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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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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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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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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...

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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...

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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"...

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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...

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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...

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