Sorrento is a small city in Campania, Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. This popular tourist destination can be reached easily from Naples or Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line.
The town overlooks the bay of Naples with many viewpoints in the city of Naples, Capri, and Vesuvius.
Sorrento is famous for the production of Limoncello, an alcoholic digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Wood craftsmanship is also sought after
Ferry boats and hydrofoils provide services to Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia. Sorrento's sea cliffs are impressive and its luxury hotels have attracted famous personalities including Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.
Capri is an Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula. On the south side of the Gulf of Naples, it has been a celebrated beauty spot and resort since the time of the Roman Republic.
Features of the island are the Marina Piccola (Small Harbor), the Belvedere of Tragara, which is a high panoramic promenade lined with villas, the limestone masses that stand out of the sea (the Faraglioni), Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.
Vesuvius & Pompeii
Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in August 79 AD that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due its tendency towards explosive eruptions.
The area around Vesuvius was officially declared a national park in 1995. The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors and there is a small network of paths around the mountain that are maintained by the park authorities on weekends. There is a spiral walkway around the mountain from the road to the crater.
The volcano collapsed higher roof-lines and buried Pompeii under many meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorrento and Amalfi) is the narrow road that threads around the high cliffs above the Mediterranean.
The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens and colored terrace houses and stunning views and azure sea. It is south east of Naples starting from Positano stretching almost to Salerno. Along the coast line you will find places like Amalfi and Ravello, each of them sunning beauties with their own flair. The Amalfi Coast is a well known secret to German and American tourists and prices are high compared to nearby Naples.
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