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Italy Itinerary

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Italy Itinerary

Planning our Italy trip for 2023. Flying into Rome for 3-4 days. We have Amalfi Coast, Florence and Siena as stops as well. Not sure if from Rome we should go to the coast first and then shoot back across to Florence and Siena or vice versa? Appreciate any guidance. Thanks.

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Ventnor, United...
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I’d make such a decision by leaving the area I am looking forward to the most until last, or alternatively doing the southern end earlier in spring and later in autumn, just to place your bets with the weather most favourably. The driving time from Florence/Siena and Naples/Sorrento to Rome is pretty much the same, so there aren’t any obvious logistical reasons to influence the schedule.

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Because of limited traffic zones for residents only [ZTL's], driving is not an efficient means of traveling between cities; explained here:


You'll head somewhere directly and stay in Rome last [assuming this is a round trip], and the first or last stop will be Siena. Train times between Rome and Siena are not favorable, so the preferred method is the Flixbus, direct and taking a little under three hours. The Amalfi Coast could be seen as the the most relaxing stop, and for that reason many would go there last.

So under that scenario, Rome to Siena from the Tibertina Station; bus to Florence, as the train station is out of town a ways. Amalfi Coast towns are described on www.positano.com. The popular option would be a train to Salerno and a ferry:


The other would be a train to Naples and a driver. This is something to consider for Positano, because the port area is pedestrian only; walking to the hotel with a luggage porter.

You don't indicate the length of this trip. If there is a time limitation, Siena is an easy day trip from Florence.

Edited: 12 October 2021, 03:25
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How many nights are you sleeping in Italy?

Assuming you are flying out of Rome as well and have enough time for all these destinations, I would upon arrival take the train up to Florence staying there 3-4 nights with a day trip to Siena (easy bus from Florence). Then take the train to Naples and hire a driver to take you to your AC destination, staying there 4-5 nights and finally head to Rome, staying at least 4 nights.

I would not rent a car for this itinerary. There are driving restrictions in Italy and ZTL zones to be aware of...One is not allowed to drive into any historic city or village center, bus lanes are forbidden and parking is highly regulated. Cameras enforce infractions and if you are not careful, hefty fines will result. You do not wish to drive in Florence, Siena, Naples, Rome or along the Amalfi Coast.

There is also travel time in between each change in destination and it's always more time than just the posted train/bus schedule. Plan 1/2 day gone with every travel day. That means 3 nights somewhere for example does not equal 3 days in the location. It is 2-2.5 days and that's because you have to get there from your previous destination (or airport arrival time). 4 nights equals 3-3.5 days, etc.

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Your proposed expedition is short on time for the amount of territory to be covered. Do not get tangled up with on obligation to rent or car or hire a private driver as both alternatives would be time consuming and most expensive. Car rental arrangements might be a costly nuisance, Which destination will likely keep you in place longer than can be expected? Our preference might lead us to tackle Florence and Rome first with a visit to Siena before venturing off to the Amalfi Coastal area for reasons having to with cultural content of the destinations to be included in Florence and Rome as deserving more attention first. Length of time might be a factor for designing the itinerary. Choose the travel trajectory that is more direct to your destination in the Amalfi Coast. Where are the most convenient travel options at the least cost for you? Which destination can you stand the most to cut short for time limits? Which destination will allow you to travel faster to get from the beginning to the end of the vacation project? We are more in favor of seeing Rome and Florence first with more more time on our agenda than might be devoted to Amalfi later. By putting Amalfi first in line to receive your attention you might wear out your enthusiasm for the remaining part of the itinerary for spending time in Rome and Florence for their full value. For us the more serious and demanding most from us would be putting Florence and Rome. first in line of priorities before Amalfi Coast to provide your entire proposal with additional energy? Itemize or identify your preferences and when they emerge as priorities group them according to location and proximity .It might be a matter of your preferences as destinations to select your interests for leading you in one direction. When train service is reliable and affordable you might want to choose that option as much as possible for safety- convenience.

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