Take a Walk Over the Top
We decided that, armed with instructions from a book from home, we would walk to Massa Lubrense from Sorrento. Its about 4k but is nowhere level, it goes up and up then down and down!
The instructions were rubbish as crucial information was missed. This is the trouble with directions when you are wrong there is no way back. At least with a good map you can find yourself again.
Back at the walk, getting lost was no problem good guesswork and helpful locals soon put us right. In fact I recommend getting lost if time is not limited.
It is possible to walk between the towns hardly touching main roads and with panoramic views and local culture all the way.
There is a bus back to Sorrento!
If you do want to drive in and around Sorrento then be ready for the derby of your life. For some reason there were no lines on the road and all of the cars and scooters were just driving on any part of the road they had wanted to. I do not remember it being like this the last time I was there but it was this time.
I am glad that we were in a bus as the rules are 4 tons beats 1 ton (4 ton bus beats 1 ton car)
In the bay of Naples Vesuvius dominates. We HAD to go to the top.
We got the train from sorrento (approx 3 euro return).- To ercolo station.
Outside the station we paid out (16 ?Euro each) to share a people carrier (Vesuvis Express) which took us directly to the entrance (included).
From where we were dropped it was a stiff 20 minute hike to the top.
Enough for about a 20 viewing before it was time to return.
Many of the coach tours had much further to walk - we though it value for money.
On arrival back at the station we had a 10 minute walk to our next destination- Hercalaneum.
Architecture - what is holding it up?
I was totally amazed at the building along the mountain side and kept on wondering what is holding it up and will it last should they ever experience earthquackes? It is just wonderful, but I do not think I would like to live in one of those homes ........ suffer from fear of heights
Sorrento Land of Lemon
I was thrilled to get to Sorrento after a long day of sight seeing and a trip on the wrong train. *oops* But we got there in time to catch the shuttle to our hotel, see the sunset over the Bay of Naples and have a wonderful meal of seafood, vegtables and fresh pasta. Mount Vesuvius never looked so wonderful.
"The town itself"
Is very touristy, and small. You can tell that English tourists have been regulars here for a very very long time, pubs and plenty of soccor matches are aplenty. Menus can cater specifically to those who long for a full english breakfast, I wasnt one of them. I was quiet content with the contentintal breakfast and plenty of fresh fruit. We however used Sorrento as our base camp. We visited Pompei and we were planning on Herculanium too, but decided a day in the sun enjoying the ocean and atmosphere at a "beach" would be better. I think we made the right choice for us, and it gave us some much needed down time and i admit a bit of tan! :)
I have never seen so many lemons in my entire life and of course they are on everything. Ok well not everything, but if you want to shop lemons tend to be very regular on just about everything you could want. There are fresh lemons for fish, salads, in sauces, lemons flavored deserts and of course limoncello. If you dont know what that is, it is a very very strong liquour made with Vodka sugar and lemon rinds. My cousin loved it, I personally hated it. I enjoyed lemon cake much more! But all the same lemons are definatly something i will always think of when i think of Sorrento.