Monday, 25 June 2012

Around Sorrento and Pompeii

If you’re headed to the Amalfi coast, definitely think about making Sorrento your ‘hub.’ Along with being a gorgeous beach town, it's also really close to the other surrounding coastal towns like Positano and Capri. Our hotel (Grand Hotel De La Ville) was excellent and had the most relaxing, tranquil rooftop terrace and pool to unwind at the end of the day. Heaven!
There was the most beautiful lemon grove right next to our hotel that we’d walk through it each day on our way home. The highlight was seeing the cute little Italian lady selling limoncello in the middle of the grove from a makeshift wooden bar. Limoncello is a hot commodity in Sorrento since the lemons are so plentiful – in fact, they make lemon anything – chocolate candy, lemon butter, lemon soap, you name it!
In the end, we didn’t end up spending loads of time in Sorrento besides our dinners out and a few afternoons, but we did love strolling down the little cobblestone streets surrounded by the honey-coloured buildings, eating gelato and soaking in the sun. If you’re in Sorrento, make sure to stop by the famous Gelateria Primavera where they’ve got to-die-for flavours like Snickers, Bounty Bar and Mars!
On our last day in the Amalfi Coast, we took a trip to the infamous Pompeii. Ever since studying Latin and learning about Mt. Vesuvius at school, I’d always wanted to see the lost Roman city up close. For about €10, you can walk around the ruins which are remarkably well-kept and see how the people of the town used to live (and also how they perished). There were tons of people there on the day we went, but we still managed to see all the important parts like the old brothel, the amphitheatre and the old shops. Highly recommend for the history fans.

That's all for the Amalfi Coast...next stop: Florence!

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