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Published: June 21st 2017
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Today we left Rome and caught a taxi to the station to board our train to Naples. We were heading for Sorrento, the last stop on our amazing holiday, before coming back to Rome next week for our flight home.
The train was excellent and very fast and we were met at Naples station by Luciano of Rainbow Limos. I had read about Rainbow Limos on TripAdvisor and we were so glad we booked with them. It is a family owned and run company and they all take their jobs very seriously. Luciano was the future son in law of the family. Here is my review of Rainbow Limos:
His car, a Mercedes, was immaculate and there were lollies and cold water. He drove us to Pompeii, pointed out sights along the way. He did ask if we required a guide for Pompeii, but we declined. This was something that we would later regret.
He assisted us in purchasing our entry tickets into Pompeii and then organised for us to telephone him once we were ready to move on to Sorrento. There was no pressure to rush whatsoever.
Whilst we did enjoy Pompeii we found it terribly difficult to work out what
things were. The supplied audio guides weren't very helpful, and we soon realised how much more we would be enjoying it if we had a guide such as Agnes who had explained the Colosseum and Roman Forum so well to us a few days ago. We managed to tag along behind a couple of organised tours and listen to what they were saying, but we don't really enjoy sightseeing in such large groups. We will definitely need to return one day with a personal guide.
Once we left Pompeii we called Luciano and he returned to pick us up and continue our journey to Sorrento. Luciano made a point of stopping at various spots along to way to show us the amazing coastline and views of Sorrento. He finally dropped us at our hotel, the Bellevue Syrene and we confirmed arrangements for our day trip in two days time.
The Bellevue Syrene was simply spectacular! I have never seen such a beautiful building. See my review of the hotel here.
We were given a glass of Prosecco while we checked in in a spectacular lounge room before being escorted to our room with the most incredible views of the Bay
View of the Sorrentine Peninsula
View of the Sorrentine Peninsula 19-10-14
of Naples with Mt Vesuvius directly opposite. We were then given an entire bottle of Prosecco as a welcome gift. We quickly unpacked and then spent the next couple of hours sipping bubbles on our balcony and watching a masted cruise ship, which I think was the Star Clipper, arrive in the bay. We spent some time exploring this amazing hotel before returning to our balcony and watching the sun go down.
We ate a wonderful dinner in the hotel restaurant, La Pergola, with yet more amazing views. The cruise ship was beautifully lit up at night and so was they bay. We had truly picked a wonderful place for our last stop in Italy.
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