Ciao Ragazzi! Sorry for my lack of posts in this past week, sometimes life just catches up with you! But, I ma back with yet another travel post. I simply love travelling and writing about it is my second love! I am starting a very small series of posts, that I will dub as rather ‘generic,’ posts. Essentially, these will be posts about destinations that are already popular, but destinations that I want to talk about regardless. So, first things first, Sorrento!
Sorrento is a small coastal town in the south-west of Italy, widely known as a tourist hot-spot, as attractions like Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mt. Vesuvius, Ravello and Positano, are just a stones throw away. It’s easy to see why many tourists use Sorrento as a holiday hub.
This was my first holiday, booking with a Thomson rep, and will most likely be my last. I adored the ease of the transfer (Thomson coaches are not hard to miss), but their extortionate prices for excursions, the condescending attitude of this particular rep, was an attitude I just could not tolerate. A member of my party lost their wallet and was not helped by the rep at all – its a shame one person can spoil a whole experience.
But Alas, I had a great time itself. We stayed at the Grand Flora hotel, my review of which can be found here. The hotel was situated in a great location, whilst on a busy main road (it could get slightly nosy), but it also meant you couldn’t get too lost. The hotel staff, particularly, the waiters were extremely accommodating and easily approachable! The evening meals were fantastic, and it was a joy to experience new dishes. However, going half-board isn’t something I would consider doing again, I felt bound to get back to the hotel when instead I’d rather have spent longer doing excursions. A factor that needs some consideration, are you there to relax or sightsee you’re heart out?
The first morning, we went on a tour of the Sorrento via Thomson, one thing that became obvious very quickly was the Limoncello, a spirit mainly produced in Southern Italy, and believe me its quite strong. However, there are many cocktails worth trying and as always I recommend Prosecco (a sparkling Italian white wine).
A point that I mentioned earlier- Sorrento, is great for its travel links, the local train and bus station (located in the same place), offer links to the rest of the south. You can get a bus to the Amalfi Coast, and train links to Naples (which stops at Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculaneum). As well as, ferries and private boats that head out to the small islands, like Capri and Ischia.
If you want to spend a day in and around Sorrento, then you could head down to the beach. There is one public beach and gets very crowded, the rest of the seafront is private and you have to pay for, he parasol, sun-longer and even access onto the beach, so depending on whether you’re on a budget or not there’s a beach for you.
On one of our chilled out days, we went on the Sorrento ‘fun tram tours,’ it cost 7.50 euros and starts in the Piazza Tasso, the heart of Sorrento. It is lead by a tour guide, who will drop social and cultural tidbits along the tour. The tour will make its way slowly out of the town and along the coast offering stunning coastal views. There is also, an open topped sight seeing bus, coasting 12 euros, an elderly couple in our party used this on one day also, and thoroughly recommended it!
Sorrento, also has some tourist attractions, one of which is the Salvador Dali museum, whilst I myself did not get a chance to visit here, its only 4 euros entry. However, in and around Sorrento, there are a plethora of Dali’s original statues. As well as, and old well, a wall surrounding the town, and the lemon groves. I would recommend just taking a stroll around the town, in particular the old quarter and just get lost in its maze of buildings.