I will be flying into Rome with my wife (arriving at 9:30 a.m.), styaing for 9 nights, and flying out of Florence. Our flights were booked with points and we are pretty much locked in. We also have 4 nights booked at the front end of our trip at the Rome Cavieleri, and will have to pay for any other hotels.
We're having a hard time deciding how to allocate the rest of our time and I'm hoping you all can help! I'm thinking about the three following options:
(1) 3 nights in Rome (cancel one of the 4 free nights), then 3 nights in Positano, then 3 nights in Florence.
(2) 3 nights in Rome, 3 nights in a city in Tuscany (Siena? Lucca?), and 3 nights in Florence.
(3) 4 nights in Rome, 5 nights in Florence (with day trips).
Some background on us: we are 32 (me) and 29 (her), no kids, and we think this may be our last big trip before we start a family. We have many other places we would like to see in the world as well, so odds are we won't get back to Italy for a while.
We would LOVE to go to Positano (or elsewhere on the Amalfi Coast), but I'm worried about losing too much time traveling down from Rome, then all the way back up to Florence. That said...it looks amazing, and maybe it's worth it, even if we lose some time. We both love history and would to see Pompeii on a day trip, perhaps go to Capri, rent a zodiak and motor up the coast, laze on the beach, etc.
Also, one of our favorite things to do together is wine tasting. We go a few weekends a year in CA, and we went on our trip to Spain last year. We plan to take a day trip wine tasting in Tuscany, and we may add a second day depending on which option we choose. We would have plenty of time to do this if we don't go to the Amalfi Coast. We would also really like to visit different Tuscan towns and experience the main attractions in Florence.
So what do you think? Is 3 nights enough time to see Rome or should we bump it to 4? We would really like to see ancient Rome, the Vatican, and the other popular sites. Are we wasting too much time travelling down to Positano or staying in another Tuscan city in addition to Florence? Are we better off picking one hotel in Florence for 5 nights to serve as our base, and take day trips to the extent we want to visit other towns, wine taste, etc.?
Any thoughts are much appreciated. Many thanks to all!!!