A week in Sorrento, Italy

A street in Sorrento

A street in Sorrento

A street in Sorrento

A street in Sorrento

Fruit in Sorrento

Fruit in Sorrento

La Plaza Hotel Rooftop Pool

La Plaza Hotel Rooftop Pool

Inside Sorrento Cathedral

Inside Sorrento Cathedral

Earrings hanging outside of a shop in Sorrento

Earrings hanging outside of a shop in Sorrento

One of Sorrento's many ice cream parlours

One of Sorrento’s many ice cream parlours

Flowers in Sorrento

Flowers in Sorrento

Eating lasagne in Sorrento

Eating lasagne in Sorrento

The ruins of Pompeii

The ruins of Pompeii

Boats at Capri

Boats at Capri

Sorrento bay at twilight

Sorrento bay at twilight

Drinking Prosecco in Sorrento

Drinking Prosecco in Sorrento

Walking through the streets of Ravello

Walking through the streets of Ravello

Looking out at the Amalfi coast

Looking out at the Amalfi coast

You may have noticed from my introductory post that I’ve just travelled to the beautiful place that is Sorrento in Italy. We (me and two of my lovely friends) decided to stay at the Plaza hotel which is just a stone’s throw from the main piazza, so we had plenty of restaurants and shops on our doorstep. Perfect.

We checked in to our hotel, popped up to our room via the lift, unlocked our door and there we were – home for the week. However, within literally 30 seconds of entering our hotel room I was chasing a cockroach with a plastic cup! (Very brave I know! It was a real fight or flight moment!) …aside from that initial little blip, our hotel was lovely, honest! It’s a modern hotel with clean white lines, which is unusual for Italy as most hotels are quite traditional.

The Sorrento streets were full of life (and many scooters, so watch your step!), every turn you took would take you down another small street lined with restaurants, ice cream parlours and little shops.

We had a very busy week discovering the bustling streets of the town, visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Isle of Capri and the stunning Amalfi coast. Pompeii was so vast and it was amazing to see the place in the flesh, it’s chilling to think what happened to the town and its people all those years ago. We also made a visit to Herculaneum, which is a smaller, less well-known, yet better preserved version of Pompeii.

The Isle of Capri was lovely, however, here is a word of warning – don’t sit inside a hydrofoil boat! Now I’m the type of person who enjoys rollercoasters, loves flying and I’ve been on many boats in my time, but this was the first boat to make me feel sick. Very sick. Let’s just say it was quite obvious that the people around us weren’t too pleased with the trip too… We didn’t see that much of Capri, probably because we were more focused on how we were getting back – the first thing we did was book our tickets back to ensure we were on an open top boat! Capri was lovely though from what we did see, very pretty.

Later in the week we booked ourselves onto the Thomson Amalfi Drive coach trip, and we’re so pleased that we did. The views were beautiful! We made stops in towns of Amalfi, Scala and Ravello. In Amalfi, we were given the chance to go on a boat trip, which gave us the chance to look back on Italy’s coastline from the sea. It really was a great little road trip, I’d definitely recommend it.

On the last night we headed up to the hotel’s roof terrace to take in the views of Sorrento by night. I treated myself to a strawberry daiquiri and as I gazed at the stars above I was lucky enough to see a shooting star! It was a bittersweet night, as it was so lovely yet we knew we had to come home the next day.

So to sum things up…what a fantastic holiday we had! I’d highly recommend a trip to Sorrento and the surrounding area. A few favourites from the holiday…

Favourite quote from an Italian man: “In Italy we don’t say ‘ooh, ahh’ we say… mumma mia!!”

My apparent favourite phrase of the holiday: “Thingy ma jiggy thing”

Favourite meals: 1) Fillet steak with porcini mushrooms 2) Cannelloni 3) Lasagne made with meatballs topped with aubergine

Favourite restaurant: Meating – found in a back street just a few metres walk from the main piazza, here you will find delicious steaks cooked to perfection, lovely staff and a few free delicious extras thrown in too. Sit downstairs if you wish to hear a little live background music whilst eating your meal.

Outfit featured: Dress – Primark (old), Hat – Next, Sandals – George at Asda (old), Bag – Mantaray (same style, different colour) Click here to find out more about the Plaza hotel in Sorrento, which we booked through Thomson.

Amanda x

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