Our ship docked in Naples. Since we’ve been to Naples we caught the hydrofoil fast ferry to visit Sorrento.
The town of Sorrento is perched high above its small port. Walking into town culminated in a climb up a thousand stairs to Piazza Tasso. I admit that’s just an estimate. I was too winded to get a picture of the stairs – you’ll have to take my word for it.
Here’s the view looking back toward the port. (One can take a cab to get up here instead of the stairs.)
Piazza Tasso is a lively square. St. Antonino Abbate, in the middle of the street, tries to slow down the traffic.
His statue is in a small garden on the edge of the square.
We enjoyed wandering through the narrow streets and peeking inside doorways when we could.
The Sorrento Men’s Club, a hangout for men only, used to be where the town’s nobles met. The frescos make it feel like a palace.
Piazza St. Antonio is a much quieter square.
This view is looking out over the port of Sorrento.
A short train ride north of Sorrento are the ruins of Herculaneum. This ancient city was destroyed in the same eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in AD 79.
The city of Herculaneum was hit with a different type of flow from the volcano than Pompeii. Wooden roof tops, building beams, beds, doors and even food were preserved.
You can see how the “new” city overlooks the ruins. Actually the city sits on top of the ruins. 75% of the old city remains buried.
This is the gruesome view as you walk down into the ruins. Over 300 skeletons were found in these boat houses that used to be along the shore line. Before this find, It was thought that the city had been evacuated.
A menu was painted on the wall and this was the soup bar!
It’s a much smaller site than Pompeii. You can easily wander the streets without getting lost. You only have to look up to see the city above to get your bearings.
Herculaneum is a great substitute for Pompeii if you don’t have a full day to tour. It doesn’t have the scope but it is filled with treasures!
We’re off to the next port…