Sorrento is at the southern end of the Circumvesuviana railway line which passes through Pompeii to Naples. First inhabited by the Greeks in 600 BC, it’s a historic city, though there isn’t much left in the way of ancient remains. It was a popular destination on the ‘Grand Tour’ circuit in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and was visited by the likes of Byron and Keats. It’s also the home of the limoncello aperitif,

We’d heard that the Christmas lights in Sorrento were worth seeing, so we decided to set off late morning and stay there until after dark to see the lights. It’s a lovely old town and we spent much of the day just mooching around. We found a great restaurant and had a lovely three course lunch with a bottle of wine.

Later in the afternoon it started to rain, so we took shelter in a bar and treated ourselves to a delicious limoncello (it would have been rude not to!).

Once darkness fell, we went for a walk around the town again to admire the Christmas lights, and they really did look great. Despite the lights, it really was very noticeable that Christmas here is much less commercial than in the UK – the shops aren’t all festooned with decorations and we didn’t hear any Christmas songs blaring out.

Tomorrow we’re having a day off, and will probably just pop into Pompeii new town.



View from the marina…
… and the view over the marina


Carol and Goofy
They have huge lemons here
We’ve seen (and been stuck behind) loads of these small vans while travelling through Italy
Princess waiting for Prince Charming

5 thoughts on “Sorrento”

  1. Beautiful Christmas lights

    ‘Interesting’ fact: those small vans are called Ape (ah-pay). It’s Italian for bee, as in apiary. Just a small scooter engine inside, like a Vespa (which is Italian for wasp)

    I thangew

  2. Mike

    Should have asked earlier but if by chance you come across any ‘Boris Bike’ type schemes on your travels would you mind just getting a picture for me, particularly interested in Greece.



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