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Spur of the moment trip to Italy for Oct 10 -17 (Amalfi coast area)

I booked a real cheap airfare to/from Rome and was thinking about spending the time in Sorrento/Amalfi coast area. I have read lots of people recommend staying in Ravello and maybe splitting time with Sorrento for visiting Pompeii area. Traveling as a solo male. Just started planning this trip and looking for recommendations for hotels and day trips. I have a 6:40 am flight out of Rome (FCO).

Thank you,
Steve

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Ravello is beautiful and demands a visit if you are on the coast. But it is a small town and to make day trips by bus or car is inconvenient. I have stayed in Positano and Amalfi on different trips. As a single male, I don’t think I would want to stay in either town for a week. Last December I enjoyed my stay at the small, family run Hotel Villa Annalara in Amalfi town.

If you stay in Sorrento, there will always be somerhing to do. Easy to visit the towns on the coast by bus, car or ferry. You’re in an easy place to reach Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Isle of Capri.

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It’s easy to get from Rome to Naples and Salerno, trains just about every hour. Honestly, there’s so much to do in this region you’re going to have to think carefully about what you want to see or do. This will help you decide where to stay and for how long. Picking the right home base for ease of travel can make all the difference. It’s an amazing area though, you can’t really go too wrong here.

If you’re interested in Naples/Pompeii/Herculaneum then you should base yourself for a few nights in either Naples or Sorrento. I thought Naples was great, and deserves at least a full day of sightseeing. Sorrento is a much more laid back, relaxing place, but has superb transportation connections to just about anywhere in the region. Not sure what the ferry schedules look like at that time of year. You can day trip to Capri and onto the Amalfi Coast From here, but if you’re more inclined to enjoy the Amalfi Coast’s sublime charms then you should consider staying a couple nights there.

There’s a lot of options on the AC. Ravello is great, but not great if you want to get out to some other towns. It would take several bus connections. Amalfi has easy transport options, but not as pretty as say, Positano. I stayed in Atrani, a little beach town a short walk from Amalfi, and would recommend highly.

With that early flight out, you’ll definitely need to spend that previous night in Rome.

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I have a 6:40 am flight out of Rome (FCO).

You have my condolences

For Sorrento, we stayed at Il Nido Hotel. Fabulous view.
Sorrento give you easy access to Pompeii and Capri, besides being a great place to stay