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Tuscany to Sorrento

Day 11 - Saturday 9th July 2016

sunny 30 °C

After a whole week in the big villa in Tuscany, it was time for us and all the cousins and my brother etc to move onto our next destinations. 10 were headed for Rome, 9 to San Marino, 4 went to the west coast and we headed further south. Our drive today was close to 480km, we took off from the villa at about 10:15am.

The traffic was ok and once on the autostrada we made good time. We stopped after two hours only to find one of the other families from our villa had also stopped there. We had lunch with them and soon headed off again. The road was pretty much countryside all the way along as we headed towards the west coast and towards Naples. We had another rest stop just before Naples as the roads after there are single lane mostly so we were unsure if there'd be designated rest areas.

I've mentioned before that gas and road tolls are expensive here - well today I nearly keeled over when we paid the toll to exit the autostrada. It was 28.90 euros, in Aussie dollars that's about $45. Just to use a road, geez that's a bit exorbitant in my eyes. After that shock, our road followed around the Bay of Naples, past Mt Vesuvius and soon hit the single lanes in the Sorrento region. If I thought driving up until now was scary, then this place gives scary a whole new meaning. Tons and tons of motor scooters everywhere, and they are a law unto themselves. They overtake whenever and wherever they want, they jump out of side streets to squeeze into traffic. They even overtake on the wrong side of the road so they are traveling opposite direction to you yet they are in your lane - what's worse is they expect you to move over for them!

We finally made it to our accommodation in Sorrento where we will stay six nights - the Hotel Il Nido. I chose this place as I needed somewhere away from the chaos of Sorrento that had car parking, but also the view is to die for. We parked the car on the roof of the hotel, as it's based on the side of the hill you enter from up top, and were greeting with an amazing panorama. We checked in and found the rooms very pleasant and clean and spacious. It's only a 3 star hotel but for two rooms for six nights I wasn't expecting anything fancy but we were all pleasantly surprised.

After a day of travelling we were too tired to go anywhere, we showered and decided to eat at the restaurant in the hotel, with sweeping views of the bay. Being in a hotel I really expected the food prices to be expensive and was shocked when the menu showed dishes pretty much priced as we had been paying whilst travelling. I had a big plate of spaghetti bolognaise, it was huge and only 7 euro! We all enjoyed our meals very much, hardly seems worth fighting the crowds elsewhere to eat out. Needless to say after a long day on the road we made ourselves comfortable and went to bed.

Posted by Ace from Oz 00:08 Archived in Italy Tagged naples sorrento tuscany

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