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First, I would like to say thanks for all the great information everyone on this forum has already provided. I have been researching my upcoming Italy trip for several months and this forum has provided me great information. I leave for Rome next Thursday and would like some last minute advice on my itinerary. I am wondering if my itinerary is too aggressive, not aggressive enough, or if we are missing any major attractions. Thanks in advance!

A little background:

I will be in Italy for 16 days. The first part of the trip I will spend with my sister. Then, my husband will be flying over to join us for three days in Rome. My sister departs and my husband and I will be going south to Sorrento. All three of us are in our late 20’s, are very active, and love food. Dining choices in Rome will be guided by the Eat Rome app and the Rome Foodie app. Hotels are not flexible since we are staying for free on points. The Hilton Cavalieri offers a free shuttle into the center of Rome every hour (Barberini). While in Rome, we are trying to strike the right balance between heading back to the hotel before dinner and staying out all day and night (can be exhausting). We will not have a car and will rely on busses and water ferries for transportation. I am pretty comfortable with public transportation in foreign countries. Our time on the coast will hopefully be more laid back and relaxing than Rome. I have not “planned” much other than strolling, hiking, sunning, and eating. Any other suggestions are much appreciated!

5/9:
Depart Charlotte

5/10:
-Arrive in Rome around 9:30 AM
-Arrive at the Rome Cavalieri and use hotel spa to shower relax etc while waiting for room (I am diamond so we have free access to spa facilities)
-Have late lunch on hotel terrace
-Shuttle into city and take the New Free Rome Walking tour 5:30 (2 hour tour covering Spanish Steps, Immaculate and Prophets, 3 capital in a city, St. Andrew, angels of the crown, old time mall, prime minister house, Marcus Aurelius column, St. Ignatius Church, Pozzo’s Illusion, Pantheon, Raphael’s Tomb, Hadrian Temple, Trevi Fountain)
-Dinner (Will reserve ahead of time)

5/11 (Saturday):
-Capitoline Museum
-Lunch
-Domus Romane (1:30 tour booked)
-Trajan Columns and Market
-Return to hotel and enjoy spa
-Head back to city for late dinner

5/12 (Sunday):
-Mercato di Circo Massimo Market (recommended by Eat Rome) or Campo de' Fiori Market
-Mouth of Truth
-Knights of Malta Gate
- Basilica di San Clemente
-Explore Jewish Ghetto
-Return to hotel and enjoy spa
-Head back to city for late dinner

5/13 (Monday)
- Catacombs of Domitilla
-What else can we do on a Monday in Rome? I was thinking about taking the Pilgrims’ Rome Tour:
■ Church of San Giovanni in Laterano - Free 7-6:30
■ Church of Santa Maria Maggiore- Free 8:30-6:00
■ Church of Santa Prassede-7:00-12:00 and 4:00-6:30

5/14 (Tuesday):
-10:00 AM Scavi Tour (booked)
-St. Peter’s Basillica
-Explore area north of the Vatican for lunch and shopping
-Return to the hotel and enjoy spa
-Shuttle into the city for late dinner

5/15 (Wednesday):
-Day trip to Florence to visit a childhood friend. She is touring us so I have not researched Florence much

5/16 (Thursday):
-Baths of Diocletian
-Lunch
-Metro to Piazza del Popolo
-Walk through Borghese Gardens to get to Borghese Gallery
-3:00 Tour schedule for Borghese Gallery
-Return to hotel and relax freshen up
-Shuttle into the city for late dinner

5/17 (Friday- husband arrives):
-Relax in the morning at the hotel
-Meet husband near Termini for lunch
-Walk the city a little and shuttle back to hotel (he will only have a backpack)
-Relax, enjoy hotel, and allow husband to freshen up
-Head to St. Peters to climb the dome (again for husband’s sake)
- 7:00 Entrance tickets to Vatican Museum
-Dinner

5/18 (Saturday)
-Private tour of Coloseum, Forum, and Palentine Hill (don’t have a confirmed time yet so this will dictate our day)
-Stroll the area for a great place to sit and watch people

5/19 (Sunday)
-Pantheon
-Castle St. Angelo
-Ara Pacis

5/20 (Monday)
-Sister Departs
-Husband and I train from Rome to Pompeii (leave luggage at train station while we tour ruins)
-Train to Sorrento check-in to hotel
-Dinner in Sorrento at Re Foods

5/21 (Tuesday)
-Weather permitting Capri
-Villa Jovis
-Late Long Lunch at Gelsomina
-Return to Sorrento
-Dinner at ????

5/22 (Wednesday)
-Head to Positano and spend the day walking the town, sitting on the beach and eating (may take the boat there and the bus back)
-Dinner at Donna Rosa

5/23 (Thursday)
-Head to Ravello and spend the morning hiking and have lunch at Il Panini or Cumpa Cosima
-Bus to Amalfi???? What is there to do here exactly?

5/24 (Friday)
-Relax on a beach near Sorrento for the day
-Head to Positano for sunset at Champagne and Oyster Bar at La Sirenuse
-Dinner at Il Ritrovo or Le Terraze

5/25 (Saturday)
-Head back to Rome on early train
-Enjoy the day in Rome by strolling, having coffee and shopping (no real agenda)
-We are staying near Termini so this

5/26 (Sunday)
-Early train to the airport
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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