Thursday, November 8th 2018
No alarm this morning! We ventured from the hotel after breakfast. We were walking down the Corso Italia road by 10 AM. Our first stop was to visit the Cloister of San Francesco. It dates back to the 8th century but it has been restored several times and is now used to host concerts, weddings, and other activities.
We took a long walk along the main road to explore the Roman villa ruins on Punta del Capo. We had to be careful and watch for traffic because there weren’t any sidewalks or berms!
As you can see it was a narrow road!
Punta del Capo is a point of land that sticks out from the Sorrento peninsula. This is where we saw the remains of a 1st century Roman Villa. The wealthy Romans build vacation villas on panoramic points along the coast. We explored the ruins and took some wonderful pictures of the views from here!
The weather was perfect for taking pictures and hiking the area. We also saw a painter working at the remains.
The views were stunning so you can understand why the wealthy would want a holiday villa along the coastline of Sorrento!
Walking back into the city center we saw some interesting buildings and a sundial!
When we got back into town we stopped for lunch and had pizza at a cafe and we ate outdoors which was awesome for November!
We walked around the ancient walls of Sorrento. These walls were built in the 16th century to help defend the city from attacks. The first evidence of walls around Sorrento dates as far back as 400 BC.
We saw the Arch Dominova Seat. The seat was built in the 14th century by some nobles and is completely covered by frescoes.
It was used by the nobles to meet in order to talk about the problems of the town. It was also used as a guard house and a prison but today is used for dining or some of the locals come to play cards at the tables!
There was a photo exhibition by the Italian photographer: Raffaele Celentano entitled “Memories in the Wind”. There also was a collection of photography of Sophia Loren in her honor. We visited the exhibition and really enjoyed the photos.
We purchased one of Celentano’s prints entitled “Old Lovers”. We loved this print and have it hanging in our home!
It was another fun-filled day in Sorrento!