|Subject: Re: Advice on Italy|
Padua is often used by tourist as base to Venice because far less expensive that Venice and well linked by train. Moreover Padua is really an interesting city itself.
About Amalfi coast good base are Sorrento or Amalfi (Positano is too expensive). Sorrento is better link to Naples (by local trains) but more big and cahotic than Amalfi (that is nicer than Sorrento in my opinion). On the other hand Amalfi is on the midle of the Amalfi cost and well served by buses and boats but time consuming if you would visit Naples, Pompeii etc.
Try to avoid driving in the Amalfi coast.
Ciao, Marco in Milan - Italy