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Rome To Sorrento Itinerary Question

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Well, it finally looks like we will be able to make our first trip to Italy! I've been trying to plan a trip for a couple years now but life keeps getting in the way. DH and I are pretty much set on this trip for end of next May. The good thing about this trip being delayed is that I've had much more time to research. The most valuable lesson I learned is that there is no way we can possibly see and experience in one trip unless we go for about 3 months! So, for our first trip, we are going to Rome and Sorrento.

My basic itinerary would be to fly into Rome and spend 4 nights. Then we would head to Sorrento for 6 nights and fly out of Naples.

While in Sorrento we want to make a day trip to the Amalfi Coast, visit Herculaneum and the museum and maybe a day trip to visit the other sites in Naples. We are not interested in Capri or Pompeii at this time.

Here are my questions:

1. Would it be better and/or feasible to tour Herc., the museum or Naples en route from Rome to Sorrento or should we just head to Sorrento then make day trips? If so, what would be the best way to organize a day trip to Herc, Naples and the museum?

2. Should we spend a night or 2 actually in Naples if we are touring these areas and flying out of Naples or should we just stay in Sorrento?

And I am debating whether we should add another night to Rome. DH has been before but it will be my first time. We wanted to spend some time along the coast though as that is our passion!

Thank you for your feedback!!

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    I've done Herculaneum and the arch museum in one day while staying in Sorrento. First the museum and then Herculaneum on the way back to Sorrento. It worked out well. Naples is an hour from Sorrento. We took a cab to the museum. If you visited the museum and Herculaneum en route, you could store your luggage in the Naples train station for the museum visit but I'm not sure if the Herculaneum station has checked luggage facilities.

    Depending on what time your flight leaves Naples it may be dicey to stay in Sorrento the night before. I would stay in Naples the night before.

    If you can arrange the extra day in Rome I would do that as you'll be tired the first day and not see much. 4 nights only gives you 3 days in Rome and that's not enough. 4 days would be much better. That would leave you 4 days for the AC, Naples, and Herculaneum which is a good amount of time.

    The end of May will be hot, especially in Rome, so make sure you get hotels with AC. You may not need AC in Sorrento as it's on the water.

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    If so, what would be the best way to organize a day trip to Herc, Naples and the museum?>

    could be done in one day trip if you do not care to see much more in Naples than the famous museum. Take CircumVesuviana train to Ercolo station - a short walk down to the archaeological site - a big pit in the ground and not so huge like Pompeii so won't take too long - then head to Naples by the train - take a tram or taxi to the museum or walk - about two miles or so - nice walk thru the historic center of Naples - incredible narrow covbbled streets with laundry strung between houses - redolent of the Italy I first saw some 40 years ago but now only seen here IME - hopefully garbage will be picked up - not always a given and when I went there was litter and trash literally everywhere.

    From museum area take tram or taxi or bus or walk back to train station - CircumVesuviana station adjoins Napolie Centrale - trains run very late and very frequently.

    As the museum is near the ferry docks as I recall you could hop a high-speed catamaran to Sorrento (or vice versa - boat here and work your way back by train.

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