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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
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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 season...it 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
Cafe
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

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento 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 ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento August 11th 2017

We had a big day yesterday so we decide that we will not do too much today. We decide to walk to Bagni della Regina Giovanna, which looks like it is about two kilometres from the hotel. TripAdvisor says that this is the number one place to visit in Sorrento. We walk again through town along Via San Cesareo. The limoncello is again everywhere, and the whole place smells like lemons. We see some of the lemons that they use to make the limoncello. I think that someone must have slipped something into the soil here. The lemons are huge. They are more than twice the size of the lemons back home, and are somewhere between the sizes of baseballs and soccer balls. We walk along the road along the coast which is called Via Capo. ... read more
Restaurant seating, Sorrento
Sorrento from Via Capo
Boardwalk, Bagni della Regina Giovann

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento August 9th 2017

I wonder if I'll be allowed into the restaurant for breakfast wearing shorts. Issy says that she will pass on breakfast so I head off on my own. The waiters are all still wearing tuxedos, but there seem to be other people in the restaurant wearing shorts, so I relax a bit. There's a sign on the toaster saying that you're only allowed to put sliced bread into it. I wonder what other sort of bread anyone might contemplate trying to jam into a toaster. I'm pretty sure that a full loaf wouldn't fit. It is very quiet in the restaurant until the silence is interrupted by an American lady shouting "where can I get some coffee honey" across the room to one of the older waiters. I don't think that the waiter is very accustomed ... read more
Museo Correale Di Terranova
Museo Correale Di Terranova
Swimming platforms, Grand Hotel Ambasciatori

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento August 8th 2017

The alarm goes off at 3.45am. There doesn't seem to be a lot going on in Assos at 3.45am. We head off on the long and windy road to the airport. The mountain goats seem to like standing in the middle of the road more at this time of the morning, and the black ones in particular are very hard to see. We pass the lookout where we got stunning views down over Myrtos Beach a few days ago. There's a man standing next to his car in the pitch darkness looking at the view. I'm not sure what he can see. Maybe he's got some of those night vision goggles that they use in the movies. I thought they were only good for detecting people; I'm not sure how they'd go at detecting beaches in ... read more




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