Look closely and you will find some really beautiful buildings in Sorrento. Not the sort of grandure witnessed in Roma or Florence, but much more subtle.
This is one of my favourites. Easy to walk past and generally forgotten about by the locals.
Cheap, Tastey, and full of flavor in downtown
The place is a tropical paradise inside. I ate dinner with two statues, The Virigin Mary and Father Pio * I think that is how you spell his name*, and under a sparkling *thanks to white christmas lights* and plants. We are talking a garden, i have never had leaves and flowers fall on me during dinner but it did here. The place was so lovely, pretty quiet and felt like a little peice of heaven from the chaos of Sorrento's downtown. The place is really quiet nice, I enjoyed it and would go back! The only thing i didnt like about the place, was that i kept having leaves and flowers fall on my head. Once or twice it is cool, 10-12 i am not so happy. We had the catch of the day, it was some white fish. I loved it! It was will cooked, the wine was nice and we enjoyed the lemon cake for desert!
The historical centre
Between the town walls rest the monuments, churches and the testimonies of antique civilizations.
Along these antique streets, small dim lights aligned on the walls of tuff, reveal the treasures and tell the secrets of the historic centre.
The centre of Sorrento is extremely rich, each alley, shop, church and building, has a story to show and tell. Each corner hides a legend to be narrated and findings to be admired just waiting for visitors "greedy" for history and culture, to satisfy.
Marina Piccola or small marina is where you go to catch the ferry or hydrofoil to nearby towns & islands e.g Naples, Capri. You can find many sales booths or counter selling tickets on the ferries or hydrofoils
The area itself is pretty, with a small park with trees & flowers. There are also some restaruants that serve coffee and mail meals if you are hungry.
Be warned, I walked from the top to get to the marina and the walk up on the long steps was exhausting!! Remember to wear good walking shoes!!
Naples to Amalfi - Old and New
This was a brochure holiday so travel and transport was 'taken care of'.
The hotel was the Conca Parc which certainly had a different lay out.
A long adorned tunnel leading up from a main road to the main hotel which was higher up the hill. Sorrento is VERY hilly.
The hotel was fine but like everywhere in Italy there are always the extras,
(extra for pool sunloungers, internet, safe, use of fridge in room.
We had a week but were determined to make the most of it.
Pompai, Hercanaleum, Vesuvius, Amalfi, boat trips etc.
Sorrento has two ports/harbours which are unlinked at sea level.
The larger has all the ferries - Capri etc. The other more 'local' the restaurants. We hit it on the sunday - it was busy with locals.
Transit between them is via road up and down, hard hike.
We had come to Sorrento to hit classical Italy so our first destination as Pompeii. Forget the tours- the return train fare from Sorrento was approx 3 euro (weekend rate?)
The entrance was a few metres from he station.
We hired audio guides which lasted us the full day.
Some tours are a couple of hours - we spent 6 which was well worth while.
The tours stick to the main streets which are busy but a few moments away ae empty streets which really give you the feeling of the place.
If you have the time- allow a day and take yor time. It is not to be rushed.
If you visit this area make sure you do this.
Again we took the local train from sorrento ( a few euro).
On arriving a Hercalanium (scavi) we went away from our usual habit of trying to use public transport and opted for the easy option - we were glad we did.
The Vesuvius express (outside the station- 18 Euro?) runs minibusses direct to the upermost entrance ( entry included). You then have 20-25 mins to reach the summit- the same at the top anf the same down again.
Enough to see it. Other coaches leave you further down.
The drive is not for the fainthearted. - these are drivers with attitude.