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Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento May 11th 2022

For those of you who have got the Tina Arena reference in the title...congratulations, you are old and probably spent some time in Australia and New Zealand in the 90s. It was the first thing that came to mind when I found out I was going to be staying in Sorrento on our romantic getaway to Italy and I had assumed that Ms. Arena was singing about this beautiful cliffside town. Turns out she was singing about her childhood town in Victoria, Australia, but I digress... Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast have long been on my hitlist but the Amalfi in particular is what many would deem a romantic spot, so I almost deliberately avoided it during my single days. Now, however, I no longer have that excuse, so I can now start checking off ... read more
Blue Grotto, Capri
Southern Coast Of Capri
Duomo, Amalfi

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento July 25th 2021

Bonjour à tous, On dit que la nuit porte conseil, l'avenir me dira, si il était bon. Je me suis levé ce matin, décision prise, je me tiens à mon programme initial, je passe en Albanie. J'embarque à Bari ce mardi à 23h. Durée de la traversée 8h. Par contre je n'ai pas pu avoir de cabine disponible, mais comme je suis encore jeune je devrais pouvoir supporter une nuit en fauteuil. Mais avant tout, j'ai consulté le site des affaires étrangères français, il n'y a pas de nouvelles récentes depuis le 26 juin. Aujourd'hui j'ai vu les deux opposés, le matin du très laid, et cet après-midi de l'ultra très beau. Ce matin le ciel est brumeux, nuageux, et va le rester toute la journée, à 7h30 quelques gouttes de pluie. Cet hôtel, à part ... read more
la route du matin
la route d'Amalfi

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 14th 2019

Day 9 : Saturday 14 September 2019 : Sorrento and Baths of Queen Giovanni Originally we were supposed to head past Amalfi to do the Northern part of the coast, but after our disastrous bus trip and our great day anyway, we agreed not to go back. Decided to keep it chill and walk to the ‘Baths of Queen Giovanni’. Not sure what it is, but seems like a little swimming hole with some ruins. Sleep in, did the washing and hung it outside the window like a true Italian (don’t want to drop it tho) and late morning headed out for our walk. Walking upwards, there were stunning views of Sorrento to be had. We took the skinny road, and then the part with no path or road verge on bends with cars flying by… ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 11th 2019

Day 6 : Wednesday 11 September 2019 : Rome to Sorrento Took the bus (€1.50pp) to the train station – pretty easy Train (AUD120 prebooked) was awesome, fast (300km/hr Frecciarossa) and comfortable. Hardest part was buying the tickets to get from Naples (main station) to Sorrento on the local EAV train. Finally found them at a newsagent (€4pp). Down to the platform and 5 mins before the train, Ella has to wee. We chose to miss the train (although I'm pretty angry) and went to find the toilet. Didn’t bother to rush as we’d missed the train by a long shot. As we come down the stairs, we find out the train has only just pulled out but was packed to the rafters….this could be a challenge with our bags. The next train arrived 5 minutes ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 17th 2018

My only aim today was to find a beachside place where I could hire a chair and have a swim. After my breakfast at the hotel I decided to walk to the Marina Grande - this is a smaller, more historic marina which Chiara from the hotel had told me about. It was only a fifteen minute walk but I stopped for some photos along the way. It really was a beautiful area and not as hectic as the main marina and beach area. I choose a place that had a long jetty and hired a sun lounge for €10 - much cheaper than anywhere else I have been. It was a really nice place too with good stairs down to the water which made it easy for getting in and out of the sea. Not ... read more
Its a tough life 🌴
My delicious lunch!
View of the marina

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 16th 2018

No need to rush to get up this morning - yay! I love this little boutique hotel - my room is super cute and the bathroom is lovely. My breakfast was ready for me at 9:30 and I was the only person in the breakfast room. Going by the number of tables, I think there are only 5, maybe 6, rooms. I would certainly recommend anyone stay at the Twice-Naples Hotel. After breakfast I checked out. The girl in reception was so lovely, she even wanted a photo with me before I left. I decided to walk to the Central Train station as i knew I just needed to stay on the main road my hotel was on. It was a lot easier doing the walk back to the station than it was on my arrival. ... read more
Check out the mosaic floor!
Its a long way down!
The main marina a beach area - looking from the top

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento March 9th 2018

Dee and I finally caught a break with the weather, as overcast skies gave way to some sunshine today. By mid-afternoon it was downright pleasant, with the temperature reaching 59 degrees, under partly sunny skies, and light winds. Still jacket and scarf weather, but quite comfortable for walking. We've wanted to try riding the train from Piano di Sorrento into Sorrento, saving us a 3-mile hike. The station is a 15-minute walk from our apartment, and after we arrived we purchased roundtrip tickets for 5.20 euros (about $6.75), a real bargain compared to a taxi fare of $40! We missed the first train, after waiting on the wrong track(!), but boarded the next one about 20 minutes later. This train runs between Naples and Sorrento, with numerous stops along the way, including Pompeii. It's very popular ... read more
Circumvesuviana train
Riding the "Graffito Express" to Sorrento
Peroni time at Bar Syrenuse

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento March 7th 2018

The weather looked promising early this morning, with temperatures predicted to be in the upper 50s under partly sunny skies, so we contacted Francesco for a ride into Sorrento at around 11 AM. After a brief stop to meet the chef and owner of Il Convivio, a nearby restaurant where he recommended we have lunch today, Francesco dropped us off at the museum entrance. The Museo Correale is housed in an 18th-century villa surrounded by a splendid citrus garden. It formerly belonged to the Correale di Terranova family, a noble family with wide cultural interests, who resided in both Naples and Sorrento. The last descendants of the family bequeathed the villa and their extensive art collection to the city, and the museum opened to the public in 1924. The museum consists of 24 rooms, distributed on ... read more
Museo Correale di Terranova
Gardens of Museo Correale
Footpath in garden

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 15th 2017

A great day out to Sorrento. Caught the train passing through from Napoli. An older lady travelling by herself proceeded to tell us at great Italian lengths in Italian all the stops we needed to pass through before we got off....we must really stand out! Out to the tourist craze....can't imagine what it would be like in the height of the was madness. Beautiful place high above the sea, the deep gorges and cliffs making for natural defence. A spetacular view over the large Bay of Napoli. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister. We wandered the alleyways in the shade...there was a definite presence of British tourists and the locals were well in catering for them. A ... read more
Francescan Cloisters
Francescan Tower

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento August 14th 2017

I had a big day yesterday climbing volcanoes, so we sleep in and decide that we will have a relaxing day today. We go for another wander through a park near the hotel and this leads us into a shopping area that we haven't been to before. Issy sees a Japanese restaurant. I think this is the first one that she's seen since we left home. The drool starts to appear at the corners of her mouth. It seems that the restaurant is closed, at least at lunchtime. I manage to stop Issy from breaking down the door, but I'm fairly sure we'll be back here later, and there might be violence if we find that it's not open for dinner. A large area outside the Japanese restaurant is wrapped in police tape so that no ... read more
Farm equipment, Parco di Villa Fiorentino
Parco di Villa Fiorentino
Parco di Villa Fiorentino

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