|Arriving to Sorrento on Azamara Quest|
|Azamara's tender to Sorrento|
These latter options are much appreciated during the humid days of August.
This year we discovered an alternative to the uncomfortable bus ride up from the port: a short walk along the beachfront leads to the entrance of a modern elevator/lift carved out of Sorrento’s cliff.
|beach cabins, loungers and umbrellas rented for the day|
|the beach at Sorrento|
|the free beach at noon|
As we made our way to the lift the beach concessions/stabilimenti were just opening for the day: the day’s menu (fish, salad, tomatos) was being trundled in for the trattoria kitchens and teenagers were staking out places on the free beach with their towels.
|lower entrance to lift|
|entrance to lift|
|waiting for the lift|
Passing the turnstile (entrance 1,20 euro) we were whisked up through the hillside to the Sorrento plateau and exited at the cliff top gardens (Giardino Comunale) close to San Francesco church and cloister, a favorite venue for English couples who marry in Italy.
|in the cloister with the couple from Casablanca who followed us|
The shopkeepers we spoke with complained that business this summer is not as good as it was 2 years ago: they had fewer clients with less spending power.
|modern art exhibit in a Baroque church|
|tired shoppers with Azamara Quest in background|
|some hardy souls walking down the cliff|
The mid-summer sales were enticing but the heat and humidity made shopping a hard task, and our priority was to seek refuge from the blazing sun.
|Antica Sartoria: wonderful selection, good prices|
Besides the many air conditioned shops along Corso Italia and Via San Cesareo, Sorrento is full of cool, airy palazzi and churches offering benches for resting and art in many forms including presepe scenes the area is famous for.
|a cool hall in Sorrento's Comune|
|Duomo's holy water font & John Paul II's coat of arms|
|in the Duomo, Sorrento|
|benches in Duomo|
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