My husband and I are planning a 20th anniversary trip to Italy in May. This is our first (and possibly last) time to Italy. We want to see a little bit of everything. We are using Points for the flights (so we needed to book in and out of Rome) and Marriott Rewards for at least 7 nights of hotels, so we need to stay in a Marriott hotel in Venice, Rome, Capri and possibly Naples.
Based on Marriott Hotel availability in those areas, this is what I've come up with:
Day 1: Depart
Day 2: Arrive Rome --To Venice, sleep in Venice May 10
Day 3: Venice, sleep in Venice May 11
Day 4: To Cinque Terre, sleep in Monterosso May 12
Day 5: To Florence, sleep in Florence May 13
Day 6: Florence, sleep in Florence May 14
Day 7: To Siena via Pisa, sleep in Siena May 15
Day 8: To Rome, sleep in Rome May 16
Day 9: Rome, sleep in Rome May 17
Day 10: Rome, sleep in Rome May 18
Day 11: To Naples, sleep in Naples May 19
Day 12: To Capri, sleep in Capri May 20
Day 13: Capri, sleep in Capri May 21
Day 14: To Sorrento sleep in Sorrento May 22
To Paestum via Amalfi Coast
Day 15: Sorrento, sleep in Sorrento May 23
Day 16: To Naples via Pompeii, sleep in Naples May 24
Day 17: To Rome, fly to Paris, sleep in Paris May 25
Day 18: Paris to Los Angeles, LA to SLC May 27
So, I have a few questions:
- Would it be better to spend a day in Rome before taking off to Venice?
- Would it be better to stay only in Siena or Florence, rather than both?
- Would it be better to just stay in Sorrento, rather than going back to Naples for a night?
We like beautiful scenery, culture, art, history, and good food (in that order-although DH would put food higher). We would like to eat and stay in more local places when we don't have to stay at the Marriott. We want the real Italian experience.