As you all know, me and Kay have recently returned from a trip to Italy. We spent 2 weeks in Sorrento, with 4 days in Rome. The holiday nearly got cancelled due to my car being damaged a few days before we went and nearly put the mockers on the whole thing. You all know the story of the repair of the beast now so I wont go into detail on that except to say that without the help and support of all those involved in the repair of the car and their unstinting selflessness and generosity, there's no way we could have enjoyed this holiday that took so long to save for, so this post is also a tribute to you guys
We arrived in sorrento on friday afternoon at La Pergola Hotel, it's a fairly small hotel owned by a chap named Massimo who has a gorgeous Black Alfa Spider...Nice hotel, clean and functional rooms, fantastic food, **** beer and unusal for Italy a nice pool. All the staff were amazing, so friendly and really couldn't do enough for you.
Spent a couple of days wondering around Sorrento, then ventured onto a train up to Pompei for our first visit there. It's an amazing place, blinking huge though! Never bother with doing Pompei on an excursion with a tour company, you will only see a tiny fraction of what it has to offer. We took 2 days to wonder round and still couldn't see everything, so you'd have no chance with the couple of hours you get on a tour.
Next we jumped on a train again up to Rome this time, stayed in a basic hotel a stone's throw from the Vatican (don't try throwing stones at the vatican though, cos the Swiss Guard will shoot you). Spent the next day looking around the vatican museum (it's friggin huge) taking in such masterpieces as Rafael's Stanza and the Sistine Chappel. Then we popped next door to St. Peter's Square and Basillica, anoher truly awesome place. The artwork and arcitecture is astonishing.
Following day we went for the biggie, Rome, it might not have been built in a day, but me and Kay walked all over it and saw just about every single important sight there is to see in a day! Boy did our feet know it after!
A day of rest (yeah right), travelling back down to Sorrento followed. Part 2 of our trip around Pompei, a trip to Herculaneum which is smaller but better preserved than Pompei and eventually a life long ambition of mine was fulfilled with a walk up Mount Vesuvius.
Took nearly 400 photos in the end but here's a small selection of them, in no particular order:
The Sorrento coast
The Forum in Pompei with Vesuvius in the background
The small theatre in Pompei
View from our balcony in Sorrento
Leacun (sp?) in the Vatican
La pietre (Michaelangelo)
Four rivers fountain Rome