If there’s one thing I can safely say about myself after 25 years of living on this planet, it’s that nothing cures any of my worries or woes quite like the sea. I’ve had a tough couple of weeks lately if I’m honest, stressing about finding my next work contract and feeling a little lonely with Shane being halfway across the planet, so I was so looking forward to a week of Italian sea views and sunshine. We jetted off for a week of relaxation and exploring in Sorrento, which is a beautiful seaside town on the southwestern coast of the country, with stunning views of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It honestly was the most perfect week I could have ever imagined.
Sorrento is absolutely perfect. I visited on a school trip when I was 16 years old, and we got to do all of the amazing sightseeing trips, such as visiting Pompei and the Amalfi Coast, but I so wish I had appreciated it more. I decided it would be the perfect summer destination for my mum and I this year. It meant I could take my mum on her first trip to Italy and I was so excited to see its beauty and experience it with new eyes. I booked a week’s stay in Hotel Capri which was situated right on the main street that run from one end of Sorrento to the other, Corsa Italia. We loved the hotel as it was so central yet peaceful and quiet, with a lovely breakfast and pool area.
It’s safe to say I completely fell in love with Italy and everything it has to offer. Why on earth haven’t I visited sooner after my trip about nine years ago? The friendly people, the delicious food, and simply stunning views wherever you turn – from rugged coastline and rolling emerald waves to beautiful buildings tucked into alleyways and cobbled streets. There are so many reasons you should visit Sorrento, and here are my top five.
The beautiful views
I’ve banged on about the views enough and pictures really don’t do it justice. The town itself is perched on a clifftop overlooking the Bay of Naples and the Sorrentine Peninsula, and from every terrace you will see views of the buildings tumbling down the clifftops, the pretty ports and absolutely gorgeous sunsets. We spent many a morning walking along the edge of the town taking in the sea air and watching the ferries pulling up at the ports.
The streets and shops
One thing I loved about Sorrento was its hustle and bustle, despite being a fairly small resort. There are so many pretty little alleyways, filled with shops selling everything from limoncello to leather bags. There were lots of gorgeous art shops with paintings and tiles decorating the doorways, and the restaurants and coffee shops spill out into the streets. It all just feels so Italian, and we loved the rich history and culture.
The stunning ports and beaches
One of our favourite areas in Sorrento was Marina Grande; a former fishing village which has lots of open air seafood restaurants sitting right on the water front, with views of “The Sleeping Giant”, Mount Vesuvius, and tiny little rowing boats bobbing on the waves. It is detached from the rest of the city and you’ll find local residents sitting out by the seafront and enjoying watching the sky change colour as the sun sets. It has a really lovely feel to it and you almost feel as though you’re stepping back in time. There is also a little beach which you can get a sun lounger on for about 12 euros if you choose to visit in the day, although we enjoyed wandering down there at dusk and for an evening meal.
The larger main port, Marina Piccola, sees ferries coming and going, shipping travellers to areas further along the Amalfi Coast, to Naples and to neighbouring islands Capri and Ischia. To the side of this port are the lidos and jetties that jut out into the sea that are open to the public and are filled with colourful deckchairs and umbrellas so that guests can take advantage of swimming in the crystal clear sea. It’s a really beautiful place and the ideal one in which to relax.
The delicious food
Seriously, if you’re a fan of Italian food (isn’t everyone?!) then you will love Sorrento. We had pizza, pasta, risotto, doughy bread, chicken, gelato, granita… you name it, we ate it! There are delicious restaurants and chic coffee shops, plus places to grab ice creams on the go so you can eat while you explore. We really loved it, particularly grabbing a drink and watching the world go by in Piazza Tasso, Sorrento’s main square.
It’s a fantastic base for exploring
As mentioned, Sorrento is a great place to stay if you are planning on doing some exploring in the area and there is so much to do. Whether you want to see the stunning sights of the Amalfi Coast, fancy shopping in the designer stores or boat tripping around Capri, or if history is your thing and you want to visit Pompei, there is something for everyone within striking distance. Tours are organised daily and are so easy to jump onto. It’s a great way to explore more of the area and the amazing country.
Have you visited Italy? Where is your favourite place to visit?
Lots of love. xoxo