After you’ve seen Rome, Venice, and Florence, you are going to want to base yourself in the lovely town of Sorrento to see many of the remaining important sights. Only an hour from gritty Naples, and 30 minutes from the ruins of Pompei, Sorrento is also your base to enjoy the Amalfi Coast as well as the famous nearby resort island of Capri.
Sorrento has so many great sights nearby that you might forget to just spend time in this town, and that would be a mistake. Look beyond all the shops peddling Limoncello, and you’ll find great restaurants here and much more. It’s all made easier by the fact that most locals seem to speak fluent English, which isn’t the case in most of Italy.
Hotels in Sorrento are quite good value compared to Rome or Venice, and most are walking distance from everything.
Food and drink here are also relative bargains, especially if you enjoy the local pizza and other favorites, along with the local wines and Limoncello.