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Need input for a Southern Switzerland, Lake Como, Italian Riveria and Sorrento/Capri

I will be traveling with my husband and three teenagers to Italy this summer. My husband and I traveled to Italy last summer for the first time and absolutely loved every minute of it! We spent time in Rome, Florence and Ravello and loved the Almafi Coast so much we want to take our kids back this summer. We have roughly two weeks and are thinking of flying into Zurich and taking the train to Lucerne, possibly staying there for a few days then hoping to stay in Lake Como(Bellagio) and also visit Lugano. From Lake Como we would head down to either the Santa Margarita area or the Cinque Terra and from there take a train from Milan to Naples and stay in Sorrento as a home base to see Almafi Coast. Does that itinerary sound doable? How many days should we spend in each city? Also needing advice on completely eliminating our stay in Lucerne and just doing day trip from Lake Como? I would love any advice or suggestions as to how to make our trip more enjoyable!!! Thank you much!!

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I would first figure out what your best flight options are
In to Lucerne- out of Naples?
Or if you drop the Switzerland part- in to Milan out of Naples.

Then exactly how many NIGHTS will you have on the ground?
Since you have been to the AC- do you know how many nights you will want in Sorrento?
You'll probably have to stay in Naples the night before your flight out so take that into consideration.

We prefer at least 3 nights in each location- 4 for some if warranted, 2 for some if that's all you really need and only 1 nighters if absolutely necessary ( like the night before departure).
MIlan to Naples will take the better part of a day so count that day out. A stop in CT would break that up- you don't need to go back to MIlan from CT together a train to Naples. (CT will be super crowded in the summer)

Then play around with rome2rio, trenitalia, google maps to see what your transportation options are.

Also needing advice on completely eliminating our stay in Lucerne and
just doing day trip from Lake Como?

Assuming you mean day trip to Lugano- not Lucerne?

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Most of these areas, especially AC, book up six months in advance. You may be hard pressed for "summer 2023."

What do you mean by possible daytrips from Lake Como [and no other sleeping location?]

Where did you stay in Ravello? Did the hotel have a coastal beach club? Did you swim at all during that trip?

Where are you flying in from? Are you a "hiking" family? Is there some specific reason for combining Cinque Terre and Sorrento/AC on the same trip - like you live in a landlocked area?