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Trip List by quasargal

Sorrento A fantastic destination for culture vultures and designer shoppers

May 1, 2006  Our 6th visit and still more to see
4.5 of 5 stars based on 11 votes

All the places to visit to soak up ancient history and the best designer shops in the world shops

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  • 1. Grand Hotel De La Ville
    Grand Hotel De La Ville, Sorrento, Province of Naples
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    Avg price: $336

    A great hotel with personal service and friendly staff. Excellent and varied food and a warm welcome.This Easter was our fourth time at this terrific hotel. Since my visit in July last year it just got better. Staff were brilliant as always. Gaetano on reception is a big cuddly bear. Enzo the Maitre d' and Carmine his colleague are Italian charm personified. Our room overlooked the Bay of Naples . We went out and about to Capri and even braved the chair lift to the highest point of Capri. The views were fantastic. Went to visit the Royal Palace at Caserta and the battlefield of Monte Cassino. Our treat of lunch at Delphino's in nearby Marina Grande was rounded off nicely by a spell on their sunbeds. Sorrento's charms never fade and the weather was great for Easter. One rainy day the rest like summer. Art lovers should check out the art gallery in the courtyard of the church of the Madonna del Carmine as Francesco always has a good selection of original artwork and a resident artist working whilst you browse. Give him Brenda's regards if you go in.

  • 2. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    Capri's charms never fade. Good tip is to buy a Day ticket when you arrive in the harbour. this entitles you to as many funicular rides and bus rides as you like all day. It costs 6.50 euros.Then when you leave the island you take your ticket back to the ticket office and get 1 euro refund. How great is that.

  • 3. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    Another good tip is as soon as you leave the funicular is to walk down to the right and get on a bus up to Anacapri as the buses get very crowded later. Using your day ticket as in above to get on it and when you arrive make your way to the chair lift which is 50 yards from the square and take a trip up Monte Solara to the highest point of Capri. The views are fantastic.

  • 4. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    On arriving in Anacapri go up the steps and turn left towards the Villa San Michele. About 100 yards up the street you will come on the left hand side to the shop of Limoncello Di Capri. This wonderful lemon flavoured liqueur was first made here and is definitely the best in the world. Vivica Canale's family invented it and now supply the world with this nectar of the gods. Say hello to Vivica from Brenda.

  • 5. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    Further down the same street go arrive at the Villa San Michele. This was the home of Axel Munthe a Swedish Doctor who lived in the 19th century. He arrived in Capri on a fishing boat when he was 18 and it became his dream to build a house on Capri. At 23 he became the youngest person ever to become a doctor in Paris. He wrote a book about his life and the building his house called the Story of San Michele which became an international best seller and was translated into 57 languages. The house and garden is just wonderful and the views from the terraces cannot be beaten. It is a wonderful oasis of calm and beauty. When he died it was left to the people of Sweden to be a place where young people could fulfil their dreams. Axel Munthe was a great conservationist and lover of birds and was responsible to stopping the trapping of wild songbirds on the Island.

  • 6. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    The next sight to see in Anacapri is the little church of San Michele. Go back to the square and take the path down to the left, not the main road. Eventually you come to the Chiesa di San Michele which is off to the right. Here for the payment of 1 euro you get to see the most beautiful ceramic floor in the world which tells the story of the Garden of Eden. Climb the tiny spiral staircase to view it from above. Splendid!

  • 7. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    Catch the bus to Marina Piccolo and here you will find the Rock of the Sirene. These were the sirens that lured sailors to their doom with their enchanted singing and Odysseus stuffed his crews ears with wax and had himself tied to the mast to resist ther calling. Gracie Field the English singer and film star built a house in the tiny resort which you can still visit called La Canzone del Mar (The song of the Sea)

  • 8. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    Return on the bus to Capri town for some serious shopping. All the most famous designers have shops in Capri town and you can shop til you drop. A word of caution though - do not have a coffee in the Piazetta by the clock tower as you will need a bank loan to pay for it. Ask if you are in the Piazetta before you order.

  • 9. Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    One last attraction off the beaten track. The Gardens of Augustus have wonderful views but are packed with people. Instead of turning right to go the gardens turn left and go into the grounds of La Certosa. This was a monastery and a short walk through the gardens brings you to a series of viewpoints where you will hardly ever meet another tourist. The monastery is also interesting if it is open with a strange and wonderful collection of paintings incuding a spooky one of the Sirene