Sorrento holidays based in Vico Equense
Even before I knew that Bruce Springsteen’s grandfather was born in Vico Equense, I had a soft spot for this Sorrento holiday spot.
Unlike most other towns on the Sorrento peninsula, Vico Equense seems to have a life outside the tourist season. The town itself is not as sweet and sticky as neighbouring towns – Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi – so you don’t feel caught up in a stampede. It’s not as fashionable or expensive either as the dodgy claim to fame indicates. But the best thing about Vico Equense is the view.
From the coast you have got a perfect outlook over the Bay of Naples with the cone-shaped Vesuvius in the distance, and ships and ferries going up to Naples and the Ischia, Capri and Procida islands. On a clear day it’s magnificent, and it gets even better at night when stars and Enel light up the sky and their reflexes shimmer in the water. With a glass of wine and an Italian meal, this is all the entertainment anyone can ask for.
Still, we couldn’t resist the temptation of driving across the mountain to Positano. A short spin of 19 kilometres, which is supposed to take 30 minutes if you follow the curly twisted road without stops to spew clichés about the view, breathe in the fragrance of ripe oranges and lemons, hike a little, calm down after close call accidents with other cars and scooters, or discuss the Sorrento itineraries of Goethe and Hans Christian Andersen.
There’s more to divert the attention than I had thought.
And even if this visit to Sorrento may be Glory Days, Bruce, I and anyone else are free to come back as often as we choose.