A Little Town Called Puolo
A short flight from Palermo to Naples, a long and traffic laden drive down through Sorrento, and a mini battle with Google Maps later, we arrived at a little beach village called Puolo. Pronounced "polo", it rests just southwest of Sorrento in the province of Massa Lubrense. I can't say it's all that pretty, but it was our shanty little ocean paradise for 5 days and we loved it!
We slept in the only hotel in town and throughout the course of our stay, had at least one meal in each of the 3 restaurants/snack shops along the pebbly beached strip. To tell you the truth, the only reason why we settled on this tiny town was because it was the cheapest hotel available on Expedia, and seemed a close enough drive to places we wanted to hit.
Our only touristy mission for the next few days was to spend an afternoon roaming the archeological sites of Pompeii, the ancient town devastated by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Of course all that walking around worked up an appetite! And because Pompeii is so close to Naples, the pizza capital of Italy, we figured this town would have good pizza too. We were not disappointed! I always order my margherita pizza with arugula, or rucola, because I tend to crave some element of freshness with my hot food. It might also be a way of convincing myself I'm being healthier while consuming a plate of dough and cheese. And oh, what dough it was! I was besotted with the fluffy and perfectly charred crust that was soft, chewy and not doughy at all.
A short walk from our pizza place was a well known pasticceria called Da Vivo, with an impressive variety of cakes, pastries and gelato.
The rest of our time in Puolo was just about enjoying the beach, the calm sea and each other's company. Oh, and eating more seafood! Thank you, Expedia!