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Rome to Naples/Positano

by markgaust

Arriving Fiumicino Sun 9 Sep 07 1200hr (after 24 hr flight). I want to get to Positano that night. I plan to take local train to Rome Termini and then train to Naples and taxi to Positano. Do I have to pre book tickets from Rome to Naples because I'm not sure how long it will take to clear customs and get the local train to Termini? This makes pre booking a bit risky. And of course I don't want to sit around in Termini longer than I have to. Can I buy the tickets to Naples just prior to boarding?
Is my plan the best way to get to Naples/Positano?

Re: Rome to Naples/Positano

by mccalpin

First, I assume that you're arriving 12 noon, right? ;-)

1. Taking the Leonardo Express to Termini will be simple - it runs every 30 minutes and takes 35 minutes for the trip.

2. There are 2-3 trains per hour (just looking at next Sunday afternoon) all afternoon. I see no reason to commit yourself to a given train. Although most trains require reservations, you can get them when you walk up, as long as there are seats...and the occasional regional train won't even require that.

Speaking of walking up, if the FS ticket office is open on Sunday at the train station at the airport, you can buy your ticket all the way to Naples while still at the airport. Otherwise, buy your Leonardo ticket from the machine or from the newsstand, and buy your other ticket at Termini.

3. Positano is a long was from Naples - www.viamichelin.com estimates that it is 59 kms (30 miles) by car - this will make for a very large taxi fare. If you really want a car, I'd investigate reserving a limo first - at least you would know the fare up front.

4. The problem with Positano is that there is no rail service there, so you have to take a bus (or ferry) if you go by public transit. One possibility is to switch to the Circumvesuviana private rail line at Napoli Centrale (the main train station), take the Circumvesuviana out to Sorrento, then take a bus to Positano. Another possibility is to take a bus straight from Naples to Positano, but my recollection is that it doesn't run very often, especially on Sunday. A third possibility is to take the train from Rome all the way to Salerno (probably have to change in Naples anyway), then take a SITA bus from Salerno to Positano (with a likely change in Amalfi). A fourth possibility is to take a ferry from Naples or Sorrento to Positano, but these can be seasonal as well as dependent on the weather.

In any case, the closer you get to Positano by public transport, the more you will save. On the other hand, if money is no object, do the research on limos or the like first, before taking what will be an expensive taxi ride.

With luck, others will pipe in on their preferences...


Re: Rome to Naples/Positano

by rubbersoul75

Nothing to add except, a perfect response from Bill, as usual.

Re: Rome to Naples/Positano

by markgaust

Thanks Bill, Just the information I was hoping for.I'll take a chance at the station and hope to get the tickets. I'll probably pamper ourselves with a limo for the last leg from Naples after a 24 hr flight. Cheers

Travel Tips for Rome

Drink lots of water

by challenger

Drink lots of water when walking around Rome, especially in the very hot summer months. Do as we did in order to save some money: Buy one bottle of mineral water and – when finished – keep on refilling it at some of the numerous fountains that you can find all over Rome. The water from these is very cool and refreshing.

When you have refreshments from some of the bars, please remember that the area where you’re situated generally determines how much you will be charged: It’s cheapest if you stand at the counter, a bit more expensive when sitting at a table and is at its dearest when you sit outside! Bar charges in Rome can vary from dirt cheap to complete rip off, but if you follow these rules you should have a very inexpensive time.

Stunning views of Rome from Gianicolo

by icunme

I walked up the Gianicolo today from Vatican square where I had gone to follow the Passetto as it entered the Vatican Papal residence. It was a winding upward trek but very rewarding - especially when I reached the summit.
Although it is the second tallest hill (Monte Mario being the first) in Rome, the Gianicolo does is not among proverbial Seven Hills of Rome as it is west of the Tiber and outside the formal boundaries of the ancient city. Janiculum (derived from Janus) served as the center for the cult of the god Janus, and the fact that it overlooked the city made it an ideal location for devotees to observe their rights.

The Janiculum is one of the best locations for a breathtaking vistas of the innumerable domes and bell towers that form the skyline of our architectural landscape.

Photo 1 - Yep, you guessed it - right there in center left is the Vittorio Emanuelle Monument (some dub it The Vittorio Emanuelle Monstrosity). Love it or loath it - it serves us well as a landmark and has given me bearings as I wondered about, lost in unfamiliar Rome streets.

Here are just a few of the spectacular views you will have of bella Roma's aerial museum from the Gianicolo.

In the sixties, the cheapest...

by lovecell

In the sixties, the cheapest way to go around the world, was by ship, but it could take you a lot of time, in fact, from Australia, we took nearly one month to get to Italy...but that was another period, now, everything is fast, fast food, fast emotions, fast love...but I still have the old fashion style....I take it so easy and long...and I'm still, so lazy....and I wish that I'll remain always a kid...
Not everybody has to be clever and wise...!!
I like to be stupid and dumb....and my values are next to zero, so primitive...so simple and plain...
...I suppose that too many people have such big brilliant ideas....me not many....just peace and (maybe some love)

..but I have to admit, that I don't make the world turn around much....but I don't care anymore...
Too many feelings and hate around...
I just don't want to give trouble or to be troubled!
I just want to see the sun, the land, the rain, and breathe and smell the air, not much more I'm interested in....just waiting to die...
Ah you might think it's so sad what I say...but talk to me and I'll make you laugh!!!!! ahaahhaha


by fairy_dust

If you want real Italian pizza, there are plenty of places all over town that sell it by the slice. But since I spent an entire week eating mostly pizza, after a while I couldn't stand the thought of having another slice...

Gladiators and Coliseums

by akikonomu

Actually, I am not really really impressed by the coliseum although it does provide a good background of the history of ancient Rome.

Around the coliseum, there are also many ruins, many of them undergoing restoration at the time I was there.

And the weather, it is searingly hot and bright. Always remember to come prepared.


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