3rd June, 2021
Welcome to the Sorrento Peninsula
Located in Southern Italy, the Sorrento Peninsula is one of the least developed parts of Italy and its citrus-scented terraced hills, a mild climate, exclusive resorts, sleepy villages and traditional fishing ports ensure beautiful views at every turn.
This charming part of Italy was a Greek colony during the Magna Grecia period, and the Romans built opulent villas and temples here and used it as a summer resort. Ibsen, Dickens and Byron visited as part of their Grand Tours, and today it is a destination that many Italians choose to holiday. This is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday where you can enjoy a bit of sunshine, go for long walks and enjoy views from Mount Vesuvius to the island of Capri.
The charming coastal town of Sorrento has an historic centre of which Piazza Tasso is its heart. Visit the Correale di Terranova with its exquisite collection of art and artefacts collected by the counts of Terranova; visit the Duomo whose interior showcases some of the town’s trademark marquetry; and visit Museobottega della Tarsialignea, a restored 19th-century town house full of period furniture, paintings and artefacts. You can also enjoy delicious freshly caught seafood in the marina, and charter a boat to Capri.
Referred to as Limoncello in the south and Limoncino in the north, this popular liqueur is made from the zest of Femminello St Teresa or Sorrento lemons, and is served chilled as an after-dinner digestive. Try the real thing for a true taste of Sorrento, or make your own version using lemons, vodka, sugar and boiling water.
Get out in the great outdoors with six memorable walks
The Walk of the Gods
Follow one of the most famous routes on the Amalfi coast. You’ll feel as if you are walking in the sky as you travel through breathtaking scenery from Bomerano to Montepertuso on the trail supposedly made by gods as they were lured to the sea by sirens.
Ascend to the summit of legendary Mount Vesuvius, the infamous volcano which looms over southern Italy. During your journey, you’ll be able to see smoke and gas rising from the craters of this dormant giant.
Take a walking tour of Pompeii, which was famously smothered in ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Walk amongst civic buildings, bathhouses and dwellings with preserved wall paintings and original graffiti – poignant echoes of the past, frozen in time.
Head for Pontone near Ravello, walking through the Valle dei Mulini or Mills Valley. Amalfi has a long history of paper making, dating back to the 14th century and the Mills Valley was once home to some 16 paper mills. Now, with only three still in production, you’ll see the haunting sight of abandoned mills, canals and waterwheels as you walk through the charming countryside.
Enjoy a walk to the coastal village of Montechiaro, where you can admire its enchanting and far-reaching views.
Explore the local habitat on this scenic walk as you make your way through olive groves outside Vico Equense to the small hamlet of Camaldoli.
Join our Walking the Sorrento Coast tour special interest holiday and explore this beautiful region of Italy.
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