Sorrento

Sorrento is located on the south end of the Bay of Naples.  Per Rick Steves' recommendation, it was a good base camp for seeing Naples, Ercolano, and Pompeii, and it was pleasant in itself. The Circumvesuviana train provided convenient transportation for these excursions.

Coreale Museum

This was the residence of the Royal Family of Sorrento

(this photo is shamelessly grabbed from a web site)

 

Inlaid wood decoration is a Sorrento specialty.  There were excellent examples in this museum, the former palace of the Sorrento Royal Family.

 

 

 

Sorrento is named for Sirens of Greek mythology.  The story of Odysseus and the Sirens is done in wood inlay here

 

 

Peter Paul Rubens, "Banquet of the Marine Gods"

 

Views from an upper floor of the museum

 

 

Garden of the Museum

 

Bed and Breakfast "Casa Coreale", quite pleasantly situated in a citrus grove.  We were invited to pick and eat all the oranges we liked. I am guessing this was once the servants' quarters for the Royal residence.

our room

 

Achille Loro (1887-1982), Sorrento soccer team owner, cruise line owner, publisher, politician, community benefactor. Statue in Piazza Angelina Loro

 

 

Sorrento "Small Harbor"

 

Piazza Maggiore of Sorrento

 

Buskers on the Circumvesuviana train

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