Sorrento is one of those 'must-see' places and the Hotel Ascot is an ideal base from which to take in the fabulous surroundings. Situated at the southernmost end (the best end) of the Corsa Italia, if you take a short walk up the Via Capo it provides you with one of the most stunning and classic views of Sorrento and its coastline. The hotel is on a very busy road close to a very busy junction and so road noise can be loud to say the least, car horns, coaches and scooters creating most of the sounds, but that mustn't put you off because the location is very convenient to all the places you will want to go to. Our room number was 314 and our balcony overlooked the garden and the road. The hotel is better looking than the impression that the holiday brochures give and the rooms are a reasonable size, although maybe a little old fashioned. The evening meals are waiter service only and although the day's menu may seem to be a little limited the food was excellent (all except for a fried fish dish, which I had on the Friday, that gave the impression it had been boiled in batter rather than fried). The pasta dishes are excellent! Because of delays at Manchester airport we didn't arrive at the hotel until midnight when we should have been there for about 8.30 so we wondered whether anything had been laid on for us to eat. We needn't have worried because we were treated to a huge salad meal that was both welcome and tasty. A pity it was so late at night.
As for things to do, we didn't bother with the vastly inflated prices that the holiday reps charge for trips, we did everything ourselves. The railway station in Sorrento is a terminus and from there we headed first to Pompeii, which is remarkable, then to Herculanium, equally remarkable. The daily runabout trip cost us 6.30 euros each, which is excellent value, although the train left a lot to be desired. Admission to both sites costs 11 euros but if you are a senior citizen, with ID, you can get in for nothing. On another day we took the same train to Herculanium station, which was 4.60 euros (or there abouts) for a return ticket where, for 10 euros each, we boarded a minibus that took us to near the summit of Mount Vesuvius. We had to walk the last 1000m to the crater, which was strenuous but well worth it, and we were provided with a walking pole to help us on our way (small gratuity as we handed it back). The travel firms charge up to 70 euros each for a similar excursion! We also took a trip to the Isle of Capri which cost 27.40 euros each and this too was a fabulous experience. Sorrento is fairly expensive but spotlessly clean, unlike Naples its near neighbour. Everybody we came across agreed that Naples is filthy, run-down and stinks so we didn't contemplate going there (except to and from the airport of course). We travelled with Thompson on half-board basis from Manchester for a week mid-September and the wheather couldn't have been better, 75-80 every day. We did so much and saw so much that what we need now is a relaxing holiday because we are exhausted (but fulfilled).
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