As you go into the Basilica de S. Antonino (the patron saint of Sorrento) look up and to your right. There, high on the portico wall, is a whale bone. Why? Because, amongst other miracles, S. Antonino managed to save a child from the stomach of a huge whale which had come near to Sorrento beach (much to the its mothers relief.......the child, not the whale!).
The saint's exact dates are not known but he probably dates from between 600 and 800 AD. His special day is 14th February, when Sorrento comes alive with music, processions and market stalls.
Sea view and seafood
Beautiful location and sea views! The food was delicious, the portions are huge and the service was welcoming and friendly. This restaurant was recommended by the Rick Steves' Italy guide, since I had the book with me, they gave us a free small glass of limoncello. They get their seafood right off the fishermen's boats at Marina Grande...as fresh as it gets!
Punta del Capo
Walking out to Punta del Capo, you will be treated to some fine panoramic views of the entire Bay of Naples, Mt Vesuvius, and the town of Sorrento. Just be careful--some parts of the road have no sidewalks.
Be sure to check out the ruins of the Roman villa that are perched atop the cliffs. This is also a great place to catch a Mediterranean sunset.
Sorrento is full of citrus groves with lemon and orange trees. These photos were taken at a large grove near the EAST end of Corso Italia, which is open to the public. Here, you can walk amongst the trees (see orange branches grafted onto lemon trees) and sample and buy their homemade liquers made from lemons, oranges and fennel. There are wooden benches for sitting and relaxing, away from the crowds.
COME BACK TO SORRENTO!!!!
Sorrento is located on a tuff coast and is reflected in the Gulf of Naples, fascinating tourists and visitors, attracted by breathtaking views and landscapes. The town gives its name to the Sorrento Peninsula, a great area extended from Vico Equense to Massa Lubrense. This area, thanks to its geographical shape, suspended between the green hills and the blue of the seas, is from the time immemorial a great attraction of the southern Italy.
The Sorrento coast is one of the most popular destinations of the entire Campania region. It is also the ideal destination for Italian visitors and foreign tourists, that want to plan excursions to Capri, Ischia, Pompei, Amalfi, Positano, Ercolano, Paestum and Vesuvius, places located at a distance of 50 Kilometres. Sorrento was first a Phoenician colony , after that it became a port frequented by Greeks for the commercial activity with Naples and with others southern cities. It was named by Greeks “Syrenusion” or “Syreon” that means Siren’s land, the Sirens were the mythological creatures half woman and half fish, that Homer told in his famous work “Odyssey”.
FROM SORRENTO TO:
Rome: 257 Km.
Naples: 48 Km.
INFORMATION AND USEFUL NUMBER
Town Police: 0818074433
Post Offices: Corso Italia 212 and Via Capo 108
Tourist board: Via L. De Maio 35, Tel. 08187074033