4 Days in Sorrento, Italy
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During my six months living in Naples, Italy, I was able to visit the beautiful town of Sorrento just a handful of times. Every time I remember being pleasantly surprised at how magical and lively this town was. It’s hard to be amazed when you’re already surrounded by Italian architecture and scenery everyday but Sorrento continues to be one of my favorite towns and a must-visit place for me. There’s so many things to see and enjoy in the wonderful paesino.
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Grand Hotel Cocumella
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Maison la Minervetta
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Hotel Parco dei Principi di Sorrento
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Day 1: Sorrento's Old Town
On day one, explore the charming streets of Sorrento's Old Town in the morning, visiting the Piazza Tasso and Sorrento Cathedral. In the afternoon, enjoy the views at Villa Comunale and take a leisurely walk along the cliffside promenade. End the day by visiting Marina Grande, a picturesque fishing village, where you can relax on the beach and savor some fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants, like Ristorante Bagni Delfino.
Day 2: Island of Capri
Embark on a full-day trip to the enchanting island of Capri. Catch a ferry from Sorrento and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and captivating attractions of Capri. Explore the famous Blue Grotto, a sea cave renowned for its mesmerizing blue waters. Take a chairlift ride to the top of Mount Solaro, the highest point on the island, for breathtaking panoramic views. Wander through the charming town of Capri, lined with upscale boutiques and cafes. Don't miss the opportunity to try the delectable lemon desserts that Capri is famous for, such as lemon granita or torta caprese (a flourless chocolate and almond cake infused with lemon). You can find these delightful treats at local pastry shops and cafes scattered throughout the town.
Day 3: Beauty of the Amalfi Coast
Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the Amalfi Coast on day three. Start with a scenic drive or bus ride to Positano, where you can wander through its charming streets, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and relax on the beach. As a hidden gem, make a stop in Amalfi and explore the Museo della Carta, a fascinating paper factory that produces handmade paper using traditional techniques. Learn about the history and process of papermaking while admiring the beautiful products. Afterward, continue to explore Amalfi's quaint streets or head back to Positano to savor the coastal atmosphere. Transportation options include buses and private drivers along the narrow and winding coastal roads. Check the opening hours of attractions in advance.
Day 4: Beauty of Ravello
On day four, delve into the captivating beauty of Ravello, a hidden gem nestled in the hills above the Amalfi Coast. After enjoying the breathtaking views and lively streets of Sorrento, make your way to Ravello for a memorable experience. This enchanting town is renowned for its tranquility, stunning gardens and historic villas. Visit Villa Rufolo, an architectural marvel with lush gardens and panoramic views that have inspired artists and musicians for centuries. Explore the Villa Cimbrone, another splendid estate boasting magnificent gardens and the famous Terrace of Infinity, offering awe-inspiring views of the Amalfi Coast. Take a leisurely stroll through Ravello's narrow streets, adorned with charming shops and cafes and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of this hilltop haven. As you bid farewell to Ravello, you'll carry with you the cherished memories of its beauty and tranquility, making your time in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast truly unforgettable.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor A'Rielle Thomas' guide, The Solo Traveler's Guide to Italy: Sorrento, Rome & Venice.
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