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Sorrento For An Hour Or Two

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September 16, 2011

Sorrento

Walking along Corso Italia

Campania, Italy

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We arrived in Sorrento from Praiano in an hour and thirty minutes. We boarded the Sita Bus at the Praiano Bus stop and bid our goodbyes to the Amalfi coast.

Upon arriving, we decided to do a little bit of sight-seeing for an hour or two around Sorrento before hopping on the Circumvesuviana to Naples, then onwards to Rome.

Corso Italia

Corso Italia is Sorrento’s main shopping area. You see leather goods from bags to shoes for sale. Fresh fruits and vegetables. There are silk scarves, kitchen towels and various trinkets to pick up to serve as memorabilia.

By The Cathedral

You will reach the cathedral as you walk along Corso Italia. You’ll then hear a buzz. The buzz of people talking and spoons and forks scratching on plates. There are restaurants right in front of it.  We were a bit hungry already but decided not to have lunch there. Too many tourists.

view from my table

Since it’s always better to enjoy food with nice ambiance and few people, we decided to walk around until we saw a panini bar. There were more locals here which was better.

a window

There is something about the “light” in Italy. It brings out the warmth in everything it touches.

Walking Around Positano

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September 14, 2011

Positano

Amalfi Coast

Campania, Italy

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breath taking view

As soon as you get down the Sita bus, the view instantly takes your breath away.

zooming vespa

As you start walking through the meandering road, you get to feel how pleasant Positano really is.

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You pass by quaint shops selling ceramics.

Coat and Tie

 ‘Twas a surprise actually, after all Positano is a resort town.

Then again, this is Italy.

You pass by art displayed on its walls.

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Il Scalinatelle

Upon reaching Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta di Positano and braving the stairs,  you hear the waves rush unto the shore.

relaxing by Spiaggia Grande

Then we found a spot in Positano heaven.

Spiagga La Gavitella

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Spiaggia La Gavitella

Praiano

Amalfi Coast

Campania, Italy

Chiesa di San Gennaro

Deciding to explore Praiano, with some help from Laura and the ceramic copula, we found ourselves in Chiesa di San Gennaro. Around here we found an arrow leading to Spiagga La Gavitella. Since it was almost sunset we decided to follow the arrow and find La Gavitella.

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watching the sunset at La Gavitella

mode of transportation

On our way back up to Piazza di San Gennaro

Getting to La Gavitella involved alot of stairs. ALOT! More stairs than that of LaPraia. If you are not decided to go all the way, like some tourists, it’s better to go back as long as you don’t go beyond the half way mark.

La Gavitella enjoys the sun the entire day, thus this is a nice venue to watch it set.

La Gavitella doesn’t have a beach. You jump straight into the water from the stone ledge.

Some people take boat trips around the area. It’s easier than the stairs.

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Chili left to dry in the summer sun

Walking through the the residential area, you see many reflections of the culture. Such as chili left to dry in the sun and poems written on ceramic tiles (click here to be brought to that blog).

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the lights are out, ready for the coming fiesta

Mama, bambino y nonna

Making our way to Piazza di San Gennaro, we decided to sit down and relax before moving on. We enjoyed watching the locals who were evidently fired up for the upcoming fiesta.

A round of applause rang throughout the piazza when the light bulbs were lit.

A few more days to go and it was fiesta time.

Too bad we left the next day.

To Spiagga La Praia and back

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To Spiagga La Praia and back

Spiaggia La Praia

Praiano

Amalfi Coast

Campania, Italy

Cholo

Walking down to Spiagga La Praia

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You see the occasional water fountain

If you're thirsty, it's safe to drink.

A ceramic altar of San Luca

hanging out in one of the steps

Walking the alley ways and back streets affords you to see many things that bring the community to life. Even if you don’t see a lot of people, you get a sense of who they are.

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An Italian man roasting under the sun.

On their way fishing

dry docked for the day

Spiagga La Praia is describe to be a “lonely” beach because of its relatively small size. It’s scenic location and the fact that it has a beach (in comparison to La Gavitella which doesn’t have one) makes up for the “loneliness”.

During the day locals and tourist alike flock here for a little R n R.

Some spend their lunch break roasting under the sun.

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walking up the stairs, the first among many.

Let the arrows guide your way

Walking back up to the hotel can be quite a work out. The key here is to take it all in stride.

Torre Asciola : Mostra d’Arte

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Torre Asciola

Praiano

Amalfi Coast

Campania, Italy

Mosta d'Arte

This was the sign we saw at the gates of Torre Asciloa that intrigued Cholo and I.

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Torre Asciola

We decided to venture inside not knowing if it was open to public. I was getting a little tense becasue I didn’t want to be charged with trespassing in a foreign country.

“Don’t be crazy!” he says. “It’s an art school.”

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The Artist : Paolo Sandulli

We were met by Signore Paolo Sandulli. After the initial introductions, he showed us around his work shop.

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An Art Installation by Paolo Sandulli

This was quite nice.

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the rabbit

Here’s the other king of this domain.