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    Frequent stops-exactly!

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    Ok...here's the scoop on the deep ruts on that one street in Pompeii as told me by a local guide: The only "houses of ill repute" were on this street. This was deduced by the "art" on the walls of these particular houses. These works of "art" actually made me blush. It appears by the deeper ruts on this street, it was very well-traveled. Interesting things you learn when you pay attention!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    In front of the site of an early Petite Colombe where chariots often stopped
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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    My tour guide was Wendy . . . I'll have to see if I can get a partial refund!
    Tee hee hee. She's got so many other fabulous qualities, I'd leave it be, Dennis.
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    We were on the Amalfi Coast in September and used a private driver. I highly recommend Simply Amalfi http://www.simplyamalfi.com/. Katherine and Salvatore were great to work with. They are both very fun and knowledgeable. If you are ever in Florence, Katherine offers walking tours and tours throughout Tuscany.
    ken

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    I'm sure that a "car and driver" approach to the area would be great. I'll add, however, that when recently there, we drove everywhere, in both directions, from Ravello, our "home base." I found traffic to be very slow . . . so didn't feel, as I was driving, that I missed any sights. And we stopped frequently simply to admire views and take photos. The area is breathtakingly beautiful and ranks up there with SBH in terms of places where we'll eagerly return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenn View Post
    We were on the Amalfi Coast in September and used a private driver. I highly recommend Simply Amalfi http://www.simplyamalfi.com/. Katherine and Salvatore were great to work with. They are both very fun and knowledgeable. If you are ever in Florence, Katherine offers walking tours and tours throughout Tuscany.
    Ken, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    I'm sure that a "car and driver" approach to the area would be great. I'll add, however, that when recently there, we drove everywhere, in both directions, from Ravello, our "home base." I found traffic to be very slow . . . so didn't feel, as I was driving, that I missed any sights. And we stopped frequently simply to admire views and take photos. The area is breathtakingly beautiful and ranks up there with SBH in terms of places where we'll eagerly return.
    Dennis,

    We come from the, "do you want to drive or do you want to criticize" school. For this particular journey, the guess is the car/driver approach may be the way to go. lol

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    . . . a safe way to go, for sure! And, I'll note that while driving & stopping along the way at restaurants and cafes, I consciously abstained from drinking wine! The "driver" option opens more possibilities to your enjoyment of the trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    . . . a safe way to go, for sure! And, I'll note that while driving & stopping along the way at restaurants and cafes, I consciously abstained from drinking wine! The "driver" option opens more possibilities to your enjoyment of the trip!
    Hear! Hear!
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    Hello to all! It has been awhile since I have been on the blog due to some health problems and a few more things that life brings, but I wanted to say I am trying to catch up! I hoped to get to SBH this year, but I don't think it will work out. (Holding out hope but you never know what happens last minute!) That being said, my friend/travel agent just came on cruise stop and spent the day at Eden Rock, so she sent me photos..of course I wanted to cry, I missed it so much (the island) and one of my best friends will do a cruise stop on Sea Dream maybe tomorrow so more info! I wanted to respond to this post because we had THE BEST company (thanks to that same travel agent) take us on the Amalfi Coast, with private boat tour, driving tour, etc. I posted a huge review, also under the name "davesmom" on TripAdvisor with all of the pertinent info. I am happy to answer any questions as we were over the top impressed by them. We went to Venice and the Amalfi Coast with this company, and it was the best experience ever. We have hired private drivers a number of places, but this was the best company for everything. I don't think I would plan a trip to Italy without their on the ground arrangements. Everything went off without a hitch including taking a speedboat at 5:30 AM from the Danieli in Venice to the airport to fly to Naples, where we were met by other reps who took us to our hotel in Positano. The guy we had as a guide for Positano to Capri (private boat around Capri, meals, etc.) was so fantastic, we asked him to take us the next day on a tour of Amalfi coast..a real insider look as he is a native and spoke amazing English. Very cute guy, met his wife, as she is a guide, too, great personal introductions to all the restauranteurs at fabulous local restaurants..can't say enough about this company. You can read my assessment on TripAdvisor, as I know we like to avoid posting company info on this site. I hope to be "up to speed" on the blog soon..I so envy everyone in SBH this year!! Still going to specialists to figure out what is up with me but getting better as we speak. Maybe something to do with a reflux condition but not really sure. Super boring diet for 4 months, no alcohol (not like I drink more than a glass, but still...), no spices...so I guess I should save up my $$ this year and hope this improves..can't go to Nikki Beach if I can't drink rosť, nest-ce pas?!! Say hello to all of the great people on the island whom I will miss. Oh, btw, I saw this fabulous Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote (guys, stop reading here!) with St. Barth written on it in pink, like rosť wine (!) that one of our site members had purchased..if they have any more, let me know. Maybe they can send it to America? I really want one (hey, if you can't drink, at least you can have an LV tote, right?!!) Love to all out there!!! xxoo, Davesmom
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    Re: Amalfi Coast car and driver

    We are just a few days into our journey, and my plan is to provide a post-travel trip report, but I just wanted to take a moment to once again say thanks to the SBH community. Took a visit to Herculaneum today, and have been working with the Simply Amalfi group, and Lynn. You guys are just the best. Thanks (oh, and John, once again, for the digerati handholding - you and Kevin and Andy).

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    Re: Amalfi Coast car and driver

    This is great to hear. I'm looking forward to the post-travel report. Enjoy, y'all!
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    Re: Amalfi Coast car and driver

    Hooray guys
    and safe travels.
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    Re: Amalfi Coast car and driver

    Beautiful area . . . have a great time!

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