Sorrento

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Sorrento

We got a late start – Aviva’s eye is swollen every morning and she needs to ice it after breakfast so she can open it fully. At least it doesn’t hurt her.

We got directions from a cab driver to the dock at Beverello so we could get a hydrofoil to Sorrento. The ride took about 30 minutes and was very nice and pretty smooth.

The dock in Sorrento

The dock in Sorrento

We took a cab up the mountainside to the city – the city is way way up on a cliff.

This may give you an idea of how far up the city is above the water - those are people way down there!

This may give you an idea of how far up the city is above the water - those are people way down there!

We started at the Museo Correale di Terranova. This was a large palazzo turned into an art gallery. They have one painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. They also have a number of sculptures and a board game popular in the 1700’s that was eventually banned due to gambling.

An old 8x10 view camera

An old 8x10 view camera

A bust of one of the contessa's that owned the villa

A bust of one of the contessa's that owned the villa

A gambling game board that was eventually banned

A gambling game board that was eventually banned

After a bit of shopping, we had lunch at a place suggested by the owner of a wood shop (marquetry (sp?) is one of the specialities here), La Basilica at Via Sant’ Antonio, next to the Basilica. After lunch we walked around and shopped, stopping occasionally to have a gellato or pop.

Excelsior Vittoria

Excelsior Vittoria

On the way out I took a picture of the southern shore at Sorrento in the sunset – this shows how really high the city is above the water, and the interesting caves carved into the mountainsides.

The southern part of Sorrento from the dock

The southern part of Sorrento from the dock

The hydrofoil back was uneventful. We stopped at a little bar to get pop and water for the room, and we walked by a number of street dogs (Aviva wanted to feed them and I urged her not to do that – we both love dogs and seeing them living on the streets is very unpleasant).

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