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Sorrento, Italy

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Sorrento Overview

This small town in Italy sits in a privileged location boasting the most unique vistas. Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples, the Vesuvius and the Island of Capri. It’s classy and chic, it’s romantic and idyllic. It offers vacationers the most memorable experiences. Its restaurants offer the finest cuisines on the Mediterranean. Its shops are home to creations by generations of craftsmen and artisans.

The famous road that connects Amalfi to Sorrento snakes around impressive cliffs that sit above the ocean. Ferry boats and hydrofoils can transport you between towns and luxury hotels. Sorrento has attracted personalities from all walks of life and has hosted events for talent like Enrico Carusso, Luciano Pavarotti and Sophia Loren.

Sorrento has been immortalized in song and poetry and has served as backdrop to novels and movies.

Visitors can enjoy a trip down Italian history at the museums and galleries in Sorrento. They can admire and appreciate the different styles of architecture in churches and cathedrals. Monuments and villages will attest to the beauty that inspired Byron, Keats and Goethe.

Sorrento is famous for its production of Limoncello. This lemon-flavored liqueur draws its unique taste from locally grown citrus. Sorrento is also known for its production of fine olive oil and wine.

Though many people come to Sorrento for the sublime sunsets and scenery, they also come for the shopping opportunities. Small boutiques line cobbled streets displaying the latest in fashion. Via S Cesareo in the heart of Sorrento is among the favorite venues for outstanding retail therapy. The weekly outdoor markets are other ideal places for finding souvenirs, fine Italian leathers and ceramics. And while shopping in Sorrento a visit to a gelateria is called for. They offer no less than fifty flavors of heavenly creamy ice cream. Most of these are made from products only found in Sorrento.

Travelers to Sorrento can participate in the unique experience of watching skilled artisans at work. Their creations of inlay wood furnishings and smaller items date back to the 19th century and are displayed in showrooms around the globe.

Swimming is possible at the beautiful beach off the Marina di Puolo. The waters of Sorrento are warm and unpolluted. Or if you prefer to take a nature walk, follow the peninsula and take the cable car to the top of the mountains. The ride takes eight minutes and travels up 1,143 meters. The top is mostly covered in lush greenery and large chestnut trees. If you visit during the month of November, you’ll get a chance to participate in the chestnut harvest celebration. Horse back-riding is another fun option for exploring the region.

Given Sorrento’s location, the freshest seafood is always available. Menus at Italian eateries usually list grilled specialties. Home-made pastas are prepared in different styles and are combined with shellfish of some kind. Fine establishments offer wine lists that list award winning Sorrento reds or whites.

Sorrento is a destination for poets and scholars. Why not make it the place for you.
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