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Sep 8, 2012 - Arrive in Sorrento, Campania
Arrived late at Naples airport, 11.30 pm, to be greeted by our taxi driver! Our taxi had seen better days but the balmy temperature made up for that. We soon remembered that in Italy all rules are there to be broken,so after a speedy, somewhat erratic 'exciting' journey we arrived at our destination, The Grand President Hotel. Our room had a balcony with the most wonderful view over Sorrento, sparkling in the moonlight, and across the Bay of Naples. After sampling some of the delicious cold supper that had been left for us we fell into bed...Jump to full entry
Aug 10, 2012 - Sorrento, Day 2
Bonneserra, Well we started off the day waking up at 0600, the usual breakfast, and on the road by 0730. We left by mini buses along the windy, very windy, one way road. We have learned to become mountain goats on foot and on the bus now!! It is hot already and is set to go up to 39 today! Minibus to a ferry which took us across the bay of Naples over to the island of Capri. Scenery unbelievable! Hydrangeas and hibiscus lined the path for us once we arrived. The island is very cliff like, much like santorini in Greece. Rode a funicular, a...Jump to full entry
Aug 9, 2012 - Sorento
Sorento, Day 1 Bonneserra our friends and family, Today we rose early again and headed to Pompeii, a 3 hr bus ride through the country. Arrived to the closest city to Pompeii only to find the roads really busy and blocked. We had to take a very perilous journey to Pompeii. These Italians are crazy drivers taking their lives in their own hands!!! I still haven't gotten used to sqatting and peeing over the seatless toilet ..I musgt admit it does take practice. At least we don't have to put the paper in the garbage can instead of flushing as...Jump to full entry
Jul 6, 2012 - Sorrento!
Today we packed our bags and headed off to the amazing Sorrento. We went on a really fast train. It was like being in first class on a plane. There were even tables and magazines. The local train from Naples to Sorrento was very hot. Sorrento is amazing. It is near the beach. It has ginormous cliffs. And just like Rome, it has lots of beautiful churches. Our hotel room is BRAND new. White leather and lots of fancy things. The shower is the fanciest thing ever. It has two seats and three shower modes. One is a spa, one is a rain shower...Jump to full entry
May 16, 2012 - Amalfi coast, Sorrento
After 3 wonderful days in Rome and leaving our great cities tour group, we caught up with another tour group and continued on to the Amalfi coast. The ride to Amalfi took us through Napoli, a city that is not part of most tours or itineraries because it is large and busy and not " touristic" but is interesting and must be a great food city since it is the home of the true Neapolitan "margherita" pizza. Driving the Amalfi coast is not for the faint of heart or probably anyone not born without the Italian "show no fear or hesitation"...Jump to full entry
May 15, 2012 - Pompey and Sorrento
Today we leave Julio. We packed ourselves back up into shuttles in Positano and went back to the wide spot in the road where Julio was waiting with our bus. We packed it all up and took off for Pompei. When we arrived in Pompei we said goodbye to Julio. He was taking our bags on to our next hotel in Sorrento, then heading back to Rome to pick up another Rick Steves Tour. We walked into the area of Pompei and met our local guide Gaetano. Gaetano was an animated and entertaining guide who spent a good deal of time showing us how Pompeiian...Jump to full entry
May 3, 2012 - Relaxing day in Sorrento!
We woke up to a wonderful, exquisite breakfast!!! You could juice your veggies and fruit, homemade pastrys, the very best eggs with fresh tomatoes, espresso with ginseng!!! Fabulous! I took a long walk through the city, found a cool way to get to the marina....through a mountainside, down to the beach! I scoped out the boat service to Capri and scooter/car rental! Was not sure how Molly was feeling, as her bout with seafood pasta from the Italian Elvis' restaurant lasted through the evening! I walked through town, found a hair salon so...Jump to full entry
May 2, 2012 - The Amalfi Coast!!
We woke up and had a very nice breakfast (always included with the room, but some are much nicer than others!)... This was a fab one! We decided to hire a driver to take us to the Almafi Coast! We took our luggage so we would be able to stay in Sorrento, and go to the Isle of Capri from there. Pasquale, our driver, took us through the mountains where we ended up in Amalfi ( with a million other people!) :).... Molly found her shop immediately...white skirt, shirts, and a gift for Becca ! We tooled around and met up with ole Pasquale, who...Jump to full entry
Mar 22, 2012 - Day 6 - we shopped til we dropped (literally!)
We decided to head out early to the Isle de Capri today. On our way to the ferry, we stopped in a farmacia and picked up the "miracle" ointment Vegetalumina. We had some trouble locating the bus stop - ask three people, get three different answers -(including police officers) so we ended up taking the stairs down to the ferry. Not so bad! On the ferry, we were approached by Giovanni, who offered us a tour of Capri. Well worth the price. We first got onto a very nice motor boat (called "My Way") and had a beautiful ride to the Blue...Jump to full entry
Mar 21, 2012 - Day 5 - The Amalfi Coast
Our cabdriver Tony from last night made us an offer we couldn't refuse! He offered to take us for a drive along the Amalfi Coast into the town of Amalfi and then to Positano. What an amazing and beautiful drive! It took a little over an hour to get to Amalfi. The road was very high and very curvy! But luckily Tony was an excellent driver and only made Aunt Toni jump a few times (we made her sit in the front "so she could hear" aka none of us wanted to!). We arrived in Amalfi and explored the town for a while. This is where our convulsive...Jump to full entry
Mar 20, 2012 - Day 4 - lots of walking
We had our first breakfast in Sorrento. No cheese. I wasn't sure what I was going to do.... Not to worry we still managed to eat too much! We met our local host who would show us around the town later and be there for us for the next few days if we need anything. We decided to visit Pompeii but first we needed to return our rental car. As always it was quite a production getting where we needed to go!! And at this point my mother and I have had enough of each other! Once the car was gone (thank god! I do not want to drive ourselves anywhere...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2012 - Amalfi coastline conquered!
Sunday was our last chance to tour the region so we put ourselves into a higher gear than usual and left early for our day on the road. The guidebook said: “Whether you take the bus or brave it in a car, the drive along the Costiera Amalfitania is one heart-stopping journey you won’t forget.” After our trip to Positano earlier in the week we were keen to see more and Robert was confident he could steer our Ford C-Max around the bendy roads. It really is a stunning road with plunging valleys and soaring cliffs. Some say the Corniche coast...Jump to full entry