Meeting Gianfranco Zuin in the cloister
The cloister of Sorrento is a must see place... It is really nice and romantic...there was also there a wedding while I was there!!! and besides I discovered great pictures of Gianfranco Zuin about different part of the word and its people... They were so extraordinary intense....landscape and human dimensions...
Town and country buses
The terminus for the buses is situated across the small square directly outside the Sorrento train station. This is where you can be sure of getting a bus for the Amalfi coast. Change at Amalfi for Ravello. You can flag down the bus at any "fermata" bus stop along it's route but you have to know where they are, and in high season there is more risk of it being full and not being able to get on.
Time tables can be got from the tourist office and also on the Sorrentotour site.
Buy your tickets anywhere other than at the station tabacchi/buffet/bar (see my "a guy to avoid" tip)
Bus clipart : www.clipartxp.com
Ghost riding the Amalfi Coast
For thirty Euro each day (cheaper I think if you reserve for a week or more) you can rent a motorino from Happy Scooter Rental in downtown Sorrento.
In all my travels through Italy, driving a motorino from Sorrento to Amalfi was by far the most fun and exhilarating experience. If you think the road along the Amalfi Coast is intimidating as a passenger in one of those large buses, just wait until you are cruising around the tight corners at 80 km/hr on a small scooter. (I almost got hit by three of those buses en route to Amalfi).
While gas is not cheap, the motorinos get great mileage and you can easily make it to amalfi and back on a tank. You can also ride in the opposite direction to Pompeii and back using about the same amount of gas. (In my opinion the amalfi drive is much prettier and Amalfi does not resemble the downtown portion of las vegas as downtown Pompeii does).
Wear a helmet, slow down for the corners, and enjoy the best ride of your life.
From Pasticceria Monica in Via Fiurimura. I walked past it a few times, but noticed that it was packed on the eve of St. Antonino's day (patron saint of Sorrento) and equally packed the next morning. so I suspected it was a good place: local people know!
Of course, I had to try a couple of cakes in the interests of research. Both were wonderful and most beautifully wrapped up for me (see second photo). I would have tried more but, sadly, time did not allow!
"Shopping & People Watching"
What a great place for people watching and shopping. I took this picture of the shop to give to my mom and dad along with the beautiful hand crafted music box we purchased here. This place is a must when you get there. It is just to the left once you have climbed the gazillion steps up from the port.
Sorrento is a very neat place. It is on my list of places to go back to and stay a while. Tons of shops, restaurants and some very unique historical sites.
"It's a long way up."
Okay, so once you get in port you think, oh this is a nice little port town. Then you see the street lined by the massive wall so you start walking (carefully, they drive a little crazy) and you see the steps. YIKES!!! I lost count on the way up, it had to be a couple hundred, but I am not sure. If you are scared of hights, stay close to the wall and don't look down. Now mind you, I am in pretty good shape, however, by the time we reached the top, I was ready for something cold to drink and take a little rest. It is worth the climb though. When you reach the top, it is a whole world of city life. Cabs, cars and tons of people every where.
"What we do best"
Shopping. This is our friend Gayla and me doing what we do best. SHOPPING!! Make sure you get off the beaten path. You will find a whole world of little shops and cafe's.