AMALFI COAST & BAY OF NAPLES
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The views of the coast, espcially the first lunch when we were at Ravello
What did you think of your group leader?
Eduardo was excellent, and worked really hard to give us a good trip and make sure that everything ran smoothly. Hotel staff were also excellent. Food plentiful and good!!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
On the free day, do go and see Pompeii - it's a shame it isn't included in the main itinerary. It's very busy there (unlike Herculaenum) but the whole group felt that it would be a shame to go to Amalfi and not see Pompeii. If there's a queue for the brothel at Pompeii, it's really not worth the wait - it's a really small building. We all wished we'd spent the time seeing other parts of Pompeii instead of spending 30 mins of our 3 hours there standing in a queue. Another excellent ruin to visit (not on the tourist trail, but it was the highlight of our trip) is Villa Poppaea, which is only 10 mins from Pompeii. Our guide stopped there for us on the way back from Pompeii. Villa Poppaea is very well preserved, amazing paintings and with an Olympic sized swimming pool! The Amalfi roads are incredible - narrow, precipes, hairpin bends and mad drivers! Our coch drivers were excellent.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Personally, I wouldn't have bothered with the Naples trip - it wasn't worth the long drive. To me, it was just another scruffy Mediterranen city. Also, the Walk of the Gods was a lot harder than I expected. There's a lot of rock steps up and down, and quite a bit of scrambling, even along the cliff path. The last 1500 steps down into Positano can be avoided by taking the bus (the bus ride itself was amazing!). I'd recommend taking a walking pole for the Walk of the Gods.