Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Day Trip From Naples To Sorrento

When I went to Naples (post on that here) earlier in the year I took a day trip to Sorrento.

Sorrento is a coastal town in southern Italy, very close to the Amalfi coast.

When looking up how to get there from Naples we found that there was two common ways. I mean, if you’re super rich you can probably afford a private town car of private speed boat, or maybe even a private helicopter.

But for the common folk like myself there are two ways - ferry or train.

Ferry is the more expensive of the two, but it does offer some fantastic views of the Italian coast, which is why we decided to go by ferry.

Unfortunately, the boyfriends contact lens fell out of his eye and into the dirt on the floor just as we were about to board the ferry, and I mean literally 10 seconds before. As he is quite blind without them we had to head back to the apartment, big sad face.

So instead of forking out on ferry tickets again we decided to take the train, much cheaper but less pretty views. Not to say the scenery rolling by the train wasn’t pretty, cos it was. Italy just oozes gorgeous all over the place.

Sorrento is well known for being a stunning and beautiful town frequented by the rich and famous, as well as many literary giants such as Dickens and Tolstoy. 

As soon as I got off the train it was easy to see why.

It is so beautiful, I mean crazy beautiful. The only other place on the earth that I have been to so far that compares is Croatia (more on that in another post).

Just walking around Sorrento is an experience in itself. We started by exploring the town centre, strolling through the maze of streets line with market stalls selling lemons and limoncello.

Lemons are available year-round in Sorrento so they are practically everywhere.

After stopping for pizza we then took a small hike to Bagni della Regina Giovanna. I had seen this place in pictures before I went, it was my sole focus for the day (after pizza).

We walked, took in the views, got a little lost, ended up getting a lift of a kind Italian man who found us walking in the street, but there is a bus that can take you up there. if memory serves me right it was around €1.50 (we ended up getting the bus back down).

Bagni della Regine Giovanna is a natural pool with a rock archway leading out into the open sea. It’s a hidden gem and an amazing way to while away an afternoon. 

After getting the bus back into the town, with the sun beating down on us, we decided now was as good a time as any to get some gelato.

We decided to pop into place, this place happened to be Gelateria Primavera, apparently the place the supplied the ice cream for the royal wedding. At least it had something to do with the royal wedding.

We got two large cones which came to an eye watering €20! Be still be anxious heart.

The ice cream was delicious, of course it was, but I had just as good gelato in Rome for €3.

I wish we had longer in Sorrento, I definitely plan on visiting again and actually staying there, rather than taking a day trip. Right now it’s top contender for the answer to the question “if you could retire anywhere in the world, where would you retire?”

Would you like to visit Sorrento? Where on the southern Italian coast would you love to go?


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