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Sorrento Holidays

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The coastal town of Sorrento clings dramatically to a cliff between the stunning Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Stroll amongst lemon trees and wisteria, take in the dramatic views from a local café and hop on a ferry to the stunning island of Capri.

Relax Like a Roman Emperor

Sorrento is a small town on the south-west coast of Italy, 50 km south of Naples and easily accessible by train or ferry. It gets its name from the famous sirens of Homer’s Odyssey, who according to legend sang so beautifully that they lured sailors to their death. Sorrento’s beauty has certainly lured visitors from all over the world to marvel at the spectacular views of golden cliffs draped with colourful buildings and lush greenery, stretching into the distance over the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

Sorrento has been a holiday getaway since the days of Roman emperors, several of whom built palaces on the nearby island of Capri to get away from the bustle of Rome. After strolling through the beautifully preserved medieval old town of Sorrento, try some local limoncello at a cliff-top café and walk down to the sunny harbour to watch the fishermen take in their nets. Hop on a ferry for a day trip to Capri, Amalfi or Naples and you’ll understand why generations of Italians have taken their holidays in Sorrento on the Neopolitan Riviera.

Things to Do in Sorrento

As you’d expect from all Italian holidays, many an hour can be whiled away at neighbourhood cafés, sampling the delicious local wines, eating pasta and watching the world go by. The social heart of Sorrento is at Piazzo Tasso - relaxing by day and vibrant by night as the locals arrive on their Vespas to sample the late night bars. If it gets a little too busy here, just head for the ‘Drains’; don’t be put off by the unusual name, as this is actually a maze of medieval alleys hiding tantalising trattorias, trendy art galleries and craft shops selling locally made inlaid wood souvenirs.

The local limoncello has to be sampled whilst in Sorrento; it’s a locally produced liqueur, traditionally made from the rind of Sorrento lemons which you will see growing in back gardens all over the town. Pizza is also a local specialty, having been invented in the nearby city of Naples.

Although there is plenty to see and do in the town, many tourists use Sorrento as a base from which to explore the Neapolitan Riviera with Capri, Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompeii and the famous Amalfi Drive all within easy reach. The island of Capri is a perfect day trip – hop on a ferry and follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous that have travelled here since ancient times. Emperors Augustus and Tiberius made their homes here and visitors can explore Roman ruins, visit the Blue Grotto sea cave and enjoy a glass of wine at a seaside café before heading back to Sorrento for the evening. Watch the setting sun cast golden light over the cliffs of the Amalfi coast and you will wish your holiday in Sorrento never had to end.

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