We decided to get to Italy a few days before the wedding to set some things ups. We wanted to check out the hotel, find a place for the reception, get a bouquet, and settle a little bit before the wedding. Our original plan was to spend the night in the city we landed in, Naples, and eventually make it to where we got married, Capri.
After doing some research and reading we decided against that plan. Everything we read about Naples was umm ... interesting. All the guidebooks warned tourists that Naples could be dangerous. They made it sound as if thieves were around every corner and the mafia was just waiting to shoot you in the street. So we passed on Naples and went to the other town with an easy ferry to Capri, Sorrento.
We booked through Expedia a small little hotel called Hotel Sorrento City. Picture below.
As it turns out, it was a great location, right on the main drag in Sorrento. One of the disadvantages of taking a long trip is that you spend a lot of money on lodging simply because you have so many nights to account for. My wife and I have decided to stay at relatively modest hotels to save some money and because we are not really fancy people anyway. We only require a safe location, clean room, modest bed, and a nice hot shower. Most other problems we can deal with.
Hotel Sorrento City satisfied these conditions so it was adequate. But it was not more than that. The room was definitely small but not that small when you compare it to the European standard. It was somewhat odd that there were built in pull down beds on the side of the wall but I guess that could be convenient for some. I wish there was free internet access but there wasn't. I wish there was wi-fi but there wasn't. Just a small little pay station in the lobby. The breakfast that was provided was pretty good though. My wife really liked the coffee out of the coffee machine but she has liked all the coffee that we have had since coming to Italy.
Sorrento itself was a very nice city. Our very first stop was to the center square to catch a bite to eat. Right in the middle of the main square was a place called Fauno Bar.
It seemed to be a typical Italian outdoor cafe but bigger. There were lots of people there, and that is usually a sign of an OK place to go, so we asked for a table. I had the cannelloni, my wife had the gnocci. It was seriously some of the best Italian food we had up until that point. The pasta was clearly fresh and the cheese was very tasty. Part of it was that I was pretty hungry by this point but the other part of it was that Italian food is just better in Italy. Go figure.
One of the odd things we noticed while we were eating was that we were THE ONLY people who ordered food. I'm going to write more on this later but it seems that Italians eat really really late. Dinner doesn't start until 7:30, and in some places 8:30. After dinner we were wiped out from the trip so we went back to the hotel and just fell asleep. That concluded our first day.