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Aug 4, 2013 - Massa Lubrense

Yesterday we slept in and decided to have a rest day at the campground. It was another hot day so we had several swims in the pool, and caught up with some chores – washing, and defrosting the fridge. Today we caught the train again to Sorrento and then a bus to Massa Lubrense. On the way we had to stand, but coming back we appreciated the views from the winding coastal road. On reaching Massa, we went straight to the Tourist Information office and with the help of two people there we were directed back along the road past the Cathedral and...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Sorrento and Capri

We left Matera on Wednesday morning and drove through the mountains most of the way to Salerno. Although it was mainly dual carriageway, so many viaducts had lanes closed due to work needing to be done: some serious money needs to be spent on this road soon. As we passed through Salerno we had a magnificent view over the harbour from up high, then we went through two long tunnels which were low-lit and had corners! The road is winding and a bit narrow approaching our campground, Camping I Pini, (N 40° 38’ 7” E 14° 25’ 2”) which is between...

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Jul 29, 2013 - Sunny Sorrento!

Wednesday, July 24th Sadly it was time to bid adieu to charming Positano. We skipped the porter this time, rolling and carrying our luggage down the street and the stairs to the dock below. It was already a hot one and we were thankful we made the wise decision to take the ferry to Sorrento instead of the hair raising bus ride along the remainder of the Amalfi Coast. Buses are packed this time of year and it is most likely one could be standing for the duration of the trip. The boat ride was practically empty so we sat at the back of the...

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Italy Here We Come!

May 24, 2013 - Orvieto, Civita, and Sorrento

Ready for a new adventure, Bryan and I woke, checked out, and we're on the road early. The drive to Sorrento is supposed to take around 4-5 hours. We plan to stop at Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio on our way to Sorrento to drop the car before finding our way to Positano where we'll be staying the next 3 nights. Orvieto, about an hour south of Montepulciano, is another hilltop town, though this one sits atop a plateau of volcanic rock. At one point it was a center of Etruscan civilization. The Duomo was begun in 1290 and is striped in...

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May 4, 2013 - Sorrento

Today was a journey day...heading south to Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Sicily! We passed a lot of scenery; especially enjoyed seeing hilltop towns thru out Campania. Also enjoyed hearing about the development of the towns as they expanded beyond the hilltop, as well as the history surrounding the area. As we come upon Sorrento we circle around the Bay of Naples and see many spectacular water and hillside scenes. After check in and before dinner we descend into Sorrento to view the city center. Time for shopping, strolling and touring. ...

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Dec 5, 2012 - Sorrento

We left Rome this morning and headed south for Sorrento, just past Napoli. Didn't take long to get back into the groove of driving on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car. Negotiating the Rome traffic wasn't as difficult as we thought it would be. Wasn't long before we were speeding down the autostrade. Hit the outskirts of Napoli after about an hour, and decided it was a good choice to bypass it - seems like it is a vast urban sprawl. Although, we did think the same about Rome until we went there. Maybe we should have...

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Oct 1, 2012 - Pompeii and Sorrento

If it's Monday this must be Sorrento...It. almost wasn't. Today we left Rome for a tour of Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri and the Almafi coast. We had an early start so checked out early from our hotel so didn't get breakfast not that we really needed it as lunch was to be included in our tour. It turns out that that was to be the least of our problems. When we arrived at the bus depot they wouldn't let us on the bus because we only had a voucher for our entire trip and not a voucher for each speific part of the trip. Not that they were worried...

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Italy 2012

Sep 24, 2012 - Europe Day 9: Vatican City, Pompeii, to Sorrento

Copy and paste links to photos - Pompeii: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152154566795707.909987.746395706&type=3 Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Pisa: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152154570210707.909990.746395706&type=3 Monday 24th September. Day 9 Rome to Sorrento, on the Neopolitan Riviera. 515km Another bloody 6am start to beat queues. This morning we are visiting the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel, tour cost is EUR55 each. We pick up a local guide and drive to St Peter’s Square. There is already a long...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Sorrento

Our last day! A little more exploration in Sorrento. The weather has improved a bit but there are some showers about so we borrow an umbrella from the hotel. In a sunny patch we find the Chiostro S. Francisco, a delightfully peaceful Franciscan cloisters and church tucked away off a small square. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the town yet in it's heart. A coffee in the Plaza Tasso before wandering off down more sidestreets and a little retail therapy. Back to the little restaurant we found on the first day but the heavens now...

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Holden Holidays

Sep 9, 2012 - Exploring Sorrento

Breakfast on the terrace overlooking Sorrento and the Bay of Naples! Wow! Vesuvius just visible through the sea mist across the bay. Our hotel is on a crag above the town so we decided to walk down today rather than take the hotel courtesy bus. Wandering downhill alongside stunning, ancient olive groves we welcome the shade - it is 29 deg C already! Sorrento has been a resort for Europeans for over 200 years. There is an amazing gorge running through the town with steps down to the port for those who do not suffer with vertigo. There is a...

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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...

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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...

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