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Sorrento and Amalfi Coast with Kids part II

So my kids LOVED the walk up to Mt. Vesuvius. They enjoyed it more than Pompei. It was rather steep I thought, but no problem for them. I had them keep to the inside path of course, and we took pictures and enjoyed seeing the whole area spread out below us. We even saw steam coming from the volcano!
Our next day was spent going to the Amalfi coast. We couldn't make the early bus time from Sorrento, as Rick suggests. So our hotel told us to catch the ferry down to Amalfi to avoid traffic, and to come back on the bus. This was a great solution. (we had originally planned to down south by bus, then back by ferry, so we just reversed it) We loved Amalfi, and visited the Paper Museum. It was interesting to take the brief guided tour and see how they made paper with cotton. My kids each got to make a sheet. Saw the church, too.
We lunched in Amalfi and took the bus to Positano. Walked the town and beach, and had coffee and gelato by the sea. Very nice! We made the mistake of going to the northern bus stop, so at 5pm we couldn't fit on the bus that came by. We had to go back to the main bus stop in town, and got on there. My kids liked Positano, because it was pretty, had the active walking and they enjoyed the beach.
The next day we ferried to Capri. There was a gentleman on the dock selling guided tours, and we (my husband really) signed up. I was nervous but what a terrific tour! Unfortunately I have no name of the company. It was 45E each and included a nice boat (with inside hull for a little shade) for a ride around the entire island. Did not enter Blue Grotto though. We took a tiny bus to Anacapri, did the chair lift, had a decent lunch (15E extra), bus back to Capri town for a walk through town and the gardens. Popped in the perfume shop. It was 10-3:30 I think. We were very pleased! Our guide was an animated Italian with lots of sound effects in his stories. And quickly moved us along so we stayed on schedule. The kids liked Capri! Especially the chair lift and boat ride.
Our last dinner was in Marina Grande, at Trattoria da Emilia. Overall we didn't like it. Only very fishy options, like fried octopus and sardines. Not many fish options. Desserts were so-so, service kinda crazy, and no coffee available.
In town we ate a Chantecler's Trattoria, it was delicious and a great deal. My husband and I enjoyed an evening drink at the Fauno Bar each evening, in the main Square of Sorrento. That was terrific.
We would LOVE to visit the area again! Yes you have to see Rome, but if you enjoy incredible cliff views, azure seas, lemony pasta and drinks, and a calmer atmosphere with delightful locals...come to Sorrento.

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Thanks for the trip report. Overall, it sounded like a great trip. Your kids must be having experiences of a lifetime between trips and living in Israel at the moment.

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A wonderful write-up. Our daughter was 14 when we took her the Amalfi coast and you simply cannot replace those memories. We attended mass in Amalfi and got to go down to the crypt to see Saint Andrew's relic, which was totally unexpected and wonderful, even though everything was in Italian and I so not a normal mass and I had no idea what was going on.

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Nancy, It has been an amazing journey. Just to really understand how other cultures live. They have gotten to experience so much! Although they're looking forward to friends at home. And Chick fil A!

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KC, Thank you! We saw an unusual mass there too! It was in Russian, and I felt bad taking photos. But then they sang a beautiful hymn at the end of it...you're right, even if we don't understand everything, the experience can be amazing!

I have friends visiting Sorrento right now so i gave them your Trattoria and bar recommendations! On the other hand i won't be eating at the Trattoria da Emilia in Capri. :)