Two couples, originally from New Orleans, will be in Rome from 17 March-25 March 2012. We're considering whether to spend the entire week in Rome, or to go off somewhere else for a few days. We're considering:
a) Sorrento, with stops in Naples, Pompeii, and Amalfi (which we understand will be mostly closed when we are there)
b) southern Umbria, around Assissi
c) southern Tuscany, around Arezzo or Montepulciano
Although we've traveled extensively in northern Italy, we've never been to any of these places.
We will have a car and driver, so transportation is not an issue.
While we enjoy museums and churches and so on, the real point of the trip is to eat new things and get cooking ideas (one of us is a proficient amateur chef).
Any advice welcome.