Sorrento, Italy is a place my husband and I visited in 2002 and we have some beautiful memories of it. It is also a place we intend to visit again sometime in the near future.
“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 views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that includes the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.”
Sorrento is around an hour or so from Naples airport. We made one mistake by visiting during August. It was truly, mega hot and most of the Italians were on holiday themselves. We spent a long time at the airport waiting for our luggage and we were told it was due to having less staff working. That may have improved now but it is worth noting.
There are many hotels in Sorrento and I don’t know enough to review them. We stayed in the Hotel Bristol, which was about a ten-minute walk into the town itself. We loved it so much we would definitely stay there again.
One thing to note though, the walk back is on a slope so be prepared, especially if it is really hot.
The views from this hotel are absolutely amazing. The restaurant and bar and many of the rooms overlook the Bay Of Naples and you can see the volcano Mount Vesuvius. I can only describe it as magical – sitting there on an evening, enjoying a glass of wine before dinner, looking down on the cruise ships docked and the town of Sorrento itself. It was absolutely wonderful.
The town is bustling with shops; little narrow streets with so much to buy you would need another suitcase to bring home everything you saw.
Its worth remembering that the shops close in the afternoon and re-open early evening. However, they are open till midnight.
From the town you can get a boat trip to the Isle of Capri and other islands. Capri is well worth a visit, although in August when we were there it was absolutely packed with people.
Remember, if it’s a beach holiday you want, then Sorrento isn’t really a beach place. There are hidden beaches and coves that you can get to. However, again, during August, they were very crowded and not easy to get to.
Most of the hotels have their own swimming pools. In the Hotel Bristol it was a roof top pool with views to die for.
Isle of Capri
Isle of Ischia
Positano ( the next town along the coast)
A drive along the Amalfi Coastline (absolutely fabulous)
Ravello (A mountain top village, I highly recommend for the views)
Amalfi Town (just getting there by boat or road is wonderful)
I once read somewhere that driving the Amalfi coastline is one of those places you should do before you die. Once you have seen it you will know exactly what I mean.
You might like to read more on the Lonely Planet site.
This is another great site to visit as well 100 BEST THINGS TO DO IN ITALY
As I said earlier, it is not a beach resort. Sorrento is on a cliff so there are a few hills to climb.
Be careful of the scooters that will even mount pavements to get where they want to go. It can get very busy during August, with thousands of tourists.
I love the heat, however, it was so hot when we were there we almost felt too tired to go on some of the trips. All we wanted to do was laze around the pool, lol.
Be prepared for the odd thunderstorm. We had a terrific one when there and I never seen so much muddy water spilling down from the hills on the marina area.
Awesome views and scenery.
Lots of places to see and visit.
Romantic (well I thought so)
VIDEO OF SORRENTO by Hotel Bristol
I highly recommend visiting Sorrento and the surrounding areas to anyone. We have fond memories of it and we will definitely return one day and to the same Hotel Bristol.
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