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Holidays to Sorrento

An unashamed resort, Sorrento is a civilised old town on southern Italy's Amalfi coast. The town is the perfect base from which to explore nearby Pompeii and the fabled island of Capri. There is always a wide range of boat trips to choose from when looking to visit the neighbouring islands. Exceedingly popular with the British, sometimes Sorrento's first language appears to be English. It has a pretty old town, a harbour with ferry departures to numerous other tourist spots, and an amazing view overlooking the Bay of Naples. While many come to visit the town in its own right, others use it as a seaside base to explore the surrounding coast and nearby islands. Sorrento's quaint charm and natural beauty make it a firm favourite on any cruise ship's itinerary.

Time passes pleasantly in Sorrento. There are hundreds of tourist shops selling kitsch souvenirs, relaxed bars and cafés, and restaurants serving Italian specialities, as well as international cuisine. The focal point for tourists is the Piazza Tasso that is built over a gorge and has tables and chairs that crowd the central square. Panoramic views characterise Sorrento and one of the best is from the Piazza. Upon looking out to sea, the most attractive part of town San Antonio is on the left, with the station to the right. The Via dei Maio is a tiny road that heads towards the sea and is full of hidden gems to explore. There is charming flowery cloister at the 14th century Chiesa di San Francesco, while a small garden adjacent to Sorrento's most beautiful church gives a splendid view of Naples Bay, as well as a spot of peace and tranquillity. Villa Comunale Park is a lush, landscaped area popular for relaxing during sunset hours and is a lively spot with benches, operatic buskers and a small bar.

Head south past two medieval palaces and you will find the awe-inspiring medieval cathedral 'Duomo' with its triple-tiered bell tower, elegant clock and striking exterior. Nearby is the museum, Museo Correale, where you can learn more about the town's interesting history. There is a lack of beaches in Sorrento, but this is more than made up for by the wooden or stone bathing platform that sits at the foot of the cliffs and leads to the sea. The closest thing to a beach is the Marina Grande, a pleasant sandy stretch at the harbour where you can relax on the sand or simply loll on one of the deck chairs.

As well as the mandatory tourist souvenirs, Sorrento also has those mementos that are a cut above the norm, including ceramics, embroidery, and intariso (marquetry items), which are famously produced in the town. To the south of the city is the best of the peninsula's unspoilt countryside, and to the north, there are fascinating working archaeological sites. Centro Storico is where the bustling, old town centre’s streets are based. Sorrento is a hub for shops, bars and restaurants, adding to the centre's energy. If a little peace and quiet is required, simply head into one of the small side streets and marvel at the traditional buildings interspersed with the occasional church or piazza.

Sorrento, as with much of Italy, is famous for its ice cream and the town offers a wide range of cooking courses and tutorials to help you make your very own gelato or other famous Italian treats. There is an abundance of tours both on land and offshore, so why not head to Positano, Amalfi or Ravello for the day? There are walking tours that show you the sights or you can hire a car and take in Sorrento's beauty at your own pace whilst resting your legs. Water sports are available about two kilometres west of town at the Bagni Regina Giovanni rocky beach, set amongst beautiful Roman ruins.

Sorrento has extremely well organised transport systems and a good tourism infrastructure and can be explored and enjoyed at virtually any time of the year. January is traditionally the coldest month, November the wettest, and July the warmest. When you choose to visit the city depends on your reasons for visiting. For those who love to take a dip in the sea, August is usually the safest bet for a decent water temperature. Sorrento welcomes visitors all year round and has something for all the family to enjoy, so there are always things to see and do. Docking at this town's port and heading ashore will not disappoint.

 
 
 
 
 

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