I’m having the most fantastic time. We arrived in Sorrento on Saturday afternoon, after taking the slow train from Rome to Naples, then taking another slow train called the Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento. Our short stay in Naples was relatively uneventful but eye-opening. We had to transfer from the main train terminal to the Circumvesuviana train station on foot and we got an eyeful of the surrounding area- which was run-down, seedy, and had all kinds of unsavoury folk hanging about. As Naples already has a bad reputation for theft, seedy-ness, and unsavoury-ness, I kept a death grip on my purse and rolled my two trolley suitcases along the broken sidewalks with a sense of purpose and speed that even Usain Bolt would envy.
On the train ride from Naples to Sorrento we had a severely drunk/shady Italian guy sit down beside us and he regaled us with slurred Italian and sweeping hand gestures for about 45 minutes of the ride. I was terrified that he would try to rob us, but my suspicions were unfounded as he even had difficulty keeping himself upright!!! He explained to us in slurred Italian that he was “tired” from working the night shift but I think he was probably wasted and high on something… The people you meet while travelling…
His departure at his train stop and our arrival in Sorrento were much appreciated. Our hotel is fabulous and has a balcony which gives a sea-view and great views of the surrounding areas. Sorrento is really cute and beautiful and we have been enjoying the food and non-stop sun and hot weather. While it is SUPER touristy, we were happy to see the prices were not astronomical, with our typical restaurant meal clocking in to about 30 Euros for two people. Not bad, considering eating out in Rome can be ridiculously expensive- even a stupid can of Coke in Rome is 4 Euros!
I thought Sorrento was insanely gorgeous until we did a day trip to the island of Capri yesterday… Jaw-dropping views… Only pictures can really describe what the island has to offer but even then they lack the accuracy and clarity that only seeing things like this with you own eyes provide. I have been enjoying my new camera very much as I ve been able to take some fantastic pics! Now, Capri was super touristy, and the prices reflected this fact, but we still managed to scrape out a decent lunch for our typical 30 Euros for 2 people budget.
We saw the Blue Grotto, which, while ridiculously priced is worth it.
Today we are relaxing in Sorrento and then in the next days we are doing day trips to Positano (hopefully on a rented scooter) and Pompeii (hopefully not on a rented scooter), before taking the long train ride back to Rome on Friday and flying to Croatia on Saturday.
More reports (and hopefully some pics if I can find a way to upload them) soon!