Located along the country’s idyllic Neapolitan Riviera, the romance of this region shines through in Sorrento’s character; whether in the form of the colourful buildings that hang precariously from dramatic cliffs, the light bobbing of a shiny yacht on the marina’s waters, or the tangible aromas that seep from each café and eatery that lines the streets – all stirring images only met in escapism and fantasy, but discovered in reality during holidays to Sorrento.
Within the town itself, you’ll find beaches upon which to relax or indulge. The Marina Piccola, or Small Port, is a charming little setting dotted with boats, and nearby you’ll find clean and pretty beaches to utilise your need for sunshine. The Marina Grande – somewhat easier to decipher – juxtaposes the quiet serenity of the Small Port, displaying the traditions and charm of an authentic fishing village. One thing that needs to be experienced during holidays in Sorrento is exposure to the unrivalled scenery of the Riviera. Punta del Capo is one of the best places to head for coastal splendour, best washed down with a glass of traditional limoncello at a waterfront bar.
Culture vultures should take time to duck into one or two of the town’s fascinating museums and galleries, especially the Archaeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and to gaze at the fine local art at the Museo Bottega della Tasia Lignea. You can extend your exploration into the history, arts and culture of the Neapolitan Riviera by embarking on a daytrip to the nearby town of Ravello. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts many strings to its bow, most notably its stunning views of the Mediterranean, while its picturesque gardens, impressive villas and immense Duomo add an even greater proportion of fascination.