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Report 1489: Alone on the Amalfi Coast

By Sharonov from Illinois, Spring 2007

Trip Description: A 65-year-old woman travels alone to the Amalfi Coast in the early spring, discovering (among other things) that even though Naples is the birthplace of pizza, Chicago pizza is the best.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Amalfi Coast, Campania

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; Single Traveler

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Who could resist this place?

About eight years ago my husband and I discovered the Cinque Terre, almost by accident. We hiked the villages every day, oohing and ahhing at the beauty, and I didn't think it could get any better than that. But then I started reading about the Amalfi Coast, with writers debating which was more beautiful, it or the Cinque Terre. The thought that there was another area beautiful enough to be included in such a debate intrigued me, and I knew I had to go. My husband's feet weren't itching, so I took a rare opportunity to get away by myself. I could have gone with this girlfriend or that, but the thought of being all alone for over two weeks, doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, appealed to me greatly. I was never sorry, except maybe the last couple of days. SlowTrav gave me lots of advice on places to see, stay and eat. I decided to plan part, but not all of the trip. So I booked my first four days in Sorrento (supposedly a very good base for seeing other areas), four in Positano (SlowTrav folks weighed in heavily on this city) and the last three days (Naples). That left six days in the middle totally open.

I spent many a happy hour in front of my computer choosing hotels, deciding what clothes to bring, choosing between different modes of transportation, etc. Note on Packing: everyone's read the advice about laying everything out that you want to bring, then packing only half. Well, I did not heed that advice and regretted it more than once. I brought three bags: a fat carry-on. a 21" that I checked, and a briefcase full of books to read. On retrospect I should have brought a slightly bigger case (a 22"), left a space in it, and put the emergency carry-on stuff (a change of clothing, underwear, medications and no more than three books) in the super-lightweight backpack (Bagolini) that I found. Three bags plus a purse was just too cumbersome for moving from place to place. I should have known better after umpteen trips and acted stupidly. Next trip I will DEFINITELY bring less!

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