We are planning a 14-day trip to Italy next October / Nov and I am overwhelmed trying to figure out our itinerary. My main concern right now is what towns to stay in and for how many nights - specifically in the Amalfi Coast area. I am seeking the advice of the many travelers on this forum who have lived or traveled to this area before.
We haven't purchased or reserved anything yet, so we have the freedom to move things around.
We plan on visiting the Amalfi Coast area, Pompeii, Herculeum and Rome and we have about 14 days (including flight travel days - we are coming from Boston, MA).
My confusion begins on where we should stay in the Amalfi Coast area. My current draft itinerary has us staying in the Amalfi Coast area and the Pompeii area for 8 days. Then we will travel to Rome to complete our vaca.
We don't mind bouncing around to different hotels (and we will only have carry-ons) in order to see and enjoy as much as possible in the Amalfi Coast area. Should we spend a couple of nights in the Sorrento area, a couple of nights in Positano, and maybe a night on the Isle of Capri?
I was then thinking we could take the ferry to Naples from Capri and then the train to Pompeii. My current plan is to spend a couple of nights in Pompeii area so we could enjoy visiting Herculeum, Pompeii ruins, and Mount Vesuvius.
Or do you think we should stay in Sorrento and visit all Amalfi Coast areas including Pompeii and Herculeum from one base hotel?
We are in our early 50s, in good shape, and I am planning this trip for me, my husband and another couple. I want to see as much as possible without feeling too rushed - but also not feeling like we stayed in one place too long. It's something I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out.
Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge - I really appreciate it :)
Updated Note: We do plan on using private guides when possible and we do plan on staying in mid-level hotels/B&Bs that have private bathrooms. We don't need the Ritz - but we would like accommodations that are clean, safe, and mid-price range - preferably close to public transportation.