Blogs from Sorrento, Campania, Italy, Europe - page 2


Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento June 6th 2017

This is my last blog of the trip, and though I started it on the plane ride home (so hard to find time to blog on such a busy trip!), I'm finishing it sitting in my house in Washington, very much missing the sunny 70s-80s weather, and all the Italians! They really are my people. Pushy and all :) Our final adventure started in Sorrento. It's connected to Naples by land, but it's on a bit of a peninsula that's about equidistant over water to Naples. But Naples was north, and we were basing in Sorrento to go south. Unless you are honeymooning I would definitely base in Sorrento and just do a day tour down the coast. While Sorrento is not huge, Positano and Amalfi are tiny, and just about the only thing to do ... read more
Sorrento at night

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento May 13th 2017

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757A glorious day with the haze from yesterday blown away and a perfect opportunity to show the boys the Amalfi coast. We got on one of the many buses that go from Sorrento to Amalfi via Positano and Praiano. It is a brilliant way to get the sense of the coastline and the towns clinging to the sides of the cliffs.The narrow road threads along the high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea passing grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves. Add in the drop-dead views and mad Italian drivers, and it is a road trip to remember.It was fiun to be in the bus as it swung precariously around the bends as we could just admire the views and watch the crazy drivers and mopeds trying to overtake at any possible moment.Amalfi was ... read more
Amalfi Beach - the Mediterranean way
Amalfi from the road
Lunch at Ravelllo

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento May 12th 2017

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Final day of walking today through varied landscape and terrain and along the narrow paths and streets of small villages. There were so many small plots of cultivated land we became reasonably expert in identifying each crop - peas, broad beans, artichokes, strawberries, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and so many more... it seems that every household must have someone with a green thumb - as it all looks so healthy.We detoured to the small fishing port of Punta Lagno and had a very well deserved panini at Angelo's Bar and enjoyed chatting to the delightful Matilda who not only spoke Italian, English, French, German and Spanish but had recently graduated in Chinese! I felt very inadequate.Eventally we arrived in Sorrento and met up with both Murray and Martin who had arrived earlier that day. So ... read more
Punta Lagno
Coffee time

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento April 11th 2017

Italy Day 11, Friday, October 14, Sorrento and Positano. This morning Ben gave us an orientation walking tour of our new city. Sorrento, was also called Surrentum in Roman times. The ancient Greeks laid out the city to get the best advantage of weather patterns in an efficient grid. Today there are more Roman ruins than Greek, that are buried, yet to be recovered or restored. There is so much reference to Roman history here and yet this area remained mostly Greek with the oldest ruins dating back to 600 BC. I read that Sorrento was founded by Liparus, relative of Ulysses and Circe. This ancient Greek settlement was originally devoted to the cult of the Sirens, the name Sorrento is a derivation of this. We walked past an exposed ruin contradicting the modern hotels that ... read more
Port of Marina Grande, Sorrento, Italy
Positano, Italy
Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Positano, Italy

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 6th 2016

Ascona to Sorrento On our day scheduled to leave Ascona, as happened in Oslo and Lauterbrunnen, it was raining lightly. It must be time to go. The Hertz station in Locarno, adjacent to Ascona, is in the train station parking lot, so we dropped the car there and got on the train to Sorrento, Italy. A short trip to Bellinzona, change trains for Milan, then the new Italian high speed train to Naples, via Florence and Rome. The Italian trains may not have a good reputation, but the high speed rail is very quick, efficient, economical, comfortable, and on time. It is a delight to zip through the countryside at almost 250mph. In Naples, however, we had to shift to a different train company, Circumvesuviana, providing local suburban service south of Naples. It is the only ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 6th 2016

Full day on the island of Capri. A very mountainous island, once again caters for the jet setters. We took a bus up the side of the island - very steep winding and narrow. They have specially made buses and taxis narrow enough to to just pass each other on the roads. (No-one has there wing mirrors out, that's how close it is). Just about every car we have seen in Capri and Sorrento have side swipe damage to them. We took a chair lift to the top of the mountain, amazing views back to Sorrento and Naples with Mt Vesuvious in the back ground. Returned back to Sorrento for a bit of free time and shopping.... read more
Mt Vesuvius
Mt Versuvious and Naples

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 5th 2016

Morning walkabout in Florence, checked out all the historical sites - this place is so old. We ended up in the square of statues and the statue of David amongst others. Later a bit of light shopping. Florence is the home of Michael Angelo and Leonardo Davinchi in this area. Next off to Sorrento. Nice drive, skirting Rome and coming up on Naples or Napoli as the Italians call it. Quite a large and spread out city with Mt Vesuvius in the background. Naples is right beneath the mountain as is Pompeii. We pass thru a tunnel that is 7km long, but we have been told that we will be passing thru one in Lucerne, Switzerland that is 15km long and they are just constructing one over there that will be a train tunnel 56km long ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento May 9th 2016

Today we took a train and headed to Sorrento. We caught a taxi to the train station, had some breakfast and then boarded the train to Naples. Apparently Naples is pretty dangerous (we'd been warned) so we were lucky we booked a driver to pick us up and take us to Sorrento so there was no mucking around! The drive was beautiful and we got to see the beautiful coast of Italy. Jacquie and blair got an Italian language lesson included in this drive. We arrived at the hotel which is amazing, it has a pool and bar on the roof top! After we'd checked in we went for a walk through the little markets where Jacquie and I got some free chocolates and limoncello, until the boys noticed we'd lagged behind and then had to ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento January 18th 2016

The day started with a beautiful sunrise: Praiano farewelling us in style. We ventured North west to Sorrento today and whilst waiting for the bus discovered another secret of the building trade -DONKEYS! fully laden with bricks they trotted down flights of stairs to a building site at the bottom of the cliff! The road to Sorrento was much more gentle and the town very different. The views from the hills above showed a wonderful vista of the bay all the way from Sorrento, to Pompeii and Naples! Vesuvius was snow capped and thankfully inactive. Magnificent! Sorrento was bigger than we expected and in part more modern and ugly. However we discovered the old piazza and centre of the city, inside a huge fortified wall and were not disappointed with the old buildings, wonderful churches and ... read more
Wonder donkey labourers
Lane in old sector Sorrento
San Francescan monk's monastery courtyard

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento September 11th 2015

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757We wake early. Connie is already anchored off Sorrento. The port here is too small for a ship this size and so we need to tender ashore. We breakfast in the Oceanview. I opt for a low carb brekkie of omelette, freshly made at the egg station, tomatoes and mushrooms. As Elite guests, being a sister company to Royal Caribbean our Diamond Plus status gives us something similar on Celebrity Cruises, we don't have to obtain tender tickets and already have some in our room and we can go ashore whenever we like rather than an allotted time.Before long we have travelled the short distance from the ship to the small harbour that sits below Sorrento. The place is busy with small ferries and boats taking people across to Naples, The Amalfi Coast and ... read more
Patrick, Connie & Vesuvius
Cruise Critic Helipad Event
Marina Grande from Capri Town

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