Campania Arte Card
The Campania Arte Card is a great way to explore Campania's many attractions and archaeological sites. Here's what you need to know in order to take advantage of this deal:
Anyone can use the full-price Arte Card. The reduced-rate card for those 18-25 can only be purchased by people residing in EU countries or countries with a reciprocal agreement with Italy. This does not include American and Canadian citizens. For childen, it is less expensive to simply pay the reduced children's rate at the site entrance.
The three-day card includes free admission to the first two sites and half price admission to any others, plus transportation. You can travel on the local transportation system (Circumvesuviana train, local busses, one return trip on the Metro del Mare's Line 1 and one trip on the airport bus). The three-day card costs EUR 25 for adults or EUR 18 for those 18-25 (see above).
The seven-day card includes free admission to all the sites for a week, but no transportation. It costs EUR 28 for adults and EUR 21 for those 18-25 (see above). If you're moving to the area, a year-round card is also available.
The card is available for purchase at the entrance to the sites, usually in the bookstore or information center. Once you buy the card, write your name and the date on the back and go to the ticket window, where they will activate your card.
You can enter each site only once using the card. No repeat vists are allowed.
Popular sites include Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and it's museum, and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Included are also a variety of discounts on local services and tourist attractions.
In Sorrento, the card gives you discounted admission to several museums.
Limoncello di Sorrento
The main local product is no doubt the Limoncello di Sorrento. It's a liquor made from lemons that are grown on the rich soil of the Sorrentine peninsula. The combination of the extremely mild micro-climate, the sea, the sun and the volcanic soil result in the best lemons of the world. It's from these lemons, that are biologically cultivated, that the famous limoncello is made. Limoncello is a very natural liquor that consists of sugar, lemons, alcohol and water.
TIP: Limoncello should be served very cold, preferably in a pre-cooled glass. A few recipes:
Lemon chill (aperitif)
1 part campari, 3 parts limoncello, 3 parts pineapple juice, 3 parts tonic
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a long drink glass with a slice of lemon.
Yellow hurricane (long drink)
3 parts limoncello, 5 parts cointreau, 2 parts dry gin
Mix all the ingredients together with crushed ice and serve in a long drink glass with a slice of lemon.
Golden sunrise (cocktail)
4 parts limoncello, 2 parts tequila, 4 parts tonic
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a cocktail glass with an icecube.
Exotic ice (dessert)
1 scoop of lemon ice, 1 scoop of vanilla ice, 1 glass of limoncello
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a champagne glass.
Limoncello only (digestive)
Limoncello, served ice-cold in a pre-cooled glass. Between 7 and 12 euro for a 500 cc bottle, depending from where you buy it.
Not a place to meet the locals
The Foreigners' Club is certainly not a place to meet the locals.
However, it does have one of Sorrento's most spectacular views. It has a large terrace, perfect for having drinks whilst watching the sunset.
If only the food was half as good as the view...
This dates from the 15th century, and is the only extant example in Campagnia of such 'sedile' or 'seats'. Apparently they were used for meetings of the Medieval aristocracy.
This one has four sides, arches created from piperno (a lava stone)and a somewhat garish yellow and green majlica-tiled domed roof (17th century). Inside there are frescoes dating from the 18th century.
I mean "Streetwalker" in the best possible way. :-) The only way to really get the feel of a city is to walk and look up and feel the stones beneath your feet. These narrow old streets are intrigueing, giving your imagination wonderful things to play with. I'm convinced that architects, builders and owners of property over time leave a bit of their souls behind. What do you think?