Visit Sorrento was the destination of famous travellers since the seventeenth century.
Visit Sorrento is a triumph of colors and tastes, of bays and breathtaking views that dominate the sea.
Visit Sorrento..was the destination of famous travellers since the seventeenth century.
And before that it was the place chosen from the ancient Romans to build their villas. The Sorrentine Peninsula is a triumph of colors and tastes, of bays and breathtaking views that dominate the sea. There are also many types of seaside resorts for all needs.
Land of Mermaids. Land of Orange and Lemon Groves. Land of Colors. This small city in Campania has earned a plethora of alluring names. Famed for its sea cliffs, the town’s steep slopes look out over azure waters to Ischia, Capri and the Bay of Naples. The birthplace of Limoncello liqueur offers some good diving, great sea fishing, boat cruises and appetizing restaurants. Excellent hiking trails cross the peninsula. Rent a car or take a taxi if the steep streets look too intimidating.
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Tips beach Sorrento
Beaches are a rarity near Sorrento because of the cliffs But there are a few, the best by far is at Marina Grande, a small fishing village that has now become a part of Sorrento. There are some nice Shops, bars and Restaraunts there and it’s a lovely place to take a stroll or relax in a bar and take in the Lovely views or watch the local fishermen.
For a relaxing and inexpensive tour of the city hop on one of the orange city buses and enjoy the scenery. The buses are only one euro to take and the ticket lasts for 60 minutes so you can make connections if needed. The bus goes all over town and most important to the main port and Marina Grande which are long steep walks. The tickets are sold in tabacco shops and some hotels. You may want to see if you can print out a route map before heading to Sorrento .
- Walk – if you’re not in a hurry you can stroll from one end of town to the other. Most of the town is reasonably level except for the steep descent/ascent to and from the harbour & beach.
- Local buses – the local bus service is good enough to visit all interesting places available in the area. You can also get a bus up & down to & from the beach/harbour area from town, if you want to avoid the short but steep walk.
- Lift – there is a lift to take you up and down between town (up on top of the cliff) and the beach and harbour area. The lift costs 1 euro and the bottom entry is located just to the west of the public beach, in amongst the private beaches. This is a few minutes walk to the west of the boat harbour (marina). In summer if you’ve had a nice cool swim and don’t want to get hot and sweaty walking up the hill this is a good option.
Sorrento historical centre is the ideal place for shopping, from the seafront to the narrow streets, leading to the main street area thousand souvenirs can be found . Typical hand-craft marquetry, hand-stitched tablecloths, coloured handmade sandals, distilleries and local gastronomic products.
The inlaid wooden marquetry realized by the Sorrentine artisan, they patiently and skifully decorate wooden objects with delicate inlays creating a variety of patterns and colours. Their workshops are lined with piles of small boxes pressed into clamps, put out in open air for glue to dry in the sun. This gives character and colour to the streets making pleasant to walk all around the old town.
You can also buy a myriad delicacies: limoncello liqueurs painted bottles, almond and lemon cakes, orange patries, buiscuits, jams, local handmade ice cream.
Along the main street, Corso Italia, many shops offer the most famous “Made in Italy” brands.
- Lemon terraces
- The pretty Small Port (Marina Piccola)
- The puntacampanella natural reserve
- Villa Pollio roman ruins in Capo di Sorrento.
- Hotel Tramontano, where Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen lived while writing parts of Peer Gynt (1867) and Ghosts (1881).
- Museo Correale di Terranova Sorrento’s picture gallery
- Archeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula
- Museo Bottega della Tasia Lignea A collection of local applied arts.
- Duomo (Cathedral)
- St. Francis Monastery
- Basilica di Sant’Antonino
The Sorrentine Peninsula
In this enchanting village aristocrats and intellectuals built villas by the tuff terrace overlooking the bay of Naples.The town is inviting for long, quiet and peaceful holidays, offering any comforts with its vast range of accommodations.It’s pleasant to walk around in the historical centre to discover beautiful gardens, panoramic points, old churches and lemon grooves.
Piano di Sorrento
On a natural terrace of tuff rock, this place was beloved by the Emperor Augustus and many Romans during the Imperial Age as well as celebrated by famous writers such as Plinius and Horace.
Visit the “Georges Vallet” archaeological museum of the Sorrento Peninsula in Villa Fondi, from its garden a wonderful landscape.
A lovely holiday resort and bathing destination, enchanting, sandy beaches: Marina di Meta and Alimuri. Do not miss the “Santa Maria del Lauro” basilica and the old historical centre where traditional feast, interesting cultural events and festivals are organized every year.
An holiday resort covering a large area with 18 beautiful villages each one offering different and unique landscapes.
Sant’Agata sui due Golfi set on the hill between the bays of Naples and Salerno, the magical and unspoilt Bay of Jeranto and the Punta Campanella, opposite to Capri, the final tip of the Sorrento peninsula.
This territory characterised by Mediterranean bush, typical cultivation and coasts just on the sea, constitutes one of the main tourist resources of Sorrento Peninsula.
One the activities promoted in this view has been the localisation and delimitation of a series of foot-paths. In 1990, in the sole commune of Massa Lubrense were localised 22 foot itineraries for an overall development of an area of about 110 km far from the carriage road and by the built-up area.
Along these paths, clearly indicated, it is possible to rediscover enchanted places rich in historical memories, panoramic points and ancient hamlets, the whole through lemon-orchards, olive-groves, oak-woods, sunny coasts and a luxuriant and evergreen nature, typical of the whole Sorrento Peninsula.
Gastronomy in Sorrento
Simple and tasty dishes created with the basic ingredients of the Mediterranean cooking, generally locally produced, characterize the typical cooking of Sorrento Peninsula.
“strascinate”),gnocchi alla sorrentina, pasta with beans, stuffed pepper (in dialect called “mbuttunat”) or of delicate dishes, such as caprese salad (tomatoes and mozzarella), pasta with courgettes, parmigiana di melenzane (fried aubergines with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese).
Correale di Terranova Museum
Addresse Via Correale, 50
Phone 081 8781846
Web site http://www.museocorreale.it/
Location Sorrento centre
The most precious and interesting collection of fine arts coming from the many Correale houses in Naples and Sorrento, collected in the “Villa alla Rota, by Alfredo and Pompeo Correale, counts of Terranova. The Correale Museum was opened in May 1924 and its spread over 24 rooms on four floors. The artefacts are divided into sections and then into chronological order.
This museum has been defined “the most beautiful provincial museum of Italy” visiting these rooms the visitors are transported in a journey-time, paintings from 17th and 18th centuries attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi, Battistello, Caracciolo, Solimena, Van Dyck, Kassel and Belvedere. From the famous Neapolitan school of Posillipo some paintings of southern Italy by Pitloo, Duclère, Gigante and Palizzi.
An excellent porcelain collection from the most important European factories, Meissen, Sevres, Bow, Wien and Capodimonte of course. Beautiful furniture, rare consoles, precious glass from Murano and Bohemia, rare table clocks recreating a suggestive atmosphere of an aristocratic home.
from Tuesday to Saturday 9,30 am – 6,30 pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 9,30 am – 01,30pm
Closed on Monday
Rates: € 7,00 € 5,00 group rate
The Wooden Marquetry Shop-Museum
Museo-Bottega della Tarsia Lignea
Situed in the historical centre of Sorrento in a patrician palace of the 18th century. In the halls of frescoed vaults and roof covered with hand-painted wall-paper, a rich collection of inlaid wooden furniture and objects made by local marquetry masters of the 19th century is on display. The exhibition of the Italian and foreign artists’ paintings of the 19th century, of ancient printings and photos, let us reconstruct the 19th century image of the Sorrento coast, of the environmental historical context where the local inlaid production was developed.
On Museum ground floor there is a bookshop where inlaid furniture and objects signed by Alessandro Fiorentino Collection are sold.
Monday to Saturday November – March 9,30 am – 01,00 pm/03,00 pm- 07,00 pm
Sunday on booking April – October 9,30 am – 01,00 pm/04,00 pm -08,00 pm
Rates: € 8,00 Group rate € 5,00 Min 15 pax
Georges Vallet Archaeological Museum – Villa Fondi
Addresse Via Ripa di Cassano – 80063 Piano di Sorrento
Phone 081 8087078
Fax 081 8087078
This museum is located in the neoclassical Villa Fondi di Sangro, surrounded by a beautiful park overlooking the bay of Naples. The museum exhibits sculptures and architectural decorations from prehistoric ages to Roman times. Noteworthy are two marble heads, glass containers for balms and perfumes and terracotta
the vases with red figures. The rooms of the villa contain illustrations of the prehistoric age, with caves and settlements, as well as information and finds from the digs in the area of Trinità (this is where a settlement from the II millennium B.C. was found; examples of archaic sculpture and architecture, Doric tuff capitals, archaic and Classical necropolises from the surrounding areas, with various tomb furnishings relating to them; objects found in the digs of ancient Sorrento and its necropolises; the extraordinary reconstructions in scale of Villa of Pollius Felix; the archaeological remains of the Villa at Capo di Massa (Villazzano), an the colossal marble statue found in Sorrento in 1971 of a female figure probably from the Imperial age.
Days Opening hours
Tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday 9,00 am – 07,00 pm
Monday and Sunday closed