This most popular gem on the Amalfi coast with its all encompassing views and sunsets across to Naples and its bustling old centre with its cosmopolitan treelined squares
One of Italys most famous resorts is Sorrento, purchased on a cliff top with stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. Protected by surrounding hills means it is a sheltered spot and therefore enjoys a mild climate all year round.
The town offers a classic Mediterranean summer holiday feel but maintains its Italian charm. It is popular as a tourist destination because it offers such a variety to suit everyones needs, from rural walks to boat excusions and from lazing around on the beach all day to visiting one of the many historic ruins such as Pompeii
What to do - The centre of the town is the piazzo Tasso, which seems to be busy at any time of day or indeed through the night. Sorrento is a pleasant town for pottering about, with pedestrian lanes, boutique shops, produce tasting and fairly unlimited choice of restaurants.
During the daytime most people go off exploring the region, with a wide range of choice such as a boat trip to the islands of Capri & Ischia, catching the bus along the Amalfi Coast region or simply taking a walk across the peninsular. In the evenings, the masses return to catch the sun set, have an evening meal, take up the traditional passegata whilst browsing through the narrow cobbled streets littered with shops.
How to get there - The fast train goes directly from Naples to Sorrento, and is the main transport hub of the region. It is an excellent base for exploring the region, you can get ferries to Naples, Amalfi, Capri and Ischia; trains to Pompeii; and buses to the other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is unashamadley geared to cater for the English speaking tourists, however, if you choose to visit outside the peak season you will discover another side to the town when it is peaceful and has a more relaxed atmosphere. It is a practical base for exploring the region and given the huge choice of either a 5 star hotel or a family villa with pool means prices are reasonable too