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Sorrento Trip changed to Rapallo & Italian Riveira - $ 1750.00 10 days
I have decided to change the Sorrento Coast trip to a better location. GOOD NEWS though, while looking for a better hotel I started thinking of other coastal towns. I came up with Rapallo which is a 30 minute walk to beautiful and world renown Portofino! It is also just a 15 minute walk to Santa Margarita (another fabulous coastal town). This is the Italian Riviera in all it's glory and it is breathtaking. Rapallo is fantastic too and that's where our ocean view hotel will be located. Not only these wonderful ocean towns are in the deal but so is the wonderful and famed Cinque Terre which is just a short 30 minute train ride away. Our beautiful hotel is in the heart of it all and will included a terrific breakfast daily. I first did this trip myself last year and I stayed at this hotel. I was surprised that I was able to reserve these rooms because usually they are sold out by now. But as luck would have it I did so right under the wire. Had I been 1 day later and this would have never happened. I will be cutting this trip off at 12 people and already have half of that committed for the trip. So, first come, first served. I will also put together our first meet & greet within about 2 or 3 weeks at my condo downtown (or somewhere else that is easy to get to no matter which way you travel). If you decide this trip is for you the first (non refundable) $450 deposit is collected at that meeting. All other monies are collected incrementally at the following meet & greets. Deposits are non refundable unless another person takes your spot if you cancel. The dates will be: Leave Ohara on Thursday May[masked] to Genoa Christopher Columbus Airport where we will be transported (MiniBus/van) directly to our accommodations. We will be there for 10 full days and nights and day trips easy and can be available to Portofino, Santa Margarerita, Cinque Terre (5 Towns) etc. For the more adventurous Southern France is only 90 minutes away and Genoa (home of Christopher Columbus on 30 min.) We will return on June 10th, 2019 (that is a Monday). Unless you need to leave Sunday (June 9th) then your trip cost will be adjusted. Note: Flights to & from Genoa is always 1 stop no matter who you fly with). The trip cost will be[masked] per day per person for accommodations and ground transport to and from Rapallo and back to airport at end of trip). You will be responsible for your own airfare as usual on these trips because I have found some people like using their Frequent flyer miles and/or like certain airlines. Airfare right now are running approximately between[masked] RT - 1300 RT depending on the airline or flight schedule. We discuss that in our first meet & greet also and try to book together as much as we can. As far as the accommodations at the hotel you will be sharing a room (separate beds, same room). Private rooms may be possible (if available) but at an extra cost. Also, I will be planning one group Day Trip that will involve transportation and either lunch or dinner which will be included in the trip. This day trip will be TBA soon. In other words, it's $[masked] per person for our accommodations, travel to and from the airport to our ocean view Hotel, breakfast daily and a group day trip with meal. Expect other surprises too. If you want to go please RSVP ASAP because with a cut off number of 12 people this trip will close up quickly. Ciao Nick Cosentino Organizer

Rapallo Italy

Italian Riviera · Genoa

What we're about

I have traveled to Italy at least once and sometimes twice a year for the last 12 years. I always start in Rome since for the most part it's the most direct route from America. Truth be told, I think you can never get enough of this incredible city short of living there anyway. One year I was there 3 times. All of my trips have been for at least 10 days and many for 2 weeks or more.

After coming into Rome and spending at least a day or two there I go on to either Florence or Sorrento. I rent an apartment and use those cities as a springboard for day trips.

From beautiful Florence, which is the capital of Tuscany, a wonderful city itself and the birthplace of the Renaissance, you can reach many Northern Italian cities with a short train ride. Places like Venice, Verona, Bologna, Lucca, Cinco Terre, Sienna and much more. Most less than an hour away by easy access train travel.

Using Rome as a springboard one can get to any number of incredible places within a hour and a half travel time by train. Train travel in Italy and Europe is not only a way of life there but breathtaking, comfortable, convenient and fast.

From Sorrento (which is just below Naples) it's a short ferry boat ride to Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. It also sits in the Bay of Napoli which is where you will find the infamous and famous Mt. Vesuvius (which of course left Pompeii in ruins). A trip to Pompeii is a vert short local train ride away from Sorrento, usually no more than 2 or 3 quick train stops away. Sorrento itself is a city for marvel. Most hotels and apartments can be found on a cliff hanging over the spectacular Bay of Naples.

In the near future I plan to conquer the southern part of Italy too like Calabria and Sicily.

The idea I had for this group is things are always less costly with small groups. I don't mean group travel like tour groups that run you through cities in a heartbeat because the are on tight schedules. I mean small groups of 8, 9 or 10 people who rent apartments to share and live among the locals like we actually lived there.

In the last 4 years I have put together small groups for Rome, Florence and Amalfi Coast. The number of people have been 7, 10, 6 and even 18. We all had our own rooms in wonderful city centered beautiful apartments and saved an incredible amount of money on accommodations.

While I don't act like a tour guide, I do know these places from my many travels there. Just knowing someone that knows where to go and how to get there can save massive amounts of time. The same with restaurants and wine bars and sight seeing tricks that can save not only time but money too. On some trips there has also been other travelers on the trip who have been to Italy before and are also helpful to questions of the first time travelers. Not to mention the wonderful new friendships that are usually forged from these small groups.

These trips are not designed to be tour group like, going off on your own or with 1 or 2 or 3 others is encouraged. Getting lost is too. Having a place to come back to is the key.

So, that's what this is about...I'm looking for members that want to share trips to Italy and small get togethers and meet and greets to talk and share Italy travels past & future at suggested wine bars or new or established local Italian Ristorantes, cafes and Tratorias in our fair city and nearby burbs.

But the main thing of course is planning our next trip. When, where and how?

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