This is the view we had from our balcony, with Sorrento in front of us, and the waters of the Bay of Naples sparkling in the sun. It was lovely to be able to watch the activities in the town and harbour, and we could also see the lawns and grounds of the hotel immediately in front of us.
Although we spent several days doing very little, we also did some sight-seeing. We had a lovely time exploring Sorrento's quaint, narrow back streets, with little shops, cafes and restaurants at every turn.
But we also hired a car, driving along the coast to Amalfi (rather hair-raising, what with the hairpin bends and the Italian driving mentality!) and then down to Paestum, where there are the best examples of Greek temples in the world. Sounds a bit strange to find Greek temples in Italy, but of course, the Greeks dominated the Mediterranean for centuries, and these temples have survived in very good condition, even better than the ones in Greece!
Another day we went up the coast to Herculaneum, which is Pompeii's lesser known but probably more interesting twin. Both towns were destroyed by Vesuvius's eruption in the first century, but Herculaneum was swamped by mud, which actually supported the buildings and means that many of them are still intact, with roofs, stairs etc.
Here is a general view of the site, which though smaller than Pompeii is much more accessible and interesting. This is one of the streets, and you can see how well-preserved the buildings are.
And here is the culprit - Mount Vesuvius itself!