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Hi Rochelle,


Sorry, but I'm finally back from travel and then lost my log in information. So, here we are. Again, my partner and I are going from Naples to Venice. We would like to fly into Naples, drive down to Sorrento and then drive up the coast, through Rome and Florence, and then ending up in Venice. Please let us know if you think it is too much to enjoy the area. We would rather pick a couple places to enjoy then to speed though. Of course, if we can squeeze in time in the Vatican we would love to do that too. We're planning on  arriving late on June 5th and leaving the morning of June 21st. We have our tickets into Naples and out of Venice. Let me know what you think. I have a shellfish allergy and of course, being a same sex couple, we want to make sure that we're in places where we will be safe. We don't want to pay a lot of money, but some place comfortable and convenient. It is not worth it to us to stay away from the heart of things just to save a few dollars. We love history/museums/tours. We love exploring off the beaten path. Maybe even a pasta cooking class somewhere?


Thank you so much!

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Saturday, June 3 - Naples:

Here is a helpful article for your travels: 50 things to know before travel to Italy


Arrive in Naples


Hotel Suggestions:


Grand Hotel Capodimonte (Starts at $56/night) - An elegant option in a former convent offering traditional rooms & suites, plus a restaurant. Quiet, Cozy, Free breakfast


Culture Hotel Villa Capodimonte (Starts at $70/night) - Relaxed hotel offering simple rooms, plus a restaurant & a terrace bar. Quiet, Cozy, Free Wi-Fi


Hotel Real Orto Botanico (starts at $65/night) - Casual rooms & free continental breakfast, plus an upscale regional restaurant & a terrace bar.


After check-in you must try pizza in Naples:


Pizzeria Di Matteo - It’s pretty hard to get a terrible pizza in Naples, but if you want a truly magnificent pizza—the world’s best, according to many locals—go to Di Matteo. It’s been open since 1936 and though it offers table service, most of its business happens on the street, as busy workers quickly swap a handful of euro for a folded up, fresh-out-of-the-oven pie wrapped in white paper. Don’t miss the pizza fritta, a ricotta and provolone cheese pizza that’s deep-fried.

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(Early Morning) Sunday, June 4 - Naples:

Today checkout of your Naples hotel by 7:30 a.m. to allow for enough time to stop and get pastries for breakfast and arrive at the ruins in Pompeii a little before they open at 8:30 a.m. to purchase your entry tickets. Tour Pompeii on your way to Sorrento:



  • Pastry Shops near your hotel - Antico Forno Capodimonte, Pasticceria Poppella, or Tarallificio Leopoldo (all 3 open at 8:30 a.m.)


 

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Sunday, June 4 - Pompeii/Sorrento:

Tour Pompeii on your way to Sorrento:




  • 5 sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) – valid for 3 consecutive days
    Full price: € 20,00 http://www.pompeiisites.org/

  • Herculaneum - With Vesuvius brooding on the horizon any visit to the Bay of Naples area should include a visit to Herculaneum. It is unjustly less famous than its bigger brother Pompeii as the state of preservation of the buildings are generally much superior. It was lost to sight during the same series of eruptions that destroyed Pompeii but was possibly destroyed by a pyroclastic flow* as much of the timber has survived in a charred condition giving a much better idea of what a Roman town may have looked like.

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  • Forum of Pompeii - The Forum located in the archaeological site of Pompeii was the economic, political and religious city center. It was the place where all public debates and religious events were carried out, and it was the real heart of the city.

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  • 10 things to do and see in Pompeii



  • Boscoreale - Boscoreale, an area about a mile north of Pompeii, was notable in antiquity for having numerous aristocratic country villas. This tradition endured into the time of the Bourbon kings, as is attested by the region’s name, the “Royal Forest,” which implies that Boscoreale was a hunting preserve. Some of the most important wall paintings surviving from antiquity come from a Roman villa at Boscoreale built shortly after the middle of the first century B.C.

  • Oplontis - Oplontis is an ancient Roman seaside villa (villa maritima) situated between Naples and Sorento, in southern Italy. The villa itself is a large structure situated in the ancient Roman town of Oplontis, about ten meters below the modern ground level. Evidence suggests that it was owned by the Emperor Nero, and believed to have been used by his second and rather notorious wife, Poppaea Sabina, as her main residence when she was not in Rome.

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  • Scavi di Pompeii - Archaeological site of the remains of the iconic Roman city preserved by Vesuvius' ash.

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  • Stabiae - Stabiae was a Roman city buried by ash and lapilli during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 BC. It grows in the heart of today’s city of Castellammare di Stabia, although a little ‘higher, precisely where there is the Varano hill, theater of the early findings. While Pompeii and Herculaneum was a residential city, Stabiae instead was a place devoted primarily to the resort, but the archaeological area is smaller than the two neighboring towns.


Sorrento



  • Hotel Options:

  • Stay at the Lubra Casa (Parking 16 euro per day) - This B & B offers onsite cooking classes for an additional fee. For 1 night stay ROOMS ARE UNDER 125 Euro for 2 people and the cost for the cooking class you choose is extra. (See the link above) Lubra Casa Relax's restaurant, Il Santo Bevitore is open from Wednesday until Sunday from 19:00 until 23:00. Run by a young chef with 5-star experience, the restaurant serves typical local dishes with a gourmet twist. The wine cellar is home to some of the best local and national wines.Nestled in the enchanting, unspoilt setting of Massa Lubrense, Lubra Casa Relax is a comfortable hotel located on the Sorrento Peninsula, ideal for a peaceful and exclusive holiday. This completely restored 16th-century villais home to just 6 suites and overlooks the Gulf of Naples and the Isle of Capri. Lubra Casa Relax's rooms are uniquely furnished but all come with balconies and free Wi-Fi internet access. Relax in Lubra Casa Relax's charming drawing room with fireplace. The villa was once home to a parish priest and features frescoes and characteristic vaulted ceilings. Enjoy breakfast until 14:00 on Lubra Casa Relax's panoramic terrace. Staff can also provide you with a packed lunch featuring local produce, perfect for taking with you on trips out. Don't forget to explore Lubra Casa Relax's wine cellar while you're here. Staff can also provide transfers or tailor-made tours, such as boat trips around the Gulf. 

  • Other Hotel Options: 

    • Hotel Del Corso

    • Relais Villa Angiolina

    • Grand Hotel Aminta

    • Palazzo Tasso 



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Monday, June 5 - Sorrento:

  • Today have a relaxing day at the Lubra Casa. After breakfast enjoy the first half of your day lounging on the terrace with panaramic views of Sorrento and take a swim in the onsite pool.

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  • For lunch, try a cooking class at the hotel where you can learn to cook an Italian meal together and then eat what you prepare.

  • Around 3 p.m. Take a 1-hour drive to Funivia Del Monte Faito. Here you will take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain and take in spectacular views over Sorrento. Once at the top top, turn right out of the station and head to bellvedere where you get the best view! It's a 15 minute walk down 100 steps but worth it. After your stroll you can hire a bike, take beautiful pictures together with the view as your backdrop, enjoy the sunset and a nice dinner at one of the restaurants at the top. There are 2 restaurants at the top to choose from for dinner.

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  • To get here from your hotel, drive to the Castellammare Di Stabia Station where you will find plenty of parking lots and garages for 1 to 2 Euro an hour. I recommend Garage Cinque Di Aiello which is a 10 minute walk to the station and 2 euro for every 2 hours. When you areive to the station purchase the roundtrip cable car tickets for 7 Euro each.


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(Early Morning) Tuesday, June 6 - Capri:

Today drive 28 minutes to the Sorrento Port by 8 a.m. and prepare for your ferry ride to Capri for 2 days. Ferries for Capri depart from Sorrento's Marina Piccola port. There are more frequent routes in the summer (departing about every 30 minutes), and the crossing lasts about 25 minutes.


Book your ferry tickets here: http://www.capri.net/en/ferry-schedule?from=sorrento&to=capri (Note: you will have to leave your vehicle in Sorrento because cars in Capri are limited to residents. Parking is around 26 euro per 24 hours and can be found near the ferry marina. Use this link to reserve parking in advance for a cheaper rate: http://www.capri.net/en/ferry-schedule?from=sorrento&to=capri


The high speed ferry between Sorrento and Capri skirts a gorgeous stretch of coast, so sit on the left side to really enjoy the view!


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Hotel recommendations:


La Giuliva (starting at 70 euro per night) CLICK HERE TO BOOK



  • The strategic location in the center of Anacapri

  • The fabulous, sea view patio

  • Free Wi-Fi: a welcome treat


Bettola del Re (starting at 70 euro per night) CLICK HERE TO BOOK



  • A fabulous location in the center of Anacapri

  • Book the Deluxe with a private hot tub

  • Linger over breakfast on the terrace


II Giardino dell'Arte (starting at 118 euro per night) CLICK HERE TO BOOK



  • Views of the sunset you're unlikely to ever forget

  • Breakfast featuring homemade treats and freshly-picked fruit from the garden

  • A relaxing dip in the jetted pool for 12


 


 

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Let's get started! By Rochelle Brown
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Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hello again Metta! Sure, I am still happy to plan your trip. Please give me 4 days to research and prepare the first draft of your itinerary. Once I finish, I will contact you and get your feedback. I'll be in touch soon. Thank you for including all of the details and choosing me to help you with your travel plans! 

 

Rochelle

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hello Metta,

I hope you are doing well. Please give me one more day to work on your itinerary. I will message you tomorrow when it is available. Sorry for the delay. 

Rochelle 

Metta Dael wrote:  

No rush at all! Really... it's not anything we will be looking at for a few weeks! ;)

thank you for working on it and if you needn't a few more days that would be fine! 

Metta

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Thank you so much for understanding! I am actually just getting back to the US from Europe myself. I will continue working on your trip and message you when I am all done!

Rochelle

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hello Metta,

I am still working on your trip. Please feel free to take a look at what I have planned so far using the "Itinerary" tab and make any comments and tell me what you think. I will continue making updates the next couple of days and let you know my progress. Thank you for your continued patience!


All Finished! By Rochelle Brown
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Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hello Metta,

I have finished your itinerary. I hope you like the plan I have created for you! If not please let me know. We have 18 days to turn this into the perfect itinerary for your trip! :-)

Rochelle

Metta Dael wrote:  

Rochelle,

This is awesome that you have finished. I haven't taken a look yet, but I definitely will take a look in the next couple days.

Thanks so much!

Metta

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Okay great! I look forward to hearing back from you. 

Rochelle

Metta Dael wrote:  

Alright, finally had time to look. Great job and thank you since i know it's so much work! Here's a few questions:

 

1. Should we rent a car in Naples for the whole time in Venice or should we rent to just get us from city to city?

2. Can you help us map out the coastal routes to Rome as the GPS may take us a wonky way. Any suggestions or cute/can't miss things to do/eat on the rides to Rome or to Venice?

3. Are there any must do things in each city that you would suggest we do? Of course we love off the beaten path stuff.

4. It seems like there's a lot to do in Pompeii/Almalfi coast.  Should we get ride of the day to visit Pisa to have one more to explore the south?

 

5. How long would it take to see = Pompeii, Herculaneum, Polonits, Stabiae, and Boscoreale? Are we able to see it all in one day? 

6. We aren't interested in a wine tasting in Sorreto - any thing else you suggest?

7. Do you know how much is parking in places?

8. Should we spend the night in any of the Almalfi towns or on Capri?

9. How much is the cost of the day tours?

10. Lastly, do you think we are visiting someone that we shouldn't and that you would recommend another city more?

 

Thank you again so much.

Metta Dael wrote:  

And one more big question...

 

If we had to limit our trip to go from June 3 until June 18. What should we cut?

Thanks!
Metta

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hi Metta,

Just letting you know I received your questions and I will get back to by tomorrow with responses to your questions, maps of the coastal drives, and more suggestions!

Talk to you soon!

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hi Metta,

Here are my responses to your questions:

1. I think renting a car for your entire journey would be most efficient because at the end of your trip arriving to Venice by car is the fastest easiest way to the hotels. You would park at one of the lots I added to your itinerary and then take a waterbus. (See update in itinerary) Plus you would have a faster way to the airport on your last day.

2. I added directions with the coastal route from Sorrento to Rome under the "Files" tab and added some suggested restaurants along the way. I will add some suggested places to eat on the way to Venice as well.

3. I covered most things to do/see in all of the cities in your itinerary. In Naples, you must try the pizza, Pompeii, see the ruins, Sorrento - Amalfi Coast and/or Capri and the views, Florence - visit a leather shop, since this is where a lot of italian leather is made. You can purchase reasonable leather here. See glass being blown, visit the duomo and the shoppes at the Ponte Vecchio bridge and buy the coolest souvenirs and in Venice you must ride the gondola. I know you mentioned an allergy to shellfish. Does this include fresh fish for example salmon? The reason I ask is because in Capri, Amalfi Coast and Venice you have have some of the best fish you have ever tasted. If you can eat other fish let me know and I will suggest a few more places to eat in these places. 

4. Yes I agree Capri and Amalfi Coast is much more breathtaking than Pisa. Let me know if you want to remove this and I will add another day in Capri or Amalfi Coast.

5. Yes this can be done in one day. Parking is 5 euro a day and the sites are within close proximity. 

6. Okay, I replaced this with a cable car ride with views over Sorrento and dinner. (see updated itinerary)

7. I will add parking information and let you know when this has been updated.

8. Yes which one do you prefer? Both are pricey for overnight stays but I think it is worth it. I recommend Capri and keep the day trip to Amalfi coast due to the winding roads you would have to drive along the way. Let me know your preference!

9. Day tour to Capri is $85 per person, Day trip to Amalfi Coast is $75 per person, Half day trip to Murano, Burano, and Torcello is $43 for 2

10. I would recommend less time in Pompeii. I removed day 1 one in Pompeii to allow for more time for the drive along the coast from Sorrento to Rome and will remove Pisa to allow time for an overnight stay in Capri.

If you have to limit the trip to 6/3 to 6/18 then I would sleep in Naples and try the pizza on night one, skip day 2 in Naples and head right to the ruins in Pompeii on the way to Sorrento. Do Capri 2 days but not Amalfi Coast. Remove the Coastal drive from Sorrento to Rome to save time. Let me know what you prefer.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Metta Dael wrote:  

Awesome. Okay so our flight arrives on June 3rd around 5 PM and then leaving on the 19th. Can you help with making these changes?

Thank you so much! 

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Sure, I will have this done by the end of today! 

Richelle

Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Just wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten to make the changes. I am on travel and will be able to make the updates tomorrow.

Thank you.


Updated Itinerary By Rochelle Brown
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Rochelle Brown wrote:  

Hello Metta,

I made the updates we discussed. I did try to research prices of parking. I was unable to find the prices at most of the hotels. Most mention that they offer parking onsite for a small charge, but do not show what the price is. I did include prices of parking when I could find the information online for you. The only hotel without parking is the hotel in Venice but I included the closest parking with instructions on how to get to the hotel and prices for you. Please let me know if you have any other requests or need more information.

I know there are only 3 days left for your consultation, but please feel free to email me any questions after the time expires. I want to make sure that I help you the best way I can before your trip and ensure that you have the best tiem possible. My email is rochellebrown2003@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Rochelle 

Metta Dael wrote:  

Hey there,

Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukah/Happy New Year. Thank you so much for all your work. I'll take a look at this tomorrow, but I'm sure you've already done an amazing job. Thank you! I'll let you know if we need more help!

Have a wonderful winter season,

Metta


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