Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula.
Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views.
Sorrento is one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal towns. Its cliff-base marinas are lined with waterfront restaurants that border the calm waters of the Bay of Naples. The perfect spot for a Vino con Vista is the patio of the 5-star Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria; built in 1834.
In my opinion, it’s the best place to stay in Sorrento:
Then you can take the elevator down to the Marina where you can travel to the charming towns of the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is known as the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast”; located along the Bay of Naples
In the city center, you’ll find a wealth of centuries-old basilicas and piazzas, connected by narrow streets. Piazza Tasso is a cafe-lined square. Piazza Tasso is a central square in Sorrento named after the poet Torquato Tasso. In the main square, well known as Largo of the Caste, is the Baroque Church del Carmine. On the square you will see a statue of Saint Antonino Abbate, the Patron Saint of Sorrento.
From the square, walk over to the shopping street of Via San Cesareo. It’s not quite as long as Corso Italia where you’ll find the larger shops. On Via San Cesareo you’ll find smaller shops and restaurants; it leads to more narrow streets with restaurants and shops with plenty of limoncello.
You can never have enough limoncello in Sorrento!
Also near Piazza Tasso is the Palazzo Correale, called Museum Correale. Museum Correale Sorrento was left by the last descendants of the noble Correale family. They accumulated some of the finest Neapolitan furniture throughout the centuries while the villa served as their official residence.
Correale di Terranova Museum has amassed a precious collection of fine arts from the many Correale houses in Naples and Sorrento, including paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi, Battistello, Caracciolo, Solimena, Van Dyck, Kassel, and Belvedere. There’s plenty of porcelain, furniture, rare consoles, and glass from Murano and BohemiaTheir heirlooms are now considered a national treasure.
Other museums that are close to Piazza Tasso include The Wooden Marquetry Shop and Georges Vallet Archaeological Museum.
The Sorrentine peninsula boasts a secular tradition in the art of marquetry or in-laid wood; called Intarsia in Italian.
From the first half of 800, talented Sorrentine artisans were the first to acquire such technique, which spread extensively all over the Neapolitan territory.
While you’re in Piazza Tasso stop at Fauno Bar for a drink.
I Love 0’ Parrucchiano for classic Sorrentine cuisine! “0′ Parrucchiano – La Favorita” has been famous for over 100 years for their cannelloni, invented here in 1870. There is a beautiful internal garden and covered patio for outdoor dining.
The historic center is home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.
The town is most known for its small shops selling ceramics, lacework, limoncello and marquetry (woodwork).
The Sorrentine Peninsula in Campania has amazing views of Naples, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri.
Sorrento is Limoncello central.
Check out the Marina.
Marina Grande shown above and below.
The advantage of using Sorrento as your base during your holiday is its excellent connections with Capri, Positano, Amalfi, and Pompeii.
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