I'm planning a three-week trip to southern Italy with my six-year-old daughter. Could you help with an itinerary (with a few bases to explore from, rather than moving every day or so). Is it better to stay on the Amalfi Coast or in Sorrento to explore that region? Is a car needed to visit the sites in Sicily, especially if we include a few days at a farm stay?
- H. High, Annandale.
We asked Lonely Planet author Virginia Maxwell, who has travelled extensively in Italy with her son, to give her advice for this one.
Virginia recommends you allow one week in Campania, one week in the Aeolian Islands and one week on the main island in Sicily. You could start in Campania, take a ferry to the Aeolians from Naples and then take another ferry from the islands to Milazzo on Sicily's Tyrrhenian coast.
After your trip you could fly out of Palermo or Catania.
Virginia says it's easy to explore the area around Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast by public transport. If you base yourself in Sorrento, Pompeii is only a 30-minute train trip away, Positano (on the Amalfi Coast) is 40 minutes by bus and Amalfi is 90 minutes by bus. Accommodation in Sorrento is also much cheaper than it is on the Amalfi Coast.
Alternatively, you could stay in an agriturismo (farm stay). Agriturismo Fattoria Terranova (letore.com, click the link at the top of the page for English) is one of a number of options near the spectacularly situated Sant'Agata Sui Due Golfi.
To do this, however, you would probably need a car. Virginia agrees a car would help you make the most of your time in Sicily.
- Jane E. Fraser
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