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best way to break up day? Rome --> Pompeii --> Sorrento (logistics)

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We are flying into Rome and our ultimate destination is Amalfi Coast. Because we do want to see Pompeii on this trip we explored the various options involving day trips from Positano or Amalfi and decided instead to stop at Pompeii on our way south from Rome. (we arrive in Rome at 10am and plan to spend the first day and night in Rome to break up our travel, relax a little, and rest up before heading south early the next morning. we've spent 6 nights in Rome on a previous trip so we won't be trying to fit in everything there is to see and will just wander and explore and maybe revisit a favorite or two).

Day 2: leave Rome hotel early and take high-speed train from Rome to Naples (~ 1 hour). Transfer to circumvensiana train and ride to Pompeii (~ 30 minutes). Leave luggage at Pompeii and visit Pompeii (3-4 hours?). Pick up luggage and take circumvensiana train to Sorrento (~30 minutes). check in at hotel in Sorrento and spend whatever time we have left that day/night in Sorrento before moving on to Positano the next morning. (We originally planned to continue on to Positano after Pompeii but figured it would be a lot of travelling in one day and by the time we got there it would be late, so might as well break up our travel by staying in Sorrento and having a chance to experience Sorrento even if for just a few hours and moving on to Positano the next day).

I'm hoping you all won't tell me this day is overly ambitious. It's really the only travel-heavy day we will be doing and it seems to be the most efficient way to see Pompeii considering that we are otherwise spending our vacation in Positano/Capri/Amalfi before heading back to Rome (with a stop in Naples) the day before we fly home. It looks like it should be relatively straightforward, but I'm wondering what times we should plan on coming/going.

What time would you leave Rome? We will likely book the high-speed train in advance. Do you book the circumvensiana train in advance or do you just buy a ticket and hop the next train? How long should we allocate for the transfer from high-speed train to local train? In planning, what time should we aim to get to Pompeii? How long should we expect to stay there? I realize you can spend a week in Pompeii but I was thinking 3-4 hours? 4-5? (we will be going early May so the weather should be mild, but I am pregnant and may tire a bit more easily). Pompeii is more of a priority for us than Sorrento and any time in Sorrento is just a bonus as we weren't planning to go there at all, but I welcome your advice. Would you plan to eat lunch in Sorrento or Pompeii? We can pick up snacks at the grocery in Rome to bring with us to Pompeii if we won't be eating until Sorrento. Assuming we only have a short time in Sorrento and are staying at a hotel near the train and ferry stations (which I believe is centrally located in Sorrento as well), what should we consider trying to fit in? Any good restaurants for dinner?

Finally, we were hoping to take the ferry from Sorrento to Positano the next morning - for the views and experience. Is this preferable to the bus? Is it hard with luggage? Is this something we need to book in advance?

Thank you. I appreciate your input.

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