Sorrento, a small Campania town, in the south of Italy, lies at the Circumvensuviana rail line’s south eastern end. It is highly accessible through Pompeii and Naples, making it a top choice for vacationers, both from Italy and overseas. Sorrento’s location is probably its most precious feature. Lying strategically on the Sorrentine Peninsula, Sorrento has a breathtaking view of the Bay of Naples, as well as numerous sites of Naples, the Isle of Capri, as well as of Vesuvius. It also is a perfect base in case you would like to visit and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ercolano.
The mild and temperate Sorrento climate makes it a favorite for both local and foreign visitors. This idyllic town sitting on the southern side of the Gulf of Naples caters to and entertains a good number of guests, year in year out. Its visitors include the world renowned tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. One of the best attractions on this romantic side of Italy is the numerous sea cliffs, as well as a number of luxury hotels that treat every guest like a king.
Going around Sorrento is easy, thanks to the many modes of transportation that made this beautiful place highly accessible. International visitors can fly in through the Naples Airport, while the adventurous locals and those coming in from nearer areas may opt for ferry rides or the exciting hydrofoils, while others may also tour the area by bus or by train.
The most ideal month to visit and enjoy Sorrento is during the warm months of May and September when one can enjoy the endless bevy of sea and outdoor adventures and experience this resort town to the fullest. Among the most interesting things to do on this quaint Italian place is visiting the Chiesa de San Francisco Church, checking out exhibitions and watching lovely classical concerts and performances by different schools during summer time. Visitors may also explore the stunning collection of 17th Century Neapolitan arts and crafts at Museo Correale di Terranova while taking in the majestic view of the coast. After that, guests may tour its magnificent collection of rare plants and flowers, commune with nature by visiting the punta campanella natural reserve, dabble in Italy’s rich and colorful history by paying a visit to the Archeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula or marvel at the interesting exhibits and displays at the Museo BottegadellaTasia Lignea. A traveler should not leave Sorrento without visiting the Duomo, St. Francis Monastery, as well as the Basilica di Sant’ Antonio.
The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful stretch of coastline situated on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula’s Province of Salerno. This beautiful coastal area attracts thousands of visitors every year, making it a very popular destination on this side of Italy. The cultural landscape of the Amalfi Coast is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Much like Sorrento, getting in and around the coastal area of Amalfi is also very simple and easy. Those who are visiting from abroad may fly in through the Naples Airport or the Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport. To discover and explore the region, tourists may take the ferries and buses situated along the coast.
Those who enjoy the great outdoors would really have a wonderful time biking along the hill parts or taking one of the hiking trips that traverse the mountain paths. Those who would like to do as the locals do can always partake in one of the many festivals hosted in the area, while the religious and not so religious will always have an amazing experience visiting one of the many churches and cathedrals. Most notable are the Amalfi Cathedral, the churches of San Luca and San Gennaro in Praiano, the San Salvatore del Birecto and Santa Maria Maddalena churches in Atrani, Ravello Cathedral, the Emerald Grotto, as well as the very interesting Paper Mill and Villa Rufolo.
Whether you chose to go for a luxury accommodation in one of their top hotels, or opt for one of those romantic bed and breakfasts, or choose the more practical hostels, any vacation on the Amalfi coast is one that will be highly enjoyable and unforgettable. Just make sure to not leave this part of Italy without trying their famous limoncello and finding out for yourself why their local lemons, known for its oval shape and strong aroma, are famous around the world.