My boyfriend and I are planning a vacation to Italy in late March. We're thinking about 10 days or so in Italy.
I've never been to Europe, and haven't traveled much aside from a 14 day Caribbean cruise, so this will all be a new experience for me. My boyfriend has lived in Paris for multiple years, and has explored a lot of Europe. He's never been to Southern Italy, though, so we are leaning toward focusing our vacation on Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
We're in the process of planning out an itinerary. I'm thinking we'll spend a few days in Rome and then move South, visit Pompeii, see Capri, and visit some of the towns along the Amalfi coast. Southern Italy makes me a little nervous as a first time travel experience because I've heard it's a bit more wild than the rest of Italy. I'm wondering where would be a good home base in Southern Italy. Naples is an obvious first choice, but I've not really heard good things about Naples. Would Sorrento be a better option to stay for a few days? We could then plan day visits to Capri, Naples, and Pompeii. Afterwards, we could move over to a place in one of the cities on the Amalfi Coast.
Any advice would be appreciated. Most of the information on Italian vacations I've found seems to focus on Northern Italy.