Traveling off season has many perks, among them unexpected meetings and discoveries such as those enjoyed in Sorrento a few weeks ago.
Thanks to a new lift connecting the beach and port levels to the upper part of Sorrento town, there is now easy access to the gardens in the center of town.
Off season means fewer crowds and more time for meeting local people.
In a former private palazzo, now a luxury hotel, the owner graciously led us on an improvised tour. Then we watched artisans set up the Christmas presepe in a church courtyard and were offered limoncello confetti in one of the many shops along Via S. Cesareo.
The last surprise of the morning was finding dozens of white hatted chefs marching through town.
The day dedicated to San Francesco Caracciolo, patron saint of cooks, was being celebrated by the Campania region’s chefs with a meet up, procession and mass. The marching band of Massa Lubrense led the way as the group proceeded along Sorrento’s main street.
Young student cooks carried baskets with food offerings to the altar while the revered older chefs were given front row seats in the Duomo and the Bishop presided at mass.