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Itinerary Reality Check - Sorrento and Area

Our family of 4 (including children 17 and 12) has traveled a number of times to locations around Europe, but never to Italy. We are going to split time home bases in Sorrento and Rome over a week in March. I'm struggling a bit with the Italy itinerary and am looking for a reality check on the first part of our trip. Plan at this point looks like this:

Saturday, March 23 - flight lands in Rome 5:50 pm, sleep in Rome
Sunday, March 24 - train to Naples, Circumvesuviana on to Sorrento; consider storing bags at train station for very short visit to Naples on the way
Monday, March 25 - day trip with private driver to see Amalfi Coast OR day trip to Capri
Tuesday, March 26 - explore Sorrento all day
Wednesday, March 27 - early trip to Pompeii; onward to Rome after the visit; arrive in Rome later afternoon

The balance of the week (afternoon of Wednesday, March 27 - morning of Saturday, March 30 when we fly home) is in Rome.

Mainly, I'm wondering if the first half of the week is too hectic or unrealistic, or if the logistics seem like they would fit better in a different way.

Appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

Posted by
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I think that works
Rome 1
Sorrento 3
Rome 4

If you had 1 more night I’d give it to Sorrento and do Pompeii on its own day-it’s exhausting

Take a look at Mondo Guides

Posted by
10323 posts

You do not need a day to explore Sorrento since you are staying there and will see a lot of it anyway. Use that day to see Capri. No tour needed. Take ferry to Capri, ride funicular up to Capri Town. Walk to Giardini Agosto, farther away from crowds. You will be in the pedestrian only area which is where we stayed at La Minerva, fabulous hotel . Continue towards Punta Tragara and see more of the amazing views. This walk will take you away from the crowded places on Capri.

Posted by
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Am looking to do Naples and southern Italy in November 2024 so have researched what is operational for that time period now. You will also be traveling out of season. I also plan to stay in Sorrento.

Capri: check the ferry schedule. Heard conflicting stories that you can't miss Capri but the Blue Grotto is very touristy. ???

March 31 is Easter so that might impact certain places or hours on Good Friday.