For our first trip to Italy my husband and I took a Trafalgar tour (in
Feb/March, 1995) which included 2 nights in Rome, 2 in Florence, 2 in
Venice, 1 in Assisi, 2 in Sorrento and 1 in Rome. Afterwards we spent an
additional 4 nights in Rome, 3 nights in Siena and a week in Florence on our
own. We do not usually take tours, but chose the Trafalgar tour because of
the low cost. We had a good guide and the tour was well organized, although
obviously quite rushed. I am not sure how we would have felt if we had not
had the extra days on our own afterwards. However, the tour did give us a
general overview of some of the main sights and encouraged us to return to
Italy in the winter of 1998 for four and a half weeks (almost three weeks in
Rome, 3 nights in Padua and the rest of the time in Sorrento and Positano).
For a first tour I would not choose to spend 2 nights on Capri. If you can
find a tour that covers just Rome, Florence and Venice I think you would
enjoy that more. You should be aware that Trafalgar charges extra for most
of its side trips; the tour cost usually only covers air fare,
transportation in Italy, your hotel room and a few meals.