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10 day/9 nights trip to Tuscany and Amalfi coast

We are planning a 10 day trip to Italy in April-May 2022. We already have a 3 night reservation at Castella di Velona Resort in Tuscany. We'd like to visit the Amalfi coast, Pompeii and Capri. What is the best travel option? Where do you think we should stay? Are all places easily accessible from both Sorrento and Positano? Which one is better connected?

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Sorrento or Amalfi are the transportation hubs. We've stayed in both and were glad we did.
Positano has bus or ferry if weather permits. Capri is a possibility - ferrry only obviously.

You'll need a car for your Tuscany stay. Have you already determined where you will fly in and out of?
Open jaw into Florence- out of Naples would work best and save you time

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You'll likely need a car to get to and from your resort. Rome2Rio says to drive to Chiusi, dump the car, and train to Sorrento ( changing to the Circumvesuviana in Naples). If you want to see both Pompeii and Capri, I'd recommend a stay in Sorrento, for easier connections. Consider flying home from Naples.

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We'd like to visit the Amalfi coast, Pompeii and Capri. What is the
best travel option? Where do you think we should stay? Are all places
easily accessible from both Sorrento and Positano?

Sorrento is your best choice. Positano is OK but it's small and doesn't have a lot to offer outside of some shopping, and ferry service from there can be cancelled if weather interferes. Pompeii (by Circumvesuviana commuter train) and Capri (by high-speed ferry) is easier from Sorrento.

Where are you flying home from? I will mention that you do NOT want to be in Sorrento if flying out of Rome on the same day. Heck. I wouldn't want to be there with a mid-morning flight out of Naples either.

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Are you sure you want the time sink having to drive to a remote resort in Tuscany for this itinerary, then travel all the way south? Just a thought: there are thermal spas on Ischia. You could fly round-trip to Naples instead, and really make the best use of your limited time.

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I am doing essentially the same trip this year--one week in Tuscany and one week in the Amalfi Coast area. I am staying in a little B&B in Tuscany, but I am finding it difficult and expensive to find a driver. I have reserved a car to drive myself, but I really don't like to drive. There aren't a lot of options, though, to get deep into Tuscany where I am staying.

As far as the Amalfi Coast goes, this will be my third year traveling there. Last year, I stayed in Sorrento at a stunning resort called the Grand Aminta Hotel. It is about 15 minutes from downtown Sorrento with free shuttles throughout the day into and out of town and amazing huge free breakfasts and Chef's Special dinners for an extra 30 euro per night (well worth it). While the staff were a bit more snooty than I would like, the resort is just so stunning and peaceful (with a glorious pool and almost 180+degree view of the Mediterranean) that I am returning there this summer. I'll be staying there for 6 nights in a room with a balcony and a view of the sea and sunrise. If you do stay there, I would recommend trying to stay in the main hotel not the "villa/annex". It's more convenient and quieter.

I agree that Sorrento is an excellent place to stay when traveling to the Amalfi Coast as you can easily catch ferries to Capri and ferries or busses to Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. Sorrento also has a lovely market with a lot of locally made goods (inlaid wood pieces, lots of white collon/embroidered clothing, and linen items, in particular) with lemon juice/water misting through the air. It is just wonderful! I did visit Positano but would not want to stay there as it is beautiful but small and feels very closed in/claustrapobic to me.