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Destination Guide: Sorrento
Since it became an unmissable stop on the Grand Tour, Sorrento has been a place people have come to soak up culture and atmosphere in equal quantities.
Yes, it’s an ideal base from which to discover the ancient sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii as well as the pretty, chi-chi towns of the Amalfi coast such as Positano and Amalfi itself, but Sorrento should not be overlooked as a destination in itself.
With beautiful narrow, winding streets to explore, Renaissance squares and churches and the sunny harbour, there’s both plenty to busy yourself with and plenty of opportunities to relax, too.
Whether you’re sitting watching the world go by in Piazza Tasso, bustling with craftspeople, enjoying local delicacies in bars and restaurants, or finding a little peace in the Basilica di St Antonio and exploring its wonderful crypt, not a moment is ever wasted here.
The nearest airport is at Naples, just over an hour’s drive from Sorrento. Trains also run to Sorrento from Naples.
Image from: Sorrento-Sant’Agnello Official Tourist Board private collection - Photos by A. Fattorusso
Best places to eat and drink in Sorrento
You really can’t go wrong when it comes to eating and drinking in this part of Italy. Food is at the heart of society here. The area is known for its lemons, seafood and its pizza in particular. There’s hot competition between restaurants as to who serves the perfect pizza!
However, there’s also a booming gourmet food scene and you’re certain to enjoy some exquisite meals while you’re here.
For a rustic but delicious seafood experience, head to Soul and Fish on the marina. More upmarket and with its own wonderful outlook is the Michelin-starred Terrazza Bosquet at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, a gourmet restaurant that serves, amongst other things, a range of citrus-based dishes, using fruit from the hotel’s own orange grove.
A little out of town but absolutely not to be missed is The Restaurant at Don Alfonso 1890 in the village of Sant Agatha, a 20-minute drive away. The Restaurant serves modern twists on traditional Sorrento and Amalfi coast favourites, has a fabulous wine cellar and an aging room for cheese – thoroughly earning its three Michelin stars and Relais and Chateaux accreditation.
Best time to visit Sorrento
July and August are pretty hot in Sorrento but its coastal location means it is never unpleasantly hot here. Temperatures start to fall a little in September. Perhaps the nicest time to visit is Spring, when it’s less crowded but already warm. April and May are lovely.
What we love about Sorrento
We love pulling into the Marina Grande after a quick boat trip out to Capri and spending the early evening bar-hopping and people-watching with a view of the sea.
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