The famous Neapolitan song ‘Torna a Surriento’ owes its title to this small city, which is also mentioned in the well-known song ‘Caruso’ dedicated to Enrico Caruso, a great legend of the Italian Opera. Famed for its sea cliffs, the town overlooks the Bay of Naples and has stunning views of Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Capri and Ischia.
There aren’t a great deal of actual ‘sights’ in the town, although there are plenty of panoramic views and pleasant spots. The fourteenth century Chiesa di San Francesco has a charming flowery cloister, and a small garden next to the church offers a spot of tranquillity with splendid views across the Bay of Naples.
Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area: to the east, the Amalfi Coast; to the north, Pompeii and the archaeological sites; cross the peninsula, excellent hiking trails; offshore, the fabled island of Capri.
Time passes pleasantly in Sorrento; there are, of course, hundreds of tourist shops selling ceramics, lacework and marquetry items, but also relaxed cafes and restaurants where you can sit at pavement tables and watch the world go by.
As for the food, Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, crema al limone and local wines. Also, gnocchi alla Sorrentina — potato gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella baked to perfection — are much appreciated by both locals and tourists. Not to mention the delicious gelato that incorporates fresh local flavors.
At the end, Sorrento is an excellent destination to stop by for stunning views, a delicious lunch or gelato and some shopping, especially if you book a day tour to discover the surrounding area.