Rosa, Finally, a long over-due email!
Everything about our trip was perfect. I will just jot down our feelings in bullet points- *the taxi company sent great drivers, all on time *the villa was absolutely lovely. such a quiet spot, so close to town, we could not have been happier. We cooked at home a few nights, but otherwise, were out and about in Positano. The owner, Luciana, was so lovely, and she didn't demand any deposit from us on arrival, which was nice. *Restaurants we loved: Palazzo Murat, exceptional meal. Il Fornillo, very good pizza. Bruno, excellent pasta, nice setting outside. *Beach, we went to the one to the right of the main one, the one you recommended and it was quiet and much more relaxing, and had lots of delicious sandwiches from the beach bars *We got our food at Delicatessen, where the owners were really nice *Spent the day in Pompeii, which was amazing. No problem getting there and back on the buses and train, and we even had a very good meal in Sorrento, right next to the station, which I found recommended in Lonely Planet, of all things. One of our wedding gifts was an amazing guide at Pompeii, a professor named Dr. Federico Poole. We spent 4.5 hrs with him which seemed like it passed in 5 minutes. I would not have missed that day for anything. and it really was not hard to get to from Positano at all. We did not miss having a car, so thank you for that recommendation. The buses were quite an experience. *Did the Walk of the Gods, which we also really enjoyed, though we went from Positano to Praiano, and it was hard getting home. I think doing the other way is better, which is what most people do. *Transferred to the Monastero, but via the bus and the hotel shuttle. The taxi was €90, so we decided to spend that on dinner at the hotel, which was AMAZING. *Everything at the hotel was amazing. they upgraded us to a suite, the service was excellent, the room quiet and lovely. I would say that the rooms were a bit cold in atmosphere, but everything about the hotel was so luxurious, and the pool and gardens so well tended, that I should not complain at all. The pool was one of the best that I have ever experienced. *we rented the scooter, and it was very easy so thank you for that *we rode up to Ravello for the day and had a great lunch at Cumpa Cosimo, which we found one of our favorite meals *One evening we ate at the hotel, which I think was the best meal we had the whole trip, and having blown our budget on that, we ate the next night at one of the seafood/pizza places you recommended in the village, which was excellent. I'm afraid I don't remember the name at this point, but it was on your list and you said they would take care of us, and they certainly did.
I think most of all is that I would say this is a must do trip from London. We got there so fast, that we could really enjoy ourselves from the start. It was also the BEST time of year to go, as it was 28 degrees every day, but not too hot, and not at all too crowded. I'm sure it would be different in July.
All in all, thank you so much for all your recommendations and bookings. We had a fabulous trip and I will absolutely recommend your trips to everyone I know! All the best, Morgan