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Virtual Italy Tour of Sorrento

Overview of Sorrento

Sorrento is a resort town located to the west of Amalfi and south of Naples, to the west of Pompeii and jutting out of the Italian mainland. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Italy because of the majestic views one can get from the cliffs that overlook both the Bay of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is also a favored tourist destination because of museums, churches, piazzas, and parks that you can explore.

Town of Sorrento

Town of Sorrento

Sorrento is also where most people go to when they are planning on going to Capri, which is just a few minutes away by ferry or hydrofoil from this town. Some people also choose to stay in Sorrento when they plan to visit the other tourist destinations nearby, such as Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Positano, and Naples. This town has two ports that can be used to get to and from this area, and these are Marina Grande and Marina Piccola.

Where to Go and What to See

The town of Sorrento has a number of notable tourist attractions that visitors go to when they come to this resort destination. The most popular ones are museums, churches, and the Roman ruins located at the Punta del Capo.

Museo Correale di Terranova – This is a museum that you are sure to love since it not only houses paintings from Neapolitan artists, Murano glassware, and Sevres ceramics, but it also has a small archaeological collection and 19th century furnishings. This museum has 3 floors and 24 halls that carry this very diverse collection of art pieces from the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. It is also a museum that has a view of the Gulf of Naples and is surrounded by a lovely citrus grove.

Duomo di Sorrento – Built around the 11th century and rebuilt in the late 1500s after the Turkish invasion. It has since undergone a number of renovations and restorations, with the style changing from its original one to that of a more Baroque-style that was the trend in those days. The Cattedrale di Sorrento continued to be expanded and altered over the centuries to make it look the way it does today.

What to Do

Sorrento is a small town wonderfully perched over white steep cliffs and offers a fantastic view the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. It lies on a Tufa terrace and is enclosed by impressive limestone mountains. Aside from the views and the other tourist attractions, visitors to this city can enjoy a few other things that the locals are very proud of.

Bottles of Limoncello in Sorrento

Bottles of Limoncello in Sorrento

Have a Glass or Two of Limoncello – This citrusy liqueur is actually produced here in this region and is one of the area’s top products. Made using the rinds of Sorrento lemons, which are also known as Sfusato lemons, this drink is both refreshing and intoxicating. It is made using grappa (although some use vodka to steep the rinds in) which results in a yellow liquid that is then sweetened with simple syrup and served chilled in small ceramic glasses as a digestive or after-dinner drink.

Walk Around Town and Discover Quaint Shops – Walking around the small streets of this town will let you discover lots of small shops that sell everything from pottery to jewelry to leather items to anything that is made using lemons. For great shopping, head to Corso Italia then to the backstreets connected to it where a lot of mom and pop shops sell a lot of unique goodies you won’t want to miss finding.

Sorrento is a tourist destination that is often added to the list of places to go to when heading towards the Amalfi Coast and the southern regions of Italy. You can schedule a longer stay here with a customized trip if you want to soak up more of the quaint yet touristy vibe of the place.