Flying into Rome on October 2nd (bringing winter clothes for our student-daughter, so do need to come into FCO). Probably spend a night in Rome to have dinner with her. Planning 10/3-10/9 in Campania. We are mid-50s, and have Sunflower guide to help us plan for a nice walking vacation. I've looked into some self-guided "tours" but think their prices a bit steep, and would prefer to plan and book things ourselves. Here are my ideas & questions:
Bus from Rome to Sorrento. (from reading the forums, seems easier than going via train through Naples. No?) 1-2 days in Sorrento to see Herculaneum & Capri. ?: Day-trip to Capri, or worth spending a night there? I'm leaning towards the latter, but curious what's recommended.
Transfer to one of the Amalfi coast towns (via ferry or bus). Want one that is well-based for daily hikes. ?: Stay in one town for 4 nights or transfer mid-stay? If we want to walk from one town to another, and re-locate our base, is it possible to arrange for our light luggage to be tranferred via cab?
May be a silly question, but: If we stay in, say Amalfi, then hike to another town for dinner, given that dinner hour is fairly late in Italy, what are the trails like back to our base town at night? I know that some are well-made steps and even have street-lights, but others are more unpaved trails. Which towns are accessible to each other via night-friendly trails? Or is that option just out of the question in Oct.?
Then we return to Rome for a nice week with daughter. Thanks in advance for your help!