|Torna a Sorrento?|
I took a boat recently, along the coast from Amalfi, calling at Positano and Capri, and then approaching the dramatic cliffs of Sorrento. It is indeed an impressive town from the sea approach - the cliffs rise up sheer and forbidding, the fishing (and tourist) boats nestle in little coves at their feet, and the faded old ‘grand hotels’ bristle along the cliff tops.
|Sorrento: arrive by sea.|
|Cruise ship in Sorrento's port.|
|Boats and cliffs. Sorrento.|
|OK, so the pizza was pretty good, despite the waiter.|
Piazza Tasso is named after the poet Torquato Tasso, who stands on a pedestal in a dusty little garden nook. He’s remembered as a 16th century hit, widely read until the 19th century. His most famous poem is “Jerusalem Delivered”, an imaginative account of the Crusades. He was born in Sorrento.
|Torquato Tasso on his plinth amongst the trees.|
|Italian traffic, anyone?|
|San Antonino in Piazza Tasso.|
|San Antonino's shrine in his Basilica.|
|Lemon granita and fresh orange juice?|
|Sorrento in the afternoon light.|
|Capri at sunset.|
|Vesuvio looming. Looming , I tell you.|
And there are those that would love to...Return to Sorrento....Torna a Sorrento...here's a version of the famous song by the unlikely duo of Pavarotti and Meatloaf (1995):