Have you thought about going on holiday this year? Have you got somewhere booked or has it already been delayed due to the restrictions? I must admit I have not got anywhere booked but I do love going on holiday and have been thinking of places I have already visited as well as those I wish to travel to.
The first time I went abroad was on my honeymoon. All my holidays growing up had been in hotels or cottages and then as I got a little older we had a family caravan and spent most of the holiday’s in the Yorkshire or Derbyshire Dales.
I can still remember the excitement of getting my first passport and flying from Manchester airport to Naples and then to Sorrento in Southern Italy, a town overlooking the Bay of Naples. I was blown away by how beautiful and cosmopolitan it was. There were cobbled streets, full of cafes and designer boutiques and the faint aroma of limoncello hung in the air. The Piazza Tasso at the centre of town was a hive of activity and surrounded by bustling restaurants and cafes and designer shops with names I had only heard of in magazines.
I was very spoilt for my first holiday abroad as we stayed at the very impressive ‘Hotel Tramontano’ http://www.hoteltramontano.com/en/sorrento-hotel-4-star.html
On arrival to the stunning hotel we were upgraded, due to it being our honeymoon, and was shown to a suite. Downstairs was a large sitting area and through patio doors was a private courtyard. Up stairs was a huge bedroom with a private bathroom and a breath taking view of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. One night there was the most spectacular storm over the bay which was amazing to watch from our bedroom window with the volcano as the backdrop.
Sorrento has so many places to visit and suits most interests. There are plenty of walks, beaches, shopping, and excursions to interest you.
The Emerald Grotto, so called as the water is a beautiful emerald colour, is stunning. There are so many other grottos to explore, all as magical as the next, which are well worth visiting by going on one of the many boat trips that visit the grottos. There seem to be many different tours of variable costs and so do your research before booking.
A visit along the Amalfi coast, through Positano is another absolute must to see the stunning views and the equally stunning homes of the rich and famous. I can still remember the feeling of a perilous journey going along all the twists and turns you really do feel like you are in a 1950’s movie.
Here are a few links of places to visit if using Sorrento as your base
Capri was a special visit for me as I had grown up with hearing and watching ‘Gracie Fields’ who moved and lived in Capri, in her later life until her death in 1979. Gracie Fields was a British singer, actress and comedian from Rochdale in Lancashire, UK and became the highest paid film star in1937 and was star of the beloved star of the stage and screen. Gracie loved the Island of Capri so much that she created the Islands most fabulous Lido, still there today https://www.lacanzonedelmare.com/en/index
We took the ferry over from Sorrento to Capri, which is around twenty minutes. The sea had calmed by the time we returned and the trip back from Capri was a lot smoother than the trip to!! We were in Sorrento at Easter time and so the weather was very warm but changeable. It can get very hot in the summer and the waters are probably more calmer than on my journey!
Shopping in Italy is fabulous whether you are window shopping or purchasing. Items to look out for are the wonderful products made from lemons including limoncello. the second most popular liqueur in Italy after Campari, leather goods, jewellery and of course Italian ice cream!!
Writing this blog post has reminded me how much I loved visiting Sorrento and would love the opportunity to return and see how much the area has, or has not, changed! .
Have you visited Sorrento and what are your opinions on the area. Is there a must see or do in the area that you can share?
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
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