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      08.11.2009 21:21
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      Lovely town

      Sorrento is a super destination for an interesting holiday as there is plenty to do however it is alsoa great place to relax.

      Sorrento is located about a 90 minutes from Naples and is lcated on the beautiful Amalfi coastline. It is a good launching point to explore Pompeii, Vesucvious and the upmarket island of Capri. It is a bustling tourist dominated Italian town and it gets very busy in the summer months with both international and domestic visitors as it is a popular destination with Italian families. I would say it is more of a family hoiday destination, we found the nightlife a bit limited however we were looking for a relaxing break and for that it was ideal.

      The centre of Sorrento is Piazza Tasso which is a typical Italian piazza being full of large bars and restaurants with huge patio areas and some tourist shops as well.

      There is lots to see in Sorrento including teh two marinas, the larger of which has boats leaving for trips along the beautiful coastline or acroos to Capri. It is a lovely town to take an evening stroll in where people parade up and down, the only downside for me was the heavy traffic and noisy scooters zipping along.

      There are lots of sea food restaurants to enjoy when eating out and we found some nice places to eat however youmust always leave enough room for the wonderful ice cream that is sold in the town.

      Do not expect any sandy beaches to stretch out on, this is a rocky coastal town and there are wooden lidos along the coast which involve a numberof steps to navigate and then you pay anything up to 15 euro for a sun bed or you can travel out to Metha which has black volcanic sand on it.

      I would definately recommend Sorrento, it is a great place from which to explore this beautiful part of Italy and there are loads of places to stay.

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        05.10.2009 01:47
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        well worth the visit

        I went to sorrento just after my 17th birthday and it was one of the nicest place ive been to. We landed at the airport in napels which was just like an over sized aeroplane hanger and not very nice. To get to sorrent (with stopping off at quiet a few hotels on the way ) took us 2 hours on a coach. We stayed at the hotel capodimente which was very nice. a beautiful stone drive way going up to the hotel entrance.
        Inside was very cool and the staff was extremly friendly. The view from whereevr you are stood is beautiful. The drains (im not been rude thats what they call there back streets ) where overly busy but enjoyalble. Plenty of shops all selling different produce. The restuarants are of very high quality aslong as you dont go to the english ones.

        Late at night its busy from shoppers as alot of the shops are open till late which is quiet nice.

        Herculanium is an outstanding piece of history. which is just of the base of mount versuvius. It take a good few hours to have a good walk round but well worth it.

        Capri is a beautiful little island, has the little blue grotto just on the bottom of it where yo can go on a boat ride to see it properly. but you do get a good look at it just passing on the way from sorrento to capri.

        The residents are friendly and alot of the resturants are very accomadating. We went to a very posh wine bar/ restuarant and my sister didnt like anything on the menu so the manager offered her chicken and chips.

        overall this has been one of my favorite holidays and am planning to go visit it alot in the future

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        A beautiful, romantic place which we will visit again someday, when I've paid finished paying this t

        Honeymooned here with Mrs Bajiya a couple of years ago and we both thought it was a beautiful location with breath taking scenery. Sorrento itself overlooks the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius gives the view a stunning backdrop. From Naples Airport a cab will cost you 100 Euros the train is direct into the centre and will cost approx 10 Euros, so take your pick. However, a luxury car on the way back will only set you back 70 Euros.

        The town is set around a busy main square with hotels stretching along the cliff top and up the hillside. Plenty of city tour buses and a dotto train can give you a decent look around the main parts of the town and is a useful way to get your bearings. The tour buses also go along the Almalfi Coast line with the trip to Positano being the jewel in the crown (15 Euros well spent). Sorrento also has some very quaint and bustling lanes with excellent restaurants (a 3 course meal for two with wine will only cost 50 Euros). However plenty cafe bars can be found from which a pizza and a couple of drinks are a bargain at 10 Euros.

        Main trips from Sorrento are a boat trip to the Isle of Capri, a visit to Mount V and Naples, and less than an hour away is Pompei. (Go on the local train, 3 Euros each and 11 each to get in as opposed to the 70 Euros each charged by the hotels/agents).

        Finally, if you want to go to Rome this can be done on a sightseeing visit but 4 hours both ways makes it a longggg day!

        A beautiful, romantic place which we will visit again someday, when I've paid finished paying this trip.

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          beautiful

          We were pleasantly surprised with Sorrento.
          It was a first stop on a 15-day vacation to Italy that my wife and I took to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.
          Our 25-year-old son, 21-year-old daughter and their respective boyfriend and girlfriend accompanied us. We spent 5 days here.
          Subsequently we visited Rome, Venice, and Lake Como.
          Reports that Sorrento would be overcrowded and overpriced seemed to be exaggerated.
          Perhaps our visit in late May helped us enjoy great weather, while still avoiding the summer crowds. Sorrento is a very tidy, beautiful, and friendly place.
          They have been welcoming European tourists for over 200 years, and are very good at it.
          The scent of the abundant lemon groves coupled with the stunning views of the bay of Naples including Mount Vesuvius and topped off with quaint side streets made our stay a memorable one.
          Commuter trains from Naples easily reach Sorrento, and the train station is centrally located.
          The main street (Corso Italia) is intersected by Piazza Tasso, which is the centre of the town.
          From here you can easily walk down through a gorge to the beach or into the historic district for a wide variety of watering holes and restaurants.
          Just off the main Piazza there is an ancient building built in the gorge. It is lit with different coloured flood lights in the evening and is a very nice sight.
          The beaches would not be described as stunning Mediterranean beaches. There are a myriad of beach clubs offering chaise lounges and umbrellas atop cement piers and wooden platforms.
          Although not as typically ITALIAN as many other destinations, it is a great place to get your fix of sun, partying, limoncello, and ferries or buses to a wide variety of locations for day trips.
          Sorrento can visited on a budget staying in an Apartment and eat at moderately priced restaurants, or you can stay and eat very expensively.... but the views and memories are the same no matter what.
          We rented a three bedroom house located 900 meters from the train station and a 5 minute walk to Piazza S.Agnello: Sorrento Holidays House La Terrazza (www.SorrentoHoliday.info).
          It was clean and convenient and very roomy. There we several grocery stores and restaurants close by.
          I highly recommend this apartment - 100% residential and surrounded by lemon groves!

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          26.10.2005 10:52
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          Italy's answer to the Sex Pistols - pretty vacant!

          When it comes to travel I have permanently itchy feet. Even when I'm on holiday I just can't satisfy that itch and so when I get back home I often feel that I haven't done justice to a particular destination. My holidays lately have been based around touring an area or making my base in a good central location and taking day trips to nearby places.

          Sorrento was one of my must-visits when in Naples for a week in 2004. An easy to negotiate hour or so train journey from Naples (only 25KM but stops everywhere), Sorrento offers a very pleasant alternative to the hustle and bustle of southern Italy's largest city.

          The train journey itself is integral to the day out. You travel on the Circumvesuviana line which passes very closes to the Mount Vesuvius and the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum which were famously devastated by an eruption of the mighty volcano. (Both of these towns can also be accessed on this route). Initially you pass through the outskirts of the city, later going through some rather attractive looking suburbs with spacious homes with roof terraces overlooking the sea. This gives way to rural scenes and as the train approaches Vesuvius you can see the vineyards climbing the slopes - home of the Lachrymi Christi wine so typical of the region. Just before Sorrento the track becomes a dramatic viaduct crossing a fantastic valley and as the train arrives at the outskirts of Sorrento lemon groves line the track on both sides. Swathes of netting are hung just under the branches - a giant canopy to catch the bright yellow fruit. Now and again you can spot someone perched precariously on an unfeasibly long ladder gathering the harvest.

          As you leave the station you cut through a modern shopping centre with a very cafes and souvenir shops. This is not the real Sorrento! Do not be tempted to stop but carry one following the main road which takes you past some of the loveliest hotels in the area, to the main square, Piazza Tasso.

          The first thing that struck me about Sorrento was that it's geared very much towards the English - cafes offering all-day breakfasts, English football games live on television and most shop notices written in English. Not really my cup of tea but early on in the day before the organised coach trippers arrive, the streets of Sorrento are quiet enough to stroll around and enjoy.

          Our target in Sorrento though was the beach - well the sea, anyway. This area of the Italian coast has few sandy beaches and most that are sandy are private - you either can't use them or you have to pay an extortionate fee to use them. Amred with this knowledge we headed for an area which we had been told comprised of small lidos where, for a more modest fee, we could rent a bed and enjoy relative quiet.

          The town is situated on the cliff tops and so you have to descend the winding path on foot or take the lift (for about a Euro) to Marina Piccola. We decided to walk down and take the lift on our return. At the bottom several options present themselves. You can join Italian teenagers crammed together on a tiny patch of concrete and sit on your towels (free but not very comfortable), sit on a tiny area of sand which is overrun by families (also free but I don't enjoy lying on the beaches surrounded by screaming kids) or take advantage of one of the lidos (there are two). There was really no choice so we paid 7 Euros each and made our way to the furtherest part of the jetty and settled down. The jetty made two sides of a square with the beach as the third and the fourth side opened out onto the sea. Some people were taking small boats into the sea but since the ferry and hydrofoil terminal is so close I wouldn't advise swimmers to do this. The passenger vessels arrive with some regularity throughout the day and while you can hear their engines as they move into place at the harbour it doesn't create too much of a disturbance. There are secure steps from the jetty into the water and a freshwater shower to rinse off all that salt after a swim. The steps are great becuse they mean that adults can climb from the jetty without having to swim from the crowded beach, picking through the children in the shallow area - perfect.

          If a swim has worked up an appetite there's a reasonably priced cafe serving both alcoholic and soft drinks and the food available ranges from sandwiches to pizza and pasta dishes. You can either sit in front of the cafe on a covered terrace overlooking the sea or take your food away with you. We ate there and enjoyed an excellent pasta dish and a fantastic aubergine bake with a couple of cold beers.

          Mid-afternoon saw us pack up and head back into town. We decided against the lift when we found you had to wait for its arrival in a very unsavoury-smelling tunnel! After the steep walk we deserved a beer so headed for the old town where pavement cafes abound. However so do tour groups, so you are continually being stared at by tourists being led through the narrow streets by their guides. This is something you quickly realise about Sorrento. Its not the locals staring - its other tourists! The locals are so used to it they barely notice the tourists and the reason for that is because Sorrento is FOR the tourists.

          The narrow alleys and lanes are heaving with people keen to buy a little something to remind them of the fact they once spent an afternoon in Sorrento but mostly the goods on offer are tawdry and unimaginative - tea towels, plastic lemons and "I saw Sorrento in an hour" t-shirts (actually I made the last one up but I reckon it would be a big seller!).

          You see, Sorrento, whilst it is beautiful and quaint and scenic and all those things tourists expect from Italian towns, is really not very important at all. Granted it has a couple of pretty palaces and some attractive churches but not really enough to grab your attention for any significant amount of time. The narrow lanes in the old town have some interesting shops - until you see the same things again and again. Don't get me wrong, Sorrento is lovely but it almost feels as if it's all been manufactured so that day trippers can take it all in in one day - a kind of micro tourist town with just a bit of everything thrown in.

          What I could see, though, is why Sorrento proves so popular with package holiday-makers. It is in a great position to facilitate easy travelling around an area that has alot to offer - Naples, the Amalfi coast, the excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, the islands of Capri and Ischia and many more.

          If you must go to Sorrento and, please do not be discouraged by me, do not expect a packed itinerary or even a varied range of options for sightseeing. See it and enjoy it whilst having a glass of locally made limoncello but like this sharp and refreshing citrus liqueur don't expect it to last long!

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            Great family resort

            Sorrento is located about a 90 minute coach ride south of Naples. Once you have escaped the urban sprawl of Naples the winding coast road gives you some beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples on your right whilst all the time the imposing height of Vesuvius is receding behind you.

            Sorrento is often regarded at the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. It is a bustling unashamedly tourist dominated Italian town with a population of 20,000 people which is swelled to bursting point in the summer months. Our visit came at the end of August and the first week in September and coincided with the last weekend of the Italian holiday month of August. As such we go to appreciate Sorrento with all its home base and foreign visitors and a slightly quieter Sorrento when it played hoist to mostly English and to a lesser degree German visitors. Other nationalities were represented but very much in the minority to the coach loads of tourists from the UK and Ireland.


            The Geography

            The Bay of Sorrento is a lot larger than I had expected. My original preconception was of a small sleepy Italian fishing village that would provide a useful starting point to explore the local areas of interest. A travel book and a few reviews on Dooyoo later that opinion was quickly changed. Sorrento itself is made up of five communes with Sorrento Town itself providing the main shopping and commercial centre.

            The centre of Sorrento is Piazza Tasso which is bisected by the Corso d’ Italia which is the main thoroughfare and in the evenings is closed to traffic to allow the locals and visitors alike to parade along in all their finery. Tasso is full of large bars and restaurants with huge patio areas while Corso is filled with tourist shops, gelateria and some more up market designer stores.

            Sorrento has two marinas. Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, conversely it is Piccola which is the larger of the two and is the departure point for the ferries that cross to Naples and the surrounding islands as well as the cruises along the Amalfi coast.

            Maria Grande is the smaller of the two and is home to a number of fishing and pleasure vessels and is well worth a visit. It has a small beach area and some nice sea food restaurants.

            Both marina can be reached by public transport or by walking however be warned Sorrento is a coastal town perched on the cliffs and while the walk down is pleasant the same cannot be said for the return journey.

            Places of interest in Sorrento

            For me the beauty of Sorrento was just to wander around the tight little streets checking out the shops and attempting to eat every flavor of ice cream on offer. Of particular interest are the local shops demonstrating marquetry which is a process of decorating inlaid wood, there are some beautiful (and tacky designs) however the prices do reflect the craftsmanship involved.

            From the outside the large white cathedral does not look that impressive however once inside not only is it an oasis of calm from the bustle of Sorrento there are some beautiful scenes in particular the crucifixion above the altar.

            There is not a lot else to see of note in Sorrento other than there are some beautiful views of the coast from Communale Park, otherwise it is a place where it is fun to sit outside of a café, enjoying the sun and people watching.

            Beaches

            Sorrento is not the place to go if you are looking for miles and miles of sandy beaches. The coastal geography means that every single bit of space by the waters edge that can be is used and often you will pay for the pleasure. There is a small beach at Marina Grande but it is nothing to get excited about and you will be swimming in the same water that is used by the boats so best to dodge the floating diesel deposits.

            A safer bet is to visit the wooden lido between the two harbors. Entry and a sun bed was about 12 euro for the day and there is a sheltered swimming areas and places to buy food. We only spent one day on the beach during our stay and for that we traveled out on Linea A bus to Mehta which is the eastern most commune where the beaches are less crowded however the sand is the black volcanic variety and full of small stones.

            If you are feeling a bit flush a better way to enjoy the sun and sea is to hire a boat and get out and explore the bay for the day stopping off to swim wherever you fancy.


            Eating Out

            It is difficult to comment on the quality of the restaurants as we were staying half board and the quality of the food in the hotel was excellent. On the two occasions we ate out for lunch I found the food quite pricey and fairly ordinary in quality. You will never be stuck for choice however we were unable to find any truly quaint local restaurants or cafes to recommend. For the truly fussy eater you can always find numerous places offering English fare of fried breakfasts and everything with chips. Hopefully such places will whither and die in the future as they only detract from the feel of Sorrento and to be honest if you want to eat such food then you should be heading to one of the Costa’s.


            Getting Around

            Sorrento can get steep in places for those who like to walk especially when walking down to either of the harbors or beaches. You also have to contend with the traffic and in particular the scooters, there are probably some traffic rules but they seem to be more for guidance than actual enforcement, best tip of the day is only cross the road behind a local (who knows the rules) or a large American tourist as the Italians will generally aim for them first.

            The local bus service is frequent and occasionally even fits in with the time table. Bus tickets can be purchased at tobacconists before getting on the bus and cost 1 euro for 60 minutes of travel. Upon boarding do not forget to stamp your ticket in the machine to validate it otherwise the ticket inspectors will shout at you in Italian and on a bad day may fine you. Be warned the buses do get full and can resemble rush hour on the tube.

            There is a train line which also resembles the tube with the amount of graffiti on it and is a 300metre walk from Tasso. We stayed away from it so cannot comment on the quality.

            Taxis are numerous but can be expensive because of the traffic as the meter keeps moving even when you are not. For the ultimate tourist experience there are horse drawn carriages that leave from Tasso for a quick tour.

            Local tours can be organized from the tourist office which is located in the centre of town.

            Accommodation

            Hotels and camp sites abound in Sorrento and there is something for every budget. We stayed in a hotel just outside of the main town in Sant Agnello (see review Hotel Grand Parco del Sole) One point to consider when booking a hotel is the traffic noise in and around the centre of Sorrento particularly at night when everyone drives their cars and scooters around until the early hours. This was at the heart of our reason for choosing a hotel in the commune of Sant Agnello which is a 25 minute walk from the town centre.


            Interesting Day Trips

            The best thing about Sorrento is the number of day trips available and places of interest.

            Top of anyone’s list should be the active volcano of Vesuvius; after all it is due to blow again in 2008 taking Naples with it so see it while you can. Nearby is Pompeii and the two sites can be visited as part of a combined trip in a day although if you want to see everything in Pompeii it would take a couple of days. The cost of our one day trip was 35 euro with admission costs to both sites on top.

            For the series shopper a day trip to Capri is a must to see how the other half live. Ferries from Sorrento are about 11 euro return. While there it is worth visiting Grotta Azzurra to be serenaded by the oarsman on your row boat, after the song he will hassle you for a tip and scowl if you do not hand over enough. In addition to Capri there are the islands of Ischia and Procida which are worth a visit if time allows.


            Naples is only 90 minutes away whilst Rome can be done in a day however it is a 3 hour coach trip to get there and you can get flights from Stanstead with Ryannair cheaper than the cost of the tour.

            Finally a trip along the Amalfi coast is not to be missed, whether you actually drive along the road or (as we did) take a more sedate cruise along the coast it is worth stopping off in the picture postcard perfect Positano or the less steep Amalfi itself.

            Suitability

            This is an ideal location for a family holiday particularly if you are the sort of person who likes to get out and about rather than spending your holiday sat by the pool. Both of my two children had a wonderful time and in particular they enjoyed the visit to Vesuvius despite the climb to the top. My daughter showed a blossoming interest in the desire to shop; unfortunately this involved visiting every tacky tourist shop in search of a present for her best friend. At least this was cheaper than the designer shop habit she will no doubt develop in later years.

            The geography of Sorrento is not so friendly to those who have difficulty getting about and whilst the public transport is accessible to most everyone certainly many of the restaurants and hotels (including our own) would not be suitable to those with severe walking disabilities or wheel chair users.

            Recommendation

            I would not hesitate to recommend Sorrento as a place to visit. I felt that a seven day visit was plenty to see most of what we wanted to, 10 days would certainly be sufficient and allow for an extra couple of relaxation days as after most of the sight seeing we were pretty tired in the evenings.

            It does get crowded in the summer months and naturally very hot as well and it is important to take account of the traffic noise when booking a hotel.

            What you will get though is a busy tourist resort frequented by Italians which is an excellent base from which to explore a beautiful part of Italy.

            For more information check out
            www.sorrentotourism.it

            Thanks for reading my review.

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              22.01.2003 21:20
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              Sorrento is a quite delightful place nestled in the peaceful bay of naples. With only a two hour flight you are right there in the heart of the neapolitan riviera. The town is a chaotic market town searving that part of the amalfi coast. It has the old portion which is rather unatractively known as 'the drains' and two ports oone which is strictly fishing and one that acts as a ferry port to the nearby Capri and Iscia. The amalfi coast is rich an varied so you definitely hire a car to travel around. Nearby places of interest are Posetano and Amalfi itsself. A trip to Naples is worthwhile though the markets are renowned as a haunt of pickpockets so make sure you have up to date travel insurance. Fot the History lovver there are truly the highlights in all of italy. pompei and herculaneum offer'thanks to the nearby versuvious' near perfectly preserved roman cities. Day trips are very available and well worth while. My advice would be to go for the early morning ones as it can get very hot in the summer.

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                I have visited Sorrento twice. Once for a week long holiday and once as a day trip from the Isle of Capri. (Yes I know people normally visit Capri from Sorrento but that's another review..!) Sorrento is a wonderful destination for a holiday with just the right balance of everything. It's by the sea, although it's by no means a beach holiday. However the Marina nearby means that trips to Capri and Ischia are easy to make. There are plenty of good restaurants and trattorias in the town and most are very reasonably priced for out of this world italian food! I would particularly recommend La Laterna (with the most technologically sophisticated toilets I have ever seen!!) and La Fenice with alfresco dining and dishes cooked at your table. Shopping in Sorrento is good and cheap especially for traditional italian pottery. Don't forget to take an extra case for all those pasta dishes! At night the shopping really comes to life with street traders selling jewellery - I still wear my heamatite braclet that cost £1.00! Sorrento is ideal for the British traveller as everyone speaks, or atempts to speak, English but luckily the town is almost free of too much British dominations. While I was there I only saw a couple of bars selling "John Smiths" and one restaurant with bangers and mash on the menu! Last but not least Sorretno is extremely conveniently located for visiting Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii and as mentioned before the islands of Capri and Ishia. However do not attempt to visit Rome in a day from Sorrento. We did this and it took 4 hours to get there, 4 hours to get back and we spent 4 hours in Rome. What a rush for such a magnificent city.

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                  I went to Sorrento last year after visiting Rome. Forget about it being dull or quiet, it's an excellent place to visit, being lively without being overpowering or scary. There are a number of cheap hotels almost literally a stone's throw from the beach, although I would advise booking early. Not that the beaches are wonderful, in fact (too many boats! Not enough sand!) but still good for sunbathing if you don't mind the fact that locals are peering at you constantly (I don't get it - we're not exactly a novelty!). The locals are very friendly however Sorrento is the perfect distance for Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Capri, and all make excellent daytrips. Naples has a number of good museums, Capri has staggering views and great shopping, whereas Herculaneum and Pompeii - well, what can I say, a MUST SEE! As far as nightlife goes, there are a number of clubs nearby, although DON'T go before AT LEAST eleven - we made the mistake of going at 10.00, to find a deserted club and bewildered doormen. Tip: girls get in free, provided they're dressed suitably - i.e, in a skirt or smart trousers. You get the first two drinks free usually, but after that they'll always be 10,000 lira, which works out at about £3.30. This is the same whether you're drinking beer or spirits. There are also lots of bars with discos, which is great fun if you're not serious about your music. The best I found was the English Bar - sounds really philistine, I know, but it really was excellent - a fantastic atmosphere by 11.30 or so. If you're female however, BEWARE the lecherous men - being asked to marry a guy is funny at first, but not the 20th time. Expect to be danced with whether you want to or not, expect to be followed around the streets, shouted at, etc. during the day. Even more so if you have blonde hair. Take this seriously - don't go out on your own.

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                    While I was on holiday in Rome, we drove up the coast to stay in Sorrento for 3 days. This was a perfect place to compliment Rome. Rome was the busy place whereas Sorrento was more calm and serene. We stayed in a hotel which was 5 minutes from the beach. The hotel room had a great view of the cliffs and rugged beauty of the place. The main shopping centre was 5 minutes up the road. It didn't have loads of shops but in the precinct there were all the shops you needed and more. In that area were most of the pubs, clubs and entertainment. The shops were things like Toy Shops, Bakeries, General Tourist Shops, Chemists and Small Supermarkets. This place is the ideal place if you want to take things easy and go about your business how you want. There are not any well known tourist attractions there but the buildings, statues and beaches have a beauty of their own. This is well worth visiting.

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                      This is a wonderful place to take a vacation. I went there thinking that it was going to be quite a small fishing village and was very much mistaken. Sorrento had a lovely atmosphere with all the local people being very friendly. There was always something to watch in the bay of Naples. Our Hotel looked out over the bay and we had a lovely view of Vesuvius. The place itself was pretty busy so if you were looking for total relaxation then this might not be the place but if you are looking for a place with great weather and restaurants then this could be the place for you.

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                        Ever heard the phrase "See Naples and die?" well who ever first said this must have just landed at Naples airport! The landing was scary! One minute I was looking over the bay of Naples pointing out Capri and Ischia to the old man the next I was practically eye balling a woman in a tower block hanging out her washing!! This was my introduction to Italy, I can truely say this was the only bad thing about the holiday! The old man and I visited Sorrento on an Airtours bargain -£199 half board at a 4 star hotel!! Sorrento is a magical place, forget the image of it being for pensioners and folk that stop off on their med cruises its actually quite a lively place BUT it has also kept alot of its old charm and hasnt succombed to mass to tourism. Sorrento has a great train link to Naples which stops at Pompeii and Hersulaum ( two roman ruins) it also has an excellent bus link around the Almalfi coast to Positanio, Amalfi and Ravello. A hydro foil and ferry to the island of Capri. Public transport is very cheap, and easy to use. If you are after a beach holiday then this isnt the place for you, but if you want to sight see and galavant around then you couldnt do better then coming here. Sorrento its self is a fairly large town, with several museums, loads of shops - designer label abound here and also some shops for the poor people (ie ME!!). Loads of resturants and bars which are excellent and again very reasonable. We did the usual touristy things eg visited pompeii on the train and Hersulaum. This two sites are wonderful! Very easy to get too using the train. Out of the two I prefeered Hersulaum due to the fact that it was smaller and better preserved, we spent the morning there just looking around. The infamous Amalfi drive is as breath taking as it was on film. The road is cut into the cliffs , very winding and a straight drop to the sea!!! It was stunning! Unfortunately we didnt do it in an open
                        top car, but it was still truely amazing by bus!!! My favourite place we visited had to be Positanio, made famous by the American writer John Steinbeck. Its really in two parts the bit by the beach and if you look up you'll see the houses cut into the mountains. This is also a great place if you want a little bit of beach holiday in between all the galavanting around! A beautiful place, great pizza as well!! I can say this was one holiday that I'll never forget, the view from our window was of the bay of Naples and Mount Vessovious in the distance! If you get the chance to go then grab it!!

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                          12.08.2000 18:51
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                          A lot of hotels in Sorrento are built around two miles from the old town centre and offer their own entertainment on a night for package tourists. However, for the independent traveller, I can recommend a real gem of a hotel, right in the centre of town. The LORELEY ET LONDRES hotel is a level, five to ten minute walk from the railway station and main square. The breakfast room has a wonderful view over the old harbour from where you can watch the ferries plying their trade between Sorrento and the islands of Ischia and Capri. If you stay at this hotel, may I recommend rooms 15 & 16. These are on the upper level of the hotel, and have balconies overlooking the aforementioned harbour and across to Ischia. A truly idyllic spot. Amazingly, for such a location, the cost of rooms is minimal. A double, with bath, costs around 100,000 Italian Lire (approx £34.00). Contact details : Loreley et Londres, Via Califano 12, 80067 SORRENTO Tel : 081 807 3187

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                          13.07.2000 04:40
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                          One of the prettiest places I have visited is Sorrento in the south of Italy. This pretty town is placed on the Neapolitan Rivera and is an ideal base to see a lot of famous sites in Italy, for example the famous Amalfi drive. With its twisting roads and shear cliff drops, it is well worth the trip to see some of the villages perched on the rocks. Pompei is not far away, visit the old town, which lies in ruins after the great natural disaster of Visuvius erupting. Why not go on a boat trip to the pretty island of Capri where you may visit Gracie Fields’ home and last resting-place. On the whole there is something for everybody in this part of Italy including sun and the best wine.

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                          Perched over the Mediterranean and spritzed with lemon groves, Sorrento is an attractive resort of 20,000 residents. This gateway to the Amalfi Coast has an unspoiled old quarter and a lively shopping street.