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The word ‘resort’ is perhaps a little too shabby when it comes to labelling the captivating and sophisticated town of Sorrento, characterised by beautiful architectural features, a delectable culinary scene, stunning coastal gems and a general atmosphere that exudes class and luxury. Still, embarking on Sorrento holidays in Italy will offer up the typical pleasures of a coastal resort retreat, but with all the elegance associated with the splendour and extravagance of the country.
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.
For those looking to add a significant beach vibe to their Sorrento holidays, you’ll be pleased to learn that numerous avenues will allow you to exercise your inner beach bum when visiting the town. Despite its location outside of Sorrento, the beauty spot and coastal resort of the island of Capri is a highly rewarding daytrip for anybody seeking sun, sand and sea. On land you’ll encounter villas and churches, while by the coast are caves and bays, welcoming sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in an idyllic setting.
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.
From the charm and romance of lemon terraces to the striking extravagance of the town’s Duomo – you’ll encounter every visual treat possible during your holidays to Sorrento. There are countless sites to tick off as you begin to delve into the majesty of the town, but for many, the best way to absorb Sorrento’s character and style is to explore its streets on foot. Whether it is the Church of San Francisco that turns your head, or the sprawling Piazza Tasso that sees you captivated, everybody will find their own favourite location within the mazing streets of this town.
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.
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