Pomodoro di Sorrento (Tomato of Sorrento)
This large, round, ribbed eating tomato is light red in colour, verging on pink with green hues when harvested, it is very fleshy and firm and has a sweet, delicate flavour. Today the main production area of the Sorrento tomato coincides with its native land and is a limited hilly area on the Sorrento peninsula, in the communes of Piano di Sorrento and S. Agnello. It is these farms that have reproduced the "Sorrento ecotype", which was probably derived by selection from the "Cuore di bue" or "bull's heart" tomato (so-called due to its shape).According to others however, the cultivation of this variety was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century, when the Sorrento shipowners, who shipped lemons to the Americas, imported the seed directly from the New World.
Since the beginning of the nineties, when demand increased, this tomato has also been grown in limited areas of plains in the communes near Vesuvius, such as Gragnano, Boscoreale and Torre Annunziata (though the tomato has slightly different pomological and organoleptic characteristics to the Sorrento tomato grown in the traditional production area). The Sorrento tomato owes some of its success to the famous Caprese salad, the classic dish of tomatoes, basil and local fiordilatte cheese (mozzarella) from the Lattari Mountains. The renewed and considerable interest that this product has raised with local vegetable farmers has lead to the setting up of a promotional committee to apply for the IGP brand (Protected Geographical Indication).
I travelled from Pompeii (where I was staying) to Sorrento one morning and the journey was pretty good. The road along the coast into Sorrento is a little slow as it's used by lorries and buses. The thing I found is that I didn't know where I was when I was nearing Sorrento. It's a little confusing to know if you're actually in Sorrento or not. I parked in a covered car park a couple of roads up from Corso Italia on a road called Via San Renato and then walked past the train station to Piazza Tasso.
Ravello is situated about 5 km from Amalfi; up on the mountain, overlooking the coast from Maiori to Amalfi.
Ravello was founded in the VI century A.D., reaching the apex of the splendor in the X and XI century; following the same sort of the Amalfi Republic, even after obtaining the independence from her, when they refused to follow, in the XI century, Amalfi in a war against Guiscardo.
- Villa Rufolo
- Villa Cimbrone
- The Church dedicated to San Pantaleone
Amalfi Boat Trips
Several companies run trips along the Amalfi Coast, connecting cities like Sorrento with Naples, Capri, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Sapri. I travelled from Sorrento to Amalfi with Metro del Mare, an extension of the public transportation service that is only offered in the high-season. It was EUR 7.00 to travel from Sorrento to Amalfi and the trip took about fifty minutes, which is significantly faster than the busses and affords much nicer views. Tickets are sold at a kiosk near the Marina and schedules are available at tourist information or the ticket office. Service begins (sporadically) around April and runs until about October, with frequent service during the summer months.
Sorrento: A perfect combo of beauty and bustle!
"The heart and soul of the Almafi Coast"
Sorrento is more than just a stop gap between Naples and the rest of the Almafi Coast, its a beautiful scenic town that is a bustling city that has been able to maintain its rustic charm. Sorrento is town with busy streets that boast marvelous and unique shops and places to eat. All around are the scenic views of the mountains and the ocean. Sorrento is the perfect place to make your home for a few days while you explore the coast!