After all of the fun and excitement that a week in sunny Sorrento had brought our way, we decided that we wanted to spend our last day soaking up the sun, relaxing and making the most of the time we had left there….
On our last morning we woke surprising early given our late night at the wedding the day before, packed up our backpacks and headed for breakfast in the hotel restaurant before catching the shuttle into Sorrento. Our first port of call was Cafe Latino on the Corso Italia to meet up and say goodbye to the rest of the wedding party. Cafe Latino is a beautiful garden in the centre of Sorrento where you can while away the hours in the sun or shade enjoying large mugs of delicious coffee, amazing milkshakes and wonderful pastries. After spending a little time rehydrating from the night before, chatting and laughing we parted ways with everyone and headed down towards the seafront.
We wound our way down the impressive cliff face, taking in the amazing views of the Bay of Naples on our way down to the Marina Piccola. Marina Piccola is the main beach area in Sorrento, just a stones throw from the main Piazza, and has several beach clubs dotted along the shoreline. Having spent the day at Marameo Beach on the Tuesday with the hens, I decided to treat Paul to the ultimate day or relaxation and head back there.
Arriving shortly before lunch we picked out a couple of loungers on the far solarium out in the Tyrrhenian sea where we could watch the boats sail by in front of Mount Vesuvius, soak up the remaining rays of our holiday and relax until sunset. Longer hire at Marameo is just €16 for the day includes towel hire if you need it, umbrellas are an additional €6 although the loungers all have canopies on them to shade your face should you wish. After an hour or so in the sun, reading my book and admiring the view, we ordered a couple of Club Sandwiches (carrying on the carbfest) and enjoyed our final lunch under the Sorrentine sun, in the fresh sea air and with the distant noise of the busy town above our heads.
We dozed through the afternoon, I finally finished my book and as the sun finally began to fade away it was not because of sunset. Instead we listened to the storm roll in around us and watched the clouds take hold of the sky as we enjoyed a final drink at the beach before quickly changing out of our beachwear and heading along the row of beach clubs towards the Piazza Marinai D’italia and Leonelli’s where, despite the rising winds and showers we enjoyed a relaxing drink overlooking the marina before heading back into town for tea.
Halfway through our ascent up the stairways that connect Marina Piccola and the Pizza Tasso, the heavens opened and flashes of lightening lit up the sky. We headed to Bar Ercolano and watched the storm rage above rooftops and world pass by before choosing somewhere for tea. We found ourselves at Bar Veneruso on Corso Italia, picking out what had become two of our favourite dishes; Gnocchi Sorrentine & Porcini Mushroom Risotto. Bar Veneruso is a lovely, laid back, cafe bar at the far end of Corso Italia and it was a wonderful way to spend our last evening in Italy. Talking, laughing, smiling.
Before we knew it it was time to head back to the hotel and away from Sorrento for the last time. As we walked to the bus park, hand in hand, eating Gelato and admiring the cute, little original Fiat 500s for the final time, I couldn’t help but reflect on our time in Italy. We didn’t just visit Italy, we lived Italy and what a way to live. Enjoying time with our friends, eating well and exploring our surroundings. All that was left to do was pack up our suitcase and head back to Naples for a return flight to the UK, with heavy hearts and even heavier luggage!
Italy, you were amazing, beautiful and I can’t wait to come back soon as there is so much more I want to see and do. Thank you for the memories.
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