|Photo: Taken from an overpass while on the bus, the view is of buildings on either side of steep cliffs, with a road between them which leads out to the beautiful light blue waters of the sea|
Sorrento was a brief stop on our tour, but we had enough time to walk around town a bit (and buy some conditioner, as oh-so-organized me packed two bottles of shampoo instead of one shampoo and one conditioner--and yes, it took me this long into our trip to notice!) and make our way down to the water. Sorrento sits on the Gulf of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is part of the Mediterranean Sea.
The water was stunningly beautiful, and as we caught a glimpse of it from the bus, we knew we wanted to make the hike down to the sea.
Once we departed the bus, we started meandering through the town to find the way down to the sea. We were there in the later part of January, and were surprised to see Christmas decorations still up in the town plaza. We were even more surprised to notice that the decorations were Disney characters. I guess it truly is a small world after all!
|Photo: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, (and a barely-visible Donald Duck--to the far right--and Goofy--behind Mickey) stand in a grassy area among palm trees in Sorrento, Italy|
We continued wandering until we found an overlook of the Gulf of Naples. We still needed to find the way down.
|Photo: A panoramic view looking down on the Gulf of Naples, and the winding road that leads to the water. The buildings of Sorrento line the steep coast line.|
We finally found a steep path of stone stairs that led us to the water's edge.
|Photo: Old stone steps, with mossy stone walls on either side, lead from the main town of Sorrento down to the blue water of the sea|
The hike down (and even back up!) was worth the views.
|Photo: (My favorite view!) John smiles toward the camera, as he stands by the sea.|
As much as I enjoyed the many museums and historical sites we encountered in Italy, I loved the stops in smaller places, too, where the focus is on nature itself. Next week, I'll share some photos of Positano. (The fact that we were there during the off-season is not lost on me. I imagine that the experience might have been very different if we had been there with crowds of people.)
What kinds of vacations do you enjoy? Are you more comfortable in busy cities, or do you prefer quiet spots in nature?