We spent half a day at Pompeii before heading towards Sorrento which is about half an hour’s drive away. Travelling the coastal road along the Sorrentine Peninsula, we caught glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea as the undulating terrain revealed sheer cliffs, deep gorges, hidden bays, lovely stretches of sandy beaches and little towns sitting on the hilltops.
The laid back charm of the Sorrentine Peninsula is unmistakably drawing and one can easily see why tourism is big and booming here. Beautiful panoramic vistas of Mount Vesuvius, the Gulf of Naples and the Isle of Capri continue to wow tourists and help it remain an exclusive, sought after destination. The Peninsula got its name from the main town of Sorrento which lies on the north coast facing the Gulf of Naples.
Love the way the light is cast on the sea creating this shimmering effect liken to a gossamer fabric laid over the water.Tourist season in Sorrento starts from March right through to October but it is busiest in Summer. Spring and Autumn bring warm mild days which is nice and comfortable for travelling. The hottest month is probably August with temperatures hovering around 30º Celsius.
Sorrento is a picture perfect destination for a relaxing holiday and it is a good base point for exploring neighbouring attractions like the Isle of Capri, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. Other towns worth seeing include Massa Lubrense, Ravello and Positano, just to name a few dotting the Amalfi Coast.
Wander around Piazza Tasso and explore the central square and the place where people converge.This square was named after the 16th century poet Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) who was born in Sorrento and was the most widely read poet in Europe up till the 20th century.
You can hang out at Piazza Tasso and Via San Cesareo which was also the main thoroughfare of Sorrento during the Roman times and enjoy browsing and shopping for curios, souvenirs and handicrafts. Thereafter, relax at happy hour at a bar and later sample Italian cuisine at a trattoria or restaurant. Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. You should cap your meal with a round of delicious limoncello.
The heart of Sorrento is not a very expansive but it is nevertheless a charming place to explore on foot and to soak in the romantic ambience.
There are many holiday apartments and little hotels overlooking the Bay of Naples near Piazza Tasso, where you can stay and just take in the amazing view.
From Piazza Tasso we walked along Via Luigi de Maio which connects to Via San Francesco pass the St Francis Church and Convent into Villa Comunale. The entrance to the gardens is between the church and the neighbouring Hotel Tramontano.
Villa Comunale is the largest public garden in Sorrento and it is a lovely place to sit and relax and to enjoy the spectacular view of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the island of Procida and Punta del Capo further along the Sorrentine Peninsula. There is a beach directly below the park and you can walk down to either Marina Piccola or Marina Grande from here.
Mount Vesuvius lies about 9km east of Naples and is seated in the Gulf of Naples itself. It is best known for the eruption of AD.79 that devastated the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It last erupted in 1944 and is today still considered a dangerous volcano because a population of about 3 million live nearby and also because it has the tendency towards explosive eruptions that spew molten rock, pumice and ash that causes unimaginable destruction.
Sorrento is the place to visit for extraordinary landscape, beautiful architecture, sheer cliffs, the many cafes and restaurants and shops that cater to tourists. From nature walks, thermal treatments, great swim spots and culture to imbue…Sorrento beckons!