|The VIA R. REGINALDO GIULIANI July 23rd|
Never underestimate the surprises offered up in the Bay of Naples
We arrived in Sorrento in the blistering heat of late afternoon and that was how it was for two glorious days before the rain.
Now I am used to those Italian thunderstorms which come out of nowhere, rage with the full force that nature can devise and are over as suddenly as they came.
But in that brief few minutes the sky darkens and the low rumble of thunder becomes defeating as streaks of lightening flash and the rain just comes down like stir rods.
All that we had and hailstones too which even the locals claim were bigger than anything they had seen before.
Then in a matter of minutes the storm had passed leaving a carpet of fast melting hailstorms and a few broken leaves.
But as ever the storm had cooled the air and cleaned the streets, so that the evening stroll on Sorrento was a pleasant affair despite the crowds of tourists who were all intent on capturing that little bit of Italian life.
And Sorrento did not disappoint, all of which is why we returned the following day.
|Eating in the VIA R. REGINALDO GIULIANI|
We took in the odd museum and a fair number of narrow streets each with a bewildering number of shops offering all manner of stuff to entice the tourist and which were pretty much replicated in the next half dozen streets.
All of which led us by degree to VIA R. REGINALDO GIULIANI and a meal at one of the many restaurants that spread out across the road from its beginning to the point when the it becomes too narrow.
The meal was good and of course the position offered up plenty of opportunities to sit and watch.
It cost just €70 which for four seemed acceptable until that is we sampled the delights of Naples a place I have fallen in love with.
Rome will always be my favourite city which has the power to draws us back but Naples is something else.
But that is for another time.
Pictures; Sorrento, July 2014, from the collection of Andrew Simpson