Holidays in Sorrento - Explore Treasures of the Scenic Town

Located 159 miles southeast of Rome, 31 miles south of Naples and 31 miles west of Salerno, Sorrento is a town in Campania, Italy with the population of 16,000 inhabitants. It can be easily reached from Pompeii and Naples, as it is placed at the southeastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town is served by frequent express trains from Naples. Overlooking the bay of Naples, Sorrento allows sight of Vesuvius and Naples itself. Many people come each year to spend their holidays in Sorrento.

Perched on high cliffs that overlook bays of Salerno and Naples, Sorrento is a popular tourist destination invaded each summer by international tourists. The streets of the town tend to be noisy, the sightseeing sites overcrowded and the traffic horrendous, for more and more travelers consider holidays in Sorrento to be a wonderful opportunity to rest body and soul. For such a renowned resort, however, Sorrento has a limited number of beaches, the majority of them are piers that extend into water. The most beautiful beach here is Punta del Capo, accessed by walking along Corso Italia.

For enthusiastic hikers, holidays to Sorrento are a wonderful opportunity to explore the green hills above the town. Drivers will be offered to undertake hazardous Amalfi Drive to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Amalfi. Alternatively, you can take a SITA bus running between Salerno and Sorrento.

Despite the fact that few tourists consider holidays in Sorrento as an opportunity to look at monuments and churches, still there are some worth a visit, notably the Chiesa di San Francesco that dates from the XIV century. It is regarded as an oasis of beauty in overcrowded Sorrento, and its garden with flowering vines and delicate arches are subject to many visits.

Art lovers enjoying their holidays in Sorrento shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit the Museo Correale di Terranova, situated north of Piazza Tasso. This prominent museum features displays of Italian art, antiques and ancient statues. In addition, you'll introduce yourself to the intarsia - an art of making objects with pieces of patterned wood. After a visit to the Museo Correale di Terranova, it is nice to stroll through the gardens of Sorrento.

For those looking for exciting nightlife, holidays in Sorrento offer a variety of options appealing to every visitor. The central square of the town, Piazza Tasso is home to two nightclubs, Fauno and Matilda, both presenting folkloric music. Another popular place is Chaplin's Pub that attracts lively and boisterous crowds, some of whom stay until the wee hours. For Neapolitan style folklore, consider the Circolo dei Forestieri with the views extending over a flowering terrace and the blue bay. The bar is open from March till December.

Shopping enthusiasts will be delighted to find out that Sorrento boasts better shopping than anywhere along the Amalfi Drive. Its piazzas and alleyways encourage strolls, while the best for window shopping are Via San Cesareo and Piazza Tasso, overcrowded with shoppers on weekends.

The most famous maker of marquetry furniture in this region is Gargiulo and Jannuzzi, demonstrating an old technique of combining multihued pieces of wood veneer to design patterns of flowers and arabesque. Featured in the sprawling showrooms are a variety of clocks, card tables and desks, inlaid with patterns of rosewood, elm wood and mahogany. Lace and embroidery are among the best bargains in the town, and Luigia Gargiulo is strongly recommended for embroidered tablecloths and sheets, as well as children's clothing. The best selection of cameos is available at the Ciro Bimonte, Via Giuliani.

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