12 days in Italy- ItineraryHelp!

Jul 3rd, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Ncz
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12 days in Italy- ItineraryHelp!

Hello,
I've finally almost locked down my itinerary with help from all of you. Based on the below, can you please let me know what will be most efficient/best use of my time?
Most specifically, will it make sense to just go straight from Florence to Amalfi or will it help to break out Rome into 2 segments as shown below.
My flight in/out dates are fixed from Florence/Rome, everything else is still flexible. Any other feedback is appreciated! Thank you!

Option 1
9/8 (land 6pm) to 9/12- Florence (including a daytrip to San Gimignano)
9/12 (arrive early afternoon by train) to 9/14 - Rome
9/14 (arrive early afternoon by train) to 9/16 - Amalfi coast (staying in Positano tbd, flexible)*
*Train to Naples; transfer to Sorrento; use car service to hotel
9/16 (arrive early evening by train) to 9/20 (flight 7am)- Rome

Option 2
9/8 (land 6pm) to 9/12- Florence (including a daytrip to San Gimignano)
9/12 (arrive afternoon) to 9/15- Amalfi coast (staying in Positano tbd, flexible)* Train to Naples transfer to Sorrento; use car service to hotel (unless there's a faster option)
9/15 (arrive afternoon by train) - 9/20 (7am flight)- Rome
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 11:26 AM
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I think 3 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Rome and finish your trip on the Almalfi Coast. Can you fly out of Naples or spend your last night back in Rome.

I recommend Hotel Adriano in the Pantheon area. You are with in walking distance to most sights. I loved Rome and all the historic sights.

Florence is fabulous!

We are taking our first trip to the Almalfi Coast in September.

Good Luck and enjoy your trip!
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 11:45 AM
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I like option two- less checking in and out of hotels.

Have you looked at taking the train from Florence to Salerno and then either a bus or boat (my preference) to Positano? I think it would be easier and less expensive ( no car service) than your current plan. It's probably faster too.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 12:47 PM
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I'm in agreement with zoecat. Going to Rome twice doesn't really make sense. And the train from Florence to Salerno, and then the boat to Positano, is a wonderful option.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 01:29 PM
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Another vote for option 2. Gives you more time actually enjoying Italy, rather than traveling.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 01:51 PM
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Another vote for option 2. But I am curious, why is option 1 even in contention at all? If by train, Florence to Napoli is only a 2 hrs 51 min ride. You cam compute easily that option 1 costs more because you have to pay to do extra Termini-hotel-Termini trip, as well as time to do these.

Option 1 has 3 full days in Florence, 1+3=4 full days in Rome, 1 full days in Amalfi coast, and 5 partial days.

Option 2 has 3 full days in Florence, 4 full days in Rome, 2 full day in Amalfi coast, and 4 partial days.

Notice that the option 2 gains one full day in Amalfi coast without taking away hardly, if any, time from Rome.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 03:06 PM
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Ah thanks everyone! At first it seemed like train from Florence to Amalfi will just be such a long day but I decided to use Sorrento as a base so train from Florence to Naples then Sorrento doesn't seem so bad.
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Jul 3rd, 2013, 03:09 PM
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Ok nevermind, it looks like Florence to Salerno then Ferry ride to Positano is not as long as I thought...I will go with that. Thanks again!
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