Caprese (Caprese salad)
500g buffalo mozzarella,
extra virgin olive oil,
Choose - if possible - mozzarella and tomatoes having equal dimensions, and slice at the same thickness. Season slices of tomatoes with a pinch of salt and alternate with slices of mozzarella. Add lots of fresh basil, a pinch oregano (optional) and pour on some extra virgin olive oil.
Bus to Amalfi
The bus is a cheap way to go to Amalfi. It cost me around $4 for a bus ticket (120 min after validation) from Sorrento to Amalfi, via the winding roads that goes along the coast. You have to buy the ticket from a tobacco/book shop before boarding because the tickets are not sold on the bus
The bus is called the SITA bus and it is blue in color. You catch it from the train station in Sorrento. Be warned that even during winter, the queue can be long and many will stand on the bus for as long as an hour. So try to use the early or later buses (this if your final destination is either Positano or Amalfi) if you want to have a better chance for a good seat
To get a better view of the coast, sit on the right side of the bus from Sorrento to Amalfi and the other side during the return trip
I had a quick aperitivo (pre-dinner drink with Campari) at Fauno Bar in Piazza Tasso. I always order uno aperitivo della casa, non troppo amaro , which is a house cocktail that is not too bitter. Service was quick and friendly, and my EUR 5 cocktail came with nuts and olives to snack on. There is great people-watching here, and convenient smoking and non-smoking sections. Try to sit as close to the street as possible, and leave a little tip for your server! Nowhere else in Italy can you get front-row seats and decent drinks for these prices!
I think they also serve food here, particularly at lunch, but I'm not totally sure. See website below for phone number.
Pompeii was the most fantastic thing i had seen untill i went to herculanium. It is simply amazing (and thankfully a lot smaller than Pompeii). It is very easy to get to from sorrento. Just get the Circumvesuviana train and get off at Eculano. when you come out of the station it is just a short walk (less than 10 minutes) to the bottom of the road opposite the station and the entrance is straight facing you. you can not go wrong as it is sign posted all the way.
Entrance to Herculaneum, Pompeii is e11.00 and entrance to the museum at naples is e9.00
For visitors from Euopean countries under 18 years of age and over 65 years entrance is free but You must have evidence of age (i.e a passport) with you, visitors between 18 and the day before their 25th birthday entrance is half price. but ONLY IF RESIDENT IN EUROPE.. Various other passes ect can be purchased at various prices (3 day passes to all 5 ancient sites (Herculaneum, Pompeii, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) are e20.00
November - March. Every day from 8.30 am to 5 pm. (last admission 3.30 pm)
April - October. Every day from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm. (last admission 6 pm)
Closed on January1st, May 1st and December 25th
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Sorrento - The Idyllic Escape
"Getting to Sorrento"
Having travelled to Sorrento on three different occasions, and three different ways, we have a perspective which may be of interest. Our first trip to Sorrento was a drive from Rome. It was a relativley easy drive, although the traffic builds around Naples, and can be like rush hour all the way to the Sorrento Penninsula. The second method was train from Rome and then the Cirumvesuviana Railway from Naples. The Cirumvesuviana is a tired old system but the price is right. The third method is by jet boat across the Bay of Naples. The upside here is speed. The downside is getting from the train station in Naples to the port (we actually walked it). Otherwise an expensive and hair raising cab drive. Also, we noticed some people actually a little seasick. Whatever way you take to get there, it is worth it!
"Things to do in Sorrento"
Sorrento has a number of major attractions. Many people immediately book a jet boat to Capri. Capri is beautiful and has beautiful views, but will likely be your most expensive day in Sorrento. Just go on the boat and make your own way around the island. Avoid tours including the Blue Grotto. The next common choice is Pompeii. Take the Circumvesuviana and leave the rental car at the hotel. For those who like Pompeii, give Herculaneum a try. (Ercolano off the Cirumvesuvian). Of course the Amalfi coast must not be missed. Once again leave the renal car at the hotel (parking problems). A trip up Vesuvius is great, but choose a clear day. And off the beaten path is Paestum. You take your car here if you have one and you will see three ancient Greek temples. This sight-site is well worth the trip. And finally, just enjoy walking, seeing the sights, the lemon groves, and have a limoncello.
"Accomodations in Sorrento."
It seems that the closer to the sea, the higher the price. We usually like to stay in the hills behind the town. From here you have spectacular views of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the landscape of the Sorrento Penninsula.