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A huge and excellent salad for 7 euro
The thermal baths at Pompeii
Waiting for the train
Me and my chubby cat in the train
Buses in April
Are the buses from Sorrento to Amalfi, Positano and Ravella likely to be packed the third week of April? Can we purchase one ticket for the entire trip and be able to get off the bus to explore the different towns? If so, what ticket should we ask for? Could the Campania Artecard be used for this transportation?
Re: Buses in April
Re: Buses in April
Hmmmn, this is the first I have heard of the Campania Artecard, but in looking at the website, it looks like some of these cards can be used (not all of the Artecards include transportation, so look closely).
Unfortunately, the Unicocampania website (for the transportation info) is maddingly imprecise on what services it is valid on...it just says it is good on "...su tutti i mezzi delle Aziende aderenti al Consorzio UNICOCAMPANIA" [on all the transports of the agencies that are members of the UNICOCAMPANIA consortium]...big help ;-)
However, the same page has a graphic that shows, among other towns, Sorrento and Amalfi, so one would hope that this will work for you to Positano and Ravello and other places...but it would be nice to hear from others who might know more...
The Artecard - http://www.campaniartecard.it/EN/Home.cfm
UNICOCAMPANIA - http://www.unicocampania.it/ita/3t.htm (Italian only, the English button on the homepage doesn't work)
Re: Buses in April
We have been to Sorrento a couple of times in late April and early May. It was less crowded than in late May onwards. So the bus to Amalfi was comfortable. There are Daily tickets (4.80 eur) for use after 10.00 am mon - fri. and weekend daily tickets (3.90 eur) with no time restriction for sat or sunday. These can be used for multiple journies within the relevant zone. They may not be valid on the local bus which transfers from the main road down to Positano and back.
Travel Tips for Sorrento
Chapel of the Crochevia
Walk up to (or down from, if you are staying at Hotel IL NIDO) the Chapel of the Crochevia.
At each bend of this “way of the cross” you'll get a better and better view across the town of Sorrento. The footpath starts just beside the Hilton Hotel in town and goes up quite steep steps to Priora.
Eating at the Marina Grande
Italian Family Goodness. Make sure you sit on the side that is located on the water. Becareful though, as the tide comes in, you get a little splash once in a while. No need to worry though, it isnt enough to put a damper on the evening.
note: No credit cards. Closed Tues. Oct.-Mar. No dinner Oct.-Mar. 5 euro liter of wine, gnocci de mama, hazelnut tirimisu and loads of other great things.
We ended up going twice while were were in Sorrento. It is on the water, the food is cheap, the people nice, what more can you ask for.
There was one thing that we ordered that I didnt eat. The local fried fish. I just couldnt get into it, though my boyfriend said it was really good. Funny thing is, he is usually the picky one!
Positano and Amalfi
One of the almost compulsory activities in this area is to take a trip to Positano and Amalfi. You have three options here.
1. Hire a car and drive the coast road yourself. This will end in almost certain death, which would e considered a down side on most vacations. The road and its views are certainly some of the most beautiful you will see, but the buses, and there are literally hundreds of them on the road at any one time) screeching round the corners at breakneck speed will almost certainly help you on your way to an untimely death with the aid of many conveniently placed cliffs along the entire route. My advice? Enjoy the views and let the experts do the driving.
2. Take one of the afore mentioned buses. Truly awesome view that you will be able to enjoy in relative safety despite the white-knuckle ride.
3. Possibly the most relaxed option is to take one of the many day cruises that leave from Sorrento each morning and hug the coastline. The views from the sea are again truly spectacular and you have the additional bonus of being able to top up your tan.
Amalfi is not a place you are going to want to spend much time. Once a very import center in the region, it has now been reduced to a tourist trap and not a particularly exciting one at that.
Positano is a different proposition. A fabulous small town built from sea level up the side of a mountain. The curved mountainside forms a natural amphi-theatre. Truly breathe taking.
Enjoy the plants......
Sorrento is really quite green, and it is very pleasant to wander the streets poking one's nose into people's gardens.
Lots of orange and lemon groves, of course, and streets lined with orange trees (Via Degli Aranci, strangely!). Must be absolutely lovely when they are in blossom but I've only been there when they are covered in fruit. Why isn't it eaten? Well, having tried one they are very obviously the type of oranges we British would use for marmalade: mouth-twistingly sour. Seville oranges, possibly. But beautiful, nontheless.
Umbrella pines tower over several streets (home to many a roosting bird), but I saw few cypresses.
Olive trees, some clearly very old (look around the town walls for these). Gnarled and twisted, their harsh pruning (in February) doesn't seem to do them any harm.
Some of the most massive cacti, succulents and palms I've seen are planted in sundry Sorrento gardens. There is a particularly good set in a hotel at the junction of V V Veneto and V San Francesco: fascinating structure and textures.
Bougainvilla of course, and cyclamen (in February), and camellia....and, in February, every spare bit of land seemed covered with a tall, yellow trefoil of some sort. Very pretty.
If you like plants and flowers you will enjoy wandering Sorrento.
Sorrento - Sunshine by the Sea
"Weekend in Sorrento"
Sorrento is a great home base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, including Naples, Pompeii and even Paestum. Streets are lined with citrus trees, views of the steep coastline are magnificent, and everyone speaks English! I would suggest spending two or three nights here before moving onto your next location, as Sorrento is a great place for relaxation and adventuring!
Check out my tips for things to do and things to eat while you're in this great city!
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