On May 1st my family and I visited Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano. The tour was arranged and led by Nello Iaccarion of Balla In Style. Nello arranged for a roomy van to pick up the four of us in Rome to transport to Pompeii (about 2.5 hours away). Nello had water waiting for us in the vehicle.
Upon arrival at Pompeii, Nello greeted the van with more water, wet naps to refresh, a map of the site, and our tickets for entry. He led us on an educational tour and knew the ins and outs of the site and the way to avoid large crowds while seeing all of the features. It was an excellent and extremely informative tour.
We then left Pompeii in the van headed for Sorrento for lunch and shopping. Unfortunatley, traffic was extremely heavy given it was Europe's Labor Day (while the sites are open this day, I would discourage you from driving in/out of Rome on Labor Day as the traffic is a nightmare). So we left the van driver and took a train to Sorrento instead. Nello had called ahead to the restaurant and had a table and appetizers waiting for us (we honestly felt like famous people from the way we were taken care of). Nello also ordered the best dishes on the menu for us and even helped serve our table. After a delicious meal (the best we had on our 2-week trip), we walked a few blocks away to a quaint shopping district. We then bid Nello goodbye and met our van driver after shopping.
Our last stop was a 20 minute drive away to the Amalfi Coast/Positano. The view of the coastal village was breathtaking and well worth the drive. Unfortunatley, the road out became blocked for over an hour (we aren't sure why), but it had to do with the heavy traffic. The 2.5 hour ride back to Rome turned into 5 hours - our poor driver didn't expect to be out so late with us.
Overall it was a fantastic visit despite the traffic and since nothing else was open in Rome this day, it made sense to book it. My advice to other travelers would be to avoid Europe on this holiday.
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