5 reasons to plan a trip to Sorrento

5 reasons to plan a trip to Sorrento

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Adorned with lemon and orange trees, the coast of Sorrento is positioned between mountain cliffs and the Mediterranean Sea, on the south side of the gulf of Naples. Shops line the cobble-stoned streets and Sorrento is famous for their delicacies and fresh food.

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Easy to visit the other sights.

An introduction to Sorrento is not required by most as this city is a favourite among tourists, many of whom will also include a visit to Positano, the ruins of Pompeii, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri to name a few, all of which can be reached from Sorrento. Sorrento boasts magnificent views overlooking the bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Capri.

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Enjoy a visit to Marina Grande

Located under the cliffs one can find the small fishing village known as Marina Grande. For a small fee you can spend hours soaking up the sunshine on sun-loungers out on the jetties or just enjoy the amazing views the marine offers. There are local shops to purchase souvenirs and the restaurants and bars on the water’s edge offer a selection of fresh local dishes. Take a moment to soak in the culture and history in this ancient fishing town.

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Take advantage of the sights in the Old Town

Sorrento centre is a safe and family friendly place to spend evenings, and the history is again echoed through the small and narrow streets and old style of buildings. There are many local bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours where you have the opportunity to sample all the traditional delicacies whilst interacting with the locals or other tourists. In Sorrento there is something for everyone, the main street boasts a wide selection of fashion shops, while in the town centre you will find shops selling souvenires, leather goods and ceramics, all of which are commonly found in this area. There are also some beautiful churches and a handful of small museums worth seeing during your visit.

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The local shops in Sorrento
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One of the many local restaurants

Limoncello

What’s a visit to Sorrento without sampling their famous limoncello? Originating from Sorrento and Amalfi, limoncello is a sweet lemon liqueur that is traditionally served chilled after meals as a digestive. Sorrento has the perfect climate to grow abundant lemon groves, famous for their large size and the thick rind which is essential to producing the best quality limoncello. The liqueur is available all over the town, on the menus and in the stores. Look out for the traditional syrupy limoncello as well as crema di limoncello, which is a creamier and thicker version. Limoncello is best kept ice cold and usually served in small ceramic glasses and is sipped slowly. This tradition has moved into other parts of Italy and throughout the world.

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View the ‘Valley of Mills’

In the centre of Sorrento, there is a deep canyon which can be viewed from above and nestled between the cliffs, rests an old abandoned mill, known as the “Valle dei Mulini.” Built from stone around the 13th Century, this flour mill was one of many which are not evident from above. The mill was abandoned some centuries later and has been virtually covered in thick vegetation. Today the mill is among the most visited tourist attractions of Sorrento.

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