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Scented by leather and lemons, Sorrento is a stunning town in the region of Campania. This is the perfect destination for a leisurely, chic Italian holiday, where you can spend your days sipping tart limoncello in the charming café-lined Piazza Tasso, dipping in the warm azure waters from a small volcanic sand bay and soaking up the stunning sea cliff views.
Beautiful, sophisticated and relaxed
First-class hotels, pastel-coloured houses and medieval structures line the soaring sea cliffs that characterise the sophisticated town of Sorrento. It’s the ideal place to be if you desire a relaxed holiday with no plans whatsoever, instead immersing yourself in the local lifestyle and taking each day as slowly as possible.
Take a passeggiata (a leisurely stroll) through the winding cobble-stoned streets and you’ll be greeted with tempting gelato stands, leather workshops, designer boutiques and marquetry stores, and be sure to visit Piazza Tasso for a lovely café lunch. Though a coastal town, Sorrento doesn’t really have any sandy beaches – just one small volcanic bay. Instead, you can explore rocky shores adorned with wooden bathing platforms where you can sunbathe and refresh with a dip in the sea.
Why visit Sorrento?
· The cuisine in Sorrento is phenomenal. The constant harvest of lemons in the steep slopes of the Sorrento Peninsula means they are a staple in the locals’ cooking, though you’ll find that most are used to create Sorrento’s punchy Limoncello. It’s well worth a visit to I Giardini di Cataldo, a limoncello factory offering amazing drinks, jams and gelatos alongside walks through their lemon grove. Beautiful al fresco restaurants serve up enviably fresh shellfish alongside first-class wine, and you should certainly try the staple dish of gnocchi alla sorrentina, a humble recipe celebrating Campania’s juicy tomatoes, aromatic basil and creamy mozzarella.
· We’re of the opinion that Sorrento is one of the most picturesque towns in Italy. Craggy cliffs are adorned with historical buildings, charming pastel-coloured homes and ancient medieval walls, the rocky bay decorated with wooden jetties where you can plunge into the sapphire sea. Wander through the tiny Roman alleyways and soak up the scent of leather and lemons, marvelling at the heady jasmine, wisteria and mimosa that creep up the walls and exploring cultural attractions including the 11th century church Chiesa di San Francesco.
· Sorrento attracts very chic travellers with its gorgeous designer boutiques and Michelin star restaurants. If you’re hoping to experience true Italian luxury for a special occasion, Sorrento should be on the top of your list. You can spend your day meandering through cobbled streets in search of luxury designers, or sit outside a lovely café in Marina Grande to watch the fisherman and enjoy a cool glass of wine. You’re only a short journey away from the busier yet just as pretty towns of Positano and Amalfi should you fancy a day trip, but we love that Sorrento is quieter and better suited to well-seasoned travellers.