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If you’re planning a visit to beautiful Sorrento on Italy’s exquisite Amalfi Coast, you’ll find a great range of hotels and guesthouses in the old quarter of the town. From just about any hotel in this area of Sorrento you will be able to get to several popular tourist attractions, including Piazza Tasso, on foot. Some of the hotels in this part of town have rooms and suites with sea views or sea-facing balconies, which are well worth requesting.
Piazza Tasso is vibrant, bustling and full of Italian charm. The square stands at the gateway to Sorrento’s historic centre and is the place to go to see and be seen. On every side of the piazza are lovely old buildings whose faded pastel facades are decorated with brimming flower pots.
Piazza Tasso is fringed by pavement cafés and coffee bars, making it the ideal place to while away a few sunny hours. Watch locals and visitors pass by as you sip an ice-cold limoncello, Sorrento’s best-known export.
Sorrento’s little white tourist train departs from Piazza Tasso, offering a 30-minute tour of the town’s historic centre. In the evenings, when there is less traffic, Piazza Tasso becomes a focus for Sorrento locals, who come out to take evening strolls and enjoy relaxed alfresco suppers and drinks.
Constructed in 1866, Piazza Tasso is now the heart of Sorrento. It boasts two statues worth noting: in the north-east corner you will find a sculpture depicting Torquato Tasso, a famous Sorrento-born poet after whom the square is named. The second statue honours Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Sorrento.
If you’re staying in a hotel near Piazza Tasso, you’ll find some good shopping streets to the east of the square. To the west are the narrow cobbled streets of the town’s historic centre, where you’ll find a wealth of interesting buildings, cafes and restaurants.