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We have 3 days, should we go to Sorrento, Amafli or Capri?

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Our family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids ages 11-18) lands in Rome on a Sunday in June at 10am. We want to go to Southern Italy, probably by train. We need to be back in Rome for Wednesday. Any idea what the best plan would be? We definitely do not want to rent a car.

How complicated will it be to take a train ride after flying from US?

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    Hi, I did the Amalfi Coast with friends last summer (plus Venice and Rome). We took a train from Rome to Naples and then a taxi from the train station to Amalfi, because we didn't want to rent a car. The town of Amalfi was a great place to stay, because there's regular ferry service from there to Positano, Capri etc. We were there for only a few days and picked the highlights we wanted to see. We went to Capri, Positano, and Ravello (a quick busride up from Amalfi and really beautiful). Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    The "best plan" would be to stay in the place that would give you the easiest access to what you want to see/do. If you want to see the coastal towns, Pompeii and/or Herculaneum, the Naples archeology museum (where the artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum are kept), and Capri, then I suggest you stay in Sorrento which has easy public transportation links to all of those places. (But I doubt you could see everything on that list in 2+ days, so you'd need to prioritize.)

    If you just want to explore Capri, then stay on Capri. If you have no interest beyond the coastal towns, then stay in one of them and use the bus, ferry and taxi to get around. (There are also hiking trails between the towns).

    If you decide to stay in the town of Amalfi, then train to Salerno (not Naples) and take the bus, ferry or taxi from there to Amalfi. Salerno to Amalfi is about 25 kms. Naples to Amalfi is more than twice as far. There are trains from the Rome airport that involve just one change at Termini.

    If you decide to stay on Capri, you would train to Naples, taxi to the ferry dock and ferry to Capri. (There is a bus to the ferry dock, but with 6 people coming off long flights, just keep it simple.)

    If you decide to stay in Sorrento, train to Naples. From there, your choices for getting to Sorrento are (1) local commuter train from the Naples train station, (2) pre-booked driver, or (3) taxis. The advantage of either (2) or (3) is that you're dropped at your hotel door. If you go by (1), you'd probably taxi to your hotel, which makes for a very long day (3 trains + taxi).

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