Looking across the "canyon" like divide in town, we admired the buildings on the embankment. Imagine they would have a spectacular view of the town as well as the bay. Lacey curtain at the window, plants on the balcony, a little bread and wine, camera constantly ready...a few friends gathered to enjoy the end of the day...I could manage a few months of living this way.
Here is the view from the simple back path we chose to take back to our hotel. The views were worth a million bucks. This entire area of Italy is blessed with fabulous scenery..due in great part by the way the land rises up so quickly from the sea. The result is that almost any hillside has its own gorgeous landscape.
After you get tired of exploring Sorrento town and if you have more time, you can try to make your way to the Marina Grande.
As you walk down towards the Marina Grande, you can admire along the way the old stone houses along the back lanes and alleys, see the sleepy lifestyle that seems unchanged for decades, and get blown over by the “windy”* view of the Bay of Naples from a high vintage point facing the sea.
*The wind from the sea can be rather strong (depending on what time of year you're there) but it feels fresh and clean.
The twists and turns of the paths and the descending steps that lead to the Marina Grande can be daunting for those with knee problems, but the pretty picturesque view of the Marina is worth it.
There'll be houses by the beach; there'll be fishing boats bobbing on the waters, fishermen mending their nets or talking about their catch; there are a few simple local restaurants serving the freshest seafood, with mouth-watering scents of grilled seafood wafting through the air.
Why not take a break? Order some seafood and wines, sit outdoors and enjoy the maritime scenes around you? It is totally peaceful and relaxing – just to hear the waves and to catch the lovely sunset at the Marina Grande.
The "Chiostro di S. Francesco" court yard is open to visitors and a nice place to sit and relax. Note the doors at the entrance. I am not sure if this is still in use. Perhaps a VT member could shed some light on this.
I stumbled into this gem - tucked away on Via S. Nicola a few steps from Via Tasso - and would highly recommend it. The history of the production of wooden inlay is layed out in four floors of a fabulously renovated 18th century family Palazza. At the start are historical photos, paintings and prints of the area to give you a feel for early Sorrento as seen through the eyes of the local artists. Then the furniture and other treasures of the inlay artisans and masters are displayed - incredible works of art with informative panels describing the craftsmen and the School of Art collections. Breathtaking. The contrast between this historical establishment and the tourist shops surrounding it is especially ironic. And the fact that the museum was empty of other tourists when I visited it and the shops were crowded is even more unbelievable. After touring the museum, a visit to the Duomo to witness the intarsia work in a public setting will be even more appreciated.
The cloister of Sorrento is a must see place... It is really nice and romantic...there was also there a wedding while I was there!!! and besides I discovered great pictures of Gianfranco Zuin about different part of the word and its people... They were so extraordinary intense....landscape and human dimensions...
I spent one whole day in Sorrento just taking pictures. I am a photographer by heart, and it is what I love to do. I rented a scooter and cruised up and down random streets, and wandered onto some Hotel grounds...there are no words in the English language that can accurately describe how beautiful Sorrento really is, I hope that my photos can help express what voice cannot...
Everywhere in Sorrento (and in the whole area of Naples), there are street oratories devoted to the Madonna.
They are decorated with flowers by the neighbors (I guess).
This one is in a corner of the Via Fuoro.
If you have a little time to spend when you go to the Pompeii ruins try to go a few hundred metres along the road into the modern Pompei. It’s a pleasant town where the hoards of tourists don’t seem to get to. You can eat your sandwiches or whatever in peace in the town square with the refreshing sound of the fountain to help the digestion.
The Basilica and Sanctuary on the edge of the main square are worth a visit - havens of peace.
If you have a little time to spend when you go to the Pompeii ruins try to go a few hundred metres along the road into the modern Pompei. It’s a pleasant town where the hoards of tourists don’t seem to get to. You can eat your sandwiches or whatever in peace in the town square with the refreshing sound of the fountain to help the digestion
Walk up to (or down from, if you are staying at Hotel IL NIDO) the Chapel of the Crochevia.
At each bend of this “way of the cross” you'll get a better and better view across the town of Sorrento. The footpath starts just beside the Hilton Hotel in town and goes up quite steep steps to Priora.
Walk the well indicated footpath trails on the Sorrento peninsular and get splendid views from the Punta Campanella and the other Points jutting out into the Mediterranean.
Punta del Capo is accessible on foot directly from Sorrento. The village of Termini is a good starting point for the others. Termini is easily accessible by bus (destination Nerano)
Get info from the tourist office:
via Luigi De Maio,35
tel 081 8074033
No doubt you're wondering how the tourist in the photo can have such white arms and red legs at the same time, but if you divert your attention from that, the Roman wall and arch are well worth a look. Very few people leave the busy Corso Italia to explore Sorrento's quite street - but it is worth it when you find hidden things like this.
Like many Italian towns, Sorrento has statues of religious people. In the picture is St. Antonio, Sorrento's patron saint. The surrounding Piazza, also called after the saint, is a nice place to relax and catch the shade.
Look closely and you will find some really beautiful buildings in Sorrento. Not the sort of grandure witnessed in Roma or Florence, but much more subtle.
This is one of my favourites. Easy to walk past and generally forgotten about by the locals.