I just bought two round-trip flights to ITALY for September!
Ryan and I have been talking about Italy for years and years, but have never been able to pull the trigger on a trip across the pond. Well, as of today, it's officially booked and we're going! I'm so excited I could scream!
It was a tough decision on where we should go once we got there - there are so many choices and there's so much to do! Rome is a must. I've heard such amazing things about Florence. Venice is so romantic and beautiful. Lake Como is paradise. Milan is a shopping Mecca. Tuscany is gorgeous that time of year. The Alps are calling our names. Oh, the choices! I'd love to spend a month there and do it all, but alas, that's not exactly practical. So we had to narrow it down. We'll be there for 10 days, which is a good amount of time, but I didn't want an itinerary that was jam-packed with traveling and train schedules and deadlines. I want to relax, to enjoy, to take it slow, to savor my vacation. So we picked one area of Italy and will cover it completely.
So where are we going?
The Amalfi Coast!
We fly into Rome and will be spending a couple days there visiting the big must-see sites before taking the train down to Sorrento, on the Bay of Naples. From Sorrento we plan on doing some day trips to Capri and Pompeii. After a couple days there, we're heading over to Amalfi and spending the rest of the trip there. Day trips from Amalifi to Ravello, Positano, Praiano, etc.
So, I need help planning. Have any of you been to the Amalfi Coast? I'd love recommendations for hotels, restaurants, tours, hikes, activities, museums, etc. Where should we go? What should we do/see? Where should we eat? Anything we should skip? What about the language barrier? Should I look into Rosetta Stone Italian before we go? Anyone tried that? Any and all advice, ideas and recommendations are really really appreciated!