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Seven Days in Sorrento: The Travelers Guide to Sorrento, Italy as a Gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Pompeii and Herculaneum
Sorrento Italy is an Safe and Affordable Gateway to Several Buckel List Italian Destinations
In this guide, we will introduce you to Sorrento and all that makes it special and then suggest a seven day itinerary for seeing the attractions that lie along the beautiful Amalfi Coast, as well as the ancient marvels that Mount Vesuvius left as a time capsule at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Things to eat, drink, do and see in the Campania Region from Sorrento, Italy
2. Visit the Naples Archaeological Museum: The city of Naples is a little rough around the edges for most tourists. It does have a thriving street art scene and great food, but we decided to only visit its World-famous museum. The quantity and quality of sculptures by Italian Masters here is only rivaled in Florence, in our opinions. This was the highlight to me, but there is so much more to see in the museum. Other favorites included the mosaic displays that were transported here from Pompeii and Herculaneum and the Egyptian Artifact collection.
3. Take the train to Pompeii and Herculaneum: I would not drive. I loved the thrilling adventure that driving in most of Italy is, but this region is crowded and streets are narrow and frequently one-way. The train from Sorrento to Naples is inexpensive and a great way to get to the Naples Archaeological Museum and both of these amazing sites in the shadow of Vesuvius. An eruption left us a marvelously preserved picture of life in Ancient Italian culture. People were frozen in the moments of their deaths, some encased in stone and others turned to stone by immense heat and ash. Their belongings and homes were sealed away from the ravaging of time and the results are both astonishing, somber, and beautiful. For more detail or if you have been living under a rock and do not know about these already, read more about Pompeii and Herculaneum here.
4. Ride the Amalfi Coast: I realize that most people would suggest driving the Amalfi Coast, but there are 2 reasons we do not. Number 1: this is the epitome of stop-and-go driving most of the year, and number 2: the driver will miss out on the amazing views while he stresses about the aggressive drivers. Hiring a car alleviates all but the delay which can be made quite delightful by frequents selfie stops and “authentic” touristy music. If you choose to visit only by land, we suggest seeing Ravello and Amalfi the first day and backtracking to Positano for the night, but the itinerary has you doing a different route.
4. Take the ferry to Positano: If the weather is good, this is our preferred way to get around the Amalfi Coast. Bring a lot of photo memory and leave early so you can enjoy the shopping dining, and maybe even a hike on the Path of the Gods. Also, you might want to look for sea glass and pottery here, as it is plentiful.
6. Take a tour to Capri and see the Blue Grotto and more: This is the way most people see Capri, and it usually hits the highlights. Since this is about Sorrento, I suggest it in the itinerary below. However, we chose to stay there and were glad we did. Bear wrote a Capri Guide that expands on this. So read that here and consider more time in Capri.
1.Relax in the hot springs of Ischia: I have to admit that we missed this one. A combination of schedule and price made this a strategic “save-for-next-time” thing. Negombo comes highly suggested and looks idyllic for those who do have the time and money.
In a Perfect World Itinerary for Sorrento and the Campania Region of Italy
Day 1: Arrive via Naples or Rome and Visit the Naples Archaeological Museum and have some pizza at L’Antica Pizzaria da Michele (Supposedly the oldest pizzeria in the birthplace of pizza) before taking the train to Sorrento, which will be our base for all 6 nights. The museum is amazing! Plan at least 4 hours here, even if you are not a big reader. You will probably get to Sorrento just in time for Dinner which traditionally takes 2-3 hours. So, find a great place and spoil yourself before getting a good night sleep.
Day 2: If weather permits, get one of your ferry days in early. Take the early ferry to Capri. There is no better place to experience the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Take a tour around the Island that goes into the Blue Grotto. Then spend the rest of the day on top of the Island at Anacapri. (Second mention of Bear’s Blog)
Day 3: Spend your morning shopping. Buy wine and limoncello for a couple nights but save your leather and other major buying for a literal rainy day when the owners tend to bargain more. See what the prices are for things you might want and where they are most competitive. Have something ample for lunch and catch a train to Herculaneum early afternoon. Herculaneum is the smaller of the two sites, but it is also the most up-close-and-personal, which is a good and bad thing (please do not carve penises into the walls like so many other idiots did). Then head back for dinner, check tomorrow’s weather and book a driver for tomorrow.
Day4: Ride early to Amalfi and enjoy the heat of the day in the Mediterranean and sipping coctails on the beach before heading for a sunset dinner in Ravello. Amalfi is a great place to relax and soak up the sun, and Dinner in Ravello offers stunning views and less crowds.
Day 5: Take a morning train to Pompeii. Between the expansive site and the museum, you can easily spend a whole day here and just be able to get back in time for another long, enjoyable Italian dinner.
Day 6: Take the earliest ferry possible to Positano and walk as much of the Path of the Gods as you can comfortably do. The views are amazing. Then head back for a late lunch at one of the great restaurants on the beach in Positano. Spending your last night here would be a great idea if you have a little extra cash, and the sunsets are out of this World.
Day 7: Head back to Sorrento by car or ferry and do the rest of your shopping, if you haven’t already. Their deals on leather bags and leather jackets are amazing if you bargain well. Then head to your next destination. May I suggest Sicily or Florence.
This plan counts on good weather to accomplish all that we suggested. It may be in your best interest to extend it like we did to 9 days and book a night in Positano and one in Capri. This will be more expensive, but it was worth it to us. We stayed in AirBNBs, which I will suggest to you if you travel with a group of like to cook for yourself regularly. Feel free to message us on Facebook or Instagram for our choices.
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Not the least interesting man in the World; Turtle is a Coast Guard Veteran, Maya archaeologist, museum curator, and world traveler. His passions for culture, history, preservation, and the welfare of people drives his desire to travel widely and share his travels for the inspiration of others, like yourself.