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Sorrento is one of Campania’s most stunning destinations, cascading down a steep hillside and spreading across the clifftops above the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s arguably Campania’s hub, with ferry links to Capri and Ischia, easy road access to the Amalfi Coast and Naples, and fast rail connections to Pompeii. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples, with fantastic views across the water to Mount Vesuvius. The old town is a warren of narrow streets lined with small shops and hole-in-the-wall cobblers (handmade sandals are something of a speciality here). Stretching from the seafront onto the main street, it's the ideal shopping location. Antiques can be found at the Teodoro Del Giudice, while the weekly market is the place to pick up everything from jackets to handbags. The streets of Sorrento come alive at night thanks to an array of restaurants and bars. In the summer months the locals will fill the outside terraces of the cafes and restaurants creating a bustling atmosphere, particularly around the pretty main square, Piazza Tasso. For a seafood supper, head down to the waterfront Marina Grande, where you'll find a selection of wonderful fish restaurants.
Sorrento perfectly positions you for exploring the beautiful Neapolitan Riviera. A short train ride away is Pompeii, buried under ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The ruins are incredibly well preserved, with some of the villas even showcasing frescoes and mosaic floors. Travel in the other direction and you'll be on the famous Amalfi Coast, one of the world's most spectacular drives. Follow the winding road along the clifftops, stopping at pretty Positano and Amalfi, then make your way up the hillside to the lofty village of Ravello. Capri is another easy day trip, as ferries frequently run back and forth from Sorrento. Explore the island's sea caves, browse the high-end boutiques, or head up to the little town of Anacapri for spectacular views. Take a look at Seven Days in Sorrento blog post for ideas on how you could explore the area in a week.
The closest airport to Sorrento is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Sorrento. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Sorrento is a popular summer destination with very warm temperatures in July and August. Spring and autumn offer pleasant weather and you can often find fewer crowds. Some hotels in Sorrento do remain remain open during the winter and the weather is relatively mild. Availability can be limited in Sorrento during summer, so we'd advise booking early if you can.
Food lovers will be in gastronomic heaven in Sorrento, with plenty of restaurants to choose from, plus food and wine tours that let you take a little bit of Sorrento home with you. There are many opportunities to sample local and regional wines in Sorrento, whether it's in one of the many restaurants, wine shops or by enjoying a visit to a nearby vineyard. Famous names from this area include Taurasi Riserva (red wine) and Greco di Tufo (white wine). Sorrento is most famous for its delicious yellow liqueur, limoncello. Though it's not clear who was the first inventor of the drink, it is a product that is consumed across the Sorrentine Peninsula and the surrounding areas. This lemon-flavoured drink is suitable for many occasions including as an aperitivo or digestif, and is also delicious drizzled on gelato or fruit salad. Finishing a meal with limoncello has become a way of life in Sorrento, even replacing the traditional coffee.
This seaside town is a land of mysteries, traditions and legends. Many civilisations have lived in Sorrento, from the Etruscans to the Greeks, dating the town back over 2,000 years. Its origins are Roman, although the Greek influences are still visible today. In 79 AD, Sorrento was damaged by an earthquake caused by the eruption of Moun Vesuvius. This was the same volcano that destroyed the nearby city of Pompeii.
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