Beautiful Places
Frances, Sorrento, Fall 2017
October 3, 2017

Leading up to my semester in Sorrento, I was so curious about what was to come. This was my first time in Europe, and I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I couldn’t wait to get here! There is not that much information about this place online, just the occasional beautiful picture. But I can tell you there is so much to this little town than you would ever expect!

A rainy day in Positano…it was still beautiful!

We were dropped off the first day on a cobblestone street with the most gorgeous view of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. After unloading our (heavy) bags, we were told we had a little bit of a walk. Ha! Little bit? Let me tell you, dragging large suitcases down cobblestone alleyways while looking out for mopeds to come whipping around the corner is no easy task! However, if we looked to the right, one of the most beautiful places in the world was staring us right in the face. That made it all worth it!

Mt. Vesuvius is always in sight!

After getting settled in, the realization that we lived on the ocean and could swim whenever we want settled in. Before unpacking, we all decided to find our swimsuits and head down to the beach! I’ve always been afraid of going too deep in the ocean, but for some reason I just don’t foresee a shark attack in this place! It just wouldn’t fit the scenery!


We’ve had the opportunity to go on a few excursions by ourselves and with the school. In just two and a half weeks we’ve explored the ruins of Pompeii, the Island of Capri, Naples, Positano, and even a lagoon nearby called Bagni della Regina Giovanna. I have to keep reminding myself this isn’t just a vacation in paradise, but also school which requires studying. Somehow, studying is more bearable when you have this view

The beautiful abandoned mill in town

Frances is a SAI Sorrento (Sant’ Anna Institute) fall 2017 student from Belmont University.

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