hi: there is arrival and get to hotel time, as well as travel time in between each change in destinations, so it's helpful to know that 3 nights somewhere does not equal 3 days in a destination; it's more like 2-2.5 days and that's because you have to get there from your previous place...
Wanting to go to Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast leaves you absolutely no time for Rome. Highly recommend dropping the idea of Ireland and instead create a more enjoyable trip in Italy. You could stay in Rome 4 nights and Naples 3 nights (fly in Rome/out Naples).
What would that look like with travel time?
-arrive Rome, 1/2 day
-Rome 3.5 days/4 nights
-train to Naples 1/4 day
-Naples 2.5 days/3 nights (day trip to Pompeii, 1.5 days Naples)
-fly out Naples
OR one night less in Rome, one more in Naples. You could also fly in Naples and end your trip in Rome.
-arrive Naples, 1/2 day
-train to Rome 1/2 day
-Rome 2.5 days/3 nights
-fly out Rome
You will want to be in your departure city the night before.
You are essentially cutting your time in Rome to 2 days ... which is really very, very little time to experience the Eternal City. This is particularly true as you are perhaps including your arrival day (when you may be very jet lagged) and departure day. Personally, I would say spend the 4 days in Rome, without the day trips, or extend your trip in Italy (and leave Ireland for another trip) as suggested in post #1. That being said, what particular things do you want to see in Rome? That would help you figure out how many days to stay.
With 4 nights in Rome, you have 3 full days. It would make no sense to me to do long tedious day trips on two of those days. It takes about 3 full days to do the highlights of Rome. If I were going to do a day trip I would pick something much closer like Ostia Antica or even Tivoli and the Villa Adriana ruins. This is a lot of rushing about with little payoff IMHO.
You wouldn't want to take two different day trips to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast. It will take you about two hours to get to Pompeii and you'd have to go right back through that area to get to the Amalfi Coast. Plus, the Amalfi Coast is really too far for a day trip from Rome.
If you want to see these places, you should spend at least two nights in Sorrento. You can stop in Pompeii on your way there, leaving your luggage at the baggage check while you tour the site. Then you could take a tour, but bus or boat, of the Amalfi Coast the next day, and the following morning return to Rome. You might be able to get away with one night if your hotel would hold your luggage while you tour the Amalfi Coast. Then you'd have to go back to collect the luggage before heading to Rome. You'd get back very late. All in all, it would be best to stay a second night and leave early in the morning.
I agree with dropping Ireland. It's an entire country and you can't see it in a few days, one of which would be used up getting there.
You are all so helpful! I can't thank you enough for all the suggestions/ideas! I'm sure I'll have more questions and really appreciate your assistance.
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