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Sorrento Area holidays

The Sorrento Area is a spectacular stretch of coastline in south-west Italy, wrapping round the sparkling Gulf of Naples. Effortlessly elegant towns spill down colourful cliffsides, overlooking boat-filled harbours and vintage bathing platforms. The romantic allure of this Italian idyll is truly timeless. Further south marks the start of the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

Language

Italian

Currency

euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around 5 euro

3 course meal

around 25 euro

Flight times

3hrs

Picture-perfect towns

The star of the show around here is Sorrento. Home to two lovely marinas and a maze of cute cobbled streets, you’re sure to be charmed by its understated elegance. On the Amalfi Coast, Positano is a vision of pastel-coloured villas with the most superb sea views.

Buon appetito

Stir your senses with a taste of the region’s famous lemon liquor: limoncello. The sun-soaked lemons here are so sweet, and for the best buffalo mozzarella, you’re in the right place. Try some on a Pizza Margherita, another local creation. Grab a harbourside table for the finest setting.

More to explore

The archaeological phenomenon of Pompeii is an absolute must-see. An ancient city frozen in time, you’ll be amazed by the well-preserved artefacts on show. Favoured by the rich and famous, the island of Capri oozes glitz and glam. Make like the jet-set and sail across to this exclusive sun-drenched retreat.

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Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi

The little village enjoys stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. Close to Sorrento, Sant’Agata also boasts an exceptional gourmet restaurant, considered one of Italy’s best eateries.

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Sorrento

A fragrant frame of lush lemon trees and bougainvillea in bloom surround Sorrento’s sophisticated central piazza, cobbled lanes and picturesque parks.

Amalfi (Amalfi Coast)

Prepare to be thoroughly enchanted by the culture and charm of traditional Amalfi.

Capri

Capri’s cerulean sea and mountainous landscape are set to enchant. Centring on the modestly-sized but effortlessly stylish Piazzetta, the island exudes romance and sophistication.

Castellammare di Stabia

Lying by the coastline close to pebble beaches, Castellammare di Stabia takes in some marvellous mountain and sea views.

Cetera

Nestled in the corner of the coastline, Cetera has a stunning backdrop of plunging valleys lined with lemon groves.

Beaches

It’s all about poolside lounging and retro bathing platforms in much of this seaside paradise. But if you’re after a traditional stretch of sand to mooch on, the island of Ischia is your best bet. It’s kitted out with one of the largest patches, and most of it’s free, too.

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Antico Bagno Stabilimento Balneare

Antico Bagno Stabilimento Balneare

Vico Equense, Sorrento Area

A delightful bay with a few rocky outcrops and water so clear you can see the bottom as you swim. The beach is private, so you’ll have to pay to access it, though they provide sun loungers and umbrellas. There...
Arienzo Beach

Arienzo Beach

Positano (Amalfi Coast), Sorrento Area

Another beach that requires a few steps to be descended – 300, in fact! On your way down, though, you’ll catch a peek into some beautiful villa gardens. The beach has both private and free areas, with rows on...

Sights

Over on the island of Capri, the Blue Grotto is an enchanting sight to behold. Head there on a boat and watch as sunlight peeps through the rocks and illuminates this stunning sea cave. Don’t miss out on UNESCO-stamped marvels back inland, for particularly remarkable historic gems.

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Aqueduct

Aqueduct

Ischia, Sorrento Area

The aqueduct looks Roman but was built later, in the 16th century, when the village spring dried up. The aqueduct carried water from a source in the hills 550 metres away. It has two tiers of arches made with...
Area Archeologica di Santa Restituta

Area Archeologica di Santa Restituta

Ischia, Sorrento Area

The Area Archeologica di Santa Restituta is a site under the church of Santa Restituta. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, archaeological excavations uncovered an ancient Christian cemetery, parts of a Greek kiln and a...

Activities

Hop between villages and hilltop hamlets along the coast. Whether you do this by bus or car, you’ll be blown away by the jaw-dropping scenes on this world-famous cliff-top drive. If that doesn’t pack your camera roll with enough mind-blowing photos, take a trek to mighty Mount Vesuvius.

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Amalfi drive

Amalfi drive

Sorrento Area

Take a drive along the world-famous clifftop of Amalfi, and enjoy Italy’s most scenic stretch of coast. Carved out of the cliffs, and with a 500ft vertical drop, the road produces incredible views. If you...
Arco Naturale

Arco Naturale

Capri, Sorrento Area

This large arch, 20 metres high and 12 metres wide, is what’s left of a large grotto in the side of the mountain. There's a small square facing this Palaeolithic rock formation where you can get a great view of...

Eating and drinking

Seafood is a staple here, and the focus is on local, fresh and simple. There are plenty of Amalfi Coast delicacies, where fish is gently simmered in water with a simple trio of flavours – tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Pitch up in a traditional eatery and feast for hours.

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Acqua Pazza

Acqua Pazza

Cetera, Sorrento Area

Local seafood at its most delightful. All of it is locally sourced and cooked in their secret ‘crazy water’, then presented artfully on glass plates. You can try squid, lobster, shrimp, or if you don’t like...
Agriturismo La Villanella

Agriturismo La Villanella

Massa Lubrense, Sorrento Area

This charming old farm overlooks the sea. You can sample the owner’s fantastic traditional cooking made from the estate’s own fresh produce. Most of the visitors here are Italian, so you’ll be dining with...

Shopping

Souvenir shopping is big business around these parts. If you're after anything lemon-themed, you’re in luck. Delis selling glorious local produce and tiny shops trading in handicrafts line the cobbled streets in every town. Sorrento specialises in ornate wooden furniture, while Capri’s famed for sandals. There are some glamorous labels in fashion, too.

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Anchovy essence

Anchovy essence

Cetera, Sorrento Area

Since medieval times, the village of Cetera has been famed for its deep-sea tuna, though recently locals have returned to anchovies. At night, they go out in their boats with powerful lamps to fish for...
Antiques shop of the Fratelli Ruocco

Antiques shop of the Fratelli Ruocco

Minori (Amalfi Coast), Sorrento Area

If you are looking for a piece of art or a souvenir to take back home with you then you’re in luck. There are some great artisan shops that sell locally made items like the famous linen shirts, handmade...

Nightlife

Evening activities are relatively low-key and get going with late-night al fresco meals with wine. You’ll find some super-chic bars in Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi, where you can indulge in a cocktail or two. You’ll find there are a few options to frequent after the sun goes down.

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Al Piccolo Bar

Al Piccolo Bar

Capri, Sorrento Area

The very first bar open in the legendary Piazzetta and arguably the best. It’s long been seen as the centre of evening life on the island and is a favourite of both locals and tourists. They serve food during...
Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

Ravello, Sorrento Area

The modern Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, named after its Brazilian architect, opened in 2010. It’s open all year and attracts international musicians, artists and performers. The striking design follows the...
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