07 Sep From Pompeii to Sorrento: not only a seaside destination
Ancient Pompeii overlooked the sea and its important commercial harbour gave prosperity to the citizens.
Connection between Pompeii and the sea has always been powerful (Consider that Abbagnale brothers are the best rowing champions in Italy) but nowadays the seaside is a few kilometres away from here and the nearest and famous coast is in Sorrento, just half an hour drive far. You can also get there by Circumvesuviana train line, passing through Castellammare di Stabia, meta di Sorrento and so on.
Once you get to Sorrento you immediately enjoy the great quality of the hospitality and the beauty of a 15.000 citizens town which is now one of the most famous touristic attraction in Italy.
It lies down on a tuff terrace overlooking the sea, surrounded by olive and citrus groves.
Excellent lemons are fundamental to produce the typical Limoncello, the famous fruit liqueur.
COME BACK TO SORRENTO
Sorrento is a lovely town, full of history and traditions. The famous poet Torquato Tasso was born here – that’s why the main square is called Piazza Tasso – and the old town centre represents an important tourist attraction thanks to high quality products, Italian and beach fashion.
To do in Sorrento: visit the Duomo (cathedral), Sedil Dominova (noble mansion), Saint Anthony Basilica and Saint Francis Church with its marvellous cloister. Then take a look at the panorama from the Villa Comunale (public park) and many other places which overlook the Gulf, Capri, Ischia and Procida islands, Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
To eat and drink in Sorrento: Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, typical dish made of potato dumplings, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese then sip a tasty Limoncello liqueur and sing one of those songs dedicated to the city, such as Torna a Surriento – come back to Sorrento – which was usually performed by Luciano Pavarotti. The piece sounds romantic even if it was written to push the Italian minister Zanardelli for keeping his electoral promises.