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The city of Sorrento
For centuries vacation destination of hundreds of visitors, Sorrento is among the most visited Italian destinations. The culinary tradition, the architectural heritage and the natural beauty make Sorrento a place of tranquility and rest. Those who visit Sorrento cannot fail to take a leap into the past to discover the Tarantella, the typical dance of the Sorrento tradition, the inevitable tasting of typical dishes such as gnocchi alla sorrentina and lemon delight. The historical center shows intact the architectural style of past centuries with the ancient narrow streets and high walls to protect from invaders. Torquato Tasso, Nietzsche, Caruso, Ibsen, Goethe, are just some of the illustrious names who have stayed or lived here.
Top 10 attractions in Sorrento
1. Piazza Tasso
Tasso Square (by Torquato Tasso) is the main square of the city, a place to go to almost all the attractions. In the area of the square there are many bars, restaurants, and shops. From the square you can go directly down to the Marina Piccola.
2. Villa comunale
The Villa Comunale is a group of small gardens terraced towards the sea, located in the historical center of the city, inside, there is a bar, and a series of stairs that go down to Marina Grande, accompanied by a privileged view.
3. Marina Grande
Marina Grande, although contradictory, is the structurally smallest port in Sorrento, where we will normally find the boats of local and private fishermen. Marina Grande is famous for its excellent restaurants and the small beach that provides refreshment for visitors to the area.
4. Baths of Queen Giovanna
Baths (Bagni) of Regina Giovanna is a natural swimming pool located south of Sorrento, separated from the sea by an arch of natural stone. It was chosen by Queen Giovanna II of Naples in her youth for private relaxation. It is a place of great natural beauty.
5. Cloister of San Francesco
The cloister of the church of San Francesco is one of the oldest monuments still visible in the city of Sorrento, a church built during the 14th century. The internal cloister, mixes details and architecture of various styles and religions.
6. Ancient walls
The ancient walls of Sorrento, according to scholars, could have existed since Greek times, but an approximation to their current appearance would be achieved only in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The walls have defended the town since medieval times against numerous invasions.
7. Historical center
The small streets of the historical centre of the town, boast structures and decorations that tell a story from Roman times, domes, facades of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, plaques and writings that go back even further through the history of Sorrento.
The cathedral was completed at the beginning of the 11th century, underwent numerous modifications over the years, affected by the Turkish invasion of the 1500s and numerous modifications required by the bishops of the time. The cathedral today, presents an imposing Neogothic style.
9. Factories of Limoncello
The Limoncello is a beverage obtained from lemon peels and pure alcohol, which marks a centennial tradition in the culture of Sorrento, it is possible to visit some of the structures that manufacture and sell it around the city.
10. Correale museum
The Correale di Terranova museum is an art gallery and archaeology establishment in the city of Sorrento. It was opened in 1924. The museum houses a large part of the artistic heritage of the Pompeo and Alfredo Correale brothers, owners of a large villa that today houses the premises.
How reach Sorrento
From Naples you can reach the Sorrento Coast by taking the A3 freeway and exit at Castellamare di Stabia. At this point you must continue on the SS 145 towards Meta. From Meta continuing along Corso Italia you will arrive in Sorrento after about 5 km. On the road you will find signs for the various towns of the peninsula: Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento and Massa Lubrense.
Journey time with regular traffic about 1h and 15 minutes.
To visit Sorrento and its main attractions takes about a couple of days. It is always recommended, however, if you have the opportunity to stay a few more days to be able to visit everything you want in total tranquility.
The whole center of Sorrento overlooks the sea and it is nice to reach all its most beautiful places on foot, walking through the alleys and reaching its two ports.
Sorrento, however, is mainly used as a support thanks to its strategic location, which allows you to reach in a short time the islands, the Amalfi coast and the entire Gulf of Naples. In this case, if you have the possibility, it is worth staying for about 4-5 days.