April 6 – by Glen. Today we made our way south to the Amalfi Coast. We were advised by Rick Steves to watch out for pick pockets at Rome’s Termini (main train station). About 1 block prior to the station, there were people already scamming, begging and lurking about. We didn’t feel threatened though; they were mostly opportunists more than anything else, but don’t turn your back on your coat or suitcase for one moment or it might be gone!
The train to Naples turned out to be a high-speed train. A little more expensive than the slower train and worth every penny; the seats were like those on a jet at speeds that shave off hours.
The trip to Naples only took 1 hour and 20 minutes and was smooth. The cost was EUR4.10/pp The rest of the trip to Amalfi City got progressively slower with each segment – distances were shorter but the travel time was about the same. We made the mistake of taking the slow train from Napoli to Sorrento, stopping at every town on the route. This leg of the journey was EU4.10/pp and took about 1 ½ hours.
Because we were traveling on a Sunday and we arrived in Sorrento during lunch, we had to wait a couple of hours but it was good for people watching. This leg of the trip cost EU6.80/pp and was also about 1 ½ hours.
The bus driver from Sorrento to Amalfi had to slow and honk at every hairpin corner on the very winding highway – and there were many! That being said, the SITA bus driver handled the drive with such skill and diplomacy, that the trip was enjoyable and offered breathtaking beautiful glimpses of tiny rock coves, rocky head lands, stunning ocean vistas and charming towns crammed into every crevice.
This part of Italy has been described in many travel books as stunning, but all I can say is you have to see it for yourself because pictures and videos (and I know my video isn’t the greatest quality) just can’t do it justice! This is not a bus ride for anyone with motion sickness!! HOME