For years my husband and I (we are late 40’s) have been traveling to all inclusive tropical islands where they take care of everything. It’s getting a bit boring. For years I have been dreaming of Italy but fearful. I mean, how would we know how and where to go/do... Originally, I thought I would book us a all inclusive Italy tour so we could just show up. Then I realized it probably wouldn’t be ideal. We don’t love rushing, waiting for people and having to follow the group. Museums are not the most appealing but I understand some are a must. What draws me to dreaming of Italy most is the culture through their people, food, wine, the ocean, scenic views, walking to see what we want, when we want. Staying at a bistro for an hour or hours enjoying food, wine the peoples company. I have always really wanted to go to the Sorrento area, Amalfi, and visiting Capri. We love water. One night after a few glasses of my favourite brunello (Is it obvious I love wine), I made my dream come to somewhat reality. I got brave and booked flights to and from Rome for September 2020. Yep, liquid courage....I did it! I figured if I didn’t, I would continue to dream. The Brunello inspired me not care much that we will be leaving our four young adults/teenage children at home (our kids who will likely be having their own type of vacation while we are gone). I made the executive decision that my husband and I deserve this. I mean we have four kids and made it through getting them to young adults/teens years. That’s worth the holiday alone. We got great prices on direct flights and I have nearly a year to plan all the scary stuff. I got this, right? I have zero clue where to stay, how to travel to the places e.g. should we take trains, rent a car, can you return rentals at different drop of locations like you can in Canada.... Did I mention we DO NOT have the greatest sense of direction. Yes, I am a female who admits this. My sense of direction, terrible. My husband thinks he does have direction, he doesn’t, trust me, worse then me. I just ordered my Rick Steves Italy book and will read it many times I am sure. Biggest concern is how on earth could I go to Italy and not visit Tuscany. I am a huge wino!!
So we only have 14 day. However, I really consider this 12 days because we will lose 2 from flights travel to start. Is it possible to see Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi & Tuscany in a short 12 days? Rome actually sounds least appealing to me. We really don’t love touristy places. So far the only thing we must do is arrive to Rome and leave from Rome. I am open to all suggestions. I love the idea of the fast train. Regional trains and buses intimidate me in my own town as I get lost easily.... We could rent a car but did I mention we love wine. Private transfers so super expensive... I really have a clean canvas hear to plan on. Any help would be so appreciated.