The cosmopolitan coastal town of Sorrento in Southwestern Italy is nothing less than stunning with its cliff-hugging villas, azure ocean, designer boutiques and narrow cobbled lanes lined with hidden wine bars and tiny local restaurants.
While it’s tempting to spend your days in the Piazza Tasso, where you’ll find the locals drinking red wine, people watching and enjoying some delicious seafood and pasta dishes, Sorrento is also a stylish base to explore the iconic sights of the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Naples and the offshore island of Capri.
One of the best things to do in Sorrento is to simply walk the streets and let your feet guide you down the narrow alleyways and into local markets where you’ll discover Arab and Spanish influences in the architecture. Pop into a local deli or take a seat at a wine bar and sample some of the area’s most famous delicacies including Caprese cake, prawns bon bon, frolla pastries and Limoncello made from lemons from the local groves.
Ristorante Bagni Delfino is a renowned Italian seafood restaurant situated overlooking the fishing boat-dotted harbour on the Via Marina Grande. Expect generous portions, the freshest catch-of-the-day and lots of diners taking selfies against the sunset background. Standout dishes include the spaghetti with sea urchin pulp and the baked local sea bass.
Image courtesy of Ristorante Bagni Delfino.
Vallone dei Mulini is a historic valley that dates back to a volcanic eruption 35,000 years ago. Once a sawmill, the valley is now an enchanting and mysterious site known for its variety of unique plants and lush camera-ready views.
Our top tip for travellers in Sorrento? Rent a car and explore the beautiful coastal cities at your own pace. Positano is a cliffside village known for being the holiday hotspot of choice for the rich and famous. Think women wearing colourful Dolce and Gabbana outfits and enjoying a glass of local wine in a narrow cobbled lane filled with wine bars and salumists.
Ferries to the island of Capri depart regularly from Sorrento’s Marina Piccola port and the journey takes about 25 minutes. Capri is famed for its upmarket hotels, designer boutiques, handmade leather goods shops and trendy hole-in-the-wall-style bars serving locally made Limoncello.
The archaeological site of Pompeii is located a 35-minute drive from Sorrento and is a must-visit site when in the south of Italy. This preserved city gives glimpses into life in ancient Rome before the catastrophic eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Visitors can freely explore the streets and discover what daily life was like from seeing inside homes to learning about art, customs and trades.
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