Hello, my husband and I (36 and 31 yo) will be visiting Campania for 3.5 days in late November. I thought I had our itinerary down but then I started getting obsessed with the idea of visiting Paestum. Originally, our itinerary goes:
first 1/2 day, stop in Naples en route to Sorrento (our home base) from Rome
day 2, Pompeii and Ercolano
day 4, Positano and perhaps other, smaller towns
I want to rearrange things so day 4 will be all Paestum and move Positano to day 3. This makes our Amalfi Coast vacation not very relaxing, I'm afraid, and it being late November, the bus schedules are severely limiting our ability to actually move about quickly between towns. Will it be too crazy to pack in Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano in one day? With the bus itinerary for last winter, it's somewhat doable if we limit visits to about 1 hour per town if we want to see them all with daylight (best case scenario with buses actually following schedule). Is 1 hour enough time for each town?
As for Paestum, these are my options:
1. Public transportation: This was our original choice and TA has a lot of useful advise on Sorrento-Paestum options, but it just seems like a lot of time and changing, and we'll be at the second-to-last day of 2+ weeks of intense travel.
2. Guided tours: I've been researching tours and they usually run just on one day a week (not a day we'll be in the area), and doesn't seem to run at all in off-season. If you know one that runs in late November, Th/F/Sa, please let me know.
3. Car service/driver: Does anyone know of reasonably priced (hoping for less than $200, please don't laugh) car service to Paestum from Sorrento?
4. Renting a car: This would solve a lot of these problems, I guess, but I have reservations, namely: travel time to Paestum just as long (if not longer), lifetime of living in Chicago and Houston has not prepared my husband for intense mountain driving (though we've driven in Hawaii and Utah mountains for a bit), driver (aka my husband) can't enjoy himself and again, seems tiring. It might be worth it, though, especially if we also get it for the town-hopping. Will parking be a problem then?
Should I just end this craziness and drop Paestum altogether?