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Sorrento

1643 Sorrento

How to get in Sorrento, the Syrens and good foods Land!

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Hire a Driver to get to Sorrento.

We offer a easy Booking service for transfers from/to Airport  to/from your villa or apartment in Sorrento and Amalfi coast, many times for a small price difference you’ll get to your accommodation more comfortably, and fastly. Do not waste your precious vacation time waiting for a train or getting lost driving a hired car on out crazy road!

At arrival, you will be greeted by our driver carrying a sign with your name and  assisting you with luggage to the waiting vehicle ( usually Van Mercedes Vito or Viano or Mercedes Class E ) to get you on the road in the quickest and easiest way.

 

We provides private transfers from Naples airport, seaport or Naples railway station to Positano, Amalfi ,Ravello, Sorrento, Pompeii, etc.

E.g.

Transfer from Naples airport or Train station to Sorrento for 2/3 persons €90,00

Transfer from Naples airport or Train station to Sorrento for up to 7 people € 120,00

To book we just need your flight/train details, no deposit needed, you’ll pay in cash to the driver, feel free to ask for more infos and prices.

 

How to get from Rome to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast by public Transportation.

First you need to take a train from Rome to Naples ( we suggest the fast trains Italo treno or Frecciarossa only 1 hour trip!), then you’ll take the  local train Circumvesuviana to Sorrento.

Trains from Rome to Naples

First get a train from Roma Termini, Rome’s main train station, to “Napoli Centrale”, Naples’ main train station. The fast Trains (Italo treno or Frecciarossa) run directly between the two stations, although the others trains make some stops, the fast trains its runs very frequently, from early morning (currently 5:42) until late at night (currently 21:45).

For more details, see you can check schedules and ticket prices on the Trenitalia website.

Trains from Naples to Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast.

Circumvesuviana Trains run between Napoli Centrale (Naples main train station) and Sorrento.

To get to the Circumvesuviana get to Piazza Garibaldi Station this is the Naples Main train station (Napoli Centrale), go downstairs and buy the tickets for these trains (inexpensive)

These tickets are separate from the Rome to Naples and must be bought at a Circumvesuviana station.

Train time to Sorrento is about 1 Hour and 5 minutes, trains run every 30 minutes. There may be fewer trains on Sundays or Italian bank holidays.

Circumvesuviana trains also go to Pompeii and  Herculaneum, where you can catch the Bus to get to the Volcano Mount Vesuvius.

For Pompeii, get off at Pompeii Scavi stop, 36 minutes from Naples, for the Ercolano archaeological site, get off at Ercolano Scavi, 17 minutes from Naples.

To get to Mount Vesuvius, get off the train at Ercolano station where you can catch a Compagnia Trasporti Vesuviani bus outside the station.

Check the Circumvesuviana web site for current schedules.

Bus from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast Towns

The bus leaves from near the Sorrento train station to connect to other Amalfi Coast towns Positano, Praiano, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Ravello.

 

How to Get to Sorrento and Amalfi Coast by Car 

Follow this Link to Google Map to see the Road from Rome Airport to Sorrento.

If you’ll not rent one of the ours “No Car needed” properties and you wouldn’t  use the public transportation probably you would hire one.

To drive from Rome, take the Highway A1  to Naples, then the A3 Highway (look at on Google map or any other online map).

Pay attention to Not take before Naples the exit  towards Salerno-Reggio Calabria- Avellino Bari!

To get to Sorrento, follow the sign PENISOLA SORRENTINA- COSTIERA AMALFITANA and exit at Castellammare di Stabia to take the  SP145 keep follow the sign PENISOLA SORRENTINA- COSTIERA AMALFITANA  you ll be driving on 3 tunnels and 25 km to get to Sorrento.

To get to Positano, follow directions toward Sorrento, then take LEFT  Via cavone – SS 163  on  Piano di Sorrento  and follow the sign to Positano. To get to Amalfi or villages near Amalfi, stay on the A3 and after  Castellammare di stabia exit at Vietri Sul Mare and follow the sign toward Amalfi.

You could also take the train to Sorrento, then pick up a rental car there, feel free to ask Us  for a Local Car Hire company, we can easy arrange for a car delivery and pick up service straight at your villa for a small extra price.

How to Get to Sorrento from Rome by Bus without any connections

Most people travelling to Sorrento from Rome will take the trains from Roma Termini Station (the fast Trains ITALOTRENO or FRECCIAROSSA are really fast!) to Napoli Centrale, then the unreserved Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento.

The fast trains from Rome takes between 70 minutes and the Intercity about two hours, and the Circumvesuviana another 65 minutes or so.

That makes travel time, exclusive of the time connection in Naples, anywhere between two and three hours at least. Circumvesuviana trains, very 30 minutes on average and not so trustable on the last years due to frequent strikes…

This is the “conventional” way for travel from Rome to Sorrento.

But there is a way to get to Sorrento without any connection, of course included the Private driver!

This solution is particularly useful for people with mobility problems, those who may have difficulty carrying luggage on and off trains, or those who simply prefer to avoid the Circumvesuviana train, which is known to get quite crowded during summer times and working days.

The other solution is to take the DIRECT Marozzi bus from Rome’s Tiburtina all the way to Sorrento at Circumvesuviana train/bus station.

The Tiburtina bus depot is located 300 meters from Rome’s Tiburtina train/metro station, which is conveniently connected every 15 minutes by Trenitalia unreserved airport train to Rome Fiumicino ( the true name of the Airport is Leonardo Da Vinci, but is normally called Fiumicino) FCO Airport. It takes about five minutes to walk from the train/metro station entrance to the bus stop.

There is a year-round Marozzi bus at 07.00 AM arriving in Sorrento at 10.45 AM and at 15:00 ( summertime only), arriving in Sorrento at 18:45.

The buses operates Monday through Saturday, but NOT on Sunday. The mid-afternoon departure makes for an easy connection from many incoming flights to both Roma Fiumicino (FCO) and Roma Ciampino (CIA) airports.

The Downside is that during the summertime ( from May to september) and specially the week end there is a traffic congestion on the last 10 km to get to Sorrento, so the trip can result much longer the 4 hours.

From June 1 through September 30, there is a SECOND bus departure DAILY at 7:00 a.m., arriving in Sorrento at 10:45. (This bus continues on to Positano, Praiano and Amalfi).

The one-way fare is 18 Euros. Advance reservations are optional and suggested on the summertime but not mandatory.

PROS:

1. Direct service. No need to haul luggage between trains at Napoli Centrale. No need to lift luggage on and off trains. Stow luggage in the underfloor baggage compartment of the bus.

2. Cheap: only 18,50 Euros, versus 23 (Intercity), 38 (Eurostar Italia) or 44 (Frecciarossa) Euros on the Trenitalia train to Napoli Centrale, plus 4 Euros on the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento. (There is also the unreserved Trenitalia “regionale” train from Rome to Naples for only 11.20 Euros, but it takes over 2.5 hours. There are also cheaper discounted fares on Trenitalia.com for the ITALOTRENO or FRECCIAROSSA reserved trains which have significant restrictions).

3. Unless you take the fast and expensive high-speed train (ITALO TRENO or FRECCIAROSSA), the direct bus is not so slow, considering that the train solution (using the Trenitalia Intercity train) will take over three hours.

4. Guaranteed seating all the way to Sorrento. Instead, the unreserved Circumvesuviana commuter train sometimes has lots of standing passengers.

5. No problem with luggage. By contrast, you must keep luggage by your seat (or next to your legs) on the Circumvesuviana trains.

CONS:

1. Slow: 4 hours ( or more depending of the traffic), versus 2-3 hours by train (Not considering the connection time in Naples).

2. No service on Sundays (except from June through September at 7:00 a.m.).

4. Limited schedules: only one bus year-round, and two buses from June through September.

5. Limited connection timeframes from Rome FCO and CIA airports.

RETURN to Rome:

From Sorrento at 6:00 a.m., arriving Rome Tiburtina bus depot 9:45 (year-round, daily except Sunday).

Additionally, from Sorrento at 17:00, arriving Rome at 21:00 (daily, from June through September only).

Positano

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How to get in Positano one of Italy’s most well known and picturesque tourist towns.

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How get to Positano from Sorrento by bus or by Ferry or by Private driver:

Catch a SITA bus from Sorrento Train Station to Positano, however, on Sundays and from perhaps mid-June until August and during the week ends, the bus becomes very crowded so you could consider taking an earlier bus perhaps before 10:30am. Or during the summertime a fast ferry (Aliscafo in italian) from Sorrento to Positano.

Please Check the current Bus time table here http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/public/tpl/campania/5070.pdf

Before get on board, you need to buy an E3 ticket for €1.80 from any tobacconist or newspaper shop and then stamp your ticket when you board at the machine nearby the driver.

If you do not care to much about money, you could also take a fast ferry from Sorrento to Positano ( metro del Mare) its runs from May until mid-Oct.
You can walk down to the Port from the stairs on Piazza Tasso (on the back of the Touristic train stop) or take a taxi or Shuttle bus down to Sorrento Marina Piccola where you can buy tickets and catch the ferry: www.metrodelmare.com

Book a driver- this is the best way to visit the Amalfi coast, you can Book a Private driver for your Amalfi coast day trip, the prices for a Minivan for up to 8 persons are €50 per hour, it take at least 4-5 hours, the driver are english fluently, and they will be happy to show you the Best things to see along the coast.

When the weather is bad and the seas rough, the Ferries won’t run, so the SITA bus or a private driver would be the alternative way to reach Positano and Amalfi.

Positano is also famous for its highly original fashion clothing in distinctive fabrics sold in many of the charming boutiques. You need to visit the little town on foot to appreciate its pretty narrow streets, pastel-coloured houses and endless steps carved out of the rock.

Capri

1641 Capri

How to get to Capri one of the world’s most beautiful islands and an internationally famous tourist resort.

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Summer retreat for the jet set, the island is awash with designer boutiques and picture postcard views wherever you turn: lush Mediterranean vegetation with purple bougainvillea climbing over the whitewashed villas and the celebrated “Faraglioni” limestone stacks.

Take a trip to the famous blue grotto, visit Villa San Michele in Anacapri, once the home of Axel Munthe, or stroll around the Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus) and the ruins of Villa Jovis, one-time residence of the emperor Tiberius.

How do I get to Capri? By sea, of course!

Hydrofoils and ferries depart from Naples and Sorrento and occasionally, in the summer, from Positano, Salerno and Ischia too.

For much of the year, only those vehicles belonging to residents are allowed to circulate on Capri. Cars are of little use on the island, much of which is closed to traffic anyway and, whatever the time of year, you would be wise to leave your wheels on the mainland.

How to arrive on the Island of Capri from Sorrento?

Hydrofoils and ferries to Capri depart from Sorrento’s Marina Piccola port. In the summer, crossings are frequent (circa every 30 minutes). The journey lasts about twenty five minutes. You can quickly reach the port of Sorrento from the main Piazza Tasso via a steep flight of steps. Although this route is short, if you’re carrying suitcases, you might want to make the uphill return journey in one of the shuttle buses linking the port with either Piazza Tasso or the elevator to Villa Comunale.

Our tip! The journey from Sorrento to Capri is an incredibly scenic one: sit on the left hand side of the boat to enjoy the best views!

And once I arrive on the island Capri?

Once you arrive on the Island of Capri, if you have lots of luggage, ask for the assistance of one of the porters waiting on the dock. They’ll make sure your bags are delivered direct to your hotel. The service costs circa ten euro for each piece of luggage: this may seem expensive, but unless you fancy dragging your bags up the steep little lanes of Capri, worth it!

To get to the Piazzetta, you can either take the funicular train (the station is situated directly opposite the docks, and the ticket office just to the right) or one of the island’s legendary cabriolet taxis. The taxi fare will set you back circa 15.00 euro.

Get around

By foot: from the main harbour to the town up the hill leads a range of stairs. Stairs and walkways, mostly signposted, crisscross the island.

By funicolare: this mountain tram (same stuff as in Naples, Heidelberg, Barcelona and San Francisco) connects the harbour with the town up the hill. Read also about the unified public transport ticket Campania Unico.

By taxi: The open top taxis are expensive but, if there are a group of you worth considering. Haggle to get a price to ferry you around the island for the day (it won’t be cheap – but very little on Capri is!).

By bus: Island buses are readily available to take you to the various areas of the island. They run on a schedule and cost 1,30 € per ride, €2,80 for 60 minutes unlimited use, or €6,70 plus €1 deposit for unlimited day use (deposit is refunded to you at end of day).

Buses run from:
Marina Grande to Capri town (4/hour) and then take bus to Anacapri (4/hour) but the Capri to Anacapri bus gets crowded, so you could take a bus direct from Marina to Anacapri (2/hour)

Anacapri Buses go to Capri (at least 4/hour) and to the Blue Grotto

The town of Anacapri and its surrounding villas and hikes

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) – The Blue Grotto is a beautiful cave at the water’s edge with a tiny opening to the sea that opens and closes with the tide, used as a bath since the Roman times.

The entrance is small and depending on the tide there is just enough space for only a small rowboat to get through.

Dark at the entrance, one has to enter 20-30 yards and then turn around to view the beautiful sight of the light from the entrance flowing through the water lit turquoise from below by the sun. Hence the sight of the “Blue Grotto”.

You’ll be amazed at the turquoise hues glimmering in the water and against the rocks.

The grotto often closes due to tides and waves, and it may take a while for your boat to get in, with many other boats trying to do the same.

It may also be advisable to check the tides beforehand to avoid disappointment.

The trip on the passenger boat from Marina Grande to outside the Blue Grotto cavern costs about €9, then €12.50 per person for the rowboat to take you in through the tiny entrance which includes the entrance ticket to the cave and demands the oarsman for a tip, with a round trip of about 1 to 3 hours.

There are also cruises that circumnavigate Capri and stop at the Blue Grotto allowing passengers to board a row boat and enter the grotto Alternatively, one can take a bus to Anacapri, walking 100m (inquire locally), then taking another bus to the Grotta Azzurra.

This has the advantage of cutting on the cost from Marina Grande, as well as placing you near Anacapri where much else is to be seen.

The grotto is open from 9:00 to one hour before sunset daily.

If the grotto closes suddenly (hopefully while you are outside it), consider a €12 cruise around the magnificent Faraglioni Rocks instead.

The Blue Grotto is one of those ‘love it’ or ‘loathe it’ places.

At peaks times the queue of tour boats and those arriving by land can be 1 to 2 hours long and the total time in the cave is only a few minutes.

Some will wonder what all the fuss is about (it’s a cave with a small pool of blue water) and will begrudge the cost and time involved in seeing it.Others adore the place…

 

Villa Jovis – splendid residence of the Emperor Tiberius, start from Piazzetta Umberto I and turn into Via delle Botteghe, continuing straight on through Via Fuorlovado,
Via Croce and, finally, Via Tiberio. After visiting the villa, you could dedicate some time to other attractions in the vicinity, such as the Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso, the Cave of Tiberius and the Lighthouse Tower.
Sunrise – If you take the early ferry from Naples (the one at 6.45AM), then as you travel to Capri, the sun rises over the mountains. The sky turns from deep violet to pink to orange to gold. It is an amazingly beautiful sight, certainly worth waking up at the ungodly hour!
Villa San Michele – Located in Anacapri. Swedish physician Axel Munthe built it at the turn of the 20th Century on the grounds of one of Tiberius’s ancient villas.

The gardens have stupendous views of the island, the Sorrentine Peninsula and Mount Vesuvius. The villa and its grounds sit on a ledge at the top of the so-called Phoenician Steps (Scala Fenicia in italian), built between Anacapri and Capri very probably by the first Greek settlers (the stairs are very steep and not for everybody).

The good doctor actually wrote a book about the building of the villa and it makes good reading (The Story of San Michele).
You’ll find the book in many languages at the villa gift store for about EUR 10.

The Villa makes a very nice visit and along the road to get here you’ll find nice stores that sell the Limoncello liqueur that is quite good (especially cold).

There is a small entrance fee, but it’s well worth it.

Church of San Michele Arcangelo – Also in Anacapri, this church is a very nice example of baroque style on the island. Even though the church is nice by itself, the prize is the tile floor which is a mosaic depicting the expulsion of Adam & Eve from paradise, by artist Leonardo Chiaiese. You’ll have to walk on wooden planks on the sides.

To Do

Capri is a place to do as little or as much as you like.

The four cafes in the main square are the place to be seen in the evenings after the deluge of day trippers have left.

Celebrities can occasionally be found sipping drinks there.

High end shops line the streets if you feel the need for retail therapy.

Walk Take one of the public footpaths which let you reach, for instance, the “Arco Naturale” and other beautiful sights which the large majority of tourists will only see from their boat trips around the island. Some of these paths are very steep and you need to walk up and down long stairs sometimes.

The map you can buy for a small fee at the main tourist office in the harbor shows most of the footpaths. However, it is difficult to get lost on such a small island.
Hike Nearly the entire perimeter of the island is accessible for hiking.

Few people, except local fishers and hunters, take advantage of these beautiful natural trails.

Several abandoned forts are found along the path and there are trails and paved descents that can take you all the way to the water’s edge. This is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the island when the day tripping tourists flood the more populous regions of the island. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes if you do hike, you may be a long distance from the nearest road or bus stop.

Rent a motor scooter to tour the island. Gets you around much quicker than on foot, but still allows you to easily maneuver the winding roads. Beware of crazy bus drivers especially around corners! Beware as they may only allow experienced drivers to rent scooters.

Take the chairlift ride Called the Seggiovia by locals, it goes from Anacapri up to Monte Solaro.

On a clear day the views over the bay of Naples from the summit are indescribable and there are some really pretty gardens and orchards underfoot on the way up the mountain (passing over private homes). The ride takes 15 minutes each way and is a remarkably peaceful break from the tourist crowds elsewhere in Capri.

You’ll want at the very least 30 minutes at the top, where a restaurant and toilets are available. Round trip is €10 or €7.50 one way.

Open daily in summer 9:30 to 5PM, last run down at 5:30PM, November to March last run down at 3:30PM. Very windy at wintertime.
Swim, many locals swim in the Blue Grotto after 6PM when the boats stop and in any of the other grottos around the island. Swimming is much safer however at the small beach to the left of the ticket kiosk for the funicolare in Marina Grande or on the other side of the island at Marina Piccola (resort-like beach) or at any of the natural beaches reachable by boat.

Swimming in grottos is only for experienced swimmers and is not for the faint-hearted, as tidal waves frequently close and open the openings to the grottos, and in the process, potentially injure a swimmer against the rocks when trying to enter or exit.

Never do this alone, go with a local if you really feel the need to swim inside a grotto or the Blue Grotto which has a very low mouth opening.

Marina Piccola is on the opposite end of the island from Marina Grande. You can walk, but the bus is probably easier.

The Marina Piccola is a quieter area which has two beach areas where you can swim or lay out on the smooth rock beach. But in July and August finding space on the pebbles is very difficult.

 

Pompeii

1558 Pompeii

How to get to the Pompeii ruins

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Sorrento is well connected with Pompei by Circumvesuviana Regional Railway systems known locally as Vesuviana.

All trains directed to Sorrento pass the station of Pompei Scavi as part of their journey..

Make sure that before you start you journey that you are wearing sensible shoes and some of the pavements are extremely uneven.
Take water with you and don’t forget to wear a hat , as it can be very hot especially during summer walking through the ruins of the ancient city.

So how to you get to Pompeii from Sorrento?

As mentioned before, this is very straight forward – so long as you aim for the correct station.

This is because some confusion can arise regarding the stations names. Why? Because there are two Stations at Pompeii.

The first is ‘POMPEI’, while the second is ‘POMPEI SCAVI’. Luckily, the ‘Pompei’ station in on a different line to the one that leaves Sorrento station..

The station you want is ‘POMPEII SCAVI’ – Scavi meaning ‘ruins’.

You can purchase your tickets in the small newsagents found to the right of Sorrento station. It currently costs 2,20 Euros one way.

I will suggest that you buy return tickets here in order to avoid confusion
at the other end. You will be far too hot and tired from 3 or 4 hours of walking around in the baking hot sun to stand in more queues.
The trains are a bit dirty and generally covered in graffiti, but considering how cheap the tickets are I don’t see how anyone can really complain.

You are best off sitting on the left hand side of the train as this will expose you to the best views of the Bay of Naples, however a large part of the journey will be in complete darkness as you travel though tunnels cut out of the volcanic rock. The journey takes about 35-40 minutes.

Be aware of poorly trained musicians who will be travelling along with you, pestering for money. If you allow them to, they will damage your finances as well as your hearing!

You leave the station using the underpass. A point of interest is that there is a toilet in the underpass which costs 1 Euro

There are of course toilets at the entrance to the Pompeii ruins, but remember that most of the passengers who were on the train are now walking next to you and they all want to be first in line at the next, free, toilet opportunity.

Once you have reached the station exit turn right, and walk along the street stall until you reach the entrance to the ruins a couple of minutes up the road.

When travelling back you will need to return to Pompeii Scavi station.

Remember to validate your return tickets in the push box by the doors leading out to the platform. If you forget and are asked to produce them invalidated to a ticket inspector then expect to pay a fine.

You will pick up your train from platform one to Sorrento, which is on the other side of the platform. If there are any seats spare then try and sit on the right hand side for the return jour!

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Sorrento, Naples, Italy