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Surroundings of Sorrento: a modern, cultural and tranquille piece of history!

Drenched in picturesque coastline and historical monuments, the southwestern Italian town of Sorrento is a destination hotspot for anyone looking for a cultural travel escape.

Facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula, Sorrento towers proud upon cliff-tops that separates the town from its busy marinas.

Amalfi Coast: Plenty of Room at the Inn

With a variety of ecoluxury four and five star bayside hotels, overlooking the bright blue bay of Sorrento and its mountainous backdrop, there is so much choice for the sustainable traveller to rest their head after long days exploring.

A gem amongst them is Hotel Bellevue Syrene, which is true to its name – as “Bellevue” means “beautiful view” – and these spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples can be seen from the balconies of the seaview rooms, as well as from the vast dining terrace that sits alongside this former aristocrat’s villa.

Within this lavish hotel oozes character features with its chandelier-hung moulded ceilings, marble floors and walls, and restored columns, and once you step outside into the warm Italian sunshine, laced with the soft breeze from the bay, there is just a 9-minute walk to Piazza Torquato Tasso – Sorrento’s heart of shopping, history and activity.

Piazza Torquato Tasso: A Centre with a Cultural Twist and Food for Passionate Palettes

Piazza Torquato Tasso is the central square, and home to historical stone statues, architectural monuments, bars, shops and eateries.

Even though this central place is a meeting point for locals and tourists alike, it still promotes the relaxed and laid back environment of the nearby bay.  It’s named after the poet Torquato Tasso, and by offering local delicacies, crafts, gifts and artwork, makes it a perfect location to take in all the traditional ambiance.

The cafe-lined streets let you pause for a traditional Italian lunch of pasta, tiramisu and a latte; plus a small grass of the famous Italian lemon-based beverage “Limoncello”.  This alcoholic delight is served across the town, meaning the fresh smell of lemons follows you throughout the warren of narrow alleys.

This sweet smell even lingers pleasantly while visiting the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister, and the stone built Sorrento Cathedral; a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saints Philip and James, and the seat of the Archbishop of Sorrento-Castellammare di Stabia since 1986.

Museum Correale: A welcoming family home

Nestled amongst the architectural splendour of Sorrento’s citrus grove the Museum Correale is situated in a patrician villa, with a terrace of Belvedere that overlooks the Gulf of Naples.

The villa is owned by Pompeo and Alfredo Correale, the last descendants of the family, and walking around it gives a true sense of historic life in the Italian town, with stunning pieces of gold framed artwork, a room of interesting clocks, and glass cabinets showcasing the family’s treasures.

Amalfi Coast: Via Marina Grande

Walking along the promenade of the Marina Grande gives a calm feeling from the subtle smell of salt, the gentle hush of the sea water washing against the brightly coloured fishing boats, and the soft chatter of the fishermen going about their daily work to bring in the sustainable catch of the day.

As the sun sets over the Marina, and day seamlessly turns into evening, nearby wine bars and cafes offer friends and family the chance to come together to enjoy good food with Italian wines (such as the widely favoured Aglianico) created from the succulent grapes grown within the Campania region closeby.

Vesuvius and Pompei: A Spectacular View from the Top and an Eye-Opening View from the Bottom

Further inland, a tour to Mount Vesuvius is an absolute must when visiting the area.  It is a somma-stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, about 9 km east of Naples.

The steep and uneven walk to the top peek is worthwhile for both the incredible views of the surrounding villages, as well as for the view deep into the black ash centre of the active volcano.

Heading down the volcano and back towards reality; passing quaint villages and vast vineyards that provide a true taste of traditional Italian lifestyle – there sits the site of Pompeii.

This ancient Roman city in the Campania region of Italy was buried under 4 to 6 metres of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.  Bodies, artifacts and buildings were entombed in the ash and decayed away, making natural molds of the remains; which excavators used to make plaster casts that now provide an instant and eye-opening snapshot of Roman life from the last minutes prior to the heartbreaking catastrophe.

A Mixture of Eco-Luxury and Cultural Travel

With its smell of Limoncello, coffee and tasty Italian cuisine, and its relaxed vibe, Sorrento and its surroundings offers a relaxed eco-luxury travel destination, with a spark of historic and cultural flare.

Modern hotels and restored buildings, paired with the traditional architecture, brings both the old and the new together within a place that compliments and respects the history, ancestry and traditions of Sorrento and it’s beautiful bay.