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Fodor's experts - looking for itinerary advice - Thank you !

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We are making our first trip to Italy in May . I've been reading topics and love the amount of expertise and help that I've seen. We are a couple in our 40s. Below is a general guideline, flying into Venice and out of Naples. I am trying to fill in the gaps. The first "gap" is between Venice and Rome. We are departing Venice on a Thursday and wish to arrive in Rome some time on Monday before dark.

We've been looking at Florence, San Gimignano, Assisi, Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio. Obviously, that's too many locations within the time period so we're trying to narrow it down. Our interests are more in nature and sight seeing with only perhaps minimal museums . Our original thought was to stick to train/bus travel only to make it easier. Is it best to base ourselves in Florence and day trip ? or plot a path to Rome ? Is driving more feasible ?

This is the general guideline as of now:
Tuesday, 15th- arrive in Venice at noon.
Wednesday,16th - Venice
Thursday,17th - depart Venice
Friday,18th -
Saturday,19th-
Sunday,20th-
Monday,21st - want to arrive in Rome before dark
Tuesday,22nd - Rome - scavi tour at 3:30
Wednesday,23rd - Rome
Thursday,24th -Rome
Friday,25th - Rome to Sorrento in evening
Saturday,26th - Sorrento -
Sunday,27th- Sorrento -
Monday,28th - Sorrento
Tuesday,29th - Sorrento - Pompeii - Naples
Wednesday,30th - departing Naples at 6am

After Rome, we plan to base ourselves in Sorrento to visit Capri and Almafi Coast areas. We are departing Naples at 6am on the 30th. My thought was to go from Sorrento , visit Pompeii and then to Naples, and get a hotel near the airport until departure. Does that sound reasonable ?

Thanks so much !

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