Coming back to Sorrento

Yesterday’s adventure, which included four hours of train travel, left us a little drained so we hung out at the hotel until around noon. We then walked to Piazza Tasso in the center of town and had a bite. It was a lovely afternoon. We strolled the back streets of old Sorrento finding some little ancient allies without too many people. This is the lovely cloister of the 13th c. church of San Francesco.

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Sorrento was founded by the Greeks 2500 years ago. Here and there you find a bit of ancient wall or a Roman column if you know what to look for. Our path took us down from the town through an Ancient Greek gate to the Marina Grande which is outside the old city wall. Legend has it that the Turks would plunder this part of town, raping and pillaging as pirates are want to do. As a result the people of Marina Grande are thought to descend from Turks. They say even the cats look different. The Marina has a totally different atmosphere from the town above. Though dependent on tourism it is still a working fishing village. It feels real and decidedly laid back.

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We went down there ostensibly to have a café and walk back up. But we liked it so much we stayed for several hours and had a delicious early dinner at a little trattoria owned by a group of fisherman.

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Needless to say the fish was great. Feeling stuffed and a little buzzed from the local vino bianco we ambled slowly home. Tomorrow we leave Sorrento for two days on the Amalfi coast.

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2 Responses to Coming back to Sorrento

  1. Rick Maher says:

    I’m curious as to how much of your journeys are pre-planned, and how much are you just winging it?

    I would follow exactly in your footsteps, except for the you-need-to-be-in-decent-physical-shape part. :-)

    • Howard says:

      Hey Rick,

      Most of it is planned. I love planning trips. It’s almost as much fun for me as going on them. I nearly plan each day but we’re also ready to change when the unforeseen occurs. Almost all the rooms were booked ahead except for the driving part in Provence. So that ties us down a little. Most of the activities are planned but not booked ahead so we can be somewhat flexible. Some very popular sights are good to book ahead, the Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel for instance. That allows you to skip the exceedingly long lines. I read up a lot on the places we are going, Rick Steeves Guidebooks are my favorite, Lonely Planet is good too. That helps find the best pizza in Naples or the best gelato in Rome for example. As far as physical condition you can of course plan a trip that isn’t as taxing as ours.