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Naples- Herculanaem and Amalfi Coast

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We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers traveling in early July on RC. We decided that we wanted to visit Herculaneum due to its size and the limited time we have. Also wanted to visit 1 town on the Amalfi Coast. 

Many suggestions on what town that should be given our limited amount of time. Thanks in advance!

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Your best bet is to visit the Amalfi coast FIRST because of the uncertain traffic. I suggest Positano as the best (assuming you have a car with driver), Amalfi as the easiest, or Ravello for its fantastic views.

Herculaneum is best visited after, its closer to Naples and you can give yourselves as much time there as you have left - 2 hours is ideal, one hour is worthwhile

 

JB :classic_smile:

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Thanks. We were going to try to go with public transportation but sounds like hiring a driver would make more sense. 

 

We we will likely price a private transfer from Naples port to Positano and then and drop off at Herculaneum. Thinking we can return to the port on the train. 

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11 hours ago, 57spring said:

Thanks. We were going to try to go with public transportation but sounds like hiring a driver would make more sense. 

 

We we will likely price a private transfer from Naples port to Positano and then and drop off at Herculaneum. Thinking we can return to the port on the train. 

 

Herculaneum is easy by train - the Circumvesuviana line - get off at Ercolano Scavi.

But the Amalfi coast is next-to impossible by public transport on a port-of-call day because the hourly bus service from Sorrento is grossly over-subscribed. You my have to stand in line for over an hour - for the bus after the one that fills from the line ahead of you. 

No fun outbound, but could be disastrous for your return to the ship on time.

 

JB :classic_smile:

 

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If you were to try this by public transit the most efficient routing would be Trenitalia from Naples to Salerno (40 minutes, 4,70 euro) followed by a short walk (about a half mile) to the Concordia dock where you'd get a ferry to either Amalfi or Positano (Amalfi is 35 minutes, 8 euro; Positano is 70 minutes, 12 euro).

 

From there (Amalfi or Positano) you could take a ferry to Sorrento and then get the Circumvesuviana train to Ercolano Scavi (for Herculeneum) and then again from there back to Naples.

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