Sorrento: 6th April 2015
I was a little bit disappointed with Sorrento. Maybe it was just the poor light and the haze, or it may have been that Portofino was a hard act to follow. Or, maybe it just didn’t tally with the mental picture I’ve had for years.
It’s about an hour’s drive from Naples … normally. But, this was Easter weekend, so it took a good deal longer. After you leave the autostrada, it’s a bit of a white-knuckle ride around the foothills of the mountains, but, for the last bit, a 5 km. long tunnel has recently been opened.
In the centre of the town, there are some lovely old buildings that just shout ‘Italy’, although, on this grey, cloudy day, they weren’t really seen at their best. Neither is the view over the Bay of Naples, which seems rather ordinary in these conditions.
Off the main Tasso Square are narrow streets, where high-class boutiques rub shoulders with souvenir shops, and places where they sell more everyday stuff. Like fruit; I couldn’t believe the size of those lemons. I thought at first they were grapefruit … but they’re even bigger than that.