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Published: August 12th 2017
Getting to Sorrento was a bit of a mission. The train we took stopped at Naples, so we had to get a local train from Naples to Sorrento. That train was very humid and quite full. And it took an hour and a half, a somewhat unpleasant ride some might say. Upon arriving in Sorrento, we caught a local bus to our campsite which was located up a hill and a few windy roads. Our cabin was also up a hill. There were the most lovely of views from our deck though of the rugged cliffs and coastline, peppered with terraced, colourful housing. It is probably the best view I've had yet from my accommodation site. That evening we did laundry and what Bex and I refer to as "Life Admin", or trip sorting. We went out the next day to explore Sorrento. We walked through the picturesque town and had lunch, and then went for a wander down to the coast. Sorrento town seemed to be quite mellow compared to other places we had been. We spent a fair amount of time venturing down random alleyways and streets. We then returned home that afternoon to go for a swim and
of course, the requisite sunbathing. The next day I decided to spend most of the day at the campsite as my ankle was sore as I'd twisted it on a stair the day before. I thus read the rest of my book in the sunshine and caught up on some blogs. The next day I was feeling better and we set off for the Amalfi coast and town. The bus ride took about an hour and a half, and involved many winding roads through the loveliest of coastline and pretty little townships. We got off in Amalfi town and went in search of a walk we'd planned on doing. We followed a series of brown signs til we reached the last handwritten sign towards our walk, the Valle Dalle Ferriera. We walked up some steep steps and past some lemon orchards and whilst ascending got the most wonderful views of the countryside. There were looming lush hills and little hamlets. The valley was well worth the climb. After a while the trail evened out and we went through some bush and towards the sound of rushing water. We found some small falls which we of course made a point of
frolicking in. Further on, we walked past some old paper mills which were taken over by moss. It was like the land was trying to reclaim the buildings for itself, was very cool. We went through some more mill ruins and to a bigger waterfall with enclosing cliffs enshrouding it. We stopped in the idyllic spot for a snack. We then turned and headed back for town and pizza. A healthy follow up meal to a trek I thought. After lunch we cruised the coast and marveled at the quaintness of Amalfi. We then took a bus to Positano, an even more lovely town, the kind you gush over in tourism photographs. The next day we went to Pompeii. As expected, there were a lot of people, but upon entering the gates, the 50 hectares of ruins to explore meant that people dispersal occurred pretty quickly. There were however, loads of people milling to see a display of canine and human preserved bodies along with some old pottery. Somewhat macabre, yet interestingly to see. Interesting to see a moment frozen in time. We spent a few hours exploring the ruins, seeing old housing areas, the town square, and exhibits. It
felt odd to be wandering around what were once people's private abodes, seeing their way of life back then. It was well worth the visit, especially if you are an archaeological buff. After Pompeii, we went out for lunch and rocked home. Several days well spent. The next day it was full throttle to Nice...
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