Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast Vacations

Undeserved of its dangerous reputation (for the most part), Naples is lively, chaotic and filled with an impressive array of art, architecture and an unmatched national archaeological museum. To taste Naples' gastronomic gift to the world, head to the center of pizza heaven, Via dei Tribunali, where a dozen pizzerie line the stone street, which ... Read more
dates back to Greek and Roman days. Just offshore, the tiny upscale island of Capri packs in an impressive day or two of sightseeing with clifftop terraced restaurants, the ethereally glowing Blue Grotto cave and Emperor Tiberius' Villa Jovis. Originally, Amalfi was one of Italy’s most glorious maritime powerhouses on par with Venice or Genoa, but hard times and geographic isolation left it a mere fishing village. These days, villages like Ravello, Sorrento, Amalfi or Positano are filled with visitors admiring the impossibly steep cliffs and charming harbors. And there is simply nowhere like Pompeii, even in Italy. Courtesy of a Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD and subsequent burial under 15 feet of ash for the next 1600 years, Pompeii is one of the greatest archaeological treasures in the world. Pick up a bit of Latin and you'll be able to read some of the 2100-year-old graffiti ('Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls').
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The best time to visit this beautiful stretch of coast is just outside of peak tourist season: namely, late spring and early fall. Summer -- particularly July and August -- is the most popular time to visit; ... Read more
not only will you encounter crowds and inflated prices, but you’ll have to endure sweltering heat, especially in Naples where there is no sea breeze to cool things down. Naples also offers more cultural activities in May and June, while in August, the city empties out as locals take a vacation. By the time late fall and winter roll around, the area has quieted down and the weather becomes grey and rainy, though the sea stays warm enough for a swim as late as October.

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Culver City, California, USA

Naples is fun because it has good food, a gritty atmosphere and lots of architecture to see. I liked the service in the restaurants and the fun Italian men. I found myself in the kitchen taking pictures with one Chef while the manager was pouring me free glasses of Prosecco at my table. We also "got lost" in the neighborhood and witnessed how many of the locals live by simply walking around.and visiting some butcher shops. It was a really fun time and I enjoy it every time I visit

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San Francisco, California, USA

Fantastical and tourist riddled for a reason. Prepare to spend weeks here and not get tired of it. Beautiful beaches and lovely laid back attitudes.

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Tustin, California, USA

There are no words that can describe Capri and the Almalfi Coast. This is the most romantic and stunningly gorgeous place I have ever been to. If you are looking for a romantic, relaxing, and scenic place to get away from the hustle of major Italian cities, may I suggest the luxurious Grand Hotel Ambasciatori in nearby Sorrento. This hotel literally sits off the side of the cliff and will provide you plenty of gardens, lemon trees, and royal treatment. Absolutely worth the trip and cost!

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East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

The Amalfi Coast is beautiful with lots of little coastal towns. I wish I had more time there!

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Miravet, Spain

How can mere words describe the gem that is the Amalfi Coast? Some of the most stunning views and hillsides dotted with picturesque towns... and then the food. Do try and avoid high season (roughly Jun-Sep) if you want to get the most out of a trip here without sitting in endless traffic james, not to mention the seasonal hikes in hotel room charges.

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London, UK

La Dolce Vita. Still offers the best of Italian style, sun, and people watching.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is early in the morning as we were waiting for our boat to take us to Capri. It's so peaceful and there is just something special about this place.

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Nairobi

No visit to Naples would be complete without a boat ride to Capri Island. Beautiful vacation getaway!

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First to Review

Naples is not the place people fall in love with at once. There is lots of poverty, crime rate is high and problems are abundant. Yet Naples has witnessed so many crises in its long history that it won't fail this time. And the attractions are many. if you walk the narrow streets of the old town you smell the uniqueness of Naples with every step you take. One of my favourite places is San Lorenzo - not only because it bears my name but also because it's one of these churches that float on time. Once inside you will forget about the streets outside and plunge down in a compelling building history dating back to the times of the old Greeks (who founded the first settlement of later Neapolis around 750 BC). And what is unequaled about this city is its unique setting in the gorgeous Gulf of Naples with the silhouette of the Vesuv rising up right at the outskirts. This sight is as unique as threatening and accounts strongly for the mentality of the people living there. If you give this place a chance and stay a couple of days you will love it.

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Escondido

This is about the region where my parents were born ... loved it

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