Photography by Brianne Lee

Photography by Brianne Lee

Weekend in Southern Italy

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This past weekend our school offered a trip to visit the gorgeous coastal towns of Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri.

Our first stop was the archaeological site of Pompeii. What I found to be interesting was the fact that this city is almost exactly how it was when it was destroyed. Few places I have been stand out like Pompeii did. This city gives you a glimpse into the past along with a chance to physically walk its streets.

After hours of wandering the ruins of Pompeii, we made our way to Sorrento. A delicious 3-course dinner as prepared for us at our hotel, followed by a chocolate and limoncello tasting at a local shop. 
(Limoncello is a lemon-flavoured Italian liqueur usually served after a meal!

Our second day was spent in Capri, an island off the coast of Sorrento. Our group arrived in Capri by ferry from Sorrento where we were pleasantly welcomed by the beautiful site of stunning cliffs and piercing blue water. 

In order for us to get the most out of our day and see as much as we could, we hopped on another boat which took us around the entire island. From the boat, we saw glimpses of exclusive beach clubs, cliff-side mansions and secret grottoes.

Once back on the island, our first priority was to find a chairlift that we had heard about which takes you to the highest point of the island. This is where I should vainly try to describe going up a tiny, single-seat chairlift, feet dangling over the backyards of the natives, to the highest point of one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I feel as if I barely can.

As the chairlift crept higher at increasingly worrying angles, the view only got more and more vast; more mountains, more villages studding the coast, more vividly blue water. At almost 2000 feet above sea level, we witnessed an unforgettable panorama view of Capri.

Capri was defintely a place that gave me multiple “pinch me” travel moments; that moment when something takes your breath away, you can’t believe what you are seeing or doing at that one moment in time. When in Italy, visiting this picaresque island is a definite must!


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