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Naples versus Capri for 4 nights September 2020

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We will be flying into Naples from Paris and staying in the area for four nights. After four nights, we will be doing a short flight from Naples up to Venice. We are finding affordable and beautiful properties both in Naples and Capri. Would you recommend going straight to Capri and spending the four nights there and doing one day trip to the Amalfi coast? We really have no particular interest in Naples other than it is our in and out location. Or do you think finding a nice sea front property in Naples and just doing day trips to Capri and finding a boat excursion to Amalfi from Naples makes more sense? We are all about efficiency and ease of travel. Blue Grotto is our point of interest in Capri. We are both retired and in our 60s, in good enough shape, enjoy walking/eating/drinking and just want to enjoy the beauty of the area with plenty of time on a private balcony with coffee or wine overlooking the sea. Many thanks for your thoughts on staying in Capri versus Naples for the 4 nights.

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So much of the so called serious side of the cultural package of what Naples has for tourists to see might not be in your area of primary interest. These places might include archeological museums and art museums and the like. No harm in coming to terms with those realities. Perhaps the near by places like Pompeii and Vesuvius might not be in that same package or category either. Veteran tourists have said that too much Capri can be time not well spent with other neatly packaged places looming on the horizon waiting to be seen. Do not over do your fascination with that part of the Italian landscape. An extended sojourn in Capri for too much time might add up to something better defined as time not well spent for much of Capri can wear people out and leave them asking for more time from the calendar when none will be available. Some parts of Capri can end up seeming to be hollow.for visitors who have nothing else to take them away from that place. Do not over stay your sojourn there when other places are waiting to be seen. Not every thing that shines in that part of Italy is gold. You can still find time and places to do what seems to be important to you in other parts of Italy. Four nights at Capri would be too much time there when other viable alternatives are waiting to be visited. Before landing for ever at Capri explore the landscape leading up to the area of Italy. Positano might appeal to you. Caserta is a near-by town to the north east of Naples inland - why not visit it? An internationally renown classical guitarist works there. Yes one day for Positano and Amalfi might be a good choice. We think that you might easily be devoting too much time to Capri when it doesn't deserve it. Give some parts of Naples a chance if you can find a reason to go there. If the final choice comes down to four nights for Capri and not much more than a quick glance at Naples we would ask you to redraw your plans.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful insight - very helpful as we consider our options.

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Personally I would stay in Naples. It's a great city with all kinds of things to do; and with multiple day trip opportunities. Also Venice I would definitely take the train. City center to city center; you get on, you get off in roughly five hours. Plus you can pick the starting time.

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I am always baffled by the fact the very same people willing to do an intercontinental travel to see Venice, Florence and Rome tend to liquidate Naples as an open air b&b or as a day-trip destination at most.

Btw you may want to opt for Naples. And not saying that because I am partial but because of logistics, it's really more convenient given your tight schedule.

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Sounds like more research is in order. The ferry schedules between Capri and Positano (nearest Amalfi Coast village to Capri) allow only for a couple hours rather than a full day.

Go to www.capri.net and www.positano.com for useful info.

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I can't see the point of staying on Capri if your only interest is the much over-hyped blue grotto (which you may not be able to gt into depending on sea conditions on the day). There are other things to do/see on Capri e.g. Villa Jovis, Villa Damecuta, Villa San Michele but if those are of no interest then I would stay in Naples which is a fascinating city with lots to do and see. Note though that there are no direct ferries to Amalfi or Positano - you would have to go first to Sorrento by train or ferry and then take another ferry or bus onwards - you would need to check whether the connections are viable as there aren't many ferries each day from Sorrento to the AC. From Naples you have direct ferries to Capri and Ischia/Procida.

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We had considered the train initially from Naples to Venice but, when checking Ryanair schedules yesterday, it looks like it would only be USD $104 total, including baggage, and we could get there in just 1.5 hours. The train schedules we saw look like it would be a higher rate per person for a much longer trip - do you agree or are we missing something?

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You are missing the time (and expense) it takes to get to the airport for your flight. You are also missing that you’ll need to be at the airport 2 hours before the flight if checking in luggage - or about an hour and a half if not checking in luggage. Also, you are missing the (at least) half-hour journey from Venice airport to the city - and if that flight is going to Treviso, call it an hour...

The train ride may *seem* much longer but when you add it all up it’s really not.

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But you would need to get to and from airports and allow check-in, security and baggage reclaim time.

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Excellent point re Ryanair since their flights do arrive at Treviso airport. When you look at Ryanair’s website you will see the destination labeled “Venice Treviso” which is approximately 20 miles from the city. A fast train to Venezia S. Lucia will deliver you to the edge of the Grand Canal which can be walking distance from lodging.

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