Is your passport handy? Are you dying to get to Italy -- whether it's for the first time or the fiftieth? You'll need to book and go almost immediately if you want to take advantage of this week's Smart Deal, which comes from Dooley Vacations (tel. 877/331-9301;, which is offering a six-night trip to the picturesque Amalfi Coast from $799. The price is based on double occupancy and there is no booking deadline; taxes and fees increase the price between $130 and $200, depending on departure city and routing.

The lowest advertised price reflects round-trip international airfare (with a stopover in London) from New York-JFK to Naples through February 28 to the Amalfi Coast, with six nights in Sorrento's Hotel Gardenia and rental of manual transmission car during your stay -- if you are daring enough to brave the narrow road's hairpin turns. Other departures, such as Boston, start from $819; Chicago, from $899; and Los Angeles, $999. Dozens of other gateways are also available. The package is available through the late spring, with rates starting from $829 from New York for the month of March, $999 for the month of April and $1,099 for May. The closer you get to summer, however, the more you'll find others like you, craning your neck up at the majestic cliffs.

Sorrento, a central hub for the region, overlooks the Bay of Naples and is well situated for exploring the nearby ancient city of Pompeii, the island of Capri which is accessible by a short ferry ride, and Mt. Vesuvius, to. If you want to travel a little further, you can upgrade to Villa Franca in nearby Positano from $99.

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