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Sorrento has long held a unique place for Italians. Its rough beauty has attracted poets, philosophers, playwrights, and authors for hundreds of years. Roman mythology places Sorrento as the place where mariners were attracted for their dying through the tunes from the sirens, mermaids who used their beautiful voices to guide males. It's stated the mythical hero Ulysses stuffed his crew's ears with wax to deafen them and strapped them towards the ships shell to be able to resist their allure. And this just the beginning of how intriguing and mystically entrenched this region is!
 
Today, the town continues to be just as alluring. Sorrento is around the beautiful Amalfi Coast, a strip of land in Western Italia that overlooks the Mediterranean and beyond. The little island of Capri is simply three miles off shoreline, and something of Italy's most breathtaking (but harmful) streets winds along from Sorrento, through Amalfi and into Salerno. Sorrento is equidistant from Naples and Salerno, exactly forty-three miles from each. Vic Damone's tear-jerking hit, return to Sorrento, can become your theme song when you visit this little slice of paradise.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Sorrento, in Sorrento. There's easy accessibility to the town, in addition to use of ships departing for Capri.
 
You will find trains that leave two times an hour or so and travel between Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Naples. Ferries and hydrofoils run between Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, and Naples. Buses visit Amalfi per hour.
 
 
Things to see
The tourist office (Via Luigi p Maio 35) is appropriate near port, therefore it is an excellent place to begin planning your itinerary throughout your remain in Sorrento. Sorrento isn't referred to as a place rich in history and culture, especially in comparison with other places in Italia. Consequently, there's not a lot of museums and places of worship of note. However, you will find a few spots which will hold your interest.
 
Piazza Tasso is a vital meeting devote Sorrento. This is actually the best place for individuals watching, and you will find plenty of shopping and dining options within the immediate vicinity. Just north of Piazza Tasso may be the Museo Correale di Terranova (Via Correale). The previous structure now shows antiques, sculptures, and artwork. The well stored gardens allow for an attractive stroll, mainly in the summer time several weeks. An art which has converted into a convention in Sorrento is intarsia, or wood inlaying. An art gallery continues to be erected, the Museo della Tarsialignea (Via San Nicola 1), to guarantee the presentation of the dwindling art.
 
The Chisea di San Francesco (Via San Francesco) still stands in the 1300s. Your garden is especially beautiful here, and throughout the summer season you will find live jazz and classical music performances nightly. Come up with the right path towards the Sorrento Peninsula to trap a wonderful sunset.
 
 A visit across the Amalfi Coast or perhaps a short ferry ride to Capri are also choices for the traveler as time passes to kill in Sorrento. In Capri, make sure to go to the Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto. The refraction from the sun's sun rays with the water bathes the grotto in brilliant blue light.
 
Attractions
Via San Cesareo is the main street of the old town. Here's where to go for the lively evening passegiata. Wander around the narrow streets of the old town.

Sedile Dominova is one of the most impressive buildings. Built in 1349, it has a 16th century trompe l'oeil cupola.

Church of San Francesco, in piazza San Francesco, is next to a 14th century arched cloister. In summer there are free art exhibits and occassional concerts.

Public gardens, along the clifftops, offer great views of the sea and Vesuvius in the distance. From the gardens you can take a lift down to the seaside.
 
Cathedral of Sorrento (Duomo)
With its beautiful clock tower, the Cathedral of Sorrento is easily recognizable and is centrally located on the Corso Italia, the main thoroughfare in the heart of Sorrento. The interior of the Duomo, as it is known, is in sharp contrast to the simple exterior of the church and treats visitors to some wonderful frescoes and a dramatic altar with a crucifixion above it. This beautiful cathedral and it is certainly worth a visit.
 
Stabilimenti, piers, along the sea have beach and lounge chairs for rent. There are no real beaches so this is as close as you'll get. There are several lifts from town that take you down to the sea or back up.
Walking paths with nice views take you to the ruins of the Roman Villa di Pollio or Massa Lubrenese, a small fishing village.

Correale Museum has an interesting assortment of Neopolitan exhibits (closed Tuesday).
Museo Bottega della Tarsialignea, the woodcarving museum and workshop, is open in the mornings.
From Sorrento you can visit other towns along the Amalfi Coast on the narrow but very scenic Amalfi Drive. Take a bus or taxi. Or take a boat ride along the coast if you prefer to travel by water
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It's also easy to visit Pompeii, Vesuvius, and other Bay of Naples attractions by train or the popular island of Capri by ferry from Sorrento. See Amalfi Coast Day Trips for detailed information.
 
Day Trip to Capri
One of the highlights of our trip to the Sorrentine Peninsula was a day trip out to the Isle of Capri. Catch the ferry from Marina Grande and in no time you’ll be cruising into the port of Capri.

For something a little different book a private boat tour of the island and do it right upon arriving in Capri and got to see all the grotto's that most visitors will miss out on. Everyone wants to see the famous Blue Grotto but it’s expensive and very time consuming. Instead a private boat tour of the island and got to go into all of the other grotto's and even swim into some of them. This will be definitely a highlight and an unforgettable experience.

If your shp stay overnight and you plan your day out in advance you can take a boat tour in the morning and then spend the afternoon strolling through the communities of Anacapri and Capri. Or take the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro for a stunning 360 degree view of the island.
 
Head to the Amalfi Coast
If there is one thing that you must do when visiting Sorrento it’s head to the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento makes for a great base from which to do this and the SITA buses run throughout the day from Sorrento to Amalfi.
 
For a different approach hop on the ferry and get a unique look at Positano as you approach from the sea. The communities of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are all beautiful and worthy of a visit. If time permits visiting only one then by all means make it Positano. This stunning seaside community is built right into the side of the mountain and offers a dramatic landscape.
 
The main attraction, however, is the famous Amalfi Drive which offers up some of the most amazing coastal scenery in the world. If you’re feeling adventurous then rent a car for a day and take a drive on this twisting, cliff hugging drive.
 
Marina Grande
Take a walk down to the Marina Grande for a different perspective on Sorrento. The easy walk down the cliff will be not so easy on the return trip but it’s worth the effort.
 
If you are planning a ferry trip to Capri or the Amalfi Coast while visiting Sorrento you may want to get your tickets early and familiarize yourself with the marina so you know where you are going when the time comes. While down here grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries or watch the fisherman bringing in their catch of the day.
 
Beaches
Sorrento is rather famous like a resort town, therefore it is odd to uncover the beaches listed here are not every that spectacular. The very best beach is located by traveling up Via del Capo before you achieve Punta del Capo. Nice sand along with a calm ocean awaits you.
 
Dining & Night life
A few of the better restaurants in Sorrento are based in the better area hotels. Your Accommodation Imperial Tramontano (Via Vittorio Veneto 1) serves fresh Mediterranean style cuisine. The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria (Piazza Tasso 34) concentrates on food unique to Sorrento and also the Amalfi Coast, using herbal treatments and spices or herbs found only here. Antico Frantoio (Via Casarlano) provides a diverse menu of Italian faves. La Favorita-O'Parrucchiano (Corso Italia 71) is great, particularly if you like veal. Trattoria da Emilia (Via Marina Grande 62) located Sophia Loren when she found Sorrento to operate on the film. Whether it's adequate for Sophia, it is good enough for you personally! Obviously, pizza is yet another primary staple in Sorrento and then any restaurant around is fully outfitted to help you one upon request.
 
Sorrento's night life is remarkably vivacious for any sleepy resort town. Visitors will find lots of bars and nightclubs that will be happy to help them have a whale of a time. The Charley Chaplin Pub (Corso Italia 18) usually does good business, along with The British Motel (Corsa Italia 56). A more serene crowd gathers at Taverna dell'800 (Via dell'Accademia 29) for live piano and guitar performances inside a no-fuss and unruffled setting.
 
Shopping
Piazza Tasso is filled with small shops selling hand crafted crafts. One store that sticks out over the relaxation is Gargiulo & Jannuzzi (Viale E. Caruso), a homemade furniture store. Since 1863, this store continues to be showing their manner of mixing wood pieces in intriguing and innovative ways. Finished items could be shipped all over the world. Ciro Bimonte (Via Giuliani 61) has good prices on jewelry. As well as for general souvenir shopping, you'll find whatever you need at Cuomo's Lucky Store (Piazza Antiche Mura 2-7).




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