We had an amazing trip to Italy In early June and didn't go with a tour group. We were amazed at how easy it was to get around on our own time and pace. Sorrento is a beautiful seaside town with hundreds of shops and fabulous restaurants and little grocery stores. The hotel is minutes from the town and provides a shuttle all day and in the evenings for dinner. It's great to have dinner in town with wine and be shuttled back. The rooms are pretty basic but extremely clean and were cleaned daily if you liked. Try to get a seaside room because the view is spectacular. The balcony was lovely and a great place to sit and have a cocktail before dinner or a lovely lunch. Breakfast is included every morning. It is Euro style so mostly cold meats,cheeses, toast muffins and pasteries. You can order two eggs any style cooked if you like. Hot coffee and pots of tea and juices. There is a fridge in the room and saved us a lot of money. We would always take our small duffels in to town and pick up cheeses,olives,salami and amazing bread and crackers for the room. My hubby would pick up cans of beer and a couple of bottles of great inexpensive wine. We always had drinks in the fridge as the bar in the hotel(as everywhere) was more pricey than outside the hotel. There is a fabulous pool area and really large pool with plenty of seating and great on the hot hot days when you wanted a break from travelling. You can have lunch out on the pool terrace. We only had a salad and soup there but they make the best mushroom soup I've ever tasted. In the bar off the pool you can get cold drinks or a delicious whipped coffee. You could walk in to own distance wise but not safely. There really isn't a lot of room for pedestrians and the cars and scooters whizz by.Yes we did do it once but take the shuttle. You will do plenty of walking in Sorrento. Dinner in the hotel was good and if you chose to stay in it would be OK but going into town was spectacular. I have to shout out the two best restaurants were Il Pozzo and GiaGino. Italian dining at it's finest. Grab a sandwich or pizza anywhere and you can't go wrong. GiaGino has a man making giant calzones in front of you and adding anything you like and bakes them in the stone oven in minutes. These can be taken out an back to the hotel. The ferry docks are seaside in Sorrento and you should take a beautiful boat ride to the Isle of Capri. Ver hard to desribe the beauty of this famous island. There are very high end stores and very average priced stores for everyone. The bus to the top of Anna Capri is an experience in itself or take the funicular to the top of Capri. All restaurants are to die for. Try gelato if you never have and if you love ice cream. The ferry to Capri is about 35 minutes and views are gorgeous and Mount Vesuvious is beautful on a clear day. We went to Pompeii to see the ruins and again easy. There is a train station in Sorrento called the Circuvenzia (maybe spelled wrong) that was sort of like the subway or tube. It was partially above ground and partially below. Very fast and in Pompeii in less than an hour.Worth doing and seeing and we recommend that you get a guide there to explain everything.We all just paid him whatever we wanted when the tour was done. The train is very cheap under 10 Euros return. This train also goes to Naples and that is where the big train station is for trains to Rome and the airport is there. At the small train station you can get a bus to Positano or Amalfi. Positano is about an hour away and is a breathtaking holiday beach town and is better to visit on a weekday to avoid crowds. It's so nice to stay in one place and leave your bags while going on excursions. We were flying back to Canada out of Rome and the hotel called our shuttle and reminded them of our pick up that morning. The coach (bus to Rome ) was about three hours but mostly all on nice big highway. They stop for a bathroom stop and snacks half way. This is a great location on the coast and I would highly recommend it for a comfortable and convenient stay. I would also recommend an night or two in Rome before flying back for 8 or nine hours. Rome is so spectacular! A shout out to Air Transat for this hotel and transfers and the best flights ever.
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