|View from Piazza Tasso in Sorrento|
|View from room of Hotel Giosue al Mare|
After departing from Pompeii, our tour continued to the Sorrento region of Italy, known for its high cliffs, lemon groves and views of the Gulf of Naples. As I looked at our itinerary before we departed, I realized that this would be a more relaxing, laid back portion of the trip and that this is exactly what we would need after fast-paced visits of Venice and Florence and before our even faster-paced visit of Rome. On our way to Sorrento, Antonio stopped along one of these cliffs so we could exit the bus and take pictures of Naples. As we arrived in the Sorrento, we were taken to the town center for individual exploration and shopping. My wife and I decided to enjoy a snack at a restaurant just off the Piazza Tasso (named after the poet Torquato Tasso) as most students went exploring and shopping. After completing the explorations and shopping, Antonio drove the bus to a drop-off location, high above our hotel for the evening. Luckily, Gesualdo had instructed us to pack a carry-on bag for the night so that we did not have to carry our luggage on the 1/2 mile hike down to the hotel, and more importantly, so we did not have to carry back of the hill the next day. The setting for Hotel Giosue al Mare was by far the most picturesque setting of our trip. Overlooking the Gulf of Naples, we could admire the high cliffs of the Sorrento region. We ate dinner on an outside patio as we watched the sun set over the gulf.
|Statue on rock along the coast welcoming visitors to Capri|
|Grotto along coast of Capri|
|Faraglioni rock formations of Capri|