It takes approximately four hours to travel by road from Rome to Sorrento. To get in and out of Sorrento, the highway goes through three tunnels, one of which is more than three miles long. Like all cities along this area of coastline, Sorrento is a city where many of the buildings hang off the edge of cliffs above the water.
This part of the primary street off the main square is full of shops and pedestrian only. Christmas decorations were already being installed. From the time we arrived until we left, the giant metal tree in the middle of the main square went from just metal to covered with greenery to the installation of lights.
A typical side street off the main street seen in the first photo. Sorrento is the perfect place for those who like shopping in all sorts of little shops or enjoy hanging out in restaurants, many of which are open air along the street, sipping cappuccino.
From the main street, we walked out to a cliff park overlooking the sea.
This photo, taken from the same spot as the previous photo, shows Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. Cities below the mountain include Naples and Pompeii. Several thousand people also live on the slopes of Vesuvius.
Again taken from the same spot, looking in the opposite direction, this photo shows the steepness of the cliffs around Sorrento. Houses, vineyards, businesses, olive and lemon groves hang off the edges. The volcanic soil here is very rich and conducive to intense, successful farming. This is lemon country where limoncello is very popular.
A few feet from the overlook, we visited a very old church courtyard. Very old is relative everywhere in Italy. New can be several hundreds of years old. I kept thinking about the US and question whether anything we have built now or even at the beginning of the country will last as long as much of what I saw in Italy.