The Calm Before The Storm in Sorrento, Italy

A little over two months ago, in February, I spent a week in Sorrento, Italy. I lived with an adorable host family with two kids, aged 5 and 7, and happy parents. In the mornings, I would walk through the winding stone roads, just twenty minutes, to go to my language school. I had three hours of private Italian lessons, spoken only in Italian, and had a view of the Amalfi Coast the whole time.

I had picked up photography a year or two ago because I wanted to document all my travels. I think I’ve gotten consistently better, and my favorite photos from my last trip were of Sorrento. So rather than bombard you with the intimate details of my everyday life in Sorrento, I thought I’d show you my favorite photos and explain them a bit 🙂

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This is a retired factory in the middle of downtown Sorrento. All of the sudden, on an ordinary street, there is a gaping canyon, accompanied by a strong waterful, deep green foliage, and ruins that had turned to art.

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These winding roads were a trademark of the city. When I was there, they shone from the rain and beckoned me towards the sea.

 

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The three photos below are just simple photos of my espressos that I had in a few various cafes there in Sorrento.
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This was the view from above Marameo Beach. The drop had to be at least 150 feet.
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St. Francis Church and Convent. The stone archways rose high and appeared burnt. Potted plants lined the roof of the courtyard.
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This was the view from my language school. It was a three-story building, mostly empty, perched on the edge of a cliff. When I was in Sorrento, there were strong storms, so I would often sit in the library at school, where this picture was taken, watching the waves crash against the docks.
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One day, I walked down the winding roads (pictured above) and finally saw Sorrento from the bottom up. The emerald sea was in a stark contrast with the pastel buildings that lined the stone cliffs.

 

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My host mother would spend hours a day preparing for meals. Here is a picture of her fresh ravioli. She made the dough and filled it with ricotta and spinach. INCREDIBLE!!

 

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Giovani and Camilla
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My favorite part of my trip to Sorrento is easily the family. Francesca, the mama; Domenico, the papa; Giovani and Camilla, the two adorable children. Travelling can be lonely, and I probably spent more dinners alone than with company during my nine-month trip. Any time I get a chance to make friends or a pseudo-family, I am always grateful.

I hope you enjoyed this little window into my time in Sorrento. If you want to see more photos from my travels, be sure to check out my Facebook page here.

Here is another post from my trip to Italy, written in Rome when I was staying with my good friend Diana.

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