Sorrento 2006



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To celebrate my 60th birthday on 21st September 2006, my wife Gill arranged a visit to Sorrento in Italy where I had last been at the age of 14 with my parents.

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30 September - We Stroll Around Sorrento

The view from across the road at the hotel.

The Villa Garden Hotel. Our ground floor room is in the middle of the picture.

The streets of Sorrento


The Bay


To my amazement the Hotel Continental where I stayed with my parents some 46 years previously had not changed. We learned that Italian law does not allow the facade of a building to change but behind it was an all new hotel.





Back at the hotel looking out from the entrance

1 October - Guided Tour Around Sorrento

The Societa Operaia Working Men's Club!

This is a flat wall!

Cafe Latino

Ristorante 'O Parrucchiano

Church of St Francis of Assisi


In the grounds of The Foreigner's Club - open to all

Marina Piccola

Marina Piccola

Marina Piccola

Our hotel lounge


2 October - Along the Amalfi Coast

The coast road itself had hardly changed in the forty six years since I had last seen it but they have to manage the traffic a bit more now. Then all traffic went in both directions and at times it was entertaining seeing two lorries or coaches pass each other. The skill of the drivers was, and still is, amazing. They pass almost literally down to the last inch to spare. The coaches are now restricted to travelling north to south and then returning on the motorway. Local lorries still use the road but main road traffic is now on the motorway.

If you want to do the trip both ways other than in a car, then the bus service travels in both directions but it does get a bit busy! By coach, get one that starts early in the morning as that makes the whole day better.

The town of Amalfi


Do take a boat trip along the coast as well!


Villa Rufolo - Don't miss a walk around here


Some of these pictures were taken through a coach window, hence the reflection.


3 October - Herculaneum

From our balcony


Another view from the hotel entrance, Mount Vesuvius in the background


It was all too much!


4 October

No pictures today! Some more strolling around Sorrento, then a day of rest, reading, listening to music, lazing around the pool.

5 October - Ischia

You either visit Ischia or Capri if your time is limited. The Italians choose Ishchia.

Sir William Walton's Garden - A must visit


6 October - Departure Day - From and Around the Hotel

This was the view from our breakfast table!