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Driving from Rome to Positano?

by lengleng

hello all,
How long of a drive is Rome to Positano?Is it a crazy drive?This wasn't in our plans since we are going to Florence after Rome but just though if we have the time and it's easy to get to why not?
Thnaks in advance,
lengleng

Re: Driving from Rome to Positano?

by HansDK

Rome to Positano is 275 km and will take about 3.5 hours.

Re: Driving from Rome to Positano?

by leics

If you are not staying overnight, then you will be travelling most of the day. Better to go on on the train, or not at all imo.

It will be more pleasant and interesting for your son, less hassle for you and you won't have to pay a good chunk of money for parking in Positano (not a lot of it, and not cheap).

But if you aren't going to stay, then it's not worth it imo. By the time you have got there (and traffic can be very congested in that area, as well as around Rome and Naples)) and found somewhere to park it will be nearly time to come back.

I can tell you about train if you like. It's easy. Pompeii and Sorrento is a feasible daytrip, if a long one, but Positano isn't really (unless you hire a car from Sorrento, which is a possibility).

Better to spend a few days there to see Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri, Amalfi. Positano is pretty (though nothing really special imo) but it really is not the only place to visit on the Amalfi coast. It just seems to have the highest profile, for some reason.

Re: Driving from Rome to Positano?

by puerto_lover

I had a Fiat in Positano yellow. Always wondered why it was named after this town. I assumed it was because of the colour of the local houses or maybe even the stone.

Re: Driving from Rome to Positano?

by zuriga

I think all driving in Italy is a bit crazy. They speed like mad.:-)

Re: Driving from Rome to Positano?

by footstool

Puerto Lover, I believe "Positano yellow" refers to the color of the large lemons that are so plentiful that they fall off the trees onto the Strada Nazionale. At first I thought they were sun-dried basketballs. I remember that every restaurant offered a FREE Lemoncello after every meal.

Re: Driving from Rome to Positano?

by lengleng

yah ,I think I will have to pass up on Positano this time :-(

Travel Tips for Rome

The Centre: make an early...

by fga

The Centre: make an early start with breakfast on Piazza del Popolo at a veritable Roman´ institution, meeting-place of the city´s brighter spirits, the Café Rosati (and come back for an evening aperitif). Its terrace is a perfect vantage point of admiring the gracefully curving piazza as an exemplary piece of open-air urban theater, designed in 1816 by Giusseppe Valadier.
On the north side, the austere Santa María del Popolo is important for Raphael´s Chigi Chapel, exquisite frescoes by Pinturicchio and, above all, two profoundly disturbing early 17th century paintings by Caravaggio, the Conversation of St. paul and Crucifixion of St. Peter, in the Cerasi Chapel left of the choir.
Next to the curch, an arched gateway marks what was the entrance to ancient Rome along the Via Flaminia, leading from Rimini on the Adriatic Coast.
The obelisk in the centre, datin from Egyp of Ramses II, was brounght here from the Circus Maximus and re-erected by Pope Sixtus V in 1589. Rounding off the south side are the twin Baroque churches, Santa Maria del Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesano, completed by the 17th century masters, Gianlorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana.
Above the piazza to the east, the Pincio gardens offer a magical view of the city, specially at sunset. The Pincio promenade lined with pine tree and open.air restaurants takes you past the Villa Medici , home of french artist visiting on national scolarships, to the 16th century French church, Trinitá dei Monti.
Its twin belfries loom over the Spanish Steps , eternal hangout of guitar playing youths, lovers and pedlars of trinkets and flowers. The pleasant daze induced on the three-tiered travertine staircase, festooned in spring with pink azaleas. The house at the bottom of the steps has been preserved as a museum. Named after a palace used as Spanish Embassy, the steps and the Piazza di Spagna are the heart of the city´s mostfashionable shopping area, leading over to the Via del Corso.
The piazza´s 17th century boatshaped marble fountain, Fontana della Barcaccia , is by the great Bernini´s father, The venerable Babington´s Tea Rooms are a relic of the days when Romans called the piazza the “english ghetto”.
More quintessenttially Roman, on nearby Via Condotti, is the city´s oldest coffee house, the 18th century Caffe Greco , popular, as you´ll see from pictures, busts and autographs, with Goethe, Byron, Baudelaire, Liszt, Gogol and Fellini.
The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) : most people are content just to toss in a coin over their shoulders, causing daily fights between street urchings and the municipality for the considerable revenues in high season.
On one of the seven hills of ancient Rome, is the Palazzo del Quirinale , once residence to Popes fleeing the malarial swamps of the Vatican down by the Tiber, housed of King of Italy after 1870, and is now the presidential palace.
You couldn´t miss Piazza Venezia is a fine example of severe but elegant early renaissance architecture, now containinga museum of medieval and renaissance arms, furniture an sculpture. Mussolini had his office there.
The church of the Gesú , severe and relatively discreet on its own square west of the Piazza Venezia, was a major element in the Jesuits Counter Reformation campaing. Begun as their roman headquarters in 1568, its open ground plan was the model for the congregational churches that were to regain popular support from the protestant. Perhaps, inevitabily, the church´s richest, almost overwhelming ornament is the altar of St. Ignatius Loyola , covering the tomb of the Jesuits founderwitna a profution of lapiz lazuli.
The Pantheon (Piazza della Rotonda) is the best preserved monument of ancient Rome and rivals the Colosseum in its combination of quiet elegance and sheer massive power.
Pause now at a café in that serenest of city squares, the Piazza Navona . Nowhere in Rome is the spectacle of Italian street life more pleasantly indulged, thanks to an inspired collaboration of Romans genius across the ages. In the centre, Bernini´s Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Fiume) celebrates the great rivers of the Americas (Rio de la Plata), Europe (Danube), Asia (Ganges), and Africa (Nile).
The boisterous fruit and vegetable market on the Campo di Fiori gives way in the afternoons to political meetings, admonished by the statue of philosopher Giordano Bruno.
Only with a special appointment can you visit the glorious Palazzo Farnese , built by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Michelangelo and Giacomo Della Porta, now the french Embassy.
Narrow streets south-east of the Campo di Fiori take you to Jewish Ghetto near the ruins of the ancient Roman Theater of Marcellus, architectural model for the Colosseum.

What to wear when it is spring in Rome

by jmhenry1123

pack an extra duffle/gym/tote bag for trinkets and souvenirs.

A shoulder type bag to carry your camera, books, maps, a smaller purse. Vatican dress code requires all those entering St. Peter's to be modestly dressed. Shoulders must be covered. No shorts are allowed for men or women. Men must wear long pants and women choosing to wear skirts must have the length to the knee at minimum.

Bring a light jacket/umbrella in case of rain, but temperatures do reach into the 80s in late May.
When touring around the rest of Rome. dress comfortably....spring dresses, shorts, capri pants, skirts, linen pants, t-shirts are all good recommendations for tours in Rome. The Romans are quite fashionable, you will stick out less as a tourist if you dress well and sensibly.

Bring something nice for a evening out. Comfortable shoes for walking. I did manage to walk around Rome in heels for a few hours but be careful around cobblestones as they the heel sometimes will get stuck. Band-aids, prescription medication and prescription if in need of refills, contact lens cleaners/solutions, extra contact lens case, pain medication (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc....you will be paying a lot more for them in the pharmacies in Rome).

Antibacterial hand wipes/gels for those moments when you just can't get to wash your hands. Have a big enough card if you have a digital camera and extra batteries (you might have to pay more in Rome if it is a specialty battery)

Extra film for 35 mm point and shoot/SLR cameras. SUNGLASSES!!!! Your eyes will thank you. (If you forget them, treat yourself to a nice Italian pair, just not those fake ones they sell on the street).

Money belt or money pocket when in more sketchy areas of Rome (Termini Station)
Journal to write down all the great places you visited throughout your trip.

Chewing gum/breath mints to neutralize all that garlic ;-)

Famous Italian Handbags

by TRimer about Furla

For the most chic ladies in town, this is the place for handbags, scarves, and belts at reasonable prices.

Founded in Bologna, Furla has been known for both its feminine and functional designs. Every Furla collection is the result of research and interpretation, which takes account of the past and observes the present, with the future in mind. According to the designer it is because the true virtue of elegance lies not in its power to amaze, but to interpret what is new and translate it into a style. The handbags and belts will be at a fraction of the price that you will find them in the States (sold at Bloomingdales). Plus some of the styles available never make it to the US. Around $100 US

Always pasta and fresh seafood

by genebeans about tre scalini--in Piazza Navona

Every time we get to Rome we make time even with grandchildren to eat at Tre Scalini. Location is fun and we eat outdoors and the food has never been a disappointment.
Reasonably priced for the great location-Make a reservation Rigatoni to stat and then whatever the fresh fish is grilled

Al Vantaggio

by myriam_c about Al Vantaggio

Another restaurant that was recommended by our hotel manager. Local cuisine. What we ate:
husband:
lasagna al forno
coda alla vaccinaria (oxtail)

me:
minestrone
saltimboca a la romana

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