Land of mermaids, fun and good food, Sorrento is the most famous town of the Sorrento peninsula and is the watershed between the Gulf of Naples and Salerno. This tourist destination has always represented the best of hospitality in Italy, thanks to the luxurious hotels overlooking the sea and countless extra-hotel facilities scattered throughout the territory. Overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento means to be enraptured by the panorama: Vesuvius, Mount Faito and the islands of the Gulf... a scenario of rare beauty!
Homeland of Torquato Tasso, in the eighteenth century Sorrento was one of the destinations of the "Grand Tour", where intellectuals from all over Europe, such as Nietzsche, Ibsen and many others, found inspiration for their essays and novels. It was thanks to them that Sorrento became a coveted location for elite tourism. The historic center, or the decumanus major of Via San Cesareo, with its branches is all to visit: here are the best restaurants and stores where they sell handicrafts and typical but is also home to monuments such as Sedil Dominova, the Cathedral of the tenth century, the Basilica of St. Antonino and the Cloister of St. Francis. And then again... Casa Correale, Cornelia Tasso's house, sister of the great poet from Sorrento, and the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, where the tenor Caruso, in 1921, spent the last months of his life.
Sorrento offers countless opportunities for recreation and fun... Among the various outdoor activities, the main one is trekking to discover the paths among the Lattari Mountains or the unique Sentiero degli Dei on the Amalfi Coast, which are a must for photography lovers. Also, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy recreational underwater activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking and fishing.
The best way to admire Sorrento and the entire peninsula is definitely by sea! You can reach the main places, such as Capri, Ischia, Procida, the Amalfi coast or even Pompeii, with the possibility of visiting its archaeological excavations, with departure from Sorrento. Take advantage of it to spend a day of pure relaxation on board one of the most characteristic boats of the Campania region: the typical gozzo sorrentino. Launched for the first time in the thirteenth century, is the only type of boat that has known new life thanks to its seafaring characteristics also suitable for modern boating.
Along the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, there are many places that deserve to be visited, such as the Baths of Queen Giovanna or the Bay of Ieranto, included in the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella, reachable by sea only with sailboats or hybrid motor boats or by booking with the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).
Sorrento is an esteemed food and wine center, popular worldwide, which can boast chefs with an acknowledged talent and six Michelin awarded restaurants. The typical products coming from the Sorrento Coast range from fior di latte, to provolone del Monaco DOP, to Gragnano IGP pasta and many other zero-km typical products , such as oranges, lemons, tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
The iconic dish of the Tasso’s city are the gnocchi alla sorrentina, the symbol of the local cuisine. This specialty has a base of potatoes, flour and eggs, topped with fior di latte and a good tomato sauce, basil and extra virgin olive oil. In this regard, in 2021 was born the first edition of the Sorrento Gnocchi Daymore than sixty places, including trattorias, bistros, historical places and starred restaurants, in the Sorrento Peninsula, in Italy and in the world, have joined this initiative, offering in their menu traditional and innovative versions.
You can reach the city of Sorrento in three ways:
In short, whatever way you choose to reach the characteristic city of Sorrento... during your stay you will have many things to do. Plan your time as best you can and you'll see that you won't miss a single thing worth doing!
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