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murrayskinner Sorrento - A travel report by Murray
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Sorrento,  Italy - flag Italy
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Sorrento (May 2006)

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Sorrento is a beautiful small Italian town sitting atop high cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. It is clean, safe, friendly, and a great jumping off point for day trips to surrounding locations in the Italian state of Campania.


Marina Piccalo
Marina Piccalo
We were pleasantly surprised with Sorrento. It was a first stop on a 15-day vacation to Italy that my wife and I took to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Our 25-year-old son, 21-year-old daughter and their respective boyfriend and girlfriend accompanied us. We spent 5 days here. Subsequently we visited Rome, Venice, and Lake Como. See my reports for these locations as well. Reports that Sorrento would be overcrowded and overpriced seemed to be exaggerated. Perhaps our visit in late May helped us enjoy great weather, while still avoiding the summer crowds. Sorrento is a very tidy, beautiful, and friendly place. They have been welcoming European tourists for over 200 years, and are very good at it. The scent of the abundant lemon groves coupled with the stunning views of the bay of Naples including Mount Vesuvius and topped off with quaint side streets made our stay a memorable one. Commuter trains from Naples easily reach Sorrento, and the train station is centrally located. The main street (Corso Italia) is intersected by Piazza Tasso, which is the centre of the town. From here you can easily walk down through a gorge to the beach or into the historic district for a wide variety of watering holes and restaurants. Just off the main Piazza there is an ancient building built in the gorge. It is lit with different coloured flood lights in the evening and is a very nice sight. The beaches would not be described as stunning Mediterranean beaches. There are a myriad of beach clubs offering chaise lounges and umbrellas atop cement piers and wooden platforms. Although not as typically ITALIAN as many other destinations, it is a great place to get your fix of sun, partying, lemoncello, and ferries or buses to a wide variety of locations for day trips. Sorrento can visited on a budget staying in an Apartment and eat at moderately priced restaurants, or you can stay and eat very expensively....but the views and memories are the same no matter what.

Favourite spots:
Pomeii
Pomeii
Piazza Tasso
The Drains
Marina Piccola
Cannaloni at 'O Parrucchiano
The foreigners club
The Red Lion (Leone Rosso)
Daytrips to the Amalfi Coast
The Isle of Capri, Naples, and Pompeii.

What's really great:
Sorrento Up on The Cliffs
Sorrento Up on The Cliffs
The scenery
The Pubs
The lemon groves
The people
Cooking in our apartment

Sights:
Vesuvius from the Bay of Naples
Vesuvius from the Bay of Naples
Vesuvius

Accommodations:
Apartment 001
Apartment 001
Sorrento Apartment 001

We rented a three bedroom apartment located 150 meters from the train station and a 5 minute walk to Piazza Tasso. It was clean and convenient and very roomy. There we several grocery stores and restaurants close by. I highly recommend this apartment - 100% residential and surrounded by lemon groves!

http://www.sorrentoapartments.net/schede-.asp?lng=en&id=strutt-468

Restaurants:
Restaurante Parruchiano
Restaurante Parruchiano
'O Parrucchiano
Url: www.parrucchiano.it


Apparently, this place invented cannelloni - try it here - it was good. This is a beautiful restaurant - see if you can sit in the garden area.



Other recommendations:
The gorge

Published on Monday June 5th, 2006


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Mon, Jun 05 2006 - 04:49 PM rating by mistybleu

Murray you have some wonderful pictures in this report, you must of had a wonderful holiday.

Amanda

Mon, Jun 05 2006 - 10:18 AM rating by marianne

Murray,
This must have been a great holiday. Belated congratulations! 25 years, is a long time...
It looked as if you ran out of inspiration after the first section, very well written with lots of interesting detail. I wish you would tell more about the Isle of Capri and Pompeii. Maybe if you have time and inspiration you could edit this report and tell more about Italy.

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