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Italy: Sorrento

A March 1998 trip to Sorrento by kylebarber

Road down to Marina Grande Photo, Sorrento, Italy More Photos
Quote: Although I intended to use Sorrento primarily as a basecamp for exploring Capri, I was equally charmed by this beautiful seaside town

Italy: Sorrento

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Overview

Road down to Marina Grande Photo, Sorrento, Italy
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What I remember most fondly about Sorrento is the ever present smell of lemon trees and the deep warmth of the afternoon sun.

Quick Tips:

Plan to spend multiple days in Sorrento if you want to relax and enjoy the leisurely pace of life on the Amalfi Coast. If you are looking to make a quick stopover and "see the sights," a half day is adequate for "doing it all" and missing the town's true beauty.

Best Way To Get Around:

Though hilly, Sorrento is small and easily traversed by foot.

Hilton Sorrento Palace

Hotel | "Sorrento Palace"

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We stayed at the Sorrento Palace as part of a tour package and were offered a pretty good room rate. The very large hotel and conference center seemed empty except for my friend and me, so we had the spacious grounds, multiple swimming rooms and restaurants all to ourselves. The room itself was quite nice, airy with a pretty view of the surrounding hillside. The numerous outdoor swimming pools spilled into each other, which would be fun for children. The indoor pool is designed as a Roman bath, though the water was unfortunately chilly. We ate one of the restaurants and found the food to be pretty good for a hotel meal. Since we were the only ones there, the service was quite prompt!...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Hilton Sorrento Palace
Via S. Antonio n. 13
Sorrento, Italy 80067
+39 (81) 8784141

Ristorante Pizzeria La Fenice

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Restaurant

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Though they call themselves a pizzeria, this nice restaurant serves much more than pies, and has a formal sit-down dining room with wait staff. Their seafood is both fresh and well-prepared and the pasta was also quite good. I liked the airy garden feel of the atrium-styled dining room, and the service was notable in a region where food is quickly dispensed with no fanfare. Though there are undoubtedly finer restaurants in this town that caters to upscale European tourists, I was very happy with the high quality of food served here for reasonable prices. It's also worth noting that Ristorante Pizzeria La Fenice seemed to stay open later than other dining establishments nearby.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 2, 2000

Ristorante Pizzeria La Fenice
Via degli Aranci 11
Sorrento, Italy
(081) 878-1652

Gelateria Davide Sorrento

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Restaurant | "Davide"

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Like every other town in Italy, Sorrento has one primo gelateria to satisfy the hungry locals and dairy-mad tourists. In Sorrento you'll want to check out Davide, which is located along the main stretch of downtown. Offering both fruity flavors like fresh peach and lemon along with creamier concoctions such as chocolate and hazelnut, Davide should have something to please everyone, especially when the afternoon sun really begins to blaze.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2000

Gelateria Davide Sorrento
Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani 39
Sorrento, Italy

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Sorrento's cathedral is a hodgepodge of architectural styles, dating back partly to the fifteenth century. Lots of marble and ornate decorations highlight the church, and once again there is a cycle depicting the stations of the cross. Though this cathedral didn't interest me as much as other churches we had visited, my friend was quite intrigued by the Duomo dei San Filippo e Giacomo, and we spent a while poking around its interior.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Duomo dei San Filippo e Giacomo
Corso Italia
Sorrento, Italy

Corso Italia

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Attraction

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This main boulevard running parallel to the town's shoreline is the location of many of Sorrento's best restaurants, shops and sightseeing attractions. But the real reason I chose to write about it is that in the evening, the street is still buzzing with locals, who all seem to come out nightly and mingle with one another until quite late at night. Though it's not a festival or party each evening along Corso Italia, everyone out on the street is in a playful mood and it seems relatively easy to strike up conversations with the city's inhabitants if you have a basic working knowledge of Italian. Particularly around Piazza Tasso you'll find singing and dancing, and many older folks gathered ar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Corso Italia
Main Street
Sorrento, Italy