Should this be in 'Wanings & Dangers'??? Apparently you must ignore Italian men if they smile or wink at you! Hmmmm.......Italian men love women and they will not chase you down the street if you smile back! (Pity!)
I dont always appreciate the advances of every Italian - but they are not the women-hunting, lusting, flirting breed we are led to believe - well, not all of them! Again, the same even in our home country - some men will smile, wink & flirt. You get a wink on holiday - you're in no danger - enjoy!
I'm not sure how many of them are strictly speaking locals, but wedding groups all seem to head for the Villa Communale gardens for their photos. The two most popular spots are by the balustrade looking out to sea or in the cloisters of the S Francisco church.
If you spend any time at the adjacent cafe (which does good ice cream, also drinable tea for 2 euros a pot), you will be able to watch the fun.
For original Limoncello you need 400 gr covers from Sorrento Lemons and 2 liters strong grappa or sprit for extracting the lemon taste. After extracting for a some time you should add 2 liters water with 800 gr sugar, and again let it rest some time. First filter it and then the Limoncello is ready for having as dessert liquer. Nam!
It is written on the sidewalk :
USE BY PEDESTRIANS ONLY TO GO TO THE SHOPS.
It is not a private street. It is only a lane of the sidewalk which is private.
Fortunately, you are not obliged to buy in the shops....
If you have ever been to Italy, you'll instantly know about limoncello. It is a lemon liqueur that is served well chilled in the summer months. It is wonderful as a palate cleanser or as an after dinner drink. Keep your bottles of limoncello in the freezer until ready to serve.
If you want to prepare Limoncello yourself, the ingredients are simple and few, and making a batch doesn't require much work, but you'll need some time.
Meals are taken later than we may be used to. Bear this in mind for two reasons:
1 - If you want to get local atmosphere in restaurants avoid eating before 2 p.m. at mid-day and 9 p.m. for the evening meal
2 - Remember that many shops will close at about 2 p.m. and stay shut for a good couple of hours.
At midday the streets of Sorrento become much quieter than usual, as tourists escape to the beach, and locals take their Siesta. This can be a good time to explore the town - if you can handle the heat.
A visitor to Sorrento could spend a whole week here and only encounter fellow tourists, but a wander to the Sedile Dominova, on Via San Cesareo, brings contact with the locals. In medieval times, this building, with its faded frescoes and old coats-of-arms, was a place where the aristocracy met; nowadays it's a gathering place for the local OAPs, who pay no attention to the passing tourists and spend their time playing cards.
Those giant "lemons" you see being sold all over the Amalfi Coast aren't really lemons at all. Cedri (Chay-dree) are not generally eaten by Italians. It is more popular to decorate your kitchen table with a couple of these to keep your house nicely perfumed.
To see what a cedro tastes like, ask a local bartender for cedrata, an ancient Southern drink made from the rinds of these fruit.
Sorrento, as with the rest of the Amalfi Coast, is know for it's vast production of lemons and lemon-flavored/scented products.
A few of my favorites:
1) limoncello (served very cold)
2) lemon chocolate
3) lemon soap
4) lemon-adorned ceramics
Random fact: A lemon tree can produce up to 2,000 lemons in one growing season!!
In Italy it is very popular to have a pastry and a cappuccino in the morning or during the day in a cafe or bar. The price depends on whether you consume it standing at the bar or sitting at a table. Sitting at a table doubles or triples the price.
Often you have to pay the cashier first before ordering with the recipt at the bar.