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Rome and Amalfi Coast/Capri any recommendations please?

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ks Thu 31-Mar-05 16:11:46

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ks Thu 31-Mar-05 16:46:25

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mummytosteven Thu 31-Mar-05 17:13:13

I've stayed at the Hotel Caravel in Sorrento (San Agnello, say a 20 minute walk from the main bit of Sorrento, but has it's own shops/bars/train station to Naples). a nice 4 star hotel, nice food, would definitely recommend that.

cod Thu 31-Mar-05 17:14:13

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ks Thu 31-Mar-05 17:15:48

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mummytosteven Thu 31-Mar-05 17:18:06

not at san agnello. think there might be a titchy beach in sorrento itself but couldn't swear to it- sorry to be so vague am not really a beach person. would guess best place for beach would be amalfi itself.

if you are keen on beaches, why not go quite a bit further south and try Sicily - Taormina/Giardini-Naxos/Cefalu all have nice beaches.

Beetroot Thu 31-Mar-05 17:29:42

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charleypops Thu 31-Mar-05 17:34:33

this is a pic I took of the beach at Sorrento last July - it was packed and you had to pay about 12 euros for "front line" loungers, but we had a nice time. Sand's volcanic so grey and the sea ain't blue...kid friendly though. Very retro looking. We stayed in St Agnello too. There isn't a beach there, but there are bathing platforms, so you can go for a swim. Wouldn't recommend it if you had a pram though - it's a steep walk through caves to get there.

ks Thu 31-Mar-05 17:34:56

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LIZS Thu 31-Mar-05 17:42:55

No real beach at Sorrento - platforms with bathing huts and steps into the sea. There was a headland with villa ruins on the peninsula which separates the Bay of Naples from the Amalfi coast. There were steps down to a small beach but was a good 10 -15 mins bus ride out of town. We stayed at the Hotel Bristol which was that side of Sorrento and had a roof top pool with panoramic view. Long time ago though, pre-kids!

Some hotels in that area run a bus service into the local towns. Personally would prefer somewhere on the Amalfi coast, such as Amalfi itself or Maiori/Minori (?), with a beach if we went again but not so accessible to Pompeii, Vesuvius etc and some towns like Positano, whilst delightful, seemed very steep in parts so not that child friendly.

mummytosteven Thu 31-Mar-05 17:43:43

It's pretty easy to get a ferry from Naples, Sorrento (and I would imagine in high season Amalfi) over to Capri. Agree with Beetroot that Anacapri (and Villa San Michele) is one of the nicest bits - Capri town was primarily expensive designer shops.

ks Thu 31-Mar-05 17:45:56

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ks Thu 31-Mar-05 17:46:54

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charleypops Thu 31-Mar-05 17:54:11

did you see my sorrento beach link ks? I know we posted at the same time.

ks Thu 31-Mar-05 17:56:46

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charleypops Thu 31-Mar-05 17:57:41

tis indeed Sorrento - we didn't have time to go to Positano in the end.

LIZS Fri 01-Apr-05 10:24:26

ks, are you are going soon ? It could be a very interesting time to be visiting Rome, if they are electing a new Pope and so on.

Tinker Fri 01-Apr-05 10:27:50

Do you need to be in or near Rome? How posh does hotel have to be - I know you have standards ?

Whatever you look at, look it up on Trip Advisor as well. Some we considered seemed fab until read the reports. We stayed at Hotel Monte Carlo in Feb in Rome. But fear it may be a bit lowly for you - 3*

ks Fri 01-Apr-05 13:43:57

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ks Fri 01-Apr-05 13:44:53

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ks Fri 01-Apr-05 13:46:45

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Tinker Fri 01-Apr-05 14:33:54

We went when it was thought that he would pop his clogs, no real trouble finding rooms

ks Sun 03-Apr-05 13:11:15

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ks Sun 03-Apr-05 13:13:05

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LIZS Sun 03-Apr-05 13:21:20

When do you go and how long in Rome itself ? The 9 days would be over next Tuesday, I think , and some museums would be shut on Mondays anyway. The Cardinal's electing the new Pope might have an impact on reopening of St Peter's and Vatican museums though, and that could take a few weeks apparently.

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