All this beauty is within easy reach by plane to Rome or Naples and from there you can easily take the train to the city centre. Once you are there, you can immerse yourselves in the culture and you'll find much to see and do in this town that is famous for its art, poetry, literature, music, dance (tarantella) and first class cuisine (pizza and pasta).
Like every Italian town, Sorrento is formed around a central Piazza and in this case Piazza Tasso which was named after the famous Italian writer Torquato Tasso. Here you can sit in many a relaxed cafe or restaurant and watch the world go by. From there you can follow the Corso Italia - a street with many shops, more restaurants and quaint cafes. We recommend a visit to the cathedral, the Verniero palace with its Arabic adornments and Sedile Deminova, which dates back to the end of the 15th century. This was where the aristocracy met as representatives for the various parts of town.
The town is also called la gentile (the friendly town) because of its mild climate, its relaxing and beautiful gardens and because of the friendliness and hospitality of the local people. Since the Middle Ages, the town has been a holiday destination for royal and aristocratic families. There is not actually a beach in the town, rather there are swimming spots off wooden jetties or rocks at the foot of the cliffs.
Similar to the island of Capri - Sorrento is known for its production of the tasty lemon liqueur Limoncello, made from the locally grown lemons. A small glass of Limoncello tastes best after a good meal. Other specialities include Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, parmigiana made from artichokes or aubergine with tomatoes and cheese, and a sweet cake called Pastiera.
From Sorrento there are a wide selection of excursions to choose from - the beautiful Amalfi Coast with many towns such as Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Minori, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city of Naples and Pompeii. You can take a boat trip from Sorrento to the islands and to Positano and Amalfi. There is also good bus services which will take you up and down the Sorrento coast.
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