Our much anticipated 2 week adventure in Sorrento began after a 4 hour drive across Italy from Puglia to the Campania region. Two of our 3 daughters and 1 boyfriend joined us in Sorrento for a week.
We rented an apartment at the beautiful Residence Santa Lucia located a short walk from the center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso. The complex was a farm and has been developed into a stunning group of buildings, homes, cottages and apartments. Especially appreciated is a beautiful new pool, patio and garden area.
Gino Coppola was our main contact person at Residence Santa Lucia and he was always available. He was a great reference for all there is to do in the area and he set up several tours for us. All were magnificent! And his English is superb!
Our first night was dinner at the Marina Grande at Trattoria Emilia one of my favorites of the entire trip.
Al Fresco Dining Bliss!
Spaghetti and Mussels
Rigatoni with Seafood , one of my favorites of the entire trip!
Basket of Fried Fish
Hanging out at the beautiful Residence Santa Lucia garden pool!
Gelato for Dessert in a Gelato Cone Chair
Garden and Pool View from our 2nd Story Apartment
Aperitif at Hotel Bellevue Syrene Terrace before dinner
Dinner at Marina Grande, Taverna Azzura
Ravioli Stuffed with Fish in a Creamy Crab Sauce
Grilled Sea Bream
We also shared bruschetta and eggplant parmigiana. On the way home we stopped for gelato. Ricotta with walnuts and honey was my choice my favorite next to the rice flavored gelato in Florence.
Our 3rd day we had a quick walk to the train and then a 1 hour trip to Pompeii. We arranged for a guide, Rosemary, to meet us at the Pompeii station to give us a 2 hour tour. Fabulous!
Ready to Leave at the Gate of Residence Santa Lucia
Some areas like these were not open
Mount Vesuvius Looming in the Background
Plaster Cast of a Person Who Perished Due to Extreme Heat, 570 degrees F
All but 3 of the bodies are kept in another area for a special exhibition. We saw this one through an iron fence. Most all of the statues, mosaics, and treasures are kept in the Naples National Archeological Museum
which is fabulous!
There is a nice cafe within the Pompeii grounds, but we went to a small cafe just outside the entrance for pizza, pasta and salad.
Back to Sorrento for naps and pool time and then Gino’s Pizza Party on the garden patio!
Gino Leading the Orchestra
3 Chefs: Gino, his sister in law Nutnapha, and Pietro
Speck with Cantaloupe, Caprese Salad and Tomato Bruschetta
Garden Fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad
Chopped Fresh Tomatoes, Onion, Basil, Garlic and Water for the Bruschetta
Nutnapha Serving Her Thai Sausage
Grilled Thai Sausages
Grilled Thai Sausage Bites with Lettuce, Cucumber and Fresh Herbs
Pizza Dough Strips with Olive Oil and Rosemary
Thai Spring Rolls Made by Nutnapha
Sweeping Clean with the Wet Broom
Pizza Margarita with Plain Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil
Sausage, Mushroom and Mozzarella
Tomato, Speck and Arugula
Gorgonzola and Speck with Arugula
Pietro and Nutnapha
Sausage and Cheese
Margarita Pizza represents the colors of the Italian flag: red, white and green. It was developed when Queen Margarita of Spain came to Italy for a visit
Thank you Residence Santa Lucia
for 2 memorable pizza party evenings!
Today we walked around Sorrento, explored the public Lemon Grove, stopped for Lemon Granitas, and had dinner at El Bufalito
Pizzeria Da Franco is a Must!
Our dinner at El Bufalito….
Pizza with Olive Oil and Herbs
Eggplant Surrounding Ricotta Cheese in a Tomato Sauce
Not Meatballs, but Cheese Balls in Tomato Sauce
Buffalo Rib Steak for Two
Ravioli Stuffed With Fish in a Lemon Seafood Sauce
Grilled Buffalo Steak
Pappardelle With Beef
It’s been a full 4 days! The rest of our week will be part 2!