Ok saying that everything is on your doorstep in Sorrento is probably bending the truth a little. But compared to other areas on the Sorrentine peninsula it takes relatively very little time to travel to various places.
What we got up to:
We spent 3 days in Sorrento and the reason I said that everything is on your doorstep there is because we got to see and do so much in such a short space of time. We did a day tour of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii which is one of the best things we did in our time in Italy. Most tours leave from a parking area on Via Correale- you can’t miss it. The only thing I found is that it’s a little confusing to find your bus, because so many tours use the same meeting point around the same time it can be stressful to try and find yours before the bus leaves. Most of the guides are nice enough so I would recommend just asking them if they are your tour guide, instead of running around looking at the signs on the buses like a headless chicken.
Beware! Lots of these tours only include the bus fare and the payment for the tour guide. You still have to pay to walk up Mount Vesuvius, and to enter Pompeii. Often there is a restaurant picked for lunch too, and this is not included in your tour either- so make sure to have some cash with you.
We went to Mount Vesuvius first as it’s cooler and not as busy in the morning. The bus drove us up to the last 400/500 m and you walk from there. It is not an easy walk, the incline is steep and the ground soft from volcanic ash, so I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are physically less able.
When you get to the top however the view is absolutely spectacular.
We left Vesuvius and went for lunch. Afterwards we headed to Pompeii.
Note! If you are travelling with children there is a discount to get into Pompeii, the same if you are under 25, and lastly there is also a discount for teachers. Just make sure to have the relevant ID to show at the ticket office, I used my driving license.
Not 100% sure but I think this is Casa del Menandro, they were a very wealthy family that lived in Pompeii.
Directions to the Lupanare a.k.a. the brothel
Painting of one of the services available in the Lupanare
There was a really beautiful art exhibition on while we were in Pompeii, these are the statues that you see scattered across the city.
The next day we went to Capri.
The public ferry we took out cost us 70 euro for 2 people return. It’s definitely not cheap compared to what you would pay for a bus journey the same distance.
Capri is very beautiful though, when you hop off the boat you are in the harbour area. If you want to go to the town there are buses available as well as a cable car. Expect a long wait as everyone uses these. We decided to walk to the town. It wasn’t difficult but definitely took longer than the bus, maybe 30 minutes.
If you walk through the town down towards Giardini di Augusto the streets become a lot narrower and nooky, it’s beautiful.
I would say that unless you’re into designers most of the things to do are walks to gardens or houses. Personally that suited me down to the ground.
Where we stayed:
We stayed in Casale Antonietta in Sorrento. It’s about a 20 minute walk from Corso Italia (the main street of Sorrento) up the hill. The incline of the hill isn’t much compared to other hills in Sorrento, or it’s a 5-10 minute bus journey when the traffic isn’t bad.
Casale Antonietta is a nice place, it has an absolutely beautiful garden and a view of mount Vesuvius. However the rooms are compact- there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s literally just a place to sleep and shower so if you are looking for a more luxurious setting I wouldn’t recommend this place.
Here’s a video of the garden with a view of Vesuvius.
Just a couple of things I noted about the place:
– Bed was extremely creaky.
-Shower and water pressure were good.
– If you don’t like animals this is not the place for you, there are several dogs, rabbits, birds, lizards etc. Other people staying here also had dogs with them.
– The garden is beautiful.
– Food is as nice as any mid-price places in Sorrento town.
– There’s a gate to access the grounds by foot. The gate isn’t open before 7/7.30, and the keypad to enter the code is on the outside. The key you are given for the gate didn’t work so we ended up jumping the wall.
– Internet was limited, you can only access the internet in the reception or garden area. We couldn’t get it in our room because we were too far away.
This is a photo of the garden and the restaurant early in the morning- you can see Vesuvius in the distance.
Where we ate:
- Bar Veneruso on Corso Italia is a nice pasticceria and lunch place. It’s also the only place we found open at 7 in the morning.
- Da Emilia on Mariana Grande is a nice restaurant where you get a lot of food for what you pay. Super quick service as well, they are a well oiled machine.
- Ristorante Bar Ruccio on Marina Piccola has nice staff and they do nice handmade pasta.
Stay tuned to hear more about the Amalfi Coast, posts from Positano, Amalfi and Maiori are on the way.