Let’s start. Three weeks of travelling from Florence to Sorrento. Oh and this is probably gonna take around 15 minutes so I hope you find it worth it.
First of all, you probably know from the blog about Barcelona that our flight was early in the morning on Sunday and therefore we arrived in Florence around 10. Because I was also in Florence last year, only then with Renato, it was easy to move around.
Our hotel was quite central, we had cute restaurants around the corner and the Duomo on a walking distance. Julie had never been in Florence, therefore she told me that I should be her tour guide and with my dominant character I did not mind at all.
We were in Florence for four whole days. One day, Tuesday was already planned because we booked a Vespa Tour for 4 hours with a lunch included. When we arrived on Sunday we were very tired and laid in bed the whole day until it was time for dinner. Our first ‘real’ pasta and oh gosh, it was delicious. Not even my favourite Italian restaurants from the Netherlands can beat up to this.
On Monday, I showed Julie the city by walking around and explaining what Florence is famous for. Because I had visited most of the churches already last year with Renato I let Julie made the decision. She did not mind not going inside, so we just relaxed and went for some shopping before we were going back to the hotel to change ourselves and get ready for dinner. We ate at Zoe, which has a kind of tapas buffet that changes every time. You can eat how much you want for just 10 euro with the drinks included. It was delicious!
Tuesday was the day, finally, I was able to fulfil one of my biggest dreams!! Almost fulfilling.. because I still do not have my driving license yet I was not allowed to ride the Vespa, I was the passenger, which to be honest was not bad at all. I was able to make lots of pictures and videos while Julie was riding. It was definitely one of the best days of my life, I was a very happy person. Julie had never ridden a Vespa before but she did pretty well, we really enjoyed and laughed a lot. The lunch we had was amazing, especially the view. Unfortunately, there were lots of tiger musquitos and Julie got bitten 43 times (yes, she counted them).
When we arrived back in Florence, we did not expect that we would be so tired. We just went back to the hotel, took a shower and relaxed a bit. This evening we ate at Da Garibardi. The pizza’s there are a m a z i n g !
On Wednesday Julie felt very unwell, I told her to relax and sleep a bit, knowing that the upcoming days in Rome were going to be busy. I went to a church which I still wanted to see and did some shopping. Later on, I went for a run and enjoyed the dawn. Thursday morning we checked out and went to the train station, our train was leaving around 11 and we were ready to go to Rome! It was 1,5 hour I think, but the time past so fast. I was watching a movie and Julie read her book. When we arrived in Rome, we first needed to walk half an hour to the hotel. We stayed at Orange Inn, however, I would not recommend you this hotel. I will tell you later why…
So, Rome! We loved it, every bit of it. Rome has so much flair. I went to Rome when I was around 12 years old with my parents, brother, and sister, and surprisingly I still really could remind some things. When Julie and I had arranged everything for the room, Tina called us that she was almost at the hotel, a friend from Germany who I also met in England, Julie and I went downstairs and there she was. Seeing her again after 2 years felt so great. Honestly, it did not really feel like that and that is what friendship is all about for me. It does not matter for how long you have not spoken to someone or seen someone, while you are back together again, it feels and is the same like it always was, it is good enough.
Now we were with the three of us and it was extremely hot in Rome, we thought it was clever to have a plan for every day because we were staying in Rome for also four whole days. On Thursday, we did not do much because before we were ready to do something it was already almost time for dinner. This time we went to Focacceria Pugi which is famous for their focaccia’s, obviously. There were so big that we were not able to finish them, but it was all worth it.
On Friday we had already planned something very cool. I had booked an E-bike tour for the three of us with Roman Guy. The tour lasted for 4 hours and because we were the only one who booked a tour with Roman Guy, we had a free private tour. The tour guide was a woman who had lived already in Rome for more than 7 years and showed us all the ins and outs of Rome. It was more than amazing and I really would recommend you the company.
Saturday was kind of an unexpected hectic day. Tina and I went to visit the Sint Pieters in the morning, which was beautiful! After that, I called Julie to ask her where we should meet. She was only still not feeling well and because it was probably not going to be any better, she wanted to go home, back to France. Now, I am going to tell you why staying at the Orange Inn was not that nice. When Julie and I arrived in the room on Thursday, she had already seen some animals in her bed and on the ground. I told her not to worry, but in the end, I/we maybe should have taken it a bit more serious. Julie had bed mite and Tina and I did not want to stay in this hotel any longer. I called with Booking.com, trying to arrange something. In the end, we got our money back from the nights left and booked another room in the Western Hotel for Tina and myself. Julie’s father had already booked a hotel for her and therefore we said goodbye around three in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the holiday had to end like this for her…
After walking for again more than half an hour Tina and I finally arrived at our new hotel. We relaxed in bed and around 8 o’clock we went to the house of a friend of us also from EF, Elena. She is originally from Sicilia, but she studies medicine in Rome. She and her boyfriend welcomed us. She cooked lasagna and later on, they took us to some local hotspots. It was so nice to see a bit of their normal lifestyle instead of playing tourist all day long. On Sunday, Tina and I slept out and visited some places we saw during the bike tour and wanted to see again. Because the temperature was still around 38 degrees, we relaxed in a park for a few hours to cool down.
It was Monday morning when Tina and I took the Flixbus to Naples. Our first thought of Naples was dirty and poor. I booked an Airbnb for us in Naples and everything of the arrangement went fine. The apartment was close to the metro station and the main street, with a bakery and a restaurant. Before we went to Florence and Rome we did some research for those cities, but with Naples, we did not really know what to do. So, when we arrived there, we just walked around to have a look how the city “works”. We found a theatre, booked a tour and I am honestly still impressed. It was so beautiful! The rest of the day we just walked around, trying to find some hotspots… but it was kind of hard.
Because Naples was not really what we expected, we went to Pompeii for a day. Although the warmth was becoming too much for us sometimes, it was very impressive. We needed to stand in line for around half an hour, however, when we came in, it was so quiet and calm. This made the place even more peaceful.
Gladly that Tina and I had a lot of fun together because Naples was a once in a lifetime thing.
Thursday morning, we took the boat from Naples to Sorrento. The owner of the Airbnb was so kind to pick us up at the harbour. Carmen’s arrival was at 6 o’clock in the evening and she arranged a taxi to drive her to Sorrento from Naples Airport because otherwise, it would have taken too long. She arrived at 8 o’clock, Tina and I made sure that dinner was ready so that we could eat directly. There was no perfect timing because from our terras we had an amazing view over the sea and every night we saw the dawn. I could not be happier than sitting there enjoying the view with two good friends.
Because Sorrento is mainly surrounded by rocks, there are not a lot of sandy beaches. There are mainly beach clubs with beds, where you have to pay for, on a platform. It was so nice to finally lay down for a day after travelling around for 2 weeks. I love to go for a swim and because it was also very warm in Sorrento, I did not have to worry about taking one. After laying down for 15 minutes, there was always one of us who said, girls, someone coming with me into the water?
Almost every night we cooked dinner by ourselves and watched the sun going down. Really, there is nothing else better to finish the day with. We played some card games or did some karaoke. Because I did not like it that one of us probably needed to sleep along in the other bedroom, I took one of the beds from the other room and put it in the big room where the bed for two persons was. During the night before we went to sleep, we talked, laughed, shared memories from England or were just all being addicted to our phones. The reason we decided to go to Sorrento was actually mainly because it is close to lots of different places, for example; the Amalfi Coast and Capri, where we also went to as day trips.
We booked an Amalfi Drive, passed Salerno, Positano, another small town (I forgot the name…) and Ravello, it was breathtaking. It was so romantic and everything was so nice, we even did a small boat trip along the coast. The day was so perfect that I do not know what to write, you will see on the picture what I mean.
In addition, to Capri, we went by boat. When we arrived in Capri, around 12:00, we decided to go on another boat tour which took us arrived the whole island in 1,5 hour. After the boat tour, we went for some shopping and walked around, because we were a bit tired we just relaxed and took the boat back at 17:35.
The other days, we went to a sandy beach and to a place where there were only rocks. I think I am going to call it the rocky beach to make it a bit easier. We went to the rocky beach on our last day and it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The view was amazing and the water was so clear and clean. Besides that, it reminded me so much of my childhood when I was trying to get into the water from the rocks. We all finished our books that day, the one happier than the other, but we had a great day. We ended the holiday with a dinner in the centre of Sorrento, because Wednesday we were going home. Tina her flight was earlier than the one from Carmen and me, therefore she took one bus earlier to Naples Airport. Gladly, that Carmen came with me for another week to the Netherlands because this made it less hard to leave this amazing country. Describing it in one sentence… it is impossible.
I am still overwhelmed by the Italian nature, culture and its inhabitants. Thank you for all those life lessons. I loved it!