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Sorrento

Holidays to Sorrento

 
Pompeii is about 40 minutes away from Sorrento by train and a proper must-see. Life in the town – once a popular holiday resort with the Romans – was stopped in its tracks when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying everything – and everyone – in molten lava. Two thousand years later and you can see some of Pompeii’s citizens, frozen in time where they died.
 
Sorrento is an excellent base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, the island of Capri and Naples. With so many options at your fingertips, it’s worth heading to a seaside café with a few guidebooks to plan your excursions. The town has a sun-drenched beauty of its own, so you can also enjoy an excellent holiday without having to venture further afield.
 

A beautiful position

Cobblestone streets, colourful flowers and picture-perfect views of Mount Vesuvius and Naples – as a resort, hilly Sorrento comes up with it all. This sophisticated place on the southwest coast of Italy also offers designer boutiques, lively bars and great restaurants. And it’s at the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera, so the beautiful towns of Positano and Amalfi are within easy reach as well.
 

Cobbles and cafés

 
Pavement cafés and tucked-away antique and craft shops cram the maze of cobbled streets of Sorrento’s old town, making it an ideal place for a wander. For culture vultures, the old town also has an impressive church – the 11th-century Chiesa di San Francesco – plus a bell tower, a monastery, and a cathedral with beautiful frescoes.
 

Bathing platforms

 
They’re not big on sandy beaches here, so swimming Sorrento-style is via wooden or stone bathing platforms beneath the cliffs. The shores might be rocky, but the platforms mean you can easily dip into the sea. Seafront hotels usually have their own, and there are public platforms too, where for an entrance fee you get changing areas, places to eat and showers.
 

Daytrips to Pompeii

 
Pompeii is about 40 minutes away from Sorrento by train and a proper must-see. Life in the town – once a popular holiday resort with the Romans – was stopped in its tracks when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying everything – and everyone – in molten lava. Two thousand years later and you can see some of Pompeii’s citizens, frozen in time where they died.
 

When to go

 
Summer temperatures in Italy give you reason to smile. On the islands – Sardinia and Sicily – the mercury hovers around the 30 degrees mark in July and August, while mainland temperatures range from around 27 degrees on the Venetian Riviera to 30 degrees plus down in Campania. If you prefer things a little milder, spring and autumn are great times to visit – temperatures in the low to mid-20s are the norm. Most of Italy’s rain falls over the winter months, but you might see the odd shower.
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