My husband and I are planning a first time trip to Italy in June 2014 for a belated honeymoon. We will be flying out of Canada, will be on a bit of a budget and only have max 10 days (including travel time) to spend as we will be continuing on to Germany to spend time with friends there. So the places we'd like to hit are Rome, Venice, Positano/Amalfi Coast and Pompei. The Amalfi Coast is a must for me so I really want to include that. I'd love to spend a few days just relaxing in a nice Hotel or Villa. We really only want to see the major sites as this is our first time so I was thinking 2-3 days Rome, 2 days Venice, and the rest along the Amalfi Coast and Pompei?? Any suggested tips or itineraries would be greatly appreciated. We do not want to rent a car so any tips for buses, trains, boats etc. would be appreciated as well along with great and fairly affordable places to stay. Thanks so much for any help :)
With only 7 - 8 days on the ground, I'd recommend skipping Venice - it's not close to anything else you wish to see and you will lose too much time in transit. Possible itinerary could be something like this - Day 1 - fly to Rome Day 2 - arrive in Rome Day 3 - Rome Day 4 Rome Day 5 Rome Day 6 - train to Sorrento Day 7 - tour of Amalfi coast Day 8 - Pompeii Day 9 - Positano
Day 10- Naples to Germany Day 5 could be spent in the Amalfi coast area - it really depends upon where you want to spend the most time - with 2 days in Rome you obviously won't have enough time to see a lot but definitely enough time to get a feel for the city. Only you can decide on the trade offs. Once you've decided your "must sees" in Rome, we can help you determine if you've allotted enough time.
On a belated honeymoon I would not suggest skipping Venice... I would give Rome only a couple of days as you can see the major highlights and decide if you need to return, do the Amalfi coast and give 2 days to Venice. It will be a lot of traveling, but if you have not been before I think you should visit the places you want to see. This itinerary will give you lots of variety. If I had been that close to Venice on a first trip to Italy and by passed it to stay extra days in Rome I would not have been happy. Not everyone loves Rome and for me a few days is enough. Give me the coast or a small village any day. I think you should go if you have the desire, but I wouldn't trade it for Venice.
Thanks for the suggestions so far. I don't think we will skip Venice as my husband really wants to go there. I really want to go to the coast, so I think a shorter time in Rome will be a solution. :)