September 26th, 2005 by alephnaught
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.
We took a cab up the mountainside to the city – the city is way way up on a cliff.
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.
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.
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 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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