Praiano to Sorrento and Capri
To get to Sorrento you take the SITA bus from stop 9 in Praiano. It’s about 45 minutes (reminder- dramamine, dramamine, dramamine). Sorrento is a much larger city. It’s quite a bit more crowded than every other place we visited but has some gorgeous areas. We went to Sorrento because it was easy to get to Capri from there and being a hub it would be easier to get back to Rome than from one of the smaller towns we visited earlier.
We booked what is called a “luxury tour” to go to the Island of Capri. You can book online, but your Airbnb host or concierge at your hotel can definitely help with this and advise what is a good tour to do. These tours are 85 euros per person. It includes a semi private boat (max 12 people) lunch, prossecco, time swimming and time to explore Capri. Keep in mind, if you don’t have a tight budget, there are tours far more luxurious than the one I’m referring to.
Sadly, the day we had this booked was the only day of bad weather so our boat trip got cancelled. SO! We took the big ferry over to Capri. Capri is gorgeous but I would highly recommend doing a boat tour around the island where you can swim, eat and enjoy. If I ever make it back, that’s absolutely the way I’d see Capri!
We ate both dinners in Sorrento at an amazing little place called La Tavola Di Lucullo (highly recommend it- book a reservation through a website called The Fork and you’ll get 25% off your meal). Our final lunch in Sorrento we ate at this little place called La Cantinaccia del Popolo and is was SOOO good. I would go back in a heartbeat. Both of those restaurants are a bit off the beaten path which for me is a big plus.
Sorrento to Rome
Getting back to Rome from Sorrento is kind of a pain. If possible, book your return ticket home from Naples. There are direct trains from Sorrento to Naples, but not to Rome. To get back to Rome you take the train from Sorrento to Naples (this ticket is only 4 euro) and then from Naples you take the Italo train back to Termini station in Rome which is the city center. If you’re going straight to the airport, you then get on the Leonardo express from Termini to the airport (about 40 minutes). Reminder to try and book your Italo train tickets in advance to save money and be sure they don’t sell out. We totally lucked out and met some people from San Diego who were driving back to Rome the same day we were, so we caught a ride with them. If you rent a car, it’s about a 3 hour drive.
A Few Tips
From everything we read, saw and heard from others, having a car on the Amalfi coast is really difficult and really expensive. Although time consuming, public transportation saved a lot of headaches.