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You're Going to Love Sorrento

The resort town of Sorrento is one of the crown jewels of Italy's Amalfi Coast. Drive along dramatic cliffs, enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the world, and experience la dolce vita southern Italian style.

Sorrento, which was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, is perched atop a scenic cliff on the Bay of Naples. The town was an important trading center in medieval times, and Sorrento's historic harbor still retains much of its maritime flavor. Today, Sorrento's main industry is tourism, with travelers from around the globe coming to enjoy the beautiful weather, relax in the laid-back atmosphere, and taste the region's distinctive liqueur, limoncello.

Sorrento also makes a great base for exploring the many attractions of the Amalfi coast, including the scenic town of Positano, the ancient Greek ruins of Paestum, and the island of Capri, which was a famed hideaway for Roman emperors.

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Thanks to the warm Mediterranean breezes, Sorrento has wonderful weather throughout the year. However, visiting the town during the height of the summer tourist season is not recommended because of higher hotel rates and the crowds of day trippers that pack the town center. Instead, visit during the spring or fall. The weather is still warm, and you won't be jostling for elbow room during la passeggiata.

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Where to Stay in Sorrento

Budget travelers will want to check in at the picturesque Hotel Desiree on Via del Capo. There's great seaside views, clean rooms, a continental breakfast, and a friendly staff. A good choice for families is the Casa Elena on Via Nastro Verde. This guest house offers three comfortable apartments in a quiet neighborhood that is close to the city center. The luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria on Piazza Tasso offers guests movie-star treatment and magnificent oceanfront views.

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Shopping Streets

The Piazza Tasso is Sorrento's main shopping street. There you will be able to purchase souvenirs like bottles of limoncello, handmade leather, and Virgin Mary tchotchkes. The Corso Italia offers a variety of high-end fashion boutiques and shoe stores. Sorrento is a tourist town, so the prices, especially for limoncello, are a bit higher than what you would find in the rest of Italy.

Groceries and Other

There are two American-style supermarkets in the Piazza Tasso neighborhood, Supermercato Pollio on the Via degli Aranci and Standa on Corso Italia. You'll pay around EUR5 for milk, EUR2 for a loaf of bread, and EUR3 for eggs.

Where to Eat in Sorrento

You won't go hungry in Sorrento, where the average price of a meal is around EUR20. For traditional southern Italian cuisine and world-class hospitality, head to La Favorita-O' Parrucchiano on Corso Italia or, if you're looking for a good seafood place, you can eat at Trattoria da Emilia on Via Marina Grande, where the fried seafood is a favorite of actress Sophia Loren. The best way to spend la passeggiata is with a scoop of gelato from Gelateria Davide on Via Giuliani. They serve dozens of homemade flavors, including profumi di Sorrento, which is made from locally grown citrus.

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