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Report 1247: A Not-So-Slow First Trip to Italy and Budapest

By andasamo from Nova Scotia, Canada, Spring 2006

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Page 7 of 14: Sorrento ... and Our Trio Becomes a Pair Again

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One of many delightful hidden corners in Sorrento

We took the train to Naples and then the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento. (I got to see the aqueducts after all from the train heading out of Rome.) We were not impressed with our glimpse of Naples, although to give it credit, we only saw it from the train and the train station. When the train station official made us bundle our wallets inside our jackets, zip up to the chin and cross our arms over our chests, we were glad of our decision not to linger! We each bought a Campania artecarde, which covered the commuter train, bus rides, the admission to Pompeii, plus gave us 1/2 price on admission to the Correale Museum in Sorrento.

On the way to Sorrento, we stopped to see Pompeii. We were able to check our bags and enjoyed a wonderful stroll around in the sunshine. I had not known, or forgotten, that Pompeii was such an advanced civilization. Definitely worth seeing and I want to return on another trip for further exploration. I think it could be sweltering in the summer though – it was plenty warm on a sunny day in March. We reached the amphitheatre and suddenly realized the time – rushed back to the baggage office just as the woman was closing up – whew! Then we carried on to Sorrento.

We stayed at the Antiche Mura, a four star hotel just off Piazzo Tasso, with a gorgeous marble reception and lounge area and absolutely the most sumptuous breakfast spread one can imagine. At the off season rate of €105, it was hard to resist! Our room had a private terrace plus access to the main terrace along the front of the hotel. There was also a lovely garden out back with lemon trees (I fell in love with the splash of lemon trees everywhere in this area.) We dined at Zi’ntonio Ristorante Pizzeria, which was a passable touristy spot but nothing special, and walked back to the hotel to tuck in for the night.

The spectacular breakfast buffet enticed us into spending more time than we should have lingering over our meal. Fresh fruit, fresh juice, coffee, tea, espresso, cereals, eggs, sliced meats, bacon, sausages, yoghurt, fruit salad and pastries. The hotel has their own pastry chef and oh, did he dish up some light and melt in your mouth goodies! But soon thoughts of the Amalfi Coast beckoned, so on to the bus station we went.

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