Travel Blogs from Sorrento
Yesterday I was able to wrangle out of my accommodation at my hostel and move into Phil & Soko's spare room for free. There’s something familiar about that! After Soko treated us all to a hearty breakfast we headed down to the dock to take the public jet boat over to Capri. We had been umming and arring about which tour to do; weather to …
Today I visited Pompeii and attempted to visit Mount Vesuvius, with Phil and Soko in tow, actually that should be the other way round as they had a hire car and picked me up. Unfortunately down to alarm malfunctions we didn't get on our way until noon-ish.
We headed to Pompeii and picked up some audio guides, the first time I have …
... of perspective and painted trompe l'oeil to make the rooms appear larger and more elaborate then they were. This use of perspective in art disappeared with the fall of Rome and did not appear again in Europe until the Mid Renaissance some 900 years later. Amazing.
Herculaneum unlike Pompeii was a residential city, not a rough sea port. The building were larger and more elaborated, many with tow or three stories. The only building we saw in Pompeii with ...
... parents to Da Franco’s- a favorite pizza place of the students in my program. It also happened to be Mardi Gras, so we watched from the town square as children dressed up like it was Halloween and had quite the celebration, throwing confetti and spraying silly string every which way. We finished this evening at Ristorante Tasso with Tsu as our guest of honor- it was of course delicious.
All prepared to go ...
... plans in place in case the transit strike that was to end today, disrupts things tomorrow
3. Should have time in the airports to do the blog tomorrow, unless running through the airport is involved
4. See number one...
Lots to to tell you tomorrow, as the school saved the best outing for last...
Am excited to be going home, a little over two weeks is a long time to be away!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Villaggio Verde Sorrento
The Gardens surrounding the Chalets and rooms are absolutley lovely. Everwere is very clean and well cared for. The Air con works very well and although with the rooms you do not have balcony of your own there is a very nice shared space with tables and chairs. The pool is smaller than it looks in the photos and can get cramped as the hotel "sells" Sunbeds to people not staying at the Hotel. The food is above average epecially the Pasta. Though the meat was a little bland. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly, Though Tony (one of the owners I think) could be a little moody and sometimes appeared unhelpful.. Occasionaly felt we had done something to offend..!!. There was a slight dispute over our wine bill the waiter had put a bottle extra on our bill that had been ordered by another guest who had joined us. Only 9 Euros which we paid but it did leave rather a sour taste. The Mini bus does not take you all the way into town and be warned the road back is quite winding and steep. Absolutley awful if you are wearing 3inch heels. We liked the fact that children were stopped from jumping in the pool, shouting etc. However we did overhear some parents express concern that their kids were told they had to be VERY quiet between 3 and 5pm as people were sleeping, whilst that suited us. I guess you should be aware of this. All in all a lovely place to stay, no good for anyone slightly infirm because of the walk back and no good if you have noisy kids!
We have just returned from Villagio Verde where we spent 2 weeks with our our 11 year old daughter. It was probably the best holiday we've had. The log cabins are basic but all that is required. They are spotless and cleaned every day along with a full set of fresh towels every second day. It is situated amongst the orange and lemon trees and is a 5 minute walk into town. So you feel like you are on holiday in the countryside. The road into town is busy but we walked it daily and had no problems. The owner does run a mini bus numerous times a day because of the road. The family that own it are delightful and couldn't be more helpful.
really nice place stayed in a log cabin surrounded by Lemon / Orange trees, staff were extremely helpful and the cabin was cleaned every day by the maids definately stay there again next time we visit sorrento!
My family and I stayed at the Villaggio Verde in June and had a wonderful time. Hotel, staff and food were all excellent and very efficient for such a small place. The walk into town takes only 10 minutes and is probably the worse thing about the whole experience as they don't go in for pavements in those parts. That aside I loved Sorrento, it was really lively and not overpriced. By all means visit Pompeii and go by train but I'd think twice about vising Vesuvio by public transport. We were given some bad advice (at the ticket office), ie go to Vesuvio first then Pompeii - wrong!!! We ended up with only about 2 hours in Pompeii (luckily I had been before) even after setting off at about 10 in the morning.The bus took ages on the way up and made an unscheduled stop at a 'souvenir / food' shop to sell us some rubbish and it had the filthiest toilets I had ever seen. The bus for the return trip just didn't turn up, so beware!
Must admit I was slightly sceptical about this one on arrival, but within an hour considered it ideal for our small family unit of 4. The area around the pine cabins is sheltered by citrus trees and other plants giving a tropical feel. The cabins are cleaned on a daily basis and the remainder of the site is well maintained. The pool and bar area is excellent and with friendly helpful staff that speak reasonably good English this complex has alot to offer. It is a 10 minute walk to the town centre though there is transport layed on at certain times. Anyway we had a memorable holiday in this lovely resort. Thanks Toni!
Give it a miss in October!
Give this one a miss. The room was superb, newly refurbished. Having said that, there is nothing much else positive to add. The food was average at best (who wants Bruschetta EVERY night!!). There was nowhere to sit during the day apart from around the pool or in your room. Everything was locked up between 9am and 5pm. No bar, nowhere to get a coffee. Miles out of town up steep and dangerous roads. Perhaps it was the time of year that did it, it was late October.
Sorrento itself we found very noisy, with lots and lots of traffic. A long way from the idyllic holiday retreat we had been led to believe.
Peaceful pleasant surroundings
Spotless surroundings and very frequently changed linen. Not really suited for the less able as there is quite a steep uphill walk back from Sorrento to Villaggio Verde, with hardly any pavement on a busy road. The bungalows are surrounded by orange and lemon trees which keep them cool. Our bungalow slept 5, which would have been cramped if it was fully occupied. Adequate kitchen area but the half board option was excellent with freshly prepared food from a wide choice. The staff were helpful and spoke English. Would recommend getting the train to Pompeii which was only about 4 euros each (entrance to Pompeii is free to over 65's if you show your passport).
Most wonderful experience possible
You will fall in love with this hotel and the family that runs it! This is the most "Italian" experience you will have in all of Italy! From the orange trees lining the driveway to the kittens frolicking around the property, all is well in Sorrento. You will swear you have died and gone to heaven!
We have stayed at Villagio Verde for the past two years and in all honesty its the most friendly complex you could wish for. Villagio Verde is family run accomodation, set in orange and lemon groves 10 minutes walk from the centre of Sorrento. If you do choose to go half board (strongly advised!) you will not be disapointed the food is of excellent quality and it really does feel like you are eating out in a high standard restaraunt. The complex is very clean and the personnal service you get from Toni, Daniella and all of the family is first class, by the end of the holiday you will be adding them to your Christmas Card list!. Sorrento is a beatiful place to stay, the town centre has plenty of Italian bars, restaraunts and shops. You can catch the hydrofoil to Capri and Ischia from the Port. Pompeii and Vesuvius are in very easy reach by either car.train or bus and if you are thinking of hiring a car (which is daunting but a must) the amalfi coast is breath taking. We have made some wonderful friends in Sorrento and if you do book up to stay at Villagio Verde you will not be disapointed.....We are going back to get married in 2006!
Like being part of a big Italian family.
A lovely place, some log cabins, some 5 star rooms in a new building, all set in gardens with vines, walnuts, kiwi fruits, oranges, lemons etc. growing. Beautiful small pool with views across the hills and bar. Wonderful a'la carte food but above all a superb welcome from all the family, they could not do enough for us. A brisk 10 minute walk to town but away from all the noise and bustle.