Kerrie's Blog: Naples, Pompei & Sorrento

Naples, Pompei & Sorrento

Before leaving on my TOAL, I heard horror stories about pickpockets.  Naples was the first place I felt a little uneasy.  We had about a mile walk from where the ship ported to the train station.  I was adamant about visiting Pompei so we took the train there.  My mother is from NY.  She has always worn about as much jewelry as Mr. T.  I made her take off about a pound of it before the trip but she was still iced out.  And of course my bro-in-law decided to use the ATM on our walk which caused even more attention to the group of American tourists.  There was a dude in a yellow shirt following us.  When we'd look back, he would turn to look at a poster or up at the sky.  I saw him signal some other guy but after my incident with the granny in Florence I was ready if anything were to happen.  I was NOT going down without a fight.  It's important to be aware of your surroundings, travel with an entourage and be smart.  Check, check and check.  I did not care for Naples as it was very dirty, dark and just not my style.  I didn't see the whole city so I may have missed some of its beauty.

We took the train to Pompei which is so cool because you're able to walk around this city as it once was.  In th year 79 A.D. Mt. Vesuvius erupted.  The people of Pompei didn't know it was an active volcano, they thought they were building their city next to a mountain.  The eruption happened so fast that they couldn't get away in time.  Many people went into their homes to escape but the weight of the eruption crushed them.  More people died from suffocation as they couldn't breathe.  The empathy I felt walking these ruins was overwhelming; I can't imagine what that fateful day was like for them.  They found bodies and their outlines were preserved by the ash.  I was silent for a long time after this.  It has taken hundreds and hundreds of years to excavate this city.  I didn't realize how big it was....we were there for hours and probably covered only half of it.

We boarded the train again and headed for Sorrento.  This is where they make Limoncello which is a fabulous lemon liquor many Italians drink after dinner as its a diuretic and flavorful.  Sorrento is a beautiful city set high up on rocks with the water and ships below.  We shopped around a bit and headed down to an outdoor cafe by the water.  I had the best pasta, just penne and marinara and my family dined on thin crust pizza.  The wind was picking up and I was freezing so I went to a store and bought an Italia sweatshirt.  I felt SO lame as I looked like the ultimate tourist.  I came back to the cafe and my Mom thought it was too cute so she went and got one of her own.  Ok, now there's two of us wearing this ridiculous sweatshirt.  My baby sis came back from wherever she was and just had to have one too.  Now there were 3 idiots wearing the sweatshirt.  Ah well, at least we were warm.

We decided to take a ferry back to the ship....nobody had any interest in taking the train back to Naples and walking back.  Ferry was cool and it started pouring en route back.  We had seriously lucked out with the weather on this whole trip. 

The next day was a "Day at Sea" and we were all looking forward to relaxing.  Soaking up all the sites and go go going from morning to night is exhausting.  I've been in the mind-set that there really is a once in a lifetime kind of trip and needed to soak up every bit.  After 4 days of nonstop going, we were all ready for a little R&R.


Next up:  Kotor, Montenegro

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 23 commentsKerrie La Guardia • July 05 2011 06:29PM



It sounds like you had a great time. We were there a couple of years ago and I loved Sorrento and the coast line. Pompei was great, but like you there was not enough time to cover it all. I had heard enough stories about Naples, so we just took the water taxi there and a taxi picked us up to go to the train station. It was a small one in a residential section (not the main one), so no pickpockets. Didn't plan it that way, but worked out well. I don't think I would have felt comfortable Naples for much time at all. I would go back to Sorrento in a heartbeat. The strawberries, melons, and all the fresh food are amazing in May! Don't worry about looking like a is better to be comfortable and the last thing you want on vacation is to get sick. Love the photos, too. Italy is such a beautiful country with friendly people, too.

Posted by Mary Schurr, Realtor - Charlotte NC (Mary Schurr Realty) over 7 years ago

So glad that you are sharing these posts with us.  And, glad that you were on the lookout.  Good advice as it is easy to get caught up in the scenery and get mugged.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - I'm continuing to enjoy my "armchair travel" via your blog and wonderful photos of your journeys.  Wonderful stuff!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

I NOW totally totally totally jealous.  I want to eat pasta in Itaily and go to see Pompei.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

You have done an amazing job of sharing your journey is such a beautiful way.  Pompei has been a fascination for me since I was old enough to understand what it meant.  Thank you so much for sharing your stories.  They are wonderful.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) over 7 years ago

This is the only way I'll ever get to take a trip like this. Through your eyes we are enjoying every photo and expression of a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing.



Posted by Carl Winters over 7 years ago

I love big lizards! They are fun to see anywhere.

What an adventure you had on this leg of your journey! I love how you describe your Mom's jewelry collection! Pity the Fool! who tries to take any of her bling with you around!

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

You are right about the sweat shirts but at least you were warm! Italy is one of my favorite's such a shame Capri has been over run with cruise ships..such a delightful place with such history..way too commercialized now :) Ah...the Amalfi coast..true Italian living :) Sounds like a wonderful adventure with your family!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 7 years ago

Now we are talking about ancient history.  Nothing like in our country that is for sure.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I love Italy and there is just so much to see. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 7 years ago


Wow, great pics and it sounds like you are having a great time, and that the weather is cooperating very nicely!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, the photos of Pompei and startling to see those mummified people. Naples and Sorrento are special towns as well, and anybody looking at that Hottie in the Italia sweatshirt are trying to figure out which Hollywood starlet she is and are they filming another movie there.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - a nice series you are running on your trip and great photos ..... there is a lot of old world charm showing in many of them ..... thanks for taking us along with you as you relive the journey.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 7 years ago

You sooooo had a great time...  What a great bunch of pictures you posted!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 7 years ago

Nice photos! Sounds like you had an awesome time.

Posted by John Rucidlo, Associate Broker, HomeSmart Real Estate (8388 E. Hartford Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 ) over 7 years ago

kerrie I am loving this travelogue. Pompei picture was amazing.  You are better than a lot of the folks that do this on the travle channel

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 7 years ago

Tammy - You and Donald should go for it!

Judi - We tell her that all the time! ha!

William - No doubt....I kept thinking the same thing.

Ed - You're my little charmer :)


Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

Your TOAL is definitely just that, the trip of a lifetime. So glad you're sharing these stories and photos with us. It's the next best thing to actually being there with you guys!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 7 years ago

Kerrie..I love the sweatshirt .. The pasta looks Yummy ..My friends always bring back Limencello when they go to Italy ..i love it it goes down so smoothly it is yummy too..Looks like you are having fun ..Looking forward to more pics and stories


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 7 years ago

Beautiful photos.  The Naples here in South West Fl was named after the Naples Italy, similar in climate and now I can also see the same geckos and sunsets.  Thanks for sharing!Naples Florida Sunset

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) over 7 years ago

Kerrie-Your comments about the pick pockets in Italy reminded of a trip my daughter there. The pick pokets got her good, they are true professionals, sad to say.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 7 years ago

Did you get to see the ruins of the 'red light district' of Pompei as well? Not everyone could read so there were pictures above the doors showing what the lady was an 'expert' in..............don't think that is in the regular tourist guide book.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara-Jo - We sure could see some of the drawings of, um, you know, on the walls.  Crazy!!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago