Naples, Sorrento and Pompei
Posted on 29th May 2019 at 16:41
Naples, Sorrento and Pompei with Bideford Travel
My short break with Typically Holidays was a very untypical feast for the senses which left me with a love for Italy quote like no other destination I have visited. In just a 2 hour hop from Exeter airport I landed safely and swiftly to the sunshine of Naples Southern Italy. The third largest city in Italy and the birthplace of pizza, it was a bustling metropolis with the contrast of high-rise buildings, lemon and orange lined streets with the dramatic backdrop of Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Our first stop was the Royal Palace in the centre of Naples, where we stopped for the famous Pizza Fritta – an Italian Calzone style pizza which was deep fried and surprisingly delicious! After a half-day city tour- taking in the best historical sites of churches, monasteries, castles and museums and strolling through the endless venetian streets and stopping for a gelato stop, we were on our way to Sorrento.
Just over an hours drive later, we were greeted by the beautiful coastline of Sorrento, with its Italian mansions perched on the edge of dramatic cliff tops and sparkling blue bays, it was an amazing sight. A few pictures from the iconic view point and we were whisked away to our classical and friendly hotel just steps from the towns main Piazza Tasso – central square. The next day and after a hearty continental style breakfast with fresh produce a plenty, we were off to the hills on our Eno gastronomic tour in a small rustic village just 20 minutes out of the town. It began with our energetic guide Claudia taking us on a tour of the vibrant lemon groves where organic limoncello and olive oil are produced, after a few tastings, it was up to the Mozarella making farm via the fun Italian three wheeler ‘ferraris’ which were the best local mode of transport for getting up the narrow country lanes, it was certainly not for the faint-hearted! Once at the top, the view over Sorrento, the islands and Vesuvius were breath taking. The morning ended with a fun-filled pizza making experience which we then got to taste, washed down with a glass of their finest wine.
The final day began with a tour around ancient pompei, well served by the main railway line from Naples to Sorrento, this historical and well funded UNESCO World Heritage site is well worth a visit and tells a story of life in ancient times around every corner. Not for anyone with mobility issues however, but its ancient amphitheatre, preserved potteries and frescoes are a site to behold. All sitting in the backdrop of Vesuvius, its creator. Lunch was taken at nearby Cantina del Vesuvius, an organic vineyard and olive grove with on-site restaurant serving locally produced wines and Napolitan delicacies. The day was nicely finished off with a cocktail in Sorrento’s cosmopolitan shopping streets, laded with leather good, gelaterias and lemon-scented goods.
Typically Holidays offers short B&B breaks to Sorrento including private transfers and a free Limoncello making tour in late October from £599 per person* from Exeter Airport. * Subject to availability
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