Light slippers - if travelling outside of the hottest months, a pair of slippers are welcome, as the floors are all tiled and become very cold. Flasholight or torch - for darkly lit churches, etc. so that one can see the art. Also useful on archaelogical sites.
Scoot along the Coast
When staying in Sorrento, why not hire a scooter and ride along the Amalfi Coast.
We hired a cheap scooter and travelled to Positano and Amalfi.
The scenery along the way is breathtaking.
Just watch out for the tourist buses driving the other direction on the narrow roads!
At the Marina there are signs advertising Scuba Diving. Follow the directions and talk to the people there. Their english isnt great but you can at least communicate. They are flexible about times and were able to take us out right away. It was a bumpy ride out there and we had to hold on for our lives but well worth it once we got out there! So much Fun!
Old People Club
This is a place where elder members of Sorrento society spend their free (?) time. A club where they meet for a game of cards, chess or just a simple conversation. It looks very nice with all those wonderful Reinessance pictures.
Sorrento - not to be missed
"Getting there from Naples on the train"
we took the national Trenitalia train to Naples and then connect on the local Circumvesuviana train which ends at Sorrento which passes by Pompei. The local train is actually a service which the local uses - many school children hop on and off. You can even do a day trip to Sorrento from Naples - cost a mere 6-7 euro return. Just remeber to stamp your tickets.
"Eating and Drinking"
I love mozarella - but here it is even better. the Campagnia region of Italy is famed for the mozarella buffala cheese - which is made from the
water buffalo. On my train trip around the Vesuuius region i did see only one buffala farm.
Another highlight of Sorrento was the limoncello - which is lemon liquier - which can be found almost everywhere. They even have cremed version called crema di limone. We managed to find a lemon groove, and walked through it, and they served some delicious limoncello there.
One local wine of Campania is Lacryma Christi, or "Tears of Christ". This wine is produced on the lower slopes of Mount Vesuvius and is available at many groceries in Campania. For travelers going to the Mount Vesuvius National Park, this wine is available from some of the giftshops at the top at a deeply reduced rate compared with other stores in the area. Terraced land for grape cultivation is frequently visible in countryside of Campania, and many other local wines exist.
aaah - lots to take home... buy the limoncello, lacquered music boxes are available in this area... very nice ones - i bought 4 boxes!!! for gifts
and some had music box to the tune of Turne du Surrenita, and also dont forget to buy lots of delicious pasta spices, and sundried tomatoes and chillies etc.