Re: Honeymoon finally booked - Italy
posted at 6/17/2010 1:07 PM EDT
I would vote that you should stay in Sorrento, and visit Positano as a day trip. But it really depends on what you are looking for. Positano is very picturesque but it is also a very small town and rather quiet. We thought we might get a little bored there, after we saw it. Sorrento is slightly larger (though by no means a metropolis), so there is a bit more to do (more touristy shops, restaurants, bars, things going on...). Also, Sorrento has more options for transportation connections both along the coast and to Capri. It is easier to get to (since it is right on the Circumvesuviana train line), and easier to go from there to other places. Lastly, I think you will pay slightly less for the same quality hotel in Sorrento than you would in Positano. So that's my vote! Don't skip Positano, but rather make it a day trip.
...Summer will have a different perspective. I think she was looking for a quieter few days right on the beach, which would make Positano a great choice, but she can chime in.
If I were you, I would reduce Rome to 3 nights and spend 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast, unless you are super attached to seeing every last site in Rome. Rome is very hectic and kind of less romantic in my opinion. The Vatican and Colosseum are amazing, and there are beautiful sites to see on a stroll through the city (Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps), but it just wasn't as relaxing as Amalfi. Depends what interests you on vacation though. If you are not much into hiking/boating/beach time, and more of city people, then keep it the way it is.
While you are in Florence, definitely try to make a day trip to see the Tuscan countryside. We did a bike and winery tour which was stunning and I'm so glad we got to see that part of Italy.
I think you have a great itinerary there. Enjoy!