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Siena, Pompeii, Rome

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My daughter will be studying in Siena and I will be visiting her in May so would appreciate advice.
1. I will be flying from London to Florence. Is bus the best way to get from Florence to Siena? How far is the bus station from the airport? Would taxi be the best way to get to the bus station? Any idea of cost? Is tipping expected?
2. I will not have a car during my stay in Italy. How many days should I plan in Siena? Any suggestions of hotels very centrally located (3 star) and not at the top of a steep hill?
Must see/do while in Siena?
3. We want to visit Pompeii, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast for a long weekend together. Again, we will not have a car. Is Sorrento a good place to stay to do day trips from? Any hotel suggestions (3 or 4 star)?
4. Will 3 days be enough time? If we wanted to hire a driver for a half day (or day) how would we go about doing that? What are the must see places in that area in addition to Pompeii?
5. After Pompeii/Sorrento, my daughter will return to Siena and I will go to Rome. What's the best way for her to get from Naples to Siena? I read about different options and I'm sensing from my reading that it might be best to take the train to Rome, then a metro to a bus station (?), and then a bus to Siena? Does anyone know about this? (same advice needed from Siena to Naples. I know about the train from Naples to Sorrento).
6. Fodor's has hotel recommendations based on areas within Rome. What would be a good area to stay in that's centrally located? (Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Vatican?).
I plan to stay in Rome 4 nights. Hotel suggestions with breakfast (3 stars) and a friendly staff that speaks English?
7. Is tipping expected in Italy for taxis, people who help with luggage, tour guides? Please advise as I know not every country is like the US in this regard.
8. When traveling on buses, where is the luggage stored? Do they put it under the bus and is it safe? What about the trains. We will have a 24 inch suitcase.
Thank you so much for your help.
Nancy

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