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One thing about the Amalfi Coast is that it almost doesn’t matter which town you stay in as you are likely to spend a day in each. Staying in Sorrento is usually a good option for finding value. It’s a larger city and has many hotels. I once stayed at the Bellevue Syrene (www.bellevue.it) and found it to be a smart splurge. Also, they have an easy-to-access jetty by the sea.
In Positano, the best classic hotels include The San Pietro (www.ilsanpietro.it) and Le Sirenuse. Both are very expensive, with room rates over $800 per night. Anything in Positano is going to be costly, however Buca di Bacco (www.bucadibacco.it) is a good value in town. Also, staying in Praiano at Casa Angelina is my smart luxury pick. It’s luxe but prices are a good bit less than if it were located in nearby Positano.
For dinner on my first night on the Amalfi Coast, we did what most Napolitano people do in order to get around – we took a water taxi. The 10-minute ride led us to a small beach town next-door to Praiano where we reserved an outdoor table at Da Armandino (www.trattoriadaarmandino.it). This restaurant looks very simple but the food is outstanding. While the homemade pastas and marinated sardines were my favorite, everything we tried was amazing.
The next day, my friend arranged Vespa rentals for our group. The bike company representative tested each of us before he would allow us to rent. I think they don’t quite trust Americans on these vehicles. I am sympathetic since most of us didn’t grow up with them, unlike Italians and other Europeans.
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