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Round trip or open jaw? London>Rome>Naples

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In June, we're taking two of our grandsons (ages 12 & 14) to Italy. On our way, we'll stay in London for a few days, where our son and family live. (We already have purchased our LAX>LON airfare.)

Our plan is to fly to Rome on Friday, June 3 and return to London Friday, June 10. Partway through the week, we'll travel south to Sorrento for several days. I'm trying to decide how best to travel to/from London as well as between Rome and Naples/Sorrento. (We're also trying to figure out how to see the Archaeology Museum in Naples, either on our way to or from Sorrento.)

Option 1: Round trip LON>ROME. From Naples, we could take the train from to Rome>FCO. The round-trip flight (London>Rome>London) is about $110/person, as of today. We'd also need consider the cost of train tickets from Naples>FCO.

Option 2: Fly back to England from Naples. If we do this, airfare will cost more (open jaw London>Rome/Naples>London is $185-ish/person). However, the bus fare from Sorrento to the Naples airport is cheap: only 10 euros per person.

Here's a tentative itinerary:
June 3: Travel | London>Rome (Arrive FCO 6:55p)

June 4: Rome
June 5: Rome
June 6: Rome

June 7: Travel | Rome>Sorrento. Depending on train, arrive in Naples at either 12 noon or 2:00p and catch the Circumvesuviana OR take a ferry to Sorrento (open to suggestions). And would this be a good day to visit the Archaeology Museum in Naples?

June 8: Pompeii (or Herculaneum) and Oplontis

June 9: Amalfi Coast/Capri? Positano? Other?

June 10: Travel | Return to London (With later departures, is it possible to see Naples Archaeology Museum en route to either airport?)
- via Rome (Option 1, departing 12:35p or 6:35p) OR
- via Naples (Option 2, departing 11:05a or 4:25p)

We want to look at this from both an economic and logistical point of view. And honestly, traveling with young teens, logistics trumps cost. Is one option more direct, practical, desirable, or easier than the other?

Also, since we're returning to London, not the US, how early should we arrive at the airport?

Thanks!
Kim

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