Limone di Sorrento (Lemon of Sorrento)
The lemon is medium-large, elliptical, with an attractive lemon-yellow skin, very fragrant and with a particularly juicy and acidic flesh. Today it is grown in all the communes of the Sorrento Peninsula and all over the island of Capri, both in the province of Naples. It covers a total surface area of 400 hectares and has an annual production of about 100,000 quintals. It is a tardy fruit, so that, although it is produced on the tree all year round, the best fruit are obtained from spring to the end of autumn. Cultivation is typically made up of terraces incorporated in containment walls. Another technical aspect is the covering up of the foliage to protect it from the cold and wind (an indispensable practice during the coldest period of the year because of the geographical position of the Sorrento Peninsula, which is at the northern limit of latitude for lemon-growing) and to delay the ripening of the fruit until the best commercial periods. In the past the well-known "pagliarelle" were used: straw mats resting on wooden stakes, usually of chestnut wood. Today they have been replaced by more practical plastic nets, which are more suitable for the steeper slopes of the area. The Sorrento Lemon already enjoyed a good reputation during the last century, when it was mainly exported to England. Today a moderate quantity of lemons is still exported to European markets, mainly German and English, but most of the produce is reserved for the domestic market; 40% is destined for fresh consumption and the remaining 60% is used to make the famous Limoncello liqueur. Demand for the Sorrento Lemon is constant, thanks to its highly valued properties and, consequently, the prices are always decidedly higher than (and sometimes double) that of ordinary lemons on the market. Equally valued qualifications have brought prestige and credit to the Amalfi Coast Lemon, also gratified with the much-deserved IGP recognition in July 2001.
Amalfi Coast Bus Travel
Busses connect all of the Amalfi Coast, from Naples all the way to Salerno (with stops in Sorrento). Besides being unreasonably slow (busses take twice as long as boats) the bus ride made me feel really sick. It's very twisty and turny, with lots of up up up and down down down. Then around and around. You've got decent views of the coastline from the bus... but it's not worth it in my opinion. In some places the busses are traveling on single-land roads, which leads to long waits, and in other places traffic is backed up for miles because some crazy person parked in the middle of the road! Why put yourself through the pain and torture when you could travel by boat so much more easily?
If you must take the bus, I've linked to Campania timetables below.
If you're a masochist, sit on the right-side window seat when travelling in the direction of Naples -> Salerno. You'll have the scariest view and the highest probability of vomiting!
Would not go again
Situated in the Historical centre of sorrento this Pizzeria is we were told, one of the best in Sorrento, and advertises that "you can sample the true Neapolitan Pizza"
although there were 3 of us only 2 of us wanted to eat and drink. I had a Pizza Sorrento and a small beer and my son had a pizza Margherita and a coke. the Pizza's were nothing special and were a bit dry and the waiter gave the impression that he did not really want to serve anybody.
When we recived the bill we were a little shocked to see that cover charge for 3 people had been added (1.50 Euro each) even though only 2 of us ate and drank and cover charge is included in most bar/restraunts. The Bill came to 25:00 Euro
Pizza Marhgarita 6.00 Euro
Pizza Sorrento 8:00 Euro
Go to the Amalfi Coast for the day!
Another highly recommended excursion from Sorrento is going to the Amalfi coastal towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
If you plan to use the public transport (the SITA bus), I would highly advise leaving early in the morning because:
(1) There is so much to see and explore in the Amalfi coast;
(2) Amalfi coast is very popular with the tourists.
(3) There is only one bus every 50 - 60 minutes (I think).
(4) SITA bus (blue color) is not a tour bus. So you cannot book seats.
(5) A big crowd (tourist & locals) will be waiting for the bus.
Buy the SITA bus ticket (Euro 2.40 for 120 minutes) from any tobacco shops (tabaccheria)/ magazine stands/ mini-markets or the small shop at the Sorrento train station. Then wait for the SITA bus down the steps from the train station. You cannot miss it; you will see a big crowd there queuing/waiting for the bus.
If you want to travel in comfort, you can book a semi-private or private tour to the Amalfi coast. This is a good option if you have a big group. That way, you can enjoy your excursion without worrying about the public transport.
A little about Sorrento
Sorrento is a small city in Campania. It is a popular tourist destination.
The town can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line.
The town overlooks the bay of Naples, as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints in the city allow sight of Naples itself (visible across the bay), Vesuvius and the island of Capri.
Sorrento's sea cliffs are impressive and its luxury hotels have attracted famous personalities, including Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.
Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, an alcoholic digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar.
Our time in Sorrento was very short.
Our accommodation was on mountain not far from the city. In morning the bus bring us to harbour, and we go to visiting the Capri island.
But from this short moment was enough, to love this city .. evolve the wish to visit this place again