Long Stay in Sorrento
Sorrento is wonderfully located over white steep cliffs and offers a fantastic view over the Bay of Naples. Sorrento lies on a Tufa terrace and is enclosed by impressive rocks of the Limestone Mountains. For 2000 years already visitors from all over the world have been attracted to Sorrento by breathtaking sunsets and fragrances of orange and lemon gardens.
Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are well known for its splendid big lemons. Typical products from Sorrento are produced with these “Limoni”: Limoncello, a very tasty lemon liqueur, lemon chocolate, colorful ceramic articles with lemon motives or lemon soap. One should also try the over 70 different ice cream flavors of Gelateria Bougainvillea. One is tempted to shop by the small street Via S. Cesareo, the heart of Sorrento. In addition to this there is the weekly market that takes place on Tuesdays, where one can buy real bargains.
Sorrento is also very popular due to its good location as starting point to all the important surrounding sights. The summit of the peninsula of Sorrento is only about 5 km away from Capri, which can be easily reached from the Harbor Marina Piccola. Also Ischia and Procida, of which the silhouettes can be seen on clear days, can be reached very quickly per speedboat. Sorrento is also the terminus of the Circumvesuviana, a small train with its start in Naples. One can reach Pompeii and Herkulaneum by this rail in about thirty minutes and Naples in circa one hour’s time.
The good location of Sorrento unfortunately also leads to heavy traffic in the narrow streets of the town. Relaxation and silence can presently still be found in the gardens and private beaches of the hotels, the orange grove of the museum or the monastery garden. Sorrento is recommendable as a tourist destination or a starting point for sightseeing of every kind, however it is less recommendable for a pure swimming or recuperation holiday.
Sorrento and its wonderful Peninsula are ideal for those wishing to visit a city full of art in the midst of beautiful scenery of sea and mountains.
From the Grand Hotel Flora, you will arrive in Piazza Tasso, within a five minute walk, and it is the center of Sorrento, where you can see the monument Tasso and the statue of Sant’Antonino Abbate, the Church del Carmine and the facade of the House in Veniero of a Sicilian-Norman style and the Palazzo Correale. From here you can choose restaurants, shop and many small boutiques. We then continue to the main street of Sorrento, where you can see the Duomo with its Romanesque facade. Here you can see the paintings of Horace and Nicola Malinconico – Giacomo Del Po and Silvestro Buono. Below the seat Dominova, loggia of the fifteenth century, with a dome and majolica tiles of the’600. The old town still shows the layout of Roman origin and is surrounded by sixteenth century walls. Sorrento was Episcopalian, and in the sixteenth and seventeenth century was a victim of the assaults of the Saracens of which traces are still present and found in the towers of the coast.
The most interesting monuments to visit in Sorrento are certainly the Cathedral, built in the fifteenth century and the church of St. Francis of Assisi with the cloister.
At the Correale Museum are exhibited collections of Greek and Roman artefacts and Capodimonte porcelain. It is also worth visiting the museum shop of Tarsia-Lignea where you can admire the best pieces of inlaid wood, one of the typical craft of Sorrento.
Sorrento is not just a place full of history, but also a place to enjoy just by walking through the alleys of the historical center with local shops and typical restaurants.
Some of Sorrento’s typical products are Limoncello of Sorrento peninsula, the DOP olive oil and mozzarella or provolone from Del Monaco Agerola.
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Visit the Amalfi Coast by bus with the locals
Sorrento – Amalfi
The bus service is carried out by the company Sita Sud, the departure is from Piazza Giovanni Battista De Curtis in Sorrento, near the station of Circumvesuviana of Sorrento. The ride lasts about an hour and a half and the cost of the ticket is of €6.80.
Sorrento is not known for its beaches. It sits on a clifftop, above the shore. The nearest sandy beach to the harbour is the small Marina Piccola, which is reached by steps or a lift. The other sandy beach is Marina Grande, around 15 minutes walk from the town centre. The most attractive beach is Punto del Capo, further south. It is reached from the centre of town by following Via del Capo, though it is best to take a bus.
Naples to Sorrento is very easy to find as it is Capolinea, means the train ends and starts in Sorrento (from/to Naples). The trip takes approximately 1h15min. The trains from Sorrento to Naples run more or less, every 30 minutes and it’s pretty. There are 2 types of trains: Diretto and Direttissimo. Please note the train stations and the city of Naples are known for pick pockets. In order to travel safely, please do not bring jewels and large amount of money.
Ask the representative to rent a car for a few days. You can share it with other passengers of the group and travel together on the Amalfi Coast.
We suggest you to print interesting information, maps, list of museums according to your taste and budget before you leave Canada.