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Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

On Monday I shared our 5-day itinerary for the Amalfi Coast (which you should definitely go check out if you’re planning a holiday), but for my next few posts I’d like to go a little deeper and share about each town we visited, starting with where we stayed – the charming town of Sorrento, Italy!

While not technically on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento often gets lumped in with the other towns and villages on Amalfi thanks to how easy it is to access other places along the coast from here. Situated on the Bay of Naples, many popular tourist destinations including Amalfi, Positano, and Capri are all just a quick ferry ride away from Sorrento. It was the convenience of Sorrento’s location and its slightly less expensive accommodations that originally convinced us to choose it as our homebase, but it was the charm of the town and the happy, relaxed Italian vibe we encountered there that made us never want to leave.

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

The award for best beaches and prettiest scenery would go to its coastal neighbors, but what Sorrento did better than any of the other places we visited was offer us a glimpse of real Italian daily life – a woman hanging wet laundry from her open, upper story window, motorbikes everywhere, people enjoying their morning coffee and cigarettes at an outdoor cafe, a couple arguing in Italian in the street, gesticulating wildly with their hands, everyone gathering at their windows or balconies to watch the sunset over the bay every evening. That is what made Sorrento stand out so much for us. It was our first time in Italy and to see it come to life like that was an incredible experience.

We spent two half days and most evenings of our trip exploring Sorrento and it wasn’t nearly enough. We stayed in an apartment just off of Piazza Sant’Antonino, which I preferred to the busier, more touristy Piazza Tasso. Every morning we’d walk down the narrow alleys off the piazza, exchanging smiles and buongiornos with friendly shop owners while taking pictures of everything on our way to the bus station. We’d return to Sorrento at the end of the day once everyone had closed up and headed home or out for the evening, and despite spending our days at some of the prettiest beaches in the world, I’d feel a little sad knowing that I’d missed all the goings-on in Sorrento that day. (There is just never enough time when you’re traveling!)

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

One of my favorite places in Sorrento was the Marina Grande. If you’re looking for a good place to watch the sunset, this is it! There is so much to watch here, so if you’ve got the time, I recommend sitting down at one of the outdoor cafes and not leaving for at least a couple hours. It’s loud and busy, yet peaceful at the same time.

Boats are constantly coming and going, servers run back and forth from restaurants to tables along the waterside, groups of tourists wander through, and people living in homes above the marina shout to each other from their balconies. It’s a fascinating scene to watch unfold as an uninvolved observer, and the views of Mount Vesuvius and the delicious Italian food served in the cafes only made it that much better! (We liked Trattoria Da Emilia. Their seafood and pasta is molto bene!)

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

We didn’t get the chance to spend any time at Sorrento’s beaches other than to take a few photos as we were passing through. The beaches in the Marina Piccola are small, but incredibly colorful and unique. Unlike most beaches, there isn’t very much sand here, so Sorrento’s beaches have wooden platforms stretching out into the ocean for sunbathers to relax on. The water is so clear, just like along the coast, and if we hadn’t been leaving every day to explore other places, underneath one of those blue umbrellas is where you would have found me before it got too hot to be anywhere other than in the water!

Even though I’ve got a long list of other places I’d like to see in Italy first, I hope we’ll return to this part of the country again someday. (Because one trip to the Amalfi Coast is never enough!) And when we do, I wouldn’t hesitate to make Sorrento our homebase for the second time!

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Staying In The Charming Town Of Sorrento, Italy

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Ron
    February 15, 2018 at 7:49 AM

    “Do you know the land where the lemon-trees grow,
    in darkened leaves the gold-oranges glow,
    a soft wind blows from the pure blue sky,
    the myrtle stands mute, and the bay-tree high?
    Do you know it well?
    It’s there I’d be gone,
    to be there with you, O, my beloved one…”

    • Reply
      Sarah Shumate
      February 17, 2018 at 6:09 PM

      That’s beautiful, Ron! Thank you for sharing! :)

  • Reply
    Andy Cartridge
    April 11, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Hi Sarah

    What a lovely piece.

    We’ve been visiting Sorrento for the last 7 or 8 years, sometimes twice a year, & we’re back again later this year. If you do go again, go to the Foreigners Club. I promise you won’t regret it.

    Ciao

    Andy

    • Reply
      Sarah Shumate
      April 11, 2018 at 10:16 PM

      I absolutely will! Thank you for the tip!

      I’m a little jealous you’re able to visit Sorrento so often. :) I look forward to returning someday, but who knows when that will be?

  • Reply
    Kenny
    April 21, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    When you next visit Sorrento please try out Ristorante CARUSO. The food is amazing and Mario will take care of you.

  • Reply
    Kenny
    April 21, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Sarah, since you are living in Singapore visit the Manhattan Bar at the Regent Hotel. Voted the best in Asia and 7th in the world. Chef Jeffrey from Amsterdam will prepare the best Angus beef burger and chips for you.
    Sophia the mixologist prepares the best Hemingway Daquri. Crowded during the weekends.

    • Reply
      Sarah Shumate
      April 21, 2018 at 7:55 PM

      Thanks for the tips, Kenny! You really know your restaurants around the world, don’t you? :) I’ll definitely give the Manhattan Bar a go at your suggestion. It isn’t far at all from where we live on Orchard. And if we ever find ourselves back in Sorrento, which I sincerely hope we do, I’ll certainly try out Ristorante Caruso as well.

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