My wife and I are taking back-to-back tours of Italy in the fall of 2022. The second is a Best of South Italy tour that ends in early October in Naples. I am looking for post tour recommendations; a place to lay back and relax for a few days before returning to the USA. We will have been on the road for about 40 days by then so will probably not want to travel very far or put forth much effort.
The South Italy tour is fantastic. My husband and I did it in 2018. If I wanted to rest for a few days after all that traveling I would go back to Sorrento. It is so lovely and so relaxing. They say the ferry is scenic and relaxing to take from Naples to Sorrento and takes 45 minutes, but I have not ever done it.
Although the tour will have been in Sorrento for 2 nights, going back to it would be a good "place to lay back and relax"
You can take a 1h ferry ride to Capri from Naples and sleep there. What a wonderful way to see the island.
Procida or Ravello would be my choice.
Ravello on the Amalfi Coast is beautiful and at that time of year, the crowds will be gone. I fell in love with Ischia - I relaxed for 2 whole days.
Ravello wouldn’t be easy to get to from Naples and is expensive. Ischia takes the same amount of time as Capri (1h). People like Ischia but you’ll hear less English spoken.
Jim, as much as I love Sorrento, Capri, Ravello, etc. how about Sperlonga? It is less than 2 hours from Naples. If you don't want to drive, check out www.rome2rio.com for transportation. I haven't been there but our daughter was there a couple of years ago with a friend who lives near Naples. Her friend has been recommending the area for us to visit the next time we are in Rome or Naples. It just might be a good place to lay back and relax. It is off the beaten path.
If you’re doing some of South Italy, how about even farther south? This would invoke some travel, but still in Italy. How about Sicily? Catch a boat from Naples, for a “cruise.” Or hop a short flight. Fly home starting from Palermo or Catania on Sicily.
Thank you for your suggestions. We have considered and further researched all of them. I think we've decided on Ischia. It seems laid back, pretty authentic with lots of good food and wine.