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Shopping in Sorrento?

by Janelle41

Good idea or not? Should I wait until we get to Rome?

Re: Shopping in Sorrento?

by hawkhead

What are you looking for? If you want to buy limoncello, then Sorrento is the place to buy it. Don't buy it from a tourist shop but go to the supermarket on the main street on the way to the station.

Re: Shopping in Sorrento?

by Janelle41

What do I want to buy? hmmm?? Being female the answer would be....SOMETHING! The Limoncillo (sp) is a good idea.......we will be in Rome for 7 days so that would be something to consider. What are some good economical wines and how much should I expect to pay (like I do not want to over pay!!!) thanks. Oh and can I pack the wine and take it on the train back to Rome?

Re: Shopping in Sorrento?

by hawkhead

Sorrento also has good olive oil - make sure it is from the region. Again, buy it from the supermarket. Sorrento inlaid ware is world famous but the true articles are very expensive - you will see inlaid wood work everywhere but most of it is horrid and of an inferior quality. Sorrento also has hand-made lace and embroidery - again, the best articles are very expensive but exquisite. Also, ditto for cameos and corals, especially by Bimonte. If you have a chance, go to the museum of Sorrento - I have the name on my Sorrento tips page - it will give you a very good idea of the quality of work. Wines? We have never found wines in Italy to be a very good buy - there are wonderful wines but for about the same price as we pay at home. If you come across an enotecca, then you can go in and try wines, and also purchase what appeals to you. We didn't find one in Sorrento but I am sure Rome must have them. Even if you don't buy, the glass or two of good wine and any snacks is well worth the going.

Re: Shopping in Sorrento?

by AsturArcadia

Why not go shopping somewhere where there are no or few visitors? Castellammare di Stabia, or Formia, for example?

I would never venture shopping anywhere which sets out to cater for tourists! And certainly not in Italy. Hop off the train at some place only the locals go to . . . and have fun.

Re: Shopping in Sorrento?

by Maryimelda

There are some very eye-catching shops in Sorrento, so believe me you will be tempted. As for where to go shopping. I would think that anywhere that has something that you want to buy at a price you can afford is the perfect place. Sorrento has lots of shops selling all manner and means of lemon proucts such as soaps, candles, aromatherapy oils, limoncello and many lemon flavoured food items. Or you can opt for a gigantic lemon if you like. I happen to be a lemon freak, so I loved the shops in Sorento. Maybe you will or maybe you won't, but you can be sure of a wonderful time finding out! Have a great time.

Travel Tips for Sorrento

Neapolitan Lasagna

by Balam

Ingredients:

Notice that this recipe is for 10 serves in order to have a best result, since it's a traditional dish commonly prepared for some festivities.

600-700g pasta for lasagna,
450g meat balls,
500g ricotta cheese,
450g well dry buffalo mozzarella or fior di latte cheese,
500g "cervellatine" (thin sausages),
abundant ragù,
250g parmesan and pecorino cheese,
ground black pepper (small quantity)



Method:

Boil pasta, drain and season it with some cheese, salt and pepper. Fry meatballs; frizzle sausages, cool and cut them into slices. Cut mozzarella in pieces and dissolve ricotta with part of ragù. Lay ragù on the bottom of a greased wide baking pan, superpose with a layer of lasagna in order to cover the bottom and borders (let pour out enough lasagna from the borders to cover at the end). Lay ragù and ricotta cheese, fior di late or mozzarella, meatballs and slices of sausage, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, a pinch of pepper and add some more ragù. Repeat lasagna layer and filling. At the end complete with the layer of lasagna (the one pouring out from borders), ragù and Parmesan cheese. Bake until a brown crust comes out and lasagna is compact. Cool down, pull out of the baking pan and serve with pecorino flakes and some more ragù.

To Sorrento by train

by HORSCHECK

From the central railway station Piazza Garibaldi of Naples you can take the local train Circumvesuviana to get to Sorrento. The train leaves every 30 minutes and it takes about one hour to the final destination of Sorrento.

Not the best value

by SallyM about Antica Trattoria

This is a fancy restaurant, where they bring you a free aperitif and mini starters (the stuffed courgette flower was delicious).

The food is very good, but helpings are relatively small and prices are high.

Equally good food can be had elsewhere in Sorrento for more reasonable prices, though the setting is very attractive.

It is advisable to book in advance. The stuffed courgette flower amuse-bouche.

Capri

by Wowmoment

Capri is a fickle place with many faces. It has stunning beauty which has delighted visitors down the ages it is also the place to go if you really have too much money and want to get rid of it in a hurry!

Easy to reach from Sorrento (Hydrofoil casts around €23 and takes only 20mins). Once there the Funicular, for €1.60, will take you to Capri Town.

Capri Town is full of designer name shops and expensive restaurants. Spend time and money here if you wish.

The Blue Grotto and round Island trip I chose to ignore but I heard it was expensive not very long and at least €5 tip was demanded somewhat gracelessly at the Grotto.

I chose to walk out of town to Villa Jovis and was very pleased I did.

Sorrento - expencive but worth it

by Evenith666

"Sorrento"

Sorrento is a small city which lies on the bay of Naples in Campania, Italy. It can be reached easily from Naples, on the other side of the bay, by rail or car. It is the key point of the Sorrentine Peninsular, and its stunning sea cliffs and luxury hotels have always attracted celebrities such as Lucciano Pavaroti and Sophia Loren. The larger of it's two harbours provides ferries and hydrofoils provide transport links with Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia. Sorrento is also famous for production of 'Limoncello', a digestif made from lemon rind. Its other main produce is citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives.

"History"

According to the Roman Historian Didiorus Siculus, Sorrento was founded by Liparus, son of Ausonus, the son of Odysseus and Circe. The oldest ruins found in Sorrento date to the Oscan occupation of Campania at around 600 BC. It was later colonized by the Greeks, who built the only known Temple of the Sirens, called the Athenaion. It became a Roman town, Sorrentum, in 89 BC. The most important Roman temple in the town was the Temple of Athena, built by the Greeks prior to Roman occupation (hence the Greek version of the name). Sorrentum’s main agricultural product was Wine, as the fertile soil provided by Mt. Vesuvius meant that the entire region of Campania was perfect for grape growing. It was also famous for its fishing industry, and its production of red Campanian Vases. The discovery of coins from Massilia, Gaul and the Balearic Islands indicate that it was also an important trading post.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it was ruled by the Ostro-Goths before being returned to the Eastern Empire. It was later besieged in vein by the Lombards in the 600’s BC. Over the next centuries the authority of the now Byzantium Empire faded, and Sorrento became and autonomous duchy. It fought against its neighbour and rival Amalfi and the Saracens, and in 1133 it was conquered by the Norman Roger II of Sicily.

In June 1558, the town was sacked by the Ottoman Navy under Dragut, as part of the war between Turkey and Spain, who at this time controlled much of southern Italy. In 1648, Sorrento revolted against its Spanish governors. It later entered the Neapolitan Republic of 1799.

In the 19th century Sorrento’s economy begun to improve as a result of the development of agriculture, trade and tourism. Sorrento was, in 1861, officially annexed into the New Kingdom of Italy. Throughout the following years it developed into one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, attracting many famous people including Lord Byron, Keats and Walter Scott.

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