After this stop the group headed to Sorrento, a beautiful port just south of Naples, which was the “staging area” for that weekend’s trip. The Hotel Michelangelo, where the group stayed, was directly across the street from the last lemon grove in the city’s center. Saturday the students took a short ferry ride from Sorrento’s port to the island of Capri, home to (long ago) the Roman emperor Tiberius’ villa and (currently) the Blue Grotto, great food, and fantastic views of the nearby coast. Students had time to explore the island and eat some of Italy’s best seafood.
Sunday’s highlight was a stop in Naples. First the students had a guided tour of the city with a knowledgeable local tourguide, followed by a walk around the center and then free time for lunch. Many had a pizza at the birthplace of the Margherita pizza. Pizzeria Brandi. After that it was time to get back on the bus and head back home, to Perugia.