After 2 days in Paris & 5 days in Rome we were headed to Sorrento.
You can read my TR from Paris here: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187147-i14-k54241…
And the one from Rome here: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187791-i22-k54241…
We took the train from Rome to Naples. Once in Naples we had to switch train to go to Sorrento. I had a rough idea on how to buy those tickets & I knew we had to catch the train at a lower level. While I was trying to orient myself, a man approached my husband & asked him if he was going to Sorrento. When he said yes, the man said “hurry, hurry, the express train leaves in 10 minutes, follow me”. My husband called me over all proud that he had found someone to help & we started following this man almost running. He first brought us to a counter that had a line. He kept looking at his watch saying “Hurry if you miss the express, the next train stops everywhere & takes a long, long time!” He cut to the front of the line & spoke to the agent who gave him 2 tickets. He showed us the price on the ticket (8 Euros/ea) & asked us for $. We gave it to him, he in turn went back to the counter & gave it to the agent. He grabbed one of my bags & started walking so fast he was almost running. We followed him through a long corridor, down an escalator. At that point he tried to also grabbed one of my husband’s bag but there was no way he was going to let go of the bag as we were more & more suspicious of that man. We finally got to a platform that said Sorrento. We were relieved. We thanked him & handed him a couple Euros as a tip. He said “No, dieci (10)”. My husband handed him another 2 Euros. He insisted “Dieci”. We looked at each other & decided that he had been very helpful & we would certainly had missed the express train if he wouldn’t have helped us, so I handed him 10 Euros. He turned towards my husband “Dieci” . Now he wanted 10 from each of us. My husband looked at him with a firm “no” & a look that said “Don’t push your luck Buddy!” He got it, smiled & walked away.
We barely got on the train as it was so crowded. It was standing room only & we were stuffed like sardines. As soon as the train left we looked up at the sign that shows all the stops. Surprise, surprise, we had 34 stops before our destination. This was not tan Express train at all. We had been scammed! We laughed as we realized we could have saved 10Euros but it was a small price to experience another exciting adventure. We don't even know if there's such a thing as an express train.
We arrived in Sorrento about 1:15hr later. I had the directions to walk to our Hotel (15-20min) but it was raining & the directions looked a bit tricky so since we had all of our luggage we decided to take a Taxi.
I had made reservations with the Ulisse Deluxe Hostel. It was only 50Euros/night & had great reviews. My husband was skeptical. Because of the price & the word “Hostel” in the name, he was afraid I had picked a dump. It turns out to be pretty nice. The room was not luxurious but it was pretty big, clean & the bed, although very hard, was very comfortable.
By this time we were starving. Most of the restaurants close at 3pm between lunch & dinner. It was already 2:15pm so we picked a place only about 5 min walk away. The place was beautiful & we had a pretty nice lunch. We tried fried artichokes & that was a bust. We would not have that again but the pastas although not memorable were good.
We walked a bit further down the main street & decided to sit outside at Fauno Bar so we could have a drink while my husband smoked. This place was really cool. With each round of drinks they brought us complimentary delicious olives, peanuts, cookies & chips. This was a great spot for people watching, being out of the rain & playing cards.
The rain had briefly stopped so we decided to adventure ourselves down to the Marina Grande. Once we got away from the main square we felt like we owned the streets, there was no one else in site. It was kind of sad in a way because it felt like a small fishing village dying because there were no tourists. The cobbled stone streets were really narrow. It had a really charming & eerie feeling all at the same time. The Marina was deserted. We found the restaurant we had heard was good, Delfinos. Fortunately, it was open but no one else was there. Dinner was expensive & a bit disappointing. Maybe the combination of the gloomy weather & the fact that we were the only one in the place kind of made us feel strange. Nothing was bad but just not up to our expectations. The service was excellent though & very friendly.
We had a very steep climb to get back to our Hotel but we needed the exercise after all that pasta :-)
The next 2 days coming soon.