As with all things unseen, I am a little cautious when I sign up for something that will take an entire valued day of vacation. Rome In Limo came highly recommended from a friend of ours and we decided to take a day trip to Pompei and Positano. The price for 12 hours of a driver/local guide seemed reasonable, especially given that we did not know the area, the price of gas, and being able to enjoy the sights without worrying about a rental vehicle.
As we enjoyed our leisurely breakfast at the hotel, our driver Alberto arrived promptly at the hotel. We were greeted warmly, and he was very accommodating of my very bad Italian. Alberto was an awesome driver, navigating the streets of Rome, Pompei, and the winding streets of Positano with ease. Our vehicle was very nice, roomier than any taxi we had been in, and more space than the American car I have back at home - quite the touring vehicle. Alberto was informative, entertaining, and knowledgeable of the area. Our drive to all of our stops was breathtaking and very safe.
We arrived at Pompei and he got us to the front with ease, gave use some tips of how to navigate Pompei, and set us on our way, allowing us to roam the ruins for about 2.5 hours. After that, we shopped for some souvenirs and set off for lunch in Positano. We enjoyed a wonderful meal at da Constantino, and Alberto made sure that we were able to meet and talk briefly with the owner Luigi (who was quite a character!). After lunch (including the most wonderful pear-ricotta-almond torte), we made the trip down to one of the Positano beaches and were able to walk the sand for a short while and enjoy the view.
During the entirety of the trip, Alberto was very informative, pointing out various sights along the way (such as the monastery at Cassino), and we also shared stories of our respective countries. Alberto was also very good about helping us with our Italian – though he needed no help with his English, it was excellent.
The only complaint I have is that the day went too fast! Although I was cautious at first, I was quickly won over and I have to say that the drive and tour was well worth every Euro we spent on it!
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