Our basic itinerary so far is 3 nights in Rome then getting a train or maybe hire car to drive to Salerno and using it as a base for the rest of the holiday. We would drive from there to Pompeii as a day trip, and visit the amalfi coast.
The main reason we identified Salerno is that due to the heat that time of year we want a pool, and hotels seem more affordable than the towns on the Amalfi coast.
We are open to different options, I.e. would it be better to use trains and buses rather than driving as I’ve read it’s quite demanding around the Amalifi coast. Also are there better locations to use as a base with 9 days for the Southern part of the trip?