Sorrento

This is an excerpt from the book “The Amalfi Coast“.

Sorrento – Scorcio della Marina di Sorrento col vecchio borgo di Marina Grande – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Sorrento – Scorcio della Marina di Sorrento col vecchio borgo di Marina Grande – Photo © De Maio Agostino

A splendid and famous holiday resort, Sorrento stands on a terrace rising steeply above the sea on one of the most spectacular points of the Campanian coast. Because of its enchanting position and mild climate, sheltered by the surrounding hills, Sorrento has been a favorite resort since Romans times, Agrippa, Augustus and Antonius all had villas here, and it became an elite tourist resort from the eighteenth century, its hotels welcoming such luminaries as Ibsen, Wagner and Nietzche.

Torna a Sorrento Neapolitan version (Enrico Caruso) – Video by schunizze

The high position of Sorrento, above the sea and the consequent absence of a true sea promenade create its extremely original nature. In fact, the port of Sorrento, the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, picturesque bays with a beach and the harbor, are reached by steps and narrow alleys, which offer panoramic views of incomparable beauty of the coast, the surrounding hills covered in olive-groves and citrus fruit trees, and the crystal-clear sea.

Linked to the enchanting beauty of the place is the tradition whereby the name of Sorrento originates from the mythical mermaids whose soft singing tempted Ulysses and his crew in the Odyssey. The site on which Sorrento stands, probably founded by the Greek colonies, was already inhabited in prehistoric times.

Sorrento con mimose – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Sorrento con mimose – Photo © De Maio Agostino

Sorrento is situated at 26Km from the A3 Napoli-Salerno, with exit at the tollgate of Castellammare di Stabia and proceeding on the national S.S. 145 Sorrentina.

The nearest train station is the Circumvesuviana on the Sorrento-Napoli line. There are 38 daily runs to Naples, 38 runs to Pompei ruins and 38 to the Ercolano ruins.

Sorrento Porto – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Sorrento Porto – Photo © De Maio Agostino

The town of Sorrento can also be reached by public bus-line of SITA on the Sorrento-Salerno line with 13 daily runs to Positano, 13 daily runs to Amalfi  and 12 to Salerno.

It is possible to get to Sorrento by sea with departures from the dock of Marina Piccola. Connections to Naples are provided, with 38 daily runs in summer time and 14 in winter time, to Capri 33 daily runs all year around, to Ischia 8 runs all year around

 

Where to stay in Sorrento

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