Gretchen &other list members,
I was very interested to read your post about Sorento Italy. My husband and I have plans to go to Italy in Sept and will be staying in Sorento for 1 week. Did you do any hostels or B&B? For a 1st time traveler do you think it unrealistic to try to travel by train and find lodging when we show up? Our tentative itinary is Arrive in Rome Sept 4 Find lodging threw 8th. Travel to Sorrento (time share gift from mom) until Sept 16. The from there no intinary, possible stops in Florence, Venice and then up to Germany and the Rhine fly home from Amsterdam on Sept 29. My husband is fluent in Spanish and does not think we will have a problem with Italian.