Day trip to Sorrento
- Excursion to Sorrento
A little disapointing. Sorrento has become more and more commercialised over the years. Very busy and a lot of shops selling tat!
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A day out in Sorrento, was next upon our list, but I can’t remember very much, ‘cos I got a little….drunk. Well, those lines came from a “poem” of sorts handed to me by a coach passenger many years ago. In fact, it was 2002 when I last visited Sorrento. However, once I was alongside the catamarans and jet-foils heading to Capri, it seemed like yesterday.
The journey from Camping Spartacus at Pompei to the rail station is a matter of a few minutes stroll and then it was simply a case of getting onto what appeared to be the most clapped out train I have ever seen. It had even more graffiti on it than the trains in Rome. Some of the journey felt more like a ride on a Big Dipper, more so as we headed in to long, dark tunnels! The railway is “narrow gauge” and is also a “single line” with passing places for trains going the opposite direction.
The centre of Sorrento was quite busy – possibly due to this being a Sunday. Furthermore, also today is a “Festivo” day in Italy – a public holiday. We wandered through the narrow streets and spent a while watching the numerous fast craft heading off to Capri. I stumbled upon a shop selling a wide selection of herbs and for just 1.50 euro, I purchased a bag.
Ice creams galore in Sorrento
The streets of Sorrento offer many ice cream parlours. It would have been rude to pass by without sampling the merchandise! I am never sure what flavour to try so I tend to get two or three flavours squashed into one cone!
Back at Camping Spartacus, Pompei and something unusual happened – the sun came out! With the bit of good fortune, the clothes came off and the oil went on. Later in the day, the Kontiki had yet another admirer. This time a French couple asking about the length, weight, toll prices and so on. I explained, in my best French possible, that our journeys are mostly toll-free and the couple looked shocked to know that we had crossed France from top to bottom, and then west to east without paying out! I think they were then horrified to know we had travelled then entire length of the “Via Aurelia” too!
After the delights of Sorrento and a spot of sunbathing, we retreated to the Hotel Kontiki for a home-made Shepherd’s Pie!
There are a few campsites close to nearby– click here for details.