With its rugged mountains, stunning coastline and remarkable scenery, Italy is a picture-perfect holiday destination.
Situated in southwestern Italy and looking out over the Bay of Naples, you’ll find Sorrento –renowned as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, offering a picturesque escape where history, culture and spectacular geography collide.
Perched atop spectacular high cliffs that split the town from the busy marinas below, is a warren of narrow streets and buildings that are steeped in history. Escaping to the Amalfi Coast in the spring may mean you miss the bulk of the busy tourist season and if you’ve not been to Italy before, it’s the perfect place to start.
Amalfi Coast, Sorrento
Tuck into a traditional Italian meal in Piazzo Tasso, a lively square packed full of eateries and shops selling an abundance of local crafts, or go in search of one of the many parlours that sell extensive gelato and granita flavours. And all of that while taking in sweeping views of the sea.
Just an hour south from the urban intensity of Naples, and easily reached via public transport, Sorrento offers a haven of relaxation. Ferry and hydrofoil services from Naples and Capri serve the town, alongside other boat services from within the Bay of Naples.
If you do venture to Sorrento in the spring, temperatures average around 18°C in April – ideal if you plan to visit the prized Gelateria Primavero, found at Corsa Italia 142. Having operated for more than 50 years, and with an offering of around 50 different gelato flavours, it’s somewhere not to be missed.
Cafes in Sorrento town
Residents also claim that the town is the original home of authentic pizza, and you’ll find a host of restaurants and pizzerias that showcase the classic, yet delicious, Neapolitan Margherita – made simply using sun-kissed tomatoes, creamy buffalo mozzarella and fresh aromatic basil.
There’s more to the town than just pizza and gelato though, as Sorrento is also the ideal starting point for excursions to the historical ruins of Pompeii or the heights of Mount Vesuvius. The region is also renowned as the produce of the Italian liqueur Limoncello, with a visit to one of the many lemon groves a popular trip for tourists.
You’ll find Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences in the town, including the Roman ruins at Punta del Capo, while the Sorrento Cathedral dates back to the 11th century. Meanwhile, the Museum Correale exhibits a fantastic collection of Neapolitan painters, alongside artefacts and an archaeological collection.
Naples International Airport (NAP) is the nearest airport, and it is served by an array of low-cost and major airlines, meaning you won’t need to break the budget to travel.
Depending on when you travel you can find return flight options for under £100, with direct options available from Luton, Stansted and Gatwick, among other UK destinations. Given its popularity as a global tourism destination, you’ll also have a wide choice of hotels and boutique B&Bs to stay in when you arrive.
Sorrento is just the start though. The delights of the Amalfi Coast await beyond the town’s limits – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its unique geographical landscapes and stunning natural beauty.
Amalfi Coast, Sorrento
Should you wish to travel to Italy in 2019, ensure you have adequate travel insurance prior to jetting off and always check your policy to see exactly what you are covered for.
Date Created: 04/03/2019