I have just returned from a holiday trip to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. One day I took the train to Herculaneum, but I will leave this for my next blog.
The centre of Sorrento is the Piazza Tasso which is filled with tourists taking in the views and relaxing in the cafés. There are some very good restaurants and the food is delicious. One of the nicest, with a Michelin star, is L’Antica Trattoria, which has been in the same family since the 1930s It is a romantic place to take your lady and dine under a vine covered pergola, but very pricey. The Marina Grande, down steep steps to the sea shore, has several restaurants owned by fisherman and their families and they are cheaper than in town, a lovely place to watch the world go by and see the stunning sunsets.
I also went to Capri which is completely packed with tourists and has many expensive designer shops, but Anacapri is lovely and more laid back. There is a church there, San Michele Church, which has a spectacular 12th Century hand painted mosaic floor which depicts the story of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and many exotic animals and plants.
St Anthony is the patron saint of Sorrento and the Basilica is beautiful with marble columns from ancient buildings of Greek-Roman age.
I also visited Bimonte, a jewellery shop specialising in hand carved cameos. It is the oldest cameo shop, having been handed down from father to son. It has the most incredible cameos of all shapes and sizes depicting mythological figures.
Another boat trip was to Positano which is lovely to see as you approach it, with the coloured houses rising up the cliffs.
My next holiday trip will be to Australia from 13 October back in the shop on 15 November.
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