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Need help planning southern Italy 3+ week itinerary

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Hi Everyone - I am trying to plan a 25 day trip to southern Italy Sept 2018 and could really use some help. After countless hours researching and reading, I am getting more confused because I am discovering more options that sound fantastic but unfortunately my time is limited.

Our Italy travels so far have covered the Ligurian coast (loved Sestri, Levanto, Santa Margherita Ligure), Venice, Florence (only 2 days), Rome (only 2 days) and Amalfi. We are in our mid 50's, prefer to be in a seaside town within walking distance of somewhere lovely to swim. Our perfect day is up early, explore a village or site in the morning with the afternoon spent swimming in the sea...followed by drinks and a great meal. We like an attractive town that is big enough to have a good selection of restaurants/cafes and evening activity but small enough to remain charming and friendly. We usually tack on a larger city visit to the beginning and/or end of our vacations.

For this trip we are flying into Naples and out of Rome. Other than Amalfi coast, this would be our first time to this area. Here is what I was thinking so far

7 nights: Positano - rent car in Salerno or Sorrento and drive south
5 nights: Cilento coast - Santa Maria di Castellabate and/or Maratea or ?
1 night: Matera
4 nights: Salento area: 1 base or multiple? Stay in Lecce or Otranto or S. Maria di Leuca or?
3 nights: Puglia: Stay in Monopoli or Polignano a Mare?
1 night: Puglia: Trani (train or fly Bari to Rome next morning)
3 nights: Rome
Fly home to Canada

Any recommendations for where to base in the Cilento coast and Puglia, number of nights to allocate and accommodation suggestions please?

Should we reduce/eliminate the Cilento coast and add more days to Puglia trip?

I have read a few reports suggesting that other places in Italy might warrant a closer look first if we haven't been there. We would like to be able to swim in the sea which is why we are headed south.

Alternatively, I have thought about these options:
A) Amalfi (7) Cilento area (5) Calabria (Tropea area?) (4) Taormina (5) fly to Rome (3)
B) Amalfi (7) Puglia (8) Florence/Tuscany (6)/train to Rome (3) - not sure of logistics how to get to Florence. To date we have only spent 2 days in Florence and zero in Tuscany.
C) Amalfi / hydrofoil to Aeolians/ ferry Messina?Taormina/fly to Florence/train to Rome
D) Amalfi/fly to Catania or Palermo and spend 2 weeks in Sicily/fly to Rome

Clearly I am having trouble deciding. Would love some help and recommendations from anyone who has been to Puglia, Cliento area, Calabria or Sicily.

Thanks so much!

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