Monday, July 30
The pool at Parco dei Principi
What to do when the beach gets boring but it is too hot to go anywhere without water to immerge yourself in? The pool of course! Sadly one of the things Positano lacks is a public swimming pool so we decided to get up early and hunt around Sorrento for a mysterious new public pool that we had heard of.
We tracked the pool down to a campsite and were disappointed to fine an extemely small pool full of people in swimming caps. A nearby sign warned in many languages that 'the bonnet must be worn at all times in the pool'. Visions of hairy wet men in frilly Easter bonnets swam through my head.
"I'm sorry, but I am not wearing a swimming cap and honestly speaking I don't want to see you in one either. Lets go somewhere else,"
We ended up at Parco dei Principi, a hotel that looks like an old pink castle, set in leafy gardens overlooking Sorrento. The pool is open to everyone, at a price of course. Ten euros gets you entrance and a deckchair, but you can stay all day,and even though the price is steep, it's a nice change from the gritty salty beach once in a while.
There is a kids pool with a fountain that 'rains' on you, a fast twisty slide, a shallow bit that you can sit, lie or paddle in, a snack bar and very clean bathrooms that even provide toilet paper (a rare bonus in Italy).Best of all nobody is obliged to wear a bonnet.
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