Monday, April 21, 2014

La Bella Italia

I never take enough photos when on vacation. I don't even bother taking the big camera, which I know is a mistake when it comes to preserving the memories, but the tiny point-and-shoot does an acceptable job without the fuss and the extra weight to schlep around. Remembering to actually pull it out and use it is a different matter.

We were in Italy. Mostly on the Sorrento Peninsula, spent a day in Naples, a day driving along the Amalfi Coast (it rained), but most of the time explored Sorrento and its surrounding area. The original plan was to stay at a B&B up on the cliff, but we escaped after one night, as the hosts' attitude about the shortage in hot water and a questionable wi-fi connection was "This isn't New York". No, it wasn't, so we headed down into town and didn't regret it.

We also spent a day in Frascati, a town south of Rome that boasts several 16th century villas. We only visited the grounds of one, Villa Aldobrandini (the photo above and the first four below), but we'll probably go back for more. It's a very convenient location if you need to spend a night within a reasonable drive from or to the airport without dealing with Rome itself.



St. Francis Cloister, Sorrento

Sorrento in the rain

Massa Lubrense, Campania

Mt. Vesuvius, view from Sorrento

Sorrentine sunset

A local


  1. Gorgeous - I'm so jealous! It's been my life-long dream to go to Italy, and your pictures aren't dissuading me :-)

  2. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for posting these and love that you ended with the photo of the very sweet looking local. :-) These also are an amazing testament to what can be done with a small point and click. The photo of the grassy stairs is gallery worthy.

  3. I need to go to fact I need an extended trip to Europe. I am very overdue.

  4. Thank you SO much for posting these!!! I agree with you on not lugging a big camera around on holiday; it really spoils my day. Italy is one of our favourite destinations and we're going to Tuscany for 2 weeks next week.

  5. Wonderful, wonderful photos! The St. Francis Cloister courtyard almost looks familiar - like maybe a movie was filmed there. I want to say a recent James Bond (?).

  6. I love the photos of Italy and wonder what type of camera you used and how small it is. I'm in the market for a new one and would like another small one that takes such good shots.
    Thank you.

  7. What lovely photos. I've been to Sorrento/Capri/the Amalfi coast several times, but not in the last decade. Your pictures are telling me it's time to revisit that beautiful part of the world. I hope you had a wonderful time there.

  8. I love natural beauty of the setting and that it's now all perfectly "manicured," so to speak. It looks so relaxing! nozknoz

  9. My favorite photo is that of the local! =3


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