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Amalfi, Positano, or Sorrento with a teen

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My 16 yr old son wants to visit the Amalfi Coast this July (hoping everything opens up). What is the best place to stay. I want a good area to walk around with great food nearby and hopefully a view. I don’t want to drive anywhere so I need the place to be a good spot to catch ferries to venture around. And finally, I’m not looking to spend $700 a night. I’d really like to stay under $300 or less. Which place is the best...Amalfi, Positano, or Sorrento? Thanks

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What specifically draws your son to the AC? Sorrento is not on the AC but on the other side of the peninsula. Is Pompeii a draw for him? Ancient ruins are more plentiful on the Sorrento but a couple of tiny sites exist on the AC.

For lodging, try www.booking.com for each location and use the filters to narrow your options. Aim for a location that offers ferry service. (Lack of ferry service rules out Praiano.)

I am thinking he might like Sorrento best since it’s got so many activities. The thermal island of Ischia is an hour away by ferry. Capri less than 30 minutes with hiking and ruins. Pompeii and related sites www.pompeiisites.org is close by small train. Naples too. Eveb Baia for snorkeling to see the underwater ruins.

Eddie will most likely weigh in tomorrow (he’s in the UK) with loads of info.

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Sorrento is a great town, but it's not the Amalfi coast, and if your son wants the coast, then Positano is probably the image in his mind.

The views are stunning.

Positano is vertical, so expect steps....

Amalfi is better for transport connections, but less impressive.

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Pnaj, snorkeling sound perfect for him. I do think that Vagabonda is right about the image he has in his head. He said it kind of reminds him of California. I think he’s thinking of the water,sunshine, and beautiful houses everywhere. But I have to admit I’m thinking Sorrento would be better sounding because it has access to so many activities.

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Hi

I've met teenagers in Sorrento and the AC and they all say they are having a great time especially if they like swimming, pizza, pasta and proper ice cream (gelato.)

The budget has already been mentioned and I think Sorrento has many cafes, restaurants and hotels to suit every budget. The AC is different to Sorrento and is made up of small but often hilly villages with good views. Sorrento is bigger, in the beautiful Bay Of Naples, and mainly flat although there is a lift down the cliff to the ferry point at Marina Piccola.

Positano is very nice but can be expensive and Amalfi is not quite so expensive, in my opinion. They are both easily visited on day trips from Sorrento. Boat trips, ferries, organised excursions, private drivers, coaches and buses take you along the Amalfi Coast and it's 40 minutes on a luxury coach from Sorrento to Positano.

As for views, have a look at the video below by Jonathan B who stayed at 3-star Hotel Settimo Cielo in Sorrento with his young family. The lump in the sea is Vesuvius.

The hotel should easily in budget but the pool is small and it's a 10 minute walk into town on a slight hill. They go swimming in the Marina Grande, kayak to Queen Joan's Baths with more swimming, visit Pompeii on the local train and they go to Capri on another video. Ischia has the sandy beaches and has already been mentioned by the excellent Pnaj:-) And you can't get much better advice from Vagabonda:-)

The video below also shows central Sorrento at night which is magical.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=da2etj6ALN4

Also see the websites below which cover Sorrento, Capri and Ischia, and the Amalf Coast.

http://www.sorrentoreview.com/

https://www.sorrentoreview.com/sorrento-hotels.html

https://www.facebook.com/Sorrento-Review-941300282728613/

http://www.ischiareview.com/

http://www.positano.com/en/s/positano-3

www.amalfi.travel

https://www.amalficoastreview.com/

http://www.capriislandreview.com/

http://www.capri.com/

Eddie

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First time I went to the Amalfi Coast, we stayed in Positano - I was 17. We stayed over a week and I fell in love and have been going back ever since -

It all will depend on your son as to whether he would prefer the Amalfi Coast vs. Sorrento. I didn't like Sorrento then and I don't like it now - but, everyone is different.

I suggest looking at some youtube videos of the villages, reading up on them to get an idea - they are tiny compared to Sorrento, the landscape is different - it is a different experience - but whichever you choose, it is all lovely.

The area is all beautiful - If your son likes to hike, the Amalfi Coast may be the choice - I like Positano because there are no cars at all down by the sea/beaches - you can only reach them by ferry or foot which is nice because it makes it quieter. There is no port like there is in the village of Amalfi, it only has one dock so less chaotic right down by the seaside

No bad choices though - and whichever you decide to stay, you can explore the other while there.

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"There is no port like there is in the village of Amalfi, it only has one dock so less chaotic right down by the seaside"

But then there are boats everywhere D:

(Sorry for ruining the atmosphere)

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Of course there are -- but, not huge ferries right at the sea front as they are in Amalfi - some people probably don't care. I also prefer the quieter Il Fornillo beach in Positano -

Admittedly, when I was last there - in late April 2019 - it was insanely crowded. I would love to be there now as there are no cruise ship day trippers and zillions of others arriving. Who knows when those crowds will return but it definitely tainted the feeling of the small village from the arrival of the first ferry to the end of the day -- but, there are always nooks and crannies, hikes, etc to explore without the hordes of people -

OP: you might want to check out some of Nicki Positano's videos - She lives in Positano and frequently posts some wonderful videos of life in the village and other villages along the coast, Sorrento, etc - She is British and has lived there for I think 20 years or so - You can get a great idea of the landscape of the area (the vertical nature of Positano) - the foods, etc

They are, refreshingly, nothing like many of the so-called "influencer" videos/posts -

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nicki+positano

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Hesitate before deciding on paying money for this type of vacation Going to this part of Italy calls for a solid intellectual component of readiness beyond a readiness for consuming pizza. Is the teenager equipped intellectually for this type of adventure. Preparation goes beyond a readiness to consume food made for tourists. Noticing the landscape is a noteworthy ambition. Hiking or climbing the landscape is noteworthy. Has there been preparation with learning the Italian language? Responses #4 and 5 have much of value to offer as advice. The destinations you enumerated are not the same in so many obvious ways. Costs are not the same either. Look carefully at the intellectual readiness that the teenager will bring with him.

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Come on, Chunkie. It’s a vacation for a parent and 16 year-old. Those of us who are less intellectually prepared love the AC for just relaxing. We don’t need to know Italian (but a bit is nice). For once, would you please offer a bit of objective info rather than your overly vague and rambling input?

I think it’s fantastic that a 16-year old is aware of the AC and wants to go. 💚

Hi Eddie!

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Yo Pnaj

Fantastic news!! We're all going on a summer holiday:-)

Italy expects to have vaccine passports before rest of EU. Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia said in an interview. “Conditions are right to start the summer season on May 15.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-20/italy-targets-mid-may-opening-for-tourism-in-bid-to-save-sector

Eddie

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