Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: Sorrento


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As we sailed into the bay the imposing cliffs of the city of Sorrento came into view. The ship anchored just off the coast and not long after 8 am we were invited to board the tenders for the short journey to the mainland.

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Sorrento is a lovely city and it’s very easy to explore, particularly on foot as many of the streets are pedestrian only filled with tourist shops selling various souvenirs.

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With no set plan we just decided to wander, stopping every now and again to look in the shops. Lemon is the ingredient of choice here and features in everything from olive oil and gelato to sweets and of course the famous limoncello.

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The historic centre is small and doesn’t take long to explore. At the Villa Comunale there are some pretty gardens that were once attached to the cloister of San Francesco.

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Around this area there are some great opportunities to admire the views out to sea and across the Bay of Naples to Mount Versuvio.

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Down below are the small beach clubs with their colourful beach huts, loungers and parasols, where locals and tourists gather to enjoy the sun and swim in the ocean.

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The modern centre of Sorrento is the Piazza Tasso once part of a large ravine that helped defend the city in earlier times. Some surviving parts of the ravine can still be seen at one end of the piazza.

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Having enjoyed exploring Sorrento it was getting near our time to leave, we decided the easiest and quickest way back the harbour was to get the lift down from the Villa Comunale. It cost us a Euro each but was worth it and a better option than the bus.

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We walked back along the waterfront with its beach clubs until we reached the harbour area where our tender was waiting to take us back to the ship.

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The ship sailed at 6 pm and we got some beautiful views of the coastline as we cruised out including the island of Capri.

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Next port of call Portofino

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