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Sorrento

City: Sorrento       State: N/A       Country: Italy
Sorrento is a small city in Campania, southern Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination. The town can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the bay of Naples, as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints in the city allow sight of Naples itself (visible across the bay), Vesuvius and the island of Capri. The Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorrento and Amalfi) is the narrow road that threads around the high cliffs above the Mediterranean.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. Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, an alcoholic digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar.A strong defensive location made the city hard to capture, but it still underwent various ups and downs - including a sacking by Muslim pirates in 1558 and an outbreak of the Black Death in 1656. But it remained an important centre of the southern Campania region, based on trade and agriculture, developing rapidly in the 19th century with the advent of genteel tourism, an activity that has since become the mainstay of the city's economy. In that context, the city's strengths are twofold. It is well organized to serve the needs of visitors who merely wish to relax, with a charming harbour area, pedestrianized streets, tempting shops, numerous cafes and a variety of restaurants. Sorrento also serves as an ideal base for exploration of the surrounding area with its wonderful coastal scenery and historic attractions. There are many organized tours on offer, some rather expensive, but for those who like to set their own agenda public transport is excellent and affordable.

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: February to August

Directions | How to Reach

By Air: The airport nearest to Sorrento, Capodichino, is around 50kms away. From the airport, there is a bus service by Curreri.By Rail: The Circumvesuviana local line connecting Sorrento to Naples offers the most convenient way of getting to Pompei and Ercolano (Herculaneum).By Road: The Circumvesuviana buses run to Sorrento and the surrounding areas. There are four main bus lines naming A, B, C and D. Taxis are another option, and these are generally available at major destinations within Sorrento.

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