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Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are some of the most important visiting tourist resort of the South Italy, attracting many visitors every year from worldwide nations like United States, Japan & Europe.
A beautiful, striking holiday destination full of natural breathtaking beautiful views, history, art and culture, with the little town, rooked in the mountainous coast facing the Mediterranen Sea. At times may not be possible to find accommodation in the small towns of the Amalfi Coast, the suggestion is to choose an area o town nearby and make Sorrento and the area of the Amalfi Coast and peninsula a visiting destination whilst staying in another holiday town resort. Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Padula, Atrani can be visited for the day with trips or excursions organized also by the hotels holiday accommodations or travel with your own car or transport whilist staying in another destination.
You may consider staying in the area between Maratea and Diamante central to the whole of the South Italy, so please check the availability below and book a Hotel accommodation by the sea or in the beutiful rural area and center point for other major South Italy destinations within a few hours of relaxing, discovering car drive.
Distances to the Amalfi Coast approx. Check Hotel Accommodation availability and book in these towns:
land that has been depicted, described and
immortalised in song by
artists, poets and travellers from every period of history.
rugged coast, with inaccessible cliffs that soar upwards between
beaches, hidden caves, enchanting bays and sheltered coves.
with the high plains, rolling hills and lofty mountains
are seared by deep valleys to create a truly unique landscape
in which man has also left a clear sign of his remarkable work: the more
impervious areas have been modelled into the
those huge steps
descending into the sea on which man has planted vine yards and
orange and lemon groves as well as olive trees. These are the gardens of delight
that release a sweet and enchanting perfume of blossom in spring
Phoenician origin and
known all around the world as a climatic and holiday resort Sorrento is
a very old town also known as "Cittą delle Sirene"
(town of the
mermaids) as well as "Cittą degli aranci" (town of the orange trees)
that is part of the
Amalfi Coast, just opposite
and close to other world wide known holiday resorts like
This edge of paradise was the native town of Torquato Tasso
(1544), a great man of literature,
one of the greatest poets of the
and also singer of "Gerusalemme Liberata". Thanks to the Grand Tours in
Romantic Age, pictures, travel reports, films on the notes of the
wonderful and immortal "Torna a Surriento", song
written by De Curtis,
Sorrento has always been an attraction for each traveller.
climate and predominantly fine weather all year round make the "Penisola di
Sorrento" an ideal destination in any season. In a well-ordered and secure environment, every tourist can have
an ideal holiday and be spoilt for choice with the never ending combinations of
and tranquillity, health and culture, sea beauties, spa baths, boat day trip
and country walks.
has been for centuries characterized by its lands, cultivation, kinds of
settlements and social-cultural attitude of its inhabitants. Even today
the nature of the ground, an alternating of tufa and limestone rocks,
has created a type of soil particularly suitable for tree
agriculture of this green land, with a multitude of vineyards and
olive groves, displays a prevalence of citrus fruit (orange
and above all lemon groves) which gives the landscape that particular
colour typical of the oranges and lemons and creating a fascinating
counterpoint with the silvery green of the olives.
still quite original setting impresses and attracts
visitors, from all around the world.
lands have also given life to some traditions handed down
the most important is, undoubtedly, an old recipe from which you obtain
the typical liqueur "Limoncello" an exquisite fresh local produce
to be consumed mainly in the summer and served ice cold. The Limoncello,
who's production is very popular throughout the Amalfi Coast is an
absolute natural product, the result of an infusion of lemon skin in
pure alcohol, using the juiciest lemons cultivated and harvested in
Although Limoncello is the most famous one, the peninsular produces a
number of fine liqueurs distilled from local produce, such as
mandarins, oranges and walnuts.
recipe handed down through the years is the "Nocino", rosolio
prepared with the exquisite walnuts of Sorrento to taste after a
good meal. Produced between the Saint's day of St. John and St. Paul,
precisely in the period from 2nd to 24th June, the moon becomes
favourable for this delicate operation, as the walnuts are still
enclosed in their husks.
has always been rich in spring-waters, an endowment which has
allowed the vegetation to burst out in full bloom and give a pleasant
coolness in some areas. Healthy water, good climate, excellent fodder
and healthy cows have renowned the whole area for its juiciest dairy
products. The most important is the "Treccia" (pleated
cottage cheese) a fresh milk cheese combined with a swilled paste left
to a natural fermentation and prolonged overnight to enhance the aroma
and the taste of the milk itself.
The thousands of local cultural traditions show that there is always
a special event any time of year
going from the Carnival to the famous Easter
processions throughout the Peninsular
Numerous fates in summer and
autumn with their presentation of typical local produce and the Sorrentine
Tarantella, a traditional local dance
Witness the impressive Christmas celebration.
Restaurants of the highest level invite you to savour the now world-famous
local cuisine with its blend of flavours from the sea and the fertile countryside.
Handicrafts are also plentiful: first and foremost the inlaid wood and marquetry
craft, although there is also a flourishing trade in a small boats and pleasure
Rich of monuments and natural beauties, worth while a visit,
the Church of "Servi di Maria"
a fifteenth century building
the Church and the Cloister of S. Francesco
In the historic centre you can find the "Sedile Dominova", the "Correale
Museum", the "St. Antonino Dome and Basilica"
Archaeology has many points of reference such as the
ruins of Villa of Agrippa Posthumous
the "Bagno della Regina Giovanna" (Queen Giovanna's
Bath), that a sumptuous Roman Villa, and "Villa di Pollione" which is
also known as "Villa della Punta Massa".
The archaeological sites
of the "Nnecropolises of Aequa and Desrto".
The local "Archaeological
museum", the "Mineralogical Museum" and the
centres of Sorrento and
the other small towns around for
their ancient monasteries and cloisters, like "San Francesco"
cloisters in Sorrento, the old hamlets with their ancient frescoed
the "Chapel of Santa Lucia" in Vico Equense
Sport and international music and cinema events are also catered for, in
addition to theatre shows, night clubs and bars.
About the origin of Sorrento the
historian Diodoro Siculo, relating to a legend, asserted that
the town was founded by Liparos, son of Ausone, who was the king
of the Ausoni and son of Ulysses and of the witch Circe.
According to this legend, the origin of
the town dates back to an ancient Italic population, the Ausoni,
which accounted for one of the most ancient ethnic groups. However the
town in pre-Roman age became subject to a certain influence by the Greek
culture, whose traces can be easily found in its urbanistic settlement,
like the remains of the "Parsano Gate", "Marina Grande Gate", let alone
the presence at the headland of the peninsula called "Punta Campanella",
of the Athenaion.
The big sanctuary, used to worship
Athens, was, according to the legend, founded by Ulysses and in a
first moment consecrated to the worship of the goddess Sirens
whose sweet song was a lure
that no mariner could defy.
The Greek influence seems to be present in the period between 474 and
420 b.C., when Sorrento was conquered by the Samniti.
After the Ancient Greeks, Sorrento fascinated the Romans
who were enraptured by its
and natural resources bringing its fame throughout the world.
However Sorrento rebelled against the Roman domination during the social
war, when, after joining the "nucerina alliance" it was reconquered,
together with Stabia, by Papius Multius in 90 b.C.
The Romans built a road as far as the headland known as "Punta Campanella" and
the coast, small harbours, fish-tanks, nymphaea and baths using
local spring water to embellish their sumptuous villas, such as the one of "Pollius
Felix" also commemorated by Horace in
his work Silvae where he praised
the beautiful sights of this Villa
during the Middle Ages and more recently in time, the local population engaged
in bustling trade in spite of the ever present threat of the Saracen pirates,
contending supremacy in
the North Tyrrhenian sea with Amalfi and Naples, and
continued to live fearlessly along the coast in the exquisite harbours: Marina
di Aequa, Marina Grande and Marina della Lobra. The Spaniards who governed great
southern Italy for a sizeable part of the modern age, appreciated the
area for its abundance of fruits, fish, birds, meat and cheeses. While in the
eighteenth century, the Penisola di Sorrento, was discovered by the grand
tour and intellectuals from all over Europe, including Nietzsche and Ibsen,
who found spiritual and cultural nourishment here, unveiling the taste for living
in a villa, which made the Sorrentine Peninsular a popular resort.
On 24th August 79 a.D. the
town was seriously damaged by the earthquake, caused by the
destroyed the towns surrounding the area such as Pompei, Herculaneum