Naples, Italy and Surrounding Areas

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  1. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    We have a sister-in-law in Italy, and will be visiting her before the year is out.

    Since she hasn't been well, we won't be spending more than 2 or 3 days at her place - then onward.

    Any suggestions on where to stay - and where to go? We know we want to visit Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coastline and understand taking trains and buses in the best way to travel...or is it?

    Yes, yes - I know the "system" in Naples (organized crime) is for many intents and purposes the government there (remember we have relatives) so please, no lectures on that. Also, we won't carry any valuables in pockets or obvious places.

    We will be with good friends (another couple) and obviously want a good time.

    Thank you for any and all tips! :D
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  2. StartAdventures

    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    Hi there i guess to better answer this question you should write more details. I guess you are not going to ride, right ? Which time of the year ? How many days ? What you would like/ or U guys like to do ( sea side or mountain or hike and big cities or small cities and so on)
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  3. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    Nah...I'm the most experienced rider. My spouse has only been riding a year or two, and doesn't even like riding our freeways. Our couple friends don't ride at all. We've done scooters - but only at Bonaire while scuba diving, and there was hardly any traffic.

    Sorrento also sounds fun. We like scenic views, good restaurants, but not TOO much night life. We enjoy quiet hotels, or B & B's, but not to far away from trains, etc. We are all retired (me the most recently). And of course, the one time I've been there before the Sistine Chapel was closed - so I'd like to see that. And also when there before, the Leaning Tower of Pisa view was from the back seat of a car - since it was POURING. :lol3

    We will likely be there about a week. Thank you. :thumb
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  4. nickguzzi

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    A week, Pisa to Pompeii by public transport... Sounds like you want to repeat your Pisa "drive by" experience. Lots to miss.

    Italian public transport - at least my very limited experience of it - is that it is very good. What kills it is the waiting for connections if two places do not have a direct link. If the train is going where you want to be, then it is reasonably cheap way to travel, but the stations are fixed and not out in the attractive countryside, with the views. Add the walking to the time or the taxi to the cost.

    Pisa is over rated. A wobbly tower is all. I much preferred Lecco and the country side around. The chance to find a little out of the way trattoria, and have lazy lunch on a shady terrace. I have always used my bike or car, I don't have an Atlantic to cross, but I do have a 1300mile ride and a sea voyage to get there (I'm retired too).

    My usual working principle is to first find the restaurants I want to eat at, then sort out accommodation suitable to make it possible to eat there.
    In France where I go far more often, I can use the ever reliable Michelin Guide. There is an Italian version, but much smaller, so less choice. However there is an online version called ViaMichelin. Pug in your town, village or destination and ask for restaurants or hotels, and it goes through its database nearest to as far as you like. Website links to places that have them - still not a universal given. But you can check it out and have a play. It used to be very flaky, but has been brought into modern times - I believe there is a mobile app version too.

    As an alternative as far as accommodation is concerned, you could try the various Agri Toursimo here's a Toscana link http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com...MZUTf19CLXlJnWFyItUbDklC5X6XCUS3gjRoCIVvw_wcB It does tend to be somewhat fragmented compared to various comparable schemes in France, but it should give you something to ponder. Other regions have there own sites.

    One way of giving yourself an itinerary is to eat in decent restaurants and see if any particular ingredients are particularly special. Wine is a pretty obvious choice (for me) especially as so many places now sell wine by the glass rather than only full bottles. Note the name of the vineyard, find it in the www and the map, and go visit.
    I can rather redundantly give you names of places where you will not get much more than a look at the chateau from the outside, but most vinyards are in the business of not only making wine, but of selling it too. It is likely you get offered welcome and a tasting. Being pissed by 8.30 in the morning is not cool, so spit most...
    My personal view, it that unless the wine is totally bad, I buy at least a bottle, but often a case - but that is slightly more convenient for me. You can always use it for a mountain top picnic to accompany the market fresh ingredients.
    I have come across some really excellent vinyards and their wines this way. They may also recommend a local hostelry that is not in the guides.
    I have also done this with sourdough bread, cheese, proscuiutto and olive oil etc, just in case people think I only travel to get drunk.

    So that is probably what I would do. It's your trip, you do what suits you and your friends.
    To make it happen most easily, I would rent a car if at all possible.
    Final thing it to be realistic about what you are reasonably be able to do in a week... Europe and Italy in particular is not Kansas. There are lots of people, all wanting to get around, strut their stuff, do their thing. It may seem chaotic, but there is a sort of logic, eventually. If you can tear yourselves away from the hotspots and into the beautiful hills and mountains, it can be serene.
    It's hectic however you transport yourselves. But if it is under your control, then at least it leaves when you want it to, not 5 minutes before or two hours later.

    Busy times, stuff in the Vatican can be hours waiting... Is Assisi back up and running yet. Many, many other sites of religious interest if that is your thing.

    Sorry no time to properly read through for mistakes...
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  5. thewildcallsjon

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    I would be tempted to pop over to Ischia. 60-90 minutes on the ferry, its got to be done.
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  6. StartAdventures

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    I think in a week is just almost not enough to see the places u have listed. 2 days on Amalfi coast- 2 days in Rome- 1 day in Pisa than i don't know from where u fly back and counting the time spending to move, U have no time for any extras.
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  8. Roadrunner

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    Thank you for all the great information! :clap
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  9. Roadrunner

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    All great suggestions. We have some flexibility as far as time goes - was just aiming at around a week and not set in stone.

    That is why I'm looking for all the information.

    Thank you, everyone! :thumb
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