We caught the train from Montepulciano to Naples, and drove from there to Sorrento (with me quietly congratulating myself on the decision to hire drivers in Italy rather than get behind the wheel ourselves. Traffic in Naples was insane). We had four nights in Sorrento (I can already tell you, it wasn’t long enough). The highlights:
Pompeii – I expected a museum with some mummified figures. I expected a bunch of excavated ruins that we could gaze at from behind a rope. I didn’t expect a city. I didn’t expect a place that you could explore for a whole day and still not see everything. It was extraordinary.
And for those interested in ancient ‘taps and toilets’, Pompeii is an ace place to visit.
Naples – our time in Naples was brief and it is on my list of places to return to. What was astounding was that it’s all there, right in the middle of a volcano (Campi Flegrei) – our driver explained that was why Neapolitans are slightly crazy, and know how to live every day to its fullest.
Driving past snow-capped Vesuvius.
Sorrento – I’m sure this seaside town has a completely different feel in summer but I enjoyed the bluster and wild weather. Pics are of Marine Grande.
Amalfi Coast – we took the public bus from Sorrento to Amalfi. It was both exciting and terrifying (my son and I sat at the front of the bus and had some white-knuckled moments. As we sped through single lane tunnels and around sharp bends, I told myself the bus driver does this every day and knows theses roads like the back of his hand…). Anyway, it’s lucky I packed the Kwells…
Path of the Gods – I think the word I’m looking for is SPECTACULAR!
Of all the things we did on the whole trip, the Path of the Gods was the unanimous favourite (although my quadriceps shortened by two inches after the 2000 step descent…).
We began in Bomerano and descended the Path to Praiano, via the peaceful Convent San Demenico.
And that ended our time in Italy. Ciao!