Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Impressions of Italy - the Amalfi Coast

I got a mail from two friends, John Wroughton and Øystein Rian, with impressions from an out of season journey to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Here is a short account on what they did.

To get to Amalfi, Øystein and John took the train from Rome to Salerno (about 2.5 hours) . From Salerno to Amalfi the local SITA bus service took about an hour.

They had booked L'Antico Convitto, their Amalfi hotel, at www.venere.com. The site describes the hotel as:

"The hotel L'Antico Convitto is located in the old quarter of Amalfi, a few steps away from the cathedral and from the sea. It is close to the city center, and yet offers a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

The property is very confortable and welcoming: the building has an elevator and its entrance is on the principal road, via dei Curiali."

Guests booking the same hotel over the website, has given it a very good rating after their stay (9,4 points out of 10!)

At L'Antico Convitto - Øystein and John experienced every travelers dream, being upgraded to "Junior Suite" at no extra cost (i.e. €100 per night) - probably due to it being low season.

During peak season, upgrading like this may be out of the question. Their experience shows the advantage traveling out of season.

Their hotel in Amalfi, was VERY nice for the price: great view from their "Junior Suite" (recommended), good coffee and breakfast, beautiful rooms, very nice staff, and a great location in Amalfi.

They would certainly consider staying at L'Antico Convitto again and found the period of travel, i.e. late September / early October, ideal this year.

Going to famous tourist locations as Amalfi and Cinque Terre in October you can get bargains you else would have had to pay much for, at a fraction of the price. And the weather may be as good as during peak season.

They certainly experienced that the weather was great. We (my friend Terje and I as well as Øystein and John) were staying at the same hotel in Sitges this June, and they found the Amalfi weather in October at least as good as what we all experienced back then. You may, however risk the opposite, during a travel during fall.

They stayed 5 days in Amalfi with day excursions to Capri, Positano, and Ravello. They found Positano disappointing (aside from the picturesque setting) - a "Disneyland for the rich traveler" with too many shops and lacking in local culture.

Amalfi, which historically preceded Pisa, Genoa and Venice in importance is a very fascinating world heritage sight town with plenty of local restaurants and local culture and swimming possibilities.

They accidentally bought tickets for the "deluxe" boat ferry from Amalfi to Capri. It included an amazing tour of the rocky cliffs, caves, and rocky islands (one of which has a huge archway that their boat went through) as they approached Capri on the Marina Piccola side (the most beautiful side of Capri).

They also visited Ravello - well worth getting to know.

More Amalfi stories:

Ghosts of Enrico Ibsen

More out of season stories

Ten good ways to get cheap airfare - for just for you!

A Passage to Cinque Terre

(All photos: John Wroughton)

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