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Help with itenerary-Sorrento home base

If we have two nights in Sorrento at the end of April, would it be unrealistic to think we could do Capri, Naples & take the bus to Positano. Any recommendations on scheduling? Is this time of year very crowded with tourists that we should leave extra time for long lines? We're traveling by train to Rome after that. Should we just stop in Naples on the way to Rome? What is a must see in Naples? Would three hours in Naples be enough? Are they still having a TRASH problem?

Greatly appreciate your help!!!

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Sorrento is a beautiful seaside town with some dramatic cliffs and dramatic views of the sea and Vesuvius. If you only have 2 nights why on earth would you spend all of your time traveling all around so far away? Capri is easily reached from Sorrento's marina and Pompeii is literally 15 minutes away. I don't know long it takes to Positano, but with only 2 nights I would concentrate on Sorrento, Caprii and Pompeii, maybe Positano, but leave Naples for another trip. Leave yourself some time to actually just have fun. Our family only spent 2 nights in Sorrento, but we only did Pompeii and a quick jaunt to Capri. We spent some time walking through town as well as going down to the bathing platform at our hotel and swimming in the sea.

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Betty, in Naples the most important to see is the museum with the antiquities from Pompei. If you are not into this, then skip Naples. it's a busy, dirty city. Spend this time in the other busy city - Rome!

You can do Capri in a day, and maybe take the fast ferry to Positano instead of the bus...or take the bus one way, and the ferry back so you get both views. I personally think the ferry is the way to go, very relaxing, and you can see the shore and the sea and get great photos too!

The other cute town to see in this area is Ravello, you can either walk the 1,000 stairs from Amalfi, or take the bus. Great views, very high on the hill and nice ceramic shopping (if you are in to that!)

April is still shoulder season, so it will not be busy. Good for you to travel this time of year!

There is probably always a trash problem in Naples, but the biggest one was late last year, not sure if it's still going on.