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2 Week Italy Honeymoon Itinerary Review

Hello All!

I just made a first draft itinerary and I would love some feedback from other experienced travelers. Insight from folks with experience in a Tuscany/Rome/Amalfi Coast route is especially welcome :)

Some may think we have too little time in Rome. The thing is, our desired accommodation in Praiano only rents on a Saturday to Saturday basis and Tuscany is my priority over Rome so the squeeze got put on Rome. Our travel plans are for August 30 thru September 13 2014.

08/30: Arrive in Siena mid afternoon – explore Siena on Foot (will have landed in Rome that morning & taken bus from there)

Day one: Day trip to Florence via bus from Siena

Day two: "Taste of Tuscany" food & wine tour

Day three: Rent car & tour hill towns

Day four: Transfer Siena to Rome via bus – explore Rome on foot

Day five: Long day of guided tours of as many of the major sights as we can fit in

Day six: Take Rome food tour, check out Trastevere (as it is a short walk from our hotel)

Day seven: Transfer Rome to Praiano using public transport to Sorrento then private driver to Praiano)

Day eight thru thirteen: Relax & Indulge ourselves in Praiano (will use the local & SITA buses to visit other towns on coast, take a boat tour, maybe hit capri, and maybe do a trip to Pompeii)

Day fourteen – Transfer Praiano to either Sorrento or Rome for overnight airport stay

09/13 – Depart Rome, USA bound

Now having written this out, I wonder if I should add one day to Tuscany and transfer to Rome on Day Five, since I need an airport stay overnight on 09/12. We could leave Praiano early on the 12th in order to squeeze in another half day and full night in Rome on the tail end?

Is going thru Sorrento the best way to transfer from Rome to Praiano? I have no desire to spend any time in Sorrento, it would only be included for logistics. Also, would that be a good time to mix in Pompeii? I've also read about Pompeii via Salerno, which we could do on one of our several days based in Praiano - I assume SITA will get us from Praiano to Salerno easily? Or water taxi?

Too, is there anything in particular I should know about visiting these places during the end of august/first half of September? I understand it could be HOT, but is there anything else?

Finally, does anyone know what my chances are of catching the Ravello music festival between 09/07 & 09/11? I would die to go to an evening concert on the Villa Rufolo terrace!

Thank you so much!

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