Hello, thanks in advance for any and all help. I'm in my initial stages of planning our first (myself and husband) trip to Italy in the fall of 2020. I will try to give as much detail as I can about our plans in hopes of getting great feedback.
We are planning on spending 10 nights in Italy as we have two weeks to accommodate this trip, so figure 4 for travelling and recovering before returning to work. We live in southern Indiana which makes flying more time consuming as well.
We are planning to fly into Rome and spend 5 nights there (give or take), open to suggestions on where to stay. Would prefer a location that allows us to walk to many sites, feels authentic/old world, and offers rentals beyond a hotel. Love my hubby but we sleep in separate bedrooms so that makes most hotels a no go. I've been searching for vrbo's in the "ancient city" section and have found several options.
From there, we plan to go south to Sorrento for 5 nights (give or take). My understanding is that Sorrento is the best launching point for day trips to the towns along the Amalfi Coast.
We also want to see Pompeii, wherever that best fits in.
I'm looking for advice on a few things:
Are we better off flying into Rome and out of Naples so that we don't have to back track to Rome to fly round trip?
Is the area I mentioned staying in Rome a good location? Someone said to use the Pantheon as a landmark and stay near that.
Is 5 nights too much for Rome?? I realize this is incredibly hard to answer but just looking for a general consensus. We want to see the sites, linger a bit and enjoy the culture but would rather leave wanting more vs. less. I'm assuming the first day/night will be a blurry mess from time change.
Along that line, would we wish we'd spent less time in Rome and more time in Sorrento?? Again, just general consensus.
I do plan to order guide books, etc. but want to start narrowing our choices down.
Thank you, Lynn