Sorrento was the legendary cove of the Mermaids, beautiful creatures that bewitched sailors with their beautiful singing, causing them to crash their boats onto vertical cliffs.
Ulysses was curious of listening to the Mermaids’ singing, so he plugged his sailors’ ears with wax and tied himself to the mast.Sorrento is surrounded by cliffs, and beaches are scarce. Private beaches take up most of Sorrento’s premium coastline, with umbrellas and sunloungers arranged in neat rows. There are a couple of free beaches; a swim in the clear blue waters is the perfect way to cool off after a day sightseeing.
Mount Vesuvius is only 50km far away by a car. she’s always there, across the bay, reminding everyone that it is her who created and shaped the land around Sorren
One amazing hotel after another, perched on top of the high Sorrento cliffs. I’m sure you’d get a million-dollar view from those.
Walking around the alleyways, you’ll find greengrocers like this with a bounty of fruit on display. Try pesche saturnine (bottom-right corner) a delicious local variety.
Marina Grande this is the most picturesque area; an old fishing village by the sea, with far fewer tourists than the narrow streets of the historical centre. There are steps leading down to Marina Grande from the centre; it is about a fifteen-minute walk.
Don’t forget we’re close to Naples; this is prime pizza territory. If you’ve had too may pizze, try saltimbocca – cured ham and mozzarella sandwiches, oven-baked in bread made from pizza dough. Here’s our article on the Sorrento Food Tour we took!
giant, knobbly and deep yellow, Sorrento lemons are a delicacy. Try limoncello, lemon sorbet or lemon granite, or even eat them as they are to appreciate their unique tangy sweetness.
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