Saturday, 25th Ciao Florence! 330 Km/hr train speed, Jaguar limo to the hotel, and we’re definitely feelin’ the good travel life. If I see another sweaty redfaced American walking with a 50 pound backpack trying to find a hostel, I’m going to give up backpacking for good.
Taryn continues on… As Steve said above we left Florence on Saturday and headed down south to the Amalfi Coast. We figured out that high speed trains are really fast and totally fine, but the local trains are slow, sometimes without a/c, and very dirty, so we decided to take a high speed train down to Naples, and we hired a car to take us to Sorrento.
Yes I know we are spoiled, but having a personally driver meet us at the Napoli train station, drive us about an hour and fifteen minutes in an a/c Jaguar, and drop us off curb side at our hotel, well it was the best 90€ I ever spent.
In Sorrento we stayed on the cliff side of the city at Hotel Settimo Cielo. A hotel that was holding on to the 80’s for dear life. For a pricey 140€ a night we got an outdated room, tiny bathroom with towels that looked like table cloths, and a musty smell. We also got a huge balcony with pretty much the best view on the side of the cliff of Napoli Bay and all of Sorrento. Got to say the crappy room was worth the incredible view.
For two nights we explored the city, which was a lot bigger than I had expected. It was a touristy beach town with tons of shopping, eateries, and a great hub for visitors to head off to smaller coastal towns by boat or bus. On the second day of our visit we decided to rent a moto and explore a little more. Italy has a helmet law and everyone is required to wear helmets, which is great because people in Italy drive like lunatics.
I got the bright idea that we should leave out suitcases at Hotel Settimo Cielo and moto to our next destination Positano the next day. We figured it would be better to pack two backpacks and a moto would be a better way to see the coast than a crowded bus.
In Sorrento, I had one of the best meals of Lobster and squid ink pasta. I thought the waiter said it was squid in pasta in a lobster sauce, but when I got my plate it was half a fresh lobster and some of the best pasta I had ever had! The price was only 20€, which I thought was pretty reasonable for a fresh half lobster.