More recycled Roman bits........
As well as some in the base of the Medieval bell-tower, you can find some re-used bits of Roman (or, possibly, pre-Roman) masonry in the cloisters of St Francis.
This is a lovely little place anyway, dating from the 1300s. Within its calm cloister are the four corner columns which started their lives as three-sided columns from (it is said) a 'pagan temple'. Whether or not this is the case, they are definitely Roman and definitely worth a look.
Chocolate pudding to die for
This is the posh sister restaurant of Pizzeria Aurora (one of the best pizzerias in Sorrento).
It's one of those places where you get a free aperitif.
The fish is excellent, and as for the chocolate pudding.... Chocolate pudding. My husband still has fantasies about it.
Shopping, limoncella and ice-cream!
You must shop here, they have wonderful boutiques, not too expensive. The shops are open from the morning til about 2 pm, then closed til 5pm for siesta, then opened again til 8 ot 10pm.
If you like Limoncella, a liquer made with fresh lemons and sugar, you must buy it here, it's where they make it.
You can also try some very good Italian ice-cream on the town's main square, see picture below.
Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are well known for its splendid big lemons. Typical products from Sorrento are produced with these "Limoni": Limoncello, a very tasty lemon liqueur, lemon chocolate, colorful ceramic articles with lemon motives or lemon soap.
The beautiful Penisola Sorrentina
The Penisola Sorrentina has probably the most beautiful setting in Italy: hills, valleys and mountains alternate, the deep blue sea is never far away and the views are spectacular. Wherever you are, whether you see the peninsula from the land or from the sea.
The soil is 'rich' enough to cultivate citrus fruits (the famous limoncello is made from Sorrento lemons), olives and grapes for - amongst others - the delicious Lacrima Christi wine.
The climate is dry and mild during most of the year, although the summer can get very hot.
Furthermore Sorrento is the ideal base to explore the area: Capri, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno, Napoli, ... are within easy reach for daytrips. Either by bus or train (Circumvesuviana), by boat, by rental car or vespa. In a first instance it's a bit tricky to hit the road by car or vespa. The traffic on the one road connecting Sorrento with the Costiera Amalfitana is extremely dense, the road has dozens of hairpins and, last but not least, the driving style of the Italianos is a little different from ours ...
Sorrento has two marinas:
Marina Grande (see photo) which - strange enough - is the smallest one and Marina Piccola.
Marina Piccola is where you take the ferry to the islands, to Napoli or to the Costiera Amalfitana.
Marina Grande is the very cozy and typical Italian fishing harbour. You can buy your fresh fish here in the morning. Probably the reason why there are some lovely restaurants right at the water!
"Sant' Agnello di Sorrento"
Sant'Agnello di Sorrento is one of the five neighbourhoods of the city. It's more residential, quiet and peaceful, and yet only a 15 min. flat walk to downtown Sorrento.
The view of the Bay of Naples, with the islands Ischia and Procida and the Vesuvius in the background, is spectacular.
Torna a Surriento, as the Fratelli de Curtis sang it so well ...