The most yellowish city of Italy… cause lemons are everywhere and everywhere there are lemon things to buy, to taste, to smell! A stunning place if you wish to avoid busy and chaotic Naples and start exploring the famous Costiera Amalfitana.
OUR TRIP :Arriving at Sorrento which overlooks the Naples bay and you immediately meet a simple, elegant, yet not arrogant city of South Italy! The vibes are friendly, you get to feel like at home and not a random tourist. I see travellers that come and go from the beach to the main square Tasso, sun kissed and smiling, ready to explore the pedestrian centre of Sorrento to and try its delicious food.
Our 1st evening at Sorrento we had a certain plan : aperitivo! Cocktails with sunset views at a great terrace! Overlooking the Marina, the port of the city and embraced by the light of the sunset, we enjoyed our first one at Skyline Rooftop of Hotel Il Faro. Loved the music and the warm hospitality! If you wish to have some really good drinks or dinner with sea views right at the port, then this terrace is recommended for sure.
When the night arrives and you wish to stroll at the centre of Sorrento, you can take the stairs from port to city centre or your can have a nice walk among the gorgeous beach establishments and then take the elevator. We used it several times, to facilitate our transfer up and down the port, it costs less than 2€ and it is divine, especially in hot no the when you really wish to avoid all the stairs. The elevator arrives at the top of the cliffs right at the wonderful small Vittoria square (piazza della Vittoria) where the panoramic terrace offers you a really breathtaking and view of the bay and the beaches. People stand there holding a gelato or a drink, trying to capture this amazing moment. At Sorrento you become easily romantic…. Stroll the small streets towards the centre and just pick one of the attractive trattorias you will find.
Take me back to Sorrento, where the sun is shining and my heart sings.
HOW TO ARRIVE: by car, taxi or bus from Naples city or Naples airport or by train from Naples Garibladi station.
WHERE TO STAY: we stayed at Sorrento Coast Suites & Apartments, very close to center, clean and modern rooms, with all the comfort you need. If you fancy a hotel or so, there are numerous stylish hotels in the city to choose, prices at the area are quite elevated.
DAY TRIPS: you can take the ferry to famous Capri island, the ride lasts only 25 minutes from Porto di Sorrento and it is better than departing from Naples, https://www.alilaurogruson.com/Ferry-Sorrento-Capri/
You can also start exploring the famous Costiera Amalfitana by renting a car, by private cruises or boats or by taking a day tour like we did. https://www.linotourcarservice.com You will visit Positano, Alumni, Ravello in a day.
FOOD/ SHOPPING: Sorrento is full of good trattorias, restaurants, pizzerie and gelatierie. You can’t go really wrong with italian food, just avoid the places that look too touristic and you will be amazed by the tastes. We recommend https://www.lamaisondouce.it at the main pedestrian street Corso Italia, the food is really good at the prices so reasonable. Enter the lemon shops and try all the delicious types of limoncello, via Cesareo is full of small souvenir shops where you can buy anything related to lemons and not only. Bags, clothes, table-clothes, bath suits, socks, everything is possible!Get lost at the city and enjoy its authenticity. There are also some amazing terraces for cocktails and dinner like Skyline, La terrace royal, La terrazza delle sirene, and more...
If you really want to try some limoncellos at its source, you are urged to visit https://www.lalimonaiasorrento.it, an oasis of lemon trees which offers cooking classes, guided tour of the citrus grove with a tasting of local products and a delightful Home Restaurant where you can enjoy a fine dinner, prepared with seasonal and tasty products.
BEACH: if you don’t want to drive or go far from the city, you can enjoy the Marina Piccola beach, just down from the city center. The volcanic sand is different but beautiful too.
When life gives you lemons, take a trip to Sorrento and make limoncello!
Arrivederci Sorrento, we will be back!!