I reckon most idyllic photos boasting of the gorgeous places people went to in Italy were probably taken around Sorrento.
We'd walked down a path from our apartment in the cool morning, wending our way through lemon groves before dropping down a steep, zig-zagging set of stairs. The old town centre is probably worth avoiding, if you're someone like me with an innate revulsion for curio shops selling tat and fashion.
The lanes were so narrow that I felt like a fish wriggling my way up one of those spawning chutes they have on dams. There's no evident reason to follow the crowd aside from instinct, and being jostled along. I was able to buy a couple of cool, breathable shirts though, in light colours to reflect the sun. I can stand wearing a black T-shirt in thirty-five degrees, but that doesn't mean it's comfy.
It was good to stretch our hamstrings but we were getting peckish, so stepped out of the main-stream and found a nice backwater to have lunch. As usual, the food was fantastic, and we ordered more than we'd planned.
In the middle of town was a deep, inaccessible ravine with an old mill in it. The building was a ruin, with creepers reclaiming the site. Very Indiana Jones-ish. The ravine continued on down past the town square to the port, which could be accessed via steps if you were keen, or an elevator if you weren’t. We declined both options and just looked down on the swimming beaches from the cliff top. New Zealand beaches are the ones you simply turn up to and jump in. But here you rent a space, an umbrella and a couple of chairs, plus a changing cubicle. You then have the opportunity to stand about and get wet with the rest of the mob.
After getting some food, we jumped on what we hoped was the right bus and headed back up.