We will be in Italy in October and just decided to include Pompeii at the end of this trip. We will have 3 nights to stay in this area, possibly 4 if I can talk my boyfriend into limiting our stay in Rome to 1 night (we have both been to Rome twice). We prefer slow travel rather than moving to a different location every 2 nights.
We will be dropping our car off in Rome after spending 3 weeks exploring Tusany and Umbria. We would greatly appreciate recommendations for a small, beautiful town to stay in that isn't too touristy.
This would be our perfect town - Fairly easy acess via train/bus and included area for the Campania Artecard, view of the ocean or something else spectacular, quaint little guest houses and a bit of variety for dining without breaking the bank, within 40 minutes transport time to Pompeii.
This does not have to be at the coast. We would be happy to take the train or bus to the coast one day. We both love mountains and lakes, hiking and exploring natural beauty.
I think Sorrento will be too busy for us, even in October. We really prefer smaller towns to towns with mega resorts.
Suggestions so I know where to begin doing my research?