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01483 345 701

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5.30pm

Sorrento

Perched on the tip of a rocky peninsula, Sorrento sits in a stunning location looking out across the Bay to Capri and Naples. The town offers incomparable views of the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Capri. With its mild and dry climate, Sorrento is a perfect holiday destination during any time of the year. Over the centuries, Sorrento has attracted illustrious visitors like Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Nietzsche, Goethe, Ibsen and Maxim Gorky. The town dominates the surrounding Sorrentine Peninsula, which is strategically located between the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. This convenient position makes it an ideal base for exploring the Neapolitan Riviera or simply for enjoying its views.

The old centre is a network of narrow streets thronged with shops, cafes and restaurants and is a very pleasant place to stroll on summer evenings. Sorrento offers small and delightful shops, bars and restaurants. It is perfect for discovering the Neapolitan Riviera’s cultural heritage and enjoying its relaxing atmosphere. The lively centre of Sorrento is Piazza Tasso, the main square, which was dedicated to Torquato Tasso, a famous Italian poet native of the town. It is worth taking the time to walk around the little streets that depart from the square, enjoy open views of the sea and discover unexpected corners of this historical town.

The Villa Comunale Gardens are perfect for resting during hot summer afternoons, hiding in the shadows of large old trees and enjoying the refreshing sea breeze. The wide terrace overlooking the sea makes this place unique. Right next to the Villa Comunale Gardens, the white marble façade of San Francesco Church catches the eye for its simplicity. The church also has adjacent cloisters dating back to the thirteenth century and presenting marvellous ogival arches. The Cloisters host classic music concerts during the summer.

Sorrento is famous for the art of marquetry, inlay and intarsia. From smaller wooden objects to statement furniture pieces, you will see plenty of examples of this traditional art in Sorrento’s shops.The area is also known for the typically colourful hand-painted ceramics. They are usually painted in bright colours like blue and yellow. The most recurrent motifs are fruits like lemons, grapes or apples, leaves, panoramas of the Riviera and the shining Mediterranean sun.

Lemons are one of the symbols of this territory, as they grow in abundance on the hills and you can even find them in vases on private terraces. Therefore, it is not surprising that lemons are the base of a well-known local specialty, the limoncello, a delicious liquor usually served at the end of meals.

Sorrento has a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and there is always plenty to do here. Saint Annais celebrated in Sorrento on 28th July. A procession follows an icon of Saint Anna through the streets of Sorrento. In the evening, people can enjoy fireworks, live Neapolitan music and entertainment on the pier in Marina Grande.

There are a wide range of excursions available and Sorrento is also very well connected to the city of Naples and the archaeological sites of the area such as Pompeii and Herculaneum. You can also jump on a ferry across the bay to the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia.