Italy 2006

Sorrento, Campania: 3-7 June

We travelled from Palermo to Naples by overnight ferry, leaving at 20.00 and arriving at Naples at 06.00. We left our luggage at the railway station and went to the Archaeological Museum. When exhaustion set in, we went back to the railway station and caught a train to Sorrento.

  One of the Roman mosaics in the Naples Archaeological Museum.
  The view from the "Foreigners' Club" on the clifftop at Sorrento.
  A market stall in Sorrento.
  Lemons and poppies growing on a wall just outside our room.

The first day staying in Sorrento, we took the train to Pompeii to look at the Roman town.
  The Forum at Pompeii.
  Note Vesuvius in the background.
  A copy of the Statue of a Faun in the Villa of the Faun. The original is in the Naples Museum.
  The amphitheatre in Pompeii.
  Typical road in Pompeii: it does not look very trafficable.

The second day, we took a bus tour around the Amalfi Coast. This was much more relaxing than driving ourselves, and Nick could look at the scenery.
  The town of Positano, clinging to the cliffs, impossibly photogenic - from a distance.
  Inside the cathedral at Amalfi.
  The cloister of Amalfi cathedral.
  The ceiling of Amalfi cathedral.
  Inside the church at Ravello.
  By-way in Ravello, with cat.

The third day in Sorrento, we took a ferry to the Isle of Capri. There, we took a boat trip around the island.
  The big tourist drawcard of the boat trip is the "Blue Grotto": a cave which can be visited only by getting off the tour boat and into a small rowing boat. We decided not to do this but, as you can see, there were many takers.
  The men rowing the little boats think they are very handsome.
  A striking lighthouse...
  And the rocks that it warns about.
  The cathedral in Capri town.
  Bougainvillea grows everywhere.
  There was a Club Med cruise ship visiting. Note Vesuvius in the background.

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