My wife and I and another couple recently spent 7 nights in Vico. We thoroughly enjoyed the town. Ideally situated for exploring Sorrento, Capri, the Amalfi coast, Pompeii, Herculaneam and Ischia, Vico is not at all touristy unlike Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and other nearby towns which are swarming with tourist hordes night and day.
While Vico does have a few hotels, they seem to primarily cater to bus tour people who leave early in the morning, return just in time for their evening meal, and are too tired or frightened to venture out into the town itself during the evenings. Thus we shared the town almost exclusively with locals and never heard English spoken while out on the streets or in stores or restaurants.
Even Vico's two best-known eating establishments (Gabriele's gelateria and Pizza a Metro) seemed to attract only Italians from the region. We ate at Pizza a Metro twice and at Gabriele's at least once daily and the only non-Italian spoken was between us and our servers. The views from Vico are spectacular (as good as or better than Sorrento's) and the town has an abundance of good choices for dining.
Vico did not have a single shop hawking tourist tat and never once did we see a guide with a flag followed by 47 perspiring anxious disciples (whereas in Sorrento we had the misfortune to venture near Davide's around lunchtime and witnessed a constant barrage of at least 25 guided walking tours pass by in 3/4 of a hour. Vico also has daily ferry service to Capri and is just 10 minutes away from the cable car to Monte Faito which has the best views and most refreshing summertime temperatures on the Sorrentine peninsula.
If you travel to experience a different culture, cuisine, and way of life, then I would highly recommend using Vico as a base while exploring the peninsula. If being oppressively surrounded by throngs of people just like yourself reassures you that you have chosen a desirable destination ("if so many people are willing to endure such crowded conditions, then this place must be wonderful"), then by all means stay in Sorrento!Edited: 30 July 2016, 02:11