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The jagged cliffs of the Sorrento Coast shore up the south of the Bay of Naples. Its hills roll until they reach the sea where they become precipitous drops that plummet down to the Mediterranean Sea. This legendary location of Homer’s sirens still has much that is enchanting - citrus-scented air, welcoming resorts, dramatic views, hilltop hamlets and seafood cooked to perfection.
Sorrento - The gateway to the Amalfi Coast has much that may make you decide to linger awhile. This civilised and beautiful town offers relaxed dining, stunning views and a sense of class. Browse the excellent shops selling ceramics, lacework and intarsio (marquetry items) that are associated with the region.
The Hilltop Hamlets - It may be the coast that draws visitors but do not miss the atmospheric time-worn villages and hamlets in the nearby hills. Bursting with tradition and charm here you can discover natural beauty, hiking trails and tranquility. Vico Equense is silhouetted by the Lattari Mountains that rise up behind it, Priora is white-washed perfection and Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi perches impossibly high up in the hills.
Sunset Views - Lovers of sunset views should head for Massa Lubrense where the stunning effects created by the gradual changes in hues is particularly stunning. Other spots to enjoy a sundowner as the sun goes down are Faro or any of the coves below the cliffs on the promontory's edge.
Things to See on the Sorrento Coast
The views over the Bay of Naples never fail to amaze for their beauty but head inland as well to enjoy the sights of the rolling hills, olive farms and lemon groves that define the landscape. There are many local crafts that include ceramics and lacework that are worth keeping an eye out for - the town of Sorrento itself is the best place to admire the finest examples around.
To see the coast in style why not book a tour in a classic Fiat 600 or on the back of a Vespa? Take the opportunity to learn more about the local produce and cuisine on a food tour or cookery class. JUst up the coast lies the winding roads and pastel towns of the Amalfi Coast and you are not far from Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum either. Gaze out to sea at the beautiful island of Capri or go one better and arrange a boat trip out to the island to experience its beauty first-hand. Of course, when you are sat on a terrace in Sorrento enjoying fine wine and seafood as the evening turns slowly into night it can be hard to want to do anything but be exactly where you are.