An unashamed resort town, Sorrento lines the cliffs that look over the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. According to Greek legend, it was here that the Sirens, those mythical provocateurs of pure voice and dodgy intent, lurked, trying to lure Homer's Ulysses and his men to their doom on the cliffs.
When you visit, you will see limoncello on sale everywhere. Limoncello is a lemon liqueur produced mainly in this region. It is made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water, and sugar. It is bright yellow in color, sweet and lemony, but not sour since it contains no lemon juice.
Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after dinner digestivo. Along the Amalfi Coast, it is usually served in small ceramic glasses themselves often chilled, the Amalfi coast being a center of both ceramic and limoncello production.
3 Aug 2005 - Sorrento, ItalyIts deja vu as I return to Sorrento. Just like the last time I was in this part of Italy, Sorrento was the culmination of a trip involving Rome, Herculaneum and Pompeii. This time though I didn't go to Capri so there was more time spent just completely relaxing and hitting the beach. This time I spent time on one of the stretches of sand which is called a beach and also took a trip down here during the evening.
It it totally geared to tourism, mainly for families which gives it a nice atmosphere. In the day you can choose to relax or join in the games available on the beach while small bars and eateries are just a few steps away from the sea. In the evening, the restaurants become apparent and are almost side by side such is their density.
However, if you don't fancy a formal sit down meal there are plenty of stalls selling selling grilled sea food or corn on the cob.
Sorrento - An ice coffee and the paper
A last moment in Sorrento sipping an ice coffee with a newspaper before the walk back to the Circumvesuviana train station and journey back to Naples and from there back to Rome.
Sorrento - Fun and games on the beach
As well as lazing on the beach and taking the occasional cooling dip, family orientated games took place on the beach. In one set of games, blindfolded children had to beat up melons which looked like immense fun!
The adults took part in a battle of tug of war and here we can see the ladies taking their turn. Good family fun!
5 Sep 2004 - Sorrento, ItalyAfter the busy period of sight seeing in Pompeii and Herculaneum it was time to turn to pure relaxation in an air conditioned apartment in the centre of Sorrento. Its a popular destination and it is no surprise why. Though beach space is very limited, it is a beautiful place with good restaurants and views from the cliffs. It is also a convenient place to get to nearby Capri as a ferry leaves from the harbour, Marina Piccola.
Sorrento - Marina Piccola
With cliffs all around, the views over the bay of Naples are great particularly if the day is clear. Boats from here take visitors to Capri which is only a short trip away. If you are looking for beach, there are several small strips of sand. Jetties also sport umbrellas and deck chairs but these do not come cheap.
Sorrento - View of Vesuvius
Before taking the long walk down from town to the Marina to take a ferry across to Capri, the early morning gave this fabulous view across the bay of Naples towards Vesuvius.