischia? Or Ponza? Aeolian Islands. How about this...
Leave Rome iby train in the morning and head to Naples (keeping all valuables close to your chest). Check in to a hotel for one night. Take the Circumvesuviana down to Pompeii or Herculaneum to see a truly world class archeological site. Get some great pizza for dinner in Naples. Next day take the ferry out to Ischia or Capri and check in to a new hotel for a couple of days. Enjoy friendly people, beautiful sights, great food. Head back to Rome.
Thankyou mino for your advice. We are looking forward to our holiday!
Kednewt, do you recommend Naples? I haven't heard anything really positive as to why I should go there. I am interested in Pompeii, but on
the other had, Pisa/Lucca are so close to Cinque Terre. I guess I am still
torn. I read a comment of yours on an earlier post that CT was a bit like Disneyland - that doesn;t necessarily excite me. mmmmm deicions...
i have been to cinque terre twice now once in 2000 and again on april 28-30 2006. i think vernazza would be cheaper then sorrento. cinque terre is an experience one needs to have but i dont know if you would like the crowds that come in the summer months it gets nasty crazy. you can do all five towns in one day if your up for the hike. i would say take 2 days to do the hikes but you wont be able to fully enjoy the lazy side of cinque terre. just relaxing and having a bottle of wine to waste the day away, and people watch. if your gonna do a 2 day hike take a train to Riomaggiore and come back to vernazza. and then the last day do vernazza to monterossa. and take the train back. that way you will be able to enjoy the lazy time for the afternoon. the first 4 hikes arent as hard as vernazza to monterossa. best time to visit the cinque terre is either late april early may when everything is in bloom or late september early october when the weather is still somewhat nice. that way you avoid all the tourists and the accomidations are alot cheaper.
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BrorsGirl -- Wow! It is really getting hot here in Rome! The weather is a really damper on sightseeing for me. If you are coming from the states you might want to consider not making the full time change, just get up late and stay out late. When you are here, cool off in the churches -- many are wonderfully, stoney cool right now. My favorites are Chiesa de Gesu, just off the Piazza Venezia (amazing counter reformation figures cascading from the ceiling) and the Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio (lots of PGR hearts on the walls, bone decorations), between the Pantheon and Trevi fountain. (Good, inexpensive salads and primi piatti at the bar on the corner of the Via Pie di Marmo in Piazza d. Collegion Romano nearby.) If you only do one museum of ancient Roman art, I suggest the Palazzo Massimo, across from the Stazione Termini. Wonderful scupture, bronzes, mosaics and coins and a mummy in the basement. Beaufifully laid out!
No, Naples is not my favorite city. I like Sorrento better, and it is a bit cooler because of the trees. But the Italian coast is dramatic and beautiful because it is full of cliffs and rocks-- not much beach. You have to make a point of finding the sandy bits.
Thanks everybody for your tips. We are still undecided but appreciate your input. I do have a room secured in Monterosso for a couple of days, and San Gimignano.
I am thinking land on Rome 7/7, drive or train to SG stay 2 days,
drive or train to CT, and return to Rome for our last 2 days.
On the other hand, we plan on watching some travel videos over the long weekend, and just may end up going south to experience Pompeii and amalfi.
Thanks to matters07 on the weather tip - good advise. Here in WA
state it is only 60 degrees right now!
Just wondering what you decided for your trip in July. Did you go to Ct or Sorrento? And how was your trip? Love to hear because I have a similar decision.
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