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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2015
Steps in Positiano  (4 Answers)

We are considering a trip to Positiano which has many steep steps. We will be traveling with a 3 year old and this is of concern. Would Sorrento, Amalfi or Salerno be a better choice or are they all the same in regards to the number of steps?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2014
Campania Arte Card Tutte la Regione  (2 Answers)

Is the TRENITALIA train from Salerno to Naples covered with this card?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2014
Ferry options from Salerno to Positano

Hello everyone. I'm going to be arriving in Salerno via cruise ship (Royal Caribbean - Serenade of the Seas) on 4 September. My plan is to take a ferry, first thing in the morning, from Salerno to Positano.  (And then after spending some time in Positano, take the SITA bus to Amalfi, and then finally a ferry from Amalfi back to Salerno.)  I would like to get to Positano as early in the morning as possible to maximize my sightseeing time.  I expect to be able to disembark from the cruise ship at 7 in the morning or shortly thereafter.

From what I've read online, there are a several options for the ferry from Salerno to Positano:

  1. Travelmar/Cooperativa Sant'Andrea (I believe these are the same thing), and this ferry departs regularly from the pier nearest Piazza della Concordia, but the earliest departure is 8:40 in the morning. I've read that a shuttle bus is available from the cruise ship to Piazza della Concordia.  This trip is advertised as 70 minutes.
  2. Alicost, which departs from the Molo Manfredi pier only at 8:40 in the morning (I wonder if this is a commuter ferry?)  I don't know how long this trip takes.
  3. NLG, which also departs from the Molo Manfredi pier only only at 8:20 in the morning, and is apparently a high speed ferry that takes 50 minutes.

Here are my questions that I hope can be answered:

  1. Is Molo Manfredi easier to get to than taking a shuttle bus from the ship to Piazza della Concordia?  I don't know exactly where the cruise ship will dock, and from what I've read online, the Salerno port is quite large.
  2. I'd like to be able to enjoy the ferry trip, and hopefully enjoy the view of the coast from the ferry.  It looks like the Travelmar/Cooperativa Sant'Andrea ferries allow for enjoying the view with outside seating.  Does the NLG ferry also have outside seating?  Is it an unpleasant journey because it is high-speed?  I'd love to take a few good photos of arriving in Positano.  It looks like a stunning view from the pictures I've seen online.  I can't wait to visit!

Many thanks in advance for any insight and guidance that you can provide!  Ciao!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2014
Lemon Candy  (2 Answers)

How can I purchase the famous lemon candy from Capri?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2013
Using the Campania Artecards  (1 Answer)

My wife and I will be staying in Naples for 9 nights. We would like to see as much of Naples as possible and the sites outside of Naples e.g. Pompeii, Herculaneum, Caserta, Campi Flegrei, Ravello, Salerno and Phaestum.
Which combination of Campania Artecards (and Unico Campania transport cards) would allow us to do this as economically as possible?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2013
Public/private transportaion Anacapri to Ravello  (3 Answers)

Hi we need to change hotels from Anacapri to Ravello this July and wondering what the best way to go about getting from A to B would be. May want to stop in Positano to look around if there is someplace to stash our luggage for a few hours like a locker or willing hotel porter service. We'd rather not spend an arm and a leg on private cars, at least for most of the trip, but we also don't want to go crazy with packed-in sweaty public transport either. Any advice?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2012

Will go for 7 days in Campania region between 8 -15 January 2013 .Will travel by bus or train .
Plan to visit Capri,Ishia ,Pompei ,Amalfi ,Salerno ,vessuvio,Naples during stay .
Where is most central place to stay in hotel in the area and easiest to get bus and train connections ??

Thanks for the reply

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2012
Rome to naples and inbetween  (9 Answers)


I am seeking some suggestions for a 7 day trip in campania in July. The trip will start in Rome (excluding Rome) and finish in Naples. Hope to take Pompeii in and the amalfi coast. Greatly appreciate some suggestions. Would it be best stay in a number of locations on route from rome to naples or make a base???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2012
Train from Naples to Pompeii  (1 Answer)


I was wondering if anyone knew the cost of the national train from Naples to Pompeii. When I go into Trenitalia, the fare is unavailable no matter what date I enter. I'm taking this train as I am going to the city not the ruins.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2012
Beer in Italy  (8 Answers)

I found some quite interesting microbrewerys in Italy, I didn´t expect that. But the pages of the brewerys are only in Italian, and I didn´t find any info (even with bing translator, witch leaves some words without translate at all, and did that even to one whole page) so if someone could see, do you think these beers are sold elsewhere than only in brewerys. I don´t think our timetable will give time to visit them. I tried to find info, if they are sold in shops at Campania or any pubs in Sorrento/Napoli.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2012
Seeking advice for 3 days in the Sorrento or Amalfi  (3 Answers)


My wife in I will be traveling in Italy next month.
After visiting family in Avellino, we will then have
three free days before our flight out of Naples.

We would like to spend that time (March 20-24)
either in Sorrento or Amalfi. We would very much
like to hike while in that area.

Is there any hiking in Sorrento? Or are we more
likely to find some nice trails in Amalfi or Ravello?
What about Capri?

Is it possible to travel via public transportation
from Avellino to Amalfi...or Sorrento? I did that
route years ago and remember going through Positano.

We'd also like to visit Pompeii.

It seems like Sorrento affords us the most connectivity
to other places in the region. It's also close to Naples
where we'll travel for our last day and then AM flight.

I really liked the charm of Amalfi very much, but it seems
a little further out and less connected.

I welcome any insights or suggestions!

Thanks very much in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2012
Help! Honeymoon in Almalfi Coast - but where?  (14 Answers)

Hi all,

I hope you can help :)!

I am going on honeymoon to Italy for 10 days, spending the first 3 in Rome and then going to the Almafi Coast where we would want to do 2 days trips - Capri and Pompeii/Vesuvius.

What is the easiest way for us to get to and from Rome to Almalfi Coast (and likely cost)? We will have 3 suitcases most probably as we live in Dubai but are getting married in the UK so will be flying back to Dubai from Rome!

What towns and hotels would you recommend staying if you wanted to do the above 2 trips and be somewhere that is quite lively, as in a number of bars and restaurants so we don't have to go anywhere else for the other 5 days of our week there?

Your help is much appreciated!!

Thanks :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2011
How cold are the apartments usually?  (18 Answers)

We are maybe renting an apartment from Sorrento at second week of march. The owner of the apartment was very honest and said: "To be honest, because it´s a penthouse, it is little colder than normal apartments." they do have central heating and gas heater (if we want it), and now I try to choose if we take it or not. I´m allways freezing, and in Finland the apartments are very warm. I don´t actuall know how cold I should expect inside at march in there? The apartment is cheapest one of those we found nice, and has lovely terrace with a lovely view, but we will be visiting other towns most of the daytime, so I should not think too much about that lovely terrace ;) It could be raining also..
can someone give any better idea of the room temperature? Do you know if it´s under +20c inside, if there is centra heating? Is it very moist? My sister has lived in Rome, and I remember her saying about cold winters, but it was allmost 20 years ago, so maybe the heatings are better.. I think the apartment had been renovated in past years.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2010
Monte Faito - cable car - do we need to book tickets in advance?  (2 Answers)

I have found information about the times and so on but cannot find anywhere any information whether I need to book a ticket in advance or not. And if yes where should I do that. We will be there on Saturday 22nd of May (if that makes any difference). And do you need to book return journey as well?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2010
Best place as a base....  (10 Answers)

What's the best place to choose as a base to "explore" the Costiera Amalfitana?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2010
From Rome to Campania  (1 Answer)

Hi, we will be in Europe for honeymoon this June and have allocated 9 days for Italy. It's our first time to the country and we hope to cover Venice, Florence, Rome and Campania. I know it's tight, but we really do not wish to miss out on any of these beautiful places. To capture the coastal scenery of Campania at its best,

1. Will it be better to take a day trip from Rome, or stay for a night or two at Sorrento (or Naples)?
2. From your experience, which mode of transport will be good from Rome? Are there any nice cruise/ferries that connect Rome and Campania? How long is the journey?

Thanks in advance for your replies! :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2010
Restaurants in Caserta/Cava de Tirreni

Hi again.
Pls I need more help.

I have booked hotels in Caserta (Crowne Plaza) for 4 nights and Cava de Tirreni (Holiday Inn) for another 4 nights.
After review the travel guides I haven't found anithing for restaurants in this places.
Can somebody recommend any restaurant in this places with good relationsship price/quality and not for tourists? (Where I can eat the real Italian food and meet local people).

If you can recommend something in Herculeneum would be nice too.

Tks again for yr help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2010
Cards and Public Transport  (3 Answers)

My wife and me will spend 8 days in Campania visiting Caserta, Naples, Erculano, Pompei, Capri and Amalfi Coast.
We have rented one car and our bases will be Caserta and Cava de Tirreni.

Questions are as follows:

1. We will spend one full day in Naples and would be nice if somebody can explain where to park our car, safely and cheap, in the entrance of the city and take the public transport.

2. About public transport in Naples: We will spend just 1 day. What is the price of the daily card for public transport and what includes? (underground, bus, tram......?)

3. It seems that exist different cards for 7 days visits in Campania Region (ArteCard? Tutti Sitti?) but I don't understand if this is only for 5 different places and we pay the 50% for the rest of entrances or includes all the visits listed.

4. Can you recommend any other kind of card for the same think?

Many thanks in advance for yr answers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2010

Hello ,
We shall be in Salerno on April 18th of this year.
Do you know " giardino della Minerva " in this town? Is it an interesting visit? However, there will be an exhibition this day and maybe it will be an inconvenience for the visit? What do you think about this?
And Vietri sul mare , is it interesting, because it is not far?
Thank you for your help ...and , please , excuse my english...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2010
sea transports  (2 Answers)

My husband and I will visit the Amalfi Coast in April, 2010 (from 10 to 22). We have decided not to rent a car and to go from a city to the other one or by bus or by boat. We have found lines, schedules and rates of buses SITA but we find nothing on sea transports (metro del mare, linee partenopee or other).
Do you know if these services work at this moment of the year? Where do we have to address to be informed?
Maybe it is still too early?...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2010
Amalfi or Ravello?  (5 Answers)

trying to decide where to stay - Amalfi or Ravello. Going in September - no car, will rely on public transport. Will also be visiting Naples and Ischia - no concern about transport there.

Thoughts? Preferences? And why?

Some reports have said Amalfi is a bit run down/ seedy.

Would you suggest a different place? And why?

Would like something with a bit of urbaness - something in between a village and a town - if that makes any sense. Shying away from Positano and Sorrento just because they're too cliche - but am willing to day trip there.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2009
Positano to Sicily  (7 Answers)

I will be flying into Rome the 29th of November. We will rent a car and drive to our agritourismo in Agerola (near Positano). We plan to spend 3-5 days there. One of us has to return to the U.S. via Rome on the 6th of Dec. The other two of us will leave from Rome on the 13th. I am looking for suggestions about what to do/where to go after the few days on Amalfi coast. None of us have been further south than Rome before. We have covered Tuscany, Florence, Venice. I think it will be too cold for the Cinque Terre. I would love to see Sicily but I think it is too far for the time we have. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2009
Hiking Mt. Vesuvius  (2 Answers)

I'm heading for italy in the winter (december) and i will be visiting napoli for one day. i would like to hike Mt Vesuvius all the way up to the crater. is there a way to do this without having to join/hire a tour guide/group? there will be three of us gals doing the hike. also is there a trail that takes one to pompeii? any help will be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2009
Italy seaside city ?  (6 Answers)

Can anyone suggest what other places in Italy (or aorund Europe) that has similar places like Amalfi, a seaside coast city that has beautiful landscape/view & buildings/hotels along hill side?
& it's cheaper than Amalfi, I read many people area complain about how expensive food & accomodation in amalfi city.

some hollywood movies really inspire me to go to places such like this ...
Any suggestion ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2009
Sapri.  (4 Answers)

Do you think is it work to spend some days in Sapri? Are there any sights to see? I mean some museum, gardens and other attractions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2008
malfi cpoast - best strategic point to stay  (8 Answers)

Hi everyone,
We are planning an 8 day trip to the Amalfi coast & surrounding area. We are planning on visiting Pompei, Mt. Vesuvius, Capri, driving along the Amalfi coast + some beaches.
At first I planned on staying in Sorrento for the whole 8 nights & using it as the base for all our excursions, but as I started reading my guidebook & people's pages on VT, I began to realise that although the Amalfi coastline is one of the most beautiful places in the world, driving along it is also a hairraising experience,and suddenly driving back and forth in ever increasing increments every day started sounding like a less & less good idea.
So I thought, although the distances aren't very long, maybe we should stay in Sorrento for only 4 nights, and then start our journey along the coastline, staying in Positano for 1 night, then Amalfi for 2 and end up in Salerno for the last night.
In your experience, what would be my best strategy?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2008
Amalfi coast in Oct. How's the weather?  (2 Answers)

We are planning a vacation in the Amalfi coast & surrounding areas on the 3rd week of Oct. As well as seeing the sights, we were planning on some beach time. Is that realistic for that time of year? What's the weather like then, does it rain a lot? Strong winds?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2008
We'd like the best view from our window...  (1 Answer)

We are planning a trip to the amlfi coast, but also to Sorrento, Pompeii, capri.
We will have a car, so getting to bars & restaurants in other towns shouldn't tbe a problem.
My question is: Where should we stay if I want the best views from our bedroom window?
From reading a little, I figured maybe Ravello, but isn't it up high along a really curvy dangerous road?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2008
Travel from Pompeii to Naples airport  (2 Answers)

I would like to spend 2 nights and one full day in Pompeii in July but fly out of Naples early morning. Does anyone know if there is a direct bus or train between Pompeii and Naples Capodichino airport and where I might find timetable information? If there isn't a direct bus or train is it possible to take a taxi and how much would this likely cost? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2008
Amalfi to Napoli airport  (5 Answers)


I need to get from Amalfi to the Capodichino airport in Naples by 10 am on a Sunday morning in early October. Could any one please tell me what is the most reliable way and how long it will take. Also, is it possible to catch a taxi that far and approx how much would that cost?

Thanks :)

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