We visited Sorrento in May of this year and stayed at Hotel Capri. It was literally a few minutes from the centre of Sorrento which was great. The hotel only serves breakfast, and doesn't offer dinner, which is a real shame because the dining room is lovely and could quite easily cope with dinner. The food was very good and the service the same. There was a waiter who was on every day we were there who had an extremely high pitched voice and was a little bit OCD - there were dishes and dishes of cakes, rolls etc and whenever anybody took anything from the dishes he would whisk them away and replace what had been removed. However,he was a lovely man and we couldn't fault the service.
All of the staff were helpful and went out of their way to help where they could. I dropped and broke my foundation bottle and the receptionist advised me where to go to replace it and how much it should cost. She was spot on.
Our room was very comfortable. Our only complaint would be that the air con wasn't on - because we went in May, this is still the cold season for the Italians, even though the temperature was between 27 and 30 most days. We found it very hot but they were walking round in jackets, scarves and hats!
We had a Thompson guide available in our hotel most evenings and booked some of our trips through him. The walk about round Sorrento on the first morning is a must. You get your bearings and are taken to some lovely restaurants and places you probably wouldn't visit otherwise. We decided to book to go on a mini busy trip round the Amalfi Coast which was beautiful and although a bit expensive, very worthwhile. Being in the mini bus was much better than being high up in a full size coach - it's very hairy driving along the mountain roads and didn't seem so bad in the mini bus.
We took a guided tour to Capri and also to Vesuvius. We had heard so much about Capri and were quite disappointed when we got there. It is so commercialised and May isn't the busy season, so would hate to be there later in the year. It really is very pretty, but very expensive. Our guide did take us to a lovely restaurant for lunch though and got us a special deal.
The trip to Vesuvius was amazing. Went on a mini bus to the bottom of the volcano and then transferred to an ex army vehicle which was huge and had no suspension - all part of the experience. It takes you so far up and then it's on foot. Very high, very hot and very worth it!
We were walking above the clouds a lot of the time, which suited me as I'm not good with heights, but when we got to the summit it was as clear as a bell around the crater. Included in this trip was lunch at a vineyard. Four or five courses with wine at every course. You can't really describe what the volcano is like, you have to go.
We decided to do Pompeii and Herculaneium on our own. The train service is very good and cheap, so we had no worries about getting there. Interesting to, as buskers get on and off so there's entertainment.
I preferred Pompeii, my partner liked Herculaneium. Both have their merits. One word of advice though - if you do decide to visit either of them, go on a cool day! There's a lot of walking and in the heat it can be uncomfortable. Again, it's hard to describe what it's like seeing these two places and trying to imagine what it was like to live there. Well worth a visit.
When we went out to dinner on Friday night we thought it was busy in the town. It was full of families, children, parents, grandparents. Then we discovered on Friday and Saturday nights they shut the main roads in the town and this is family time. They all come out and have great fun, without the worry of traffic. It was an amazing thing to see and maybe other countries should follow suit.
Lots to do in Sorrento, lovely places to eat and very friendly people. We didn't find it too expensive to eat out and found that most places give big portions.
Would definitely go back and would stay at hotel Capri.
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