Hotel Sorrento City
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed
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... then this is just my first night of 5 here and I might come to love it dearly.
We had the train booked from Rome to Sorrento for 12:00 noon today so Gary and Larry went off walking and photographing commuters and a less busy Forum. The morning light was great they reported. I love Gary's photo of commuting in high heels on a Vespa.
Now we are in Sorrento, after what seemed like a most of the day ...
... Villa Murat was built in the 1700's, and a peace treaty was famously signed there in 1808 by the General of the Naples Military. He later became the King of Naples. So yes, we were staying at a King's Castle, in a sense. And felt like it. The charm and appeal of the place was the care given in its restoration by its owner, Rafaelle, who we met shortly after arrival. This would be one of many encounters with our gracious and welcoming host. There was only one bathroom ...
... the Romans in 80BC. 160 years later the city was believed to have a population of 11,000 and had evolved to have its own complex water system, amphitheatre, gym and brothel thanks to the Romans. Pompeii is not far from Mount Vesuvius, a large volcano. In 79AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered Pompeii in 4-6m of ash. The city was then lost for 1,500 years, simply disappeared, with no one realising it was gone. The initial rediscovery was in 1599, but substantially more in 1748 ...
... as the VERY narrow winding roads were often only wide enough for one vehicle and so there was much stopping, reversing, manoeuvring and breath holding!! On our next day we took a tour out to the island of Capri on a sunny 26 degree day. Our tour took us past the blue grotto and dropped us at a small pier with a pretty and secluded beach (no sand here though- only giant pebbles). We had plenty of time to explore Capri town and Anacapri, visiting the gardens, (window) shopping and ...
... and disembarking at a couple of wrong stops we finally arrived at the restaurant very thankful we did not attempt the drive. I thought the roads we had driven on previously were skinny - boy they had nothing on theses roads. There were times that oncoming vehicles actually had to reverse until they could pull out of the way of the bus!
The restaurant is actually up the mountain, nearer the town of Montepertuso. The views from the bus on the way up were ...