By Arianna Tungstall
Located in southern Italy overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a truly beautiful part of the world. As soon as I saw photos of this quaint looking town positioned precariously on the side of a cliff, it became an instant entry on the to-do list.
However, like other idyllic coastal locations, Sorrento seemed to be dominated by holiday resorts and typical tourists looking for rest, relaxation, a decent nightlife and not much else.
Even though this type of getaway does not really interest, the prospect of taking some quality pictures and enjoying Italy’s rich culture was too tempting to resist. So for holidays in Sorrento with a difference, take a look at what I’ve discovered.
There are some fantastic places to stay in Sorrento, so a lot depends on your budget. Even if you’re strapped for cash, you’ll be amazed by the interior decor and design of the Seven Hostel. What’s more, the views on the rooftop balcony at sunset are amazing and perfectly complimented by a bottle of red.
Although it is around 30 minutes walk from the centre of town, there are a range of comfortable dormitories and private rooms on offer at a very affordable rate, with friendly members of staff able to advise you on where to go and what to see.
If you’d prefer to be in the heart of Sorrento and don’t mind spending a bit more, Casa Astarita is a 16th century bed and breakfast featuring original structural elements and vaulted ceilings.
Thanks to the stunning natural landscape, there are several hiking routes along the Sorrentine Peninsula to enjoy. While taking a walk in the heat of summer might seem like a taxing prospect, the sheer cliffs and deep gorges are a remarkable sight to behold. Local bookshops will have hiking and trekking guides, but tours of the peninsula also operate in the area.
Sorrento is also packed full of art, history and cultural trails. Fine art pieces can be found at the Correale di Terranova Museum, while the Sorrento Cathedral and Belltower boasts beautiful Romanesque and Renaissance style architecture. On top of these, there are numerous churches, palaces, old ruins and villas to appreciate as well.
Sorrento’s deeply religious background means that also around Easter and Christmas, you can be guaranteed a serene yet eventful and charming time.