Sorrento by alicejenny


                                                 Sorrento Coast
                                                 Sorrento Coast             pag. 3

                                                 The towns of Sorrento Coast
                                                 Vico Equense               pag.   7
                                                 Meta                       pag.   9
                                                 Piano di Sorrento          pag.   11
                                                 Sant'Agnello               pag.   13
                                                 Massalubrense              pag.   15

                                                 Hospitality                pag.   17
                                                 Gastronomy                 pag.   18
                                                 Nature                     pag.   22
                                                 Culture                    pag.   26

                                                 Surroundings of Sorrento
                                                 Positano                   pag.   31
                                                 Ravello                    pag.   34

                                                 Amalfi                     pag.   37
                                                 Vesuvius                   pag.   40
                                                 Pompeii                    pag.   43
                                                 Capri                      pag.   46
                                                 Ischia                     pag.   48
                                                 Naples                     pag.   51
                                                 Campi Flegrei              pag.   54

                                                 Travel Agency              pag.   57
                                                 Hotels                     pag.   59
                                                 Shops                      pag.   63
                                                 Restaurants                pag.   65

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                                       SORRENTO COAST
C   lose your eyes. Imagine a place where mountains go steep onto the
    sea. Imagine crystal-clear waters, suggestive bays and a breathtaking
view. And also sun, a warm hospitality and exquisite cooking.
Open your eyes and find out all this in Sorrento Coast
Among the most beautiful peninsulas along the Italian coastline,
surrounded by The Tyrrhenian Sea, Sorrento Coast separates
geographically the two Campania Gulfs: the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of

Crossed by Mounts Lattari, an extension of Campania Apennines, Sorrento
Coast distinguishes itself by the tourist attraction of its towns: among
these, the more famous Sorrento, a destination chosen, every year, by
hundreds of visitors from all over the world since the imperial age.
Despite being a mass tourist destination, Sorrento has been able to keep
its characteristic old town centre untouched: narrow alleys, workshops
and souvenir shops, small palaces and historical homes. Among the most
prestigious buildings in the old town centre, the Sedile Dominova, an
ancient place of daily political discussions. Another architectural wonder
in the old town centre of Sorrento is the 14th-century Monumental
Complex of San Francesco. Sorrento has two landing places from the sea;
Marina Grande, an old sea village inhabited by fishermen and Marina
Piccola, a tourist port of the town on the Gulf of Naples.
Not less beautiful and as rich in beauties as it are the other towns
belonging to Sorrento Coast: Vico Equense, Piano di Sorrento,
Sant’Agnello and Massa Lubrense.

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                       SORRENTO COAST
                                                                 After leaving Castellammare di
                                                                 Stabia, the first town you meet
                                                                 with in Sorrento Coast is Vico
                                                                 Equense: lying on a rocky
                                                                 promontory steep on the sea at
                                                                 the feet of Mount Faito, it keeps
                                                                 evidences of civilizations which
                                                                 dominated          it,    including
                                                                 Etruscans, Oscans and Romans.
                                                                 Meta, Piano and Sant’Agnello are
                                                                 also full of natural beauties and
                                                                 places of artistic and historical
                                                                 interest to visit.
                                                                 Massa Lubrense is the last centre
                                                                 at the extreme end of the Coast:
                                                                 It is divided into numerous
                                                                 hamlets, including Marina della
                                                                 Lobra, Marina di Puolo, Marina
                                                                 del Cantone, Monticchio, Sant’
                                                                 Agata sui due Golfi, Termini,
                                                                 Marciano,        Metrano,     Casa.
                       Belonging to the territory of Massa Lubrense, the spectacular bay of
                       Jeranto, an inlet which is part of the Protected Marine Park of Punta
                       Sorrento Coast is immersed in an unpolluted setting: the natural
                       landscape, together with the coloured and typical citrus plantations and
                       lemon groves, enchants the sight of those visiting it.

                       But the superb nature is not its only tourist attraction: Sorrento Coast, in
                       fact, offers the tourist a series of historical and architectural beauties to
                       discover. Not to be undervalued is the strong tourist appeal of Neapolitan
                       gastronomy: famous all over the world are products like Sorrento treccia,
                       the provolone del Monaco, the pasta of Gragnano, the dop oil,
                       Limoncello, Nocino and so many sea specialities.
                       Situated in a strategic location, Sorrento Coast is the ideal destination for
                       holidays full of excursions and visits to the best-known Campania tourist
                       resorts: it is possible to reach, easily and in few minutes, the
                       archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two towns buried
                       by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.; the islands of Capri, Ischia and
                       Procida and the suggestive and neighbouring Amalfi Coast. Almost an hour
                       from it there is the bright Campania main town, Naples, lying in the
                       centre of the homonymous Gulf dominated by one of the most famous
                       volcanoes in the world, Vesuvius.

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                                          SORRENTO COAST
How to get to Sorrento Coast

I   t is possible to get to Sorrento Coast by any means of transport

By car
- from North: highway A/1 Milano – Napoli, continue along the A3 Napoli-
Salerno until the exit Castellammare di Stabia;
- from East: highway A/16 Bari-Napoli, continuing until the exit
Castellammare di Stabia;
- from South: highway A/3 Reggio Calabria – Salerno, then continue
towards Naples up to the exit Castellammare di Stabia.
Anyway, as soon as you come to Castellammare di Stabia, take the
panoramic State Street 145.

By Plane
The reference airport to get to Sorrento Coast is Naples Capodichino
Airport. The Airport is linked with the main Italian and international towns
and through different air companies. As soon as you come to the Airport,
you can avail yourselves of the bus service of Curreri lines taking you to
the towns of Sorrento Coast, or you can take a taxi or choose among the
so many transfers by private societies.
Numerous are also the links from Naples Capodichino Airport to the
Circumvesuviana station, from where trains every 30 minutes
approximately to Sorrento Coast leave.

By train
For those who wish to come to Sorrento Coast by train, the reference
station is Naples Central Station-Piazza Garibaldi. Next to the State
Railway Station, the Circumvesuviana, a railway line covering the route
Naples-Sorrento, making stops at almost all of the intermediate towns.
The journey by Circumvesuviana trains from Naples to Sorrento lasts little
more than one hour.

By sea
From Naples a good alternative to reach Sorrento is that of the numerous
hydrofoils and ferries which from Naples Molo Beverello get to Sorrento
port in almost 40 minutes.

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                       SORRENTO COAST

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B    efore welcoming visitors directed to Sorrento Coast, Vico Equense is

                                                                             VICO EQUENSE
     a town well-known for its naturalistic beauty but also for its many
gastronomical specialities. Rich in accommodation facilities among the
best ones all over Sorrento Coast, the town offers the advantage of an
unforgettable holiday, not far from the more famous centres of Sorrento,
Positano, Capri, and at cheaper prices.
Dominated by Etruscans, Oscans and Romans, it keeps evidences of the
medieval development of the previous Roman urban structure. Its
earliest defence walls were erected in 1300 by King Charles of Anjou.
It is the seat of the renowned Campania Mineralogical Museum, founded
in 1992, containing 3,500 minerals classified into almost 1,400 types.
An ideal place for lovers of nature, because of its closeness to Mount
Faito, Vico Equense offers, to those staying in the area, trekking routes
not to be missed and riveting excursions. On top of Mount Faito it is
possible to admire the Church of San Michele, renovated in the ‘50s.
Among the wonderful churches of Vico Equense, the Cathedral of SS.
Annunaziata, a church in gothic style dating back to 1320 and
characteristic for its churchyard rising steep on the sea. It has a façade
going back to the 17th century and a bell tower to the 16th century. The
Cathedral keeps inside the tomb of Gaetano Filangieri and then
sarcophaguses of the Bishops Cimmino and Regio. Inside it we can also
                       VICO EQUENSE

                       admire interesting paintings: one by Maffei and others by Guseppe Bonito.
                       Other churches worth being visited in Vico Equense are the Church and
                       former convent of SS. Trinità e Paradiso, the Church of San Ciro and the
                       Church of St. Maria Vecchia, the last one located in the centre of the
                       hamlet of Seiano.
                       How to reach Vico Equense with public transports

                       Vico Equense is reachable from
                       Sorrento    by     Circumvesuviana
                       trains    (,they
                       leaves from the Sorrento train
                       station every 25 minutes from
                       5.30 a.m. untill 11.30 p.m.

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M     eta is a small town situated between the Vallone di Rosella and the

      coastline of Punta Scutolo. The town keeps evidences of 18th-
century urban architecture and, like the other towns in Sorrento Coast,
it links its history to the events of the Kingdom of Naples.
Characterized by a strong sea tradition, Meta has been the seat of naval
dockyards specialized in the building of wooden sailing ships. The most
famous one is the Naval dockyard Alimuri, whose foundation goes back
to 1650. Rich in panoramic views, it houses the Basilica of Madonna del
Lauro, the main church of the town, built in 1700 on the ruins of an
ancient Roman villa. Inside the Basilica it is possible to admire votive
offerings of entire generations of seafarers.
Interesting under the historical and architectural points of view are the
Casale, a structure keeping courtyards with Vesuvian stone portals and
wells tiled with majolica.
From the highest part of Meta we can the path going from the beach of
Meta to Mount Faito.
Much frequented and well-known is the Beach of Alimuri: large and
lapped by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Naples, it is one of the
best-known bathing resorts in Sorrento Coast.
Like in the whole territory of Sorrento, Meta as well is rich in folkloristic
traditions and archaic religious rites. The famous processions of the Holy

                       Week are put on stage on Holy Thursday by the Archconfraternity of SS.
                       Immacolata and on Friday evening by the Archconfraternity of SS.
                       Crocifisso e Pio Monte dei Morti. Every two years, always as for what
                       concerns Easter traditions, the pagan rite of Via Crucis, reminding Christ’s
                       Passion, takes place.

                       How to reach Meta with public transports

                       If you want to reach Meta from
                       Sorrento you can catch the
                       Orange bus from Sorrento's main
                       Square Piazza Tasso. The service
                       starts at 5.30 a.m. and finish at
                       11.30 p.m. The bus leaves from
                       Piazza Tasso every 20 minutes.
                       The alternative at the buses are
                       the trains (
                       The trains leave from the train
                       station in Sorrento every 25
                       minutes from 5.30 a.m. untill
                       11.30 p.m.

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      L    ocated on a plateau between the Gulf of Salerno and that of Naples,

                                                                                     PIANO DI SORRENTO
           Piano di Sorrrento is a sort of natural terrace on a breathtaking view.
      The town has developed since 1800 the maritime activity, which is
      important and efficient still today for local economy. Among the most
      famous naval dockyards of the town worth being mentioned is the
      dockyard of Marina di Cassano. Well-known for the production of fast
      boats, Piano di Sorrento distinguishes itself among the feuds of the
      Kingdom of Naples also by the presence in the area of numerous spinning
      wheels skilled in the making of silk products for casscocks and
      vestments. Under the historical and architectural point of view, Piano di
      Sorrento keeps several beautiful noteworthy villas. Among these ones,
      Villa Fondi De Sangro, a building in neoclassical style built in 1840 by the
      Prince of Fondi Giovanni Andrea De Sangro. The villa, immersed in a park
      steep on the sea, rebuilt after the destruction by the earthquake of
      1980, is a multifunctional municipal facility today, a location of
      prestigious events and shows. Piano houses also the important
      Archaeological Museum George Vallet which collects historical evidences
      going from the 2nd millennium B.C. to the Roman Age. Numerous are the
      Villlas and Historical Palaces in Piano di Sorrento; among the most
      famous ones, Castello Colonna, Villa Lauro, Palazzo Mastellone and Villa
      Maresca Sopramare.
                       PIANO DI SORRENTO

                       Among the most suggestive religious buildings, the Basilica of San Michele
                       Arcangelo, built on a pagan temple consecrated to Minerva. The basilica,
                       having two side aisles and a nave, has a Latin cross plan and keeps
                       paintings by Francesco Solimena and Paolo De Matteis. The fake dome of
                       the ceiling was made by Francesco Saraceni, while the balustrade
                       surrounding the presbytery was made by Giambattista Antonini. Dating
                       back to 1422 is the Church of SS. Annunziata, inside which we can admire

                       an important fresco, polychrome marbles and two stoops.
                       How to reach Piano di Sorrento with public transports
                       If you want to reach Piano di
                       Sorrento from Sorrento you can
                       take the Orange bus from
                       Sorrento's main Square Piazza
                       Tasso.The service starts at 5.30
                       a.m. and finish at 11.30 p.m.
                       The alternative at the buses are
                       the trains (
                       The trains leave from the train
                       station in Sorrento every 25
                       minutes from 5.30 a.m. untill
                       11.30 p.m.

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L   ocated between Sorrento and Piano, Sant’ Agnello is a lovely centre

    steep on the sea. The name of the village derives from its Patron
Saint, Sant’ Agnello, celebrated on December 14th every year. The
Baroque Church, to the churchyard of which one arrives through a
majestic staircase, is consecrated to the Patron Saint himself.
The village is famous because divided into many hamlets: the most
important quarter is that of Maiano, famous for the solemn feast of San
Rocco, the saint of the quarter itself.
The other quarters of Sant’ Agnello are Angri, Trasaella, Colli di
Fontanelle, San Giovanni e Paolo and finally the quarter Cappuccini.
Among its beauties not to be missed there is Villa Crawford, home of the
American writer Francis Marion Crawford, an ancient farm house
transformed by the writer into a wonderful villa immersed in the green
and steep on the sea.
Among its religious buildings, suggestive is the neoclassical church of
SS.Annunziata, the Church and Convent of Cappuccini, a building, steep
on the sea, built in 1586. The quarter Cappuccini, which contains the
homonymous church, keeps also the complex on which the Hotel
Cocumella rises, an old Jesuit convent close to the viewpoint of
Marinella , a suggestive panoramic spot overlooking the Gulf of Naples.
Another historical quarter is that of Tordara- Trasaella, characteristic for

                       the presence of olive groves, of numerous waterways and for its baroque
                       Church consecrated to Our Lady of Graces.
                       As in the whole Sorrento Coast, particularly felt are the religious rites of
                       Holy Week, such as the processions of the brotherhoods of Holy Thursday
                       and Friday.
                       How to reach Sant'Agnello with public transports

                       If you want to reach Sant'Agnello
                       from Sorrento you can take the
                       Orange bus from Sorrento's main
                       Square Piazza Tasso.The service
                       starts at 5.30 a.m. and finish at
                       11.30 p.m.
                       The alternative at the buses are
                       the trains (
                       The trains leave from the train
                       station in Sorrento every 25
                       minutes from 5.30 a.m. untill
                       11.30 p.m.

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L    ocated at the end of Sorrento Coast, Massa Lubrense is a small town

     made up of more than one hamlet: Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi, Marina
della Lobra, Termini. Marciano, Marina di Puolo and Monticchio.
The symbol of the town is the Sanctuary of S. Mariia della Lobra, having
two side aisles and a nave with transept, dome and apse. Three
prestigious paintings decorate the 18th-century ceiling with octagonal
coffers: one representing Saint Anthony of Padua while receiving as a gift
a lily by a child surrounded by angels, the second one is dedicated to
Our Lady of Assumption surrounded by angels with a view of the Beach
and fishermen’s boats at her feet, the third one depicts the Saint of
Assisi while consigning the rule to St. Clare.
Next to the Church there is the Convent, dating back to 1583: a building
raised by the Minor Friars of St. Francis of Assisi, with a rectangular plan
and a cloister, a courtyard and a characteristic cistern. Opposite Marina
della Lobra there is the Rock of Vervece keeping in its depths, a statue
of Madonna. On the Rock of Vervece, on August 15th every year, the
procession of Our Lady of Assumption takes place: the procession
involves all the boats in the port and finishes with the deposition of
crown of flowers on Madonna’s head by scuba divers.
Rich in landscape beauties, Massa is famous for the natural wonders of
the Bay of Jeranto and for the Marine Park of Punta Campanella,

                       founded by a Decree of the Department of the Environment on December
                       12th, 1997.

                       How to reach Massalubrense with public transports
                       Massalubrense is located at the
                       end of the Peninsula. The best

                       way to reach it, is with the buses
                       of Sita. The buses run from the
                       train station's square every 30

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Sorrento Hospitality

The Art of exceeding expectations
Think of Sorrento means think of its beauty, recall to our minds the
panoramas that catch every spectator's eyes, letting fame and history of
the city embrace you. Think Sorrento means to imagine let yourself go to
the pleasures of an exquisite hospitality ready to gift you with an
absolute wellness sensation aside from experiencing a unique reality. A
warm and accomodating hospitality that is percepted in every angle of
the city.
Every local, known as “sorrentino”, is ready to offer visitors any
asssitance and provide information to fullfill all needs and desires to the
ones who reach Sorrento. A Sorrentino is always willing to give advice to
those who wish, whether a cultural practical information or a tip to a
nature walk. Within magnificent hotels and comfortable accomodation
structures that lie along the coast of the Land of Syrens, the service style
and the art of hospitality reach a maximized refined form to achieve the
pleasure of vacation time in Sorrento.
Beyond these caracteristics, past centuries base these traditions: the City
of Tasso, since the end of the International Grand Tour Era, has been
perfected within the years, reserving particular care and attention to the
                                                           Royal families, famous guests and
                                                           world-famous artists.
                                                           The Land of Syrens is also a
                                                           territory that sparkles the local's
                                                           attitude, that grew with the now
                                                           mature culture of hospitality,
                                                           becoming unique, incomparable,
                                                           expression of a mentality that is
                                                           capable of renovating its own
                                                           Thanks      to   this    particularity,
                                                           Sorrento, under its up-to-date
                                                           atmosphere,      has    become      an
                                                           splendid-modern-functional      town,
                                                           yet careful to also engage sea and
                                                           land gateways and its peculiarities
                                                           as a great resort destination.

                       Sorrento Gastronomy
                       A world of tradition, taste and flavor
                       When learning the “secrets” that have permitted Sorrento to reach the
                       world-famous international level of success, you will find the unique
                       gastronomy inspired to delight in quality, originality and authenticity,
                       aside from the desire to satisfy every taste with incomparable and true
                       Being used to accomodate famous people, celebrities, and above all,

                       tourists from every corner of the world, the Land of Syrens has developed
                       a way to accomodate all cuisines, from local traditional ones to nouvelle
                       cuisine and the brave and exquisite combination of food and wine with
                       the enogastronomy. Along the years, Sorrento and its Peninsula, have
                       been transformed in the Kingdom of Gourmet carrying some of top-known
                       restaurants famed by renowed food and wine guides. Among them, you
                       will find historical structures, traditional pizzerias and humble, yet
                       picturesque trattorias.
                       The choice of a place to dine, where food is considered an Art and every
                       flavor can be tasted with emotion, is quite wide. The Land of Syrens has
                       every corner filled with surprises and flavors capable of exceed every
                       gourmant's expectations. Seafood lovers will enhance their taste with a
                       great variety of grilled, marinated and fried items. If tradtion is what
                       visitors look for, the typical cuisine offered is rich of genuine typical
                       ingredients, based on an original local production proud for its quality.
                       The Enogastronomy of the Sorrentine Peninsula , actually, collects a
                       heritage of a generous mother nature, allowing the usage of several

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elements in a bonded and abbondant way: lemon, nuts, tomatoes, extra
virgin olive oil, cheese, wine and limoncello. To the raw materials,
incomparable on taste and aspect, wise ellaboration is added and also a
way of cooking that, as the agricultural products, is capable of following a
season rhythm and main year events. In Sorrento and in the Sorrentine
Peninsula, there is always a particular aroma and flavor for each time of
the year.
In every dish, anyhow, there are very particular ingredients: the love from

the Chefs that transformed their work into a real passion and the
willingness to have every visitor to taste food for its generous and unique
The Sorrento Limoncello
Born from ancient rural traditions, the “limoncello”, today, has become
one of the most appreciated liqueurs in Italy. This delicious infusion can
be considered the expression of passion people from Sorrento have for
nature. The “limoncello” is one of the most typical and delicious local
liqueurs in Sorrento and it is ideal both to be tasted on holiday, and to be
bought as a souvenir (even if, before buying it, it is good to be careful to
dispositions regulating journeys and the transport of luggage by plane or
by other means of transport). Strictly prepared with the lemons of
Sorrento, it is part of an ancient wine- gastronomical rural tradition.
Until some decades ago, the Limoncello was produced in almost every
family to be drunk at home or offered to guests. For this reason, the
preparation of this delicious liqueur was attributed a particular value and
meaning. To the point that the gift of a bottle of limoncello could be
considered a custom phenomenon able to reflect love for nature and the

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                       desire to offer a warm hospitality from people from Sorrento. It may
                       seem strange, but its commercial diffusion has developed only in the last
                       few years.
                       In the past, in fact, it was difficult to buy a bottle of limoncello, as it
                       was produced in very small quantities and exclusively for a family usage
                       or –at most- to supply some restaurants or some hotels of the area.
                       Higher and higher and more and more frequent requests, nevertheless,
                       have made limoncello turn into a real economical phenomenon,
                       stimulating the activity of highly specialized firms which have devoted
                       themselves to the production of the liqueur in great demand.
                       Still today, nevertheless, the
                       lemon      liqueur    is    prepared
                       according ancient recipes, by
                       using fresh lemon rinds, alcohol
                       and a sugary syrup. After an
                       adequate period of time, the
                       whole is accurately filtered – to
                       eliminate possible impurities- and
                       subjected to quality controls
                       before being bottled.
                       To make this product particularly
                       precious there are the absolute
                       absence of colouring agents, of
                       preservatives and the so- called
                       natural dyes, besides the respect
                       of very accurate manufacturing
                       processes. Before using lemons, in

                       fact, the delicious fruits are
                       subjected to an accurate washing
                       with cold water, without using any
                       chemical substances. In this way, impurities of the fruit are eliminated
                       and the lemon is ready to be pealed within two days since the date on
                       which it has been harvested. The tastiness of the limoncello and its
                       particularity have, today, got this infusion of rural origins to turn into one
                       of the most appreciated and sold ones of Italy.
                       The wines of the Sorrento Coast
                       Well- known since the times of the Roman Empire, the wines of the
                       Mermaids’ land boast a great tradition and an excellent quality. The
                       goodness of these typical products has merited the recognition of the
                       Denomination of Controlled Origin. Well - known since the times of the
                       Roman Empire, the wines of the Sorrento Coast keep their fame still
                       today, thanks to an excellent quality and, also, to a great tradition. Their
                       delicious bouquet, characterized by unmistakable scents and odours,
                       besides the particularity which makes these local products unique, has

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made the best of them merit the appraisal of Product of Controlled Origin
(AC). The wines which can be titled with this quality brand, nevertheless,
must have precise features and be the fruit of rigorous working processes.
The white wine “Penisola Sorrentina” and the wine “Penisola Sorrentina
Bianco Sorrento” , as well as the red wine “Penisola Sorrentina”, in fact,
must be produced first of all with grapes cultivated exclusively in the hilly
vineyards which lie in twelve towns of the Sorrento Coast: Sorrento, Massa
Lubrense, Sant’ Agnello, Piano di Sorrento, Meta, Vico Equense, Agerola,
Casola di Napoli, Gragnano, Lettere, Pimonte, and part of the territory of
the towns of Castellammare di Stabia and Sant’Antonio Abate. For the
white wines, moreover, the same working must provide for the use of
“Falangina” grapes (with percentages not lower than 40% and not higher
than 60%), “biancolella” grapes (with percentages which vary between 0
and 60%) and “Greco bianco” grapes (with percentages which vary

between 0 and 60%).
For the production of the red wines, instead, the use of “piedirosso”
grapes (with percentages which can vary between 40% and 100%),
“scascinoso” and “aglianico” grapes (with percentages which can vary
between a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40%) is provided for.
As to the features of each typical product, we can note that – according
to experts – the white wine “Penisola Sorrentina” and the wine “Penisola
Sorrentina Bianco Sorrento” are characterized by a more or less intense
straw- coloured hue and a vinous, delicate and pleasant scent which
contains in it the perfumes of the Mediterranean landscape, while the Red
Wine Penisola Sorrentina and the red wine Penisola Sorrentina Rosso
Sorrento have a deep red colour with a vinous scent, delicately fruited,
with a tasty and very delicate flavour.

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                       Differently from the other red wines, the ones of the Sorrento Coast must
                       not be drunk at room temperature, but as cool as in the cellar. According
                       to experts, the white wines “Penisola Sorrentina” are ideal to go with sea
                       hors d’oeuvres, “risotto allo scoglio”, spaghetti with clams without
                       tomato, besides pasta and beans with mussels. The red wines are instead
                       suggested to go with pizzas (better with the “margherita” pizza or the
                       “Neapolitan” one – tomato, oregano and garlic - ) and , more in general,
                       with meat.
                       Nature of Sorrento & Peninsula - experiencing Mother Nature's gift
                       The deep indigo sea waters, the blue skies, the green lush mediterranean
                       fields, the yellow of lemons, the orange that honors the name of the tasty
                       citrus, the reddish shades of the summer sunsets. These are just some of
                       the colors that make particularly suggestive the magnificent rainbow-
                       nature of Sorrento, famous from three thousand years when Homerus
                       rendered famous the Land of Syrens with its story-tales.
                       Simbolically, the first “tourist” that experienced such beauty was Ulysses,
                       a scenario that nowadays is apprecaited by thousands of visitors: a unique
                       rugged panorama, exuberant vegetation and joy of living searched in this

                       luxurious nature. There is no tourist, in fact, that does not remain
                       fascinated with the beaches and shaped coastline highlighted from a
                       powerful sun and the splash of the waves over the volcanic rocks – rich of
                       tuff and limestone – that form a fine sand when split. There is no guest in
                       Sorrento that does not enchant themselves when admiring the landscape,
                       the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius.

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This imponent nature has found its ideal location, with different creative
spots, from the old Queen Giovanna Baths Area to the picturesque
fisherman's village of Marina Grande. Not less suggestive when visitors
reach the Land of Syrens by sea where paradisiac overhanging cliffs and,
small grottos, and some beaches are a performance to the eyes. It is a
real and proper prodigy of nature that enables enchantment, dream and
Baths of the Queen Giovanna
Baths of the Queen Giovanna is one of the most enchanting areas in the
Sorrentine Peninsula. The are of Cape Sorrento, also known as Baths of
the Queen Giovanna is one of the most enchanting areas in the Sorrentine
Peninsula. The calcareous headland that closes the Bay of Sorrento and
that are one kilometer far from the urban center is characterized of a
mild climate and is particularly suggestive as it offers the possibility of
enjoying the enchanting view, natural beauties and archaeological
The landscape that one can admire in this area, are enhanced by the
presence of the ruins of the Villa di Pollio Felice that dates back the first
period of the Roman Empire.
These, together with other rich
and       various     archaeological
structures, form a archaeological
patrimony of great importance
and witness the fact that
Sorrento was considered a resort
and relax area since old times.

The ruins of Villa di Pollio Felice
are       considered       as      a
demonstration          of       the
extraordinary proneness of the
Romans to select the highest
value locations for their own
homes and their capability of
synergizing architecture with the
natural context, making the
whole work itself in landscape.
Close to Capo Sorrento, one can
admire        several     important
buildings such as: the small
Baroque mansion if the Counts Correale di Terranova (also called Villa Il
Sorito), the church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli (that still preserves a
magnificent riggiole pavement from the 18th century) aside from the
famous Vila “La Rufola”. Enchanting, as well are the natural resources
that portray the various tree species considered typical of the

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                       Mediterranean Green. Right at Cape Sorrento, in fact, one can find a
                       notable quantity of large shaft trees (such as those from Cedar) and
                       spontaneous trees (Bay and Carob trees). Adjacent to them, it is possible
                                                          to observe a vast cultivation lot of
                                                          olive and citrus groves.
                                                          Most of all other things, it is the
                                                          beauty of the Gulf of Naples sea
                                                          that enchants whoever manages to
                                                          detract the look from the Vesuvius
                                                          and Isle of Capri panoramas.
                                                          Privileged    destination   for    the
                                                          tourists, the area of the Baths of
                                                          Queen Giovanna not only offer the
                                                          opportunity to carry relaxing strolls,
                                                          but – above all during summertime –
                                                          it is an ideal beach location.
                                                          Discreet, at last, is the presence of
                                                          hotels and incoming structures
                                                          ready to welcome guests that wish
                                                          to reassure the advantage of being
                                                          close to such an enchanting area.
                                                            Protected    Marine    Area    Punta
                       The sea and the coast of the Sorrentine Coast are rich on rock
                       formations, underwater grottos of more or less large dimensions, with
                       several fish species, of an infinite floral beauty, of ancient town remains

                       aside from the view towers (that served to avoid the debarkation of the
                       Saracens). It is not a coincidence, in fact, that from ancient times, the
                       Sorrentine coast seas are associated to the myth of the Sirens that have
                       passed through History as the unreachable and fascinating symbols of a
                       superlative beauty capable of enchanting anyone. What is presented to
                       the visitor’s eyes, still today, is a patrimony rich of pleasurable sources
                       that deserve necessary preservation conditions, of conservation and
                       For this region, since 1997, the Ministry of Environment, has instituted
                       the Protected Marine Area “Punta Campanella” that covers more than
                       1.110 hectares of surface and that, on the mountainside of the Gulf of
                       Naples, extends itself from Punta del Capo di Sorrento (Cape Sorrento) to
                       Punta della Campanella and, on the mountainside of the Gulf of Salerno
                       from the same Punta della Campanella until Punta Germano. Thanks to
                       this government organization it is possible to carry forward an important
                       activity that aims the preservation and valorization of the resource that
                       ranges from the Roman times villas to enchanting landscapes that
                       characterize the entire Coast.

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Addressing yourself to the Protected Marine Area management (that
carries their own headquarters in Massa Lubrense at Via Filangieri 40) it is
possible to obtain any kind of useful information in order to enjoy, not
only the beauty of the fauna, flora, archaeology and landscapes, but also
the opportunities offered from a out-and-out underwater paradise.
Thanks to the operators’ willingness, (that can be reached through the
contact number + 39 081 80898 77 or using the Numero Verde (Toll free
number in Italy) 800 325 051) one can get useful information regarding all

possible excursions, services offered such as guided visits (in the areas
where it is permitted) and regarding tourism fishing and diving.
Further information can be accessed through the web site

Sorrento Culture - The Heritage of the Land of Syrens
A walk through Sorrento, with its sounds, colors, flavors and moods. A
town that is always searching innovative and intense emotions, ready to
have every visitor appreciate its several turistic-cultural scenarios.
The historical quarter of Sorrento cannot be missed. There, happiness is
among the shops ready to satisfy every tourist wish and need, at the
fascinating monuments as Sedil Dominova and the Cloister of San
Francesco (St. Francis) and the surroundings of the beautiful artistic and
architectural religious sites as the Cathedral and churches of
Sant'Antonino, Servi di Maria, Santi Felice and Baccolo and Santa Maria

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                       delle Grazie.
                       Along the small, but attractive streets that leave the heart of Sorrento,
                       some catalunian gate style influence and gothic elements are part of the
                       sight. An exquisite collection of Art is avaialble at Terranova de Correale
                       Museum along with a painting collection from the School of Posilippo and
                       local porcelain from the past centuries, efforts of the count that was
                       honored by having his name as the title of the museum.
                       Any Sorrento itinerary cannot be considered completed without a quick
                       stop at the Deep Valley of Mills to admire the Old City Walls or to the
                       Roman Ruins in the Area of the Baths of Queen Giovanna.
                       What visitors see is in general an Ancient Sorrento worth a visit, together
                       with other interesting surroundings to be explored, a privilege for those
                       who visit the Pearl of the Gulf of Naples.
                       Due to its strategic position and a useful and quite efficient network of
                       public transportation, it is quite convenient and quick to reach the Isle of
                       Capri: known as the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, as
                       well as visiting the charming beautiful islands of Procida and Ischia.

                       Not to mention the opportunity to tour the famous archeological ruins of
                       Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Flegrei Area and the trendy Amalfi Coast.
                       Sorrento is ideally located as a base place in order to move to any
                       direction: towards Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, or to Naples, and even
                       Pozzuoli, Baia, Capo Miseno and Bacoli.
                       On February 14th, every year, Sorrento celebrates the festivity of
                       St. Antonino.
                       An unusual coincidence makes the date of the patronal festivity – on
                       February 14th - is the same reserved to celebrate lovers who are

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traditionally protected by St. Valentine. Strongly devoted to the values of
Christian faith, Sorrento people, every year, get ready to celebrate, with
great intensity, the Saint protector of the town: St. Antonino.
An unusual coincidence makes the date of the patronal festivity - on
February 14th - to be same reserved to celebrate lovers who are
                                        traditionally protected by St.
                                        Valentine. Yet, this fortuitous
                                        coincidence does not distract the
                                        inhabitants of Sorrento from their
                                        desire to express their affection
                                        and devotion towards their own
                                        Patron Saint. Also in Sorrento, in
                                        fact, as well as in any other
                                        Christian town, the festivity of the
                                        Saint Protector is lived with great
                                        emotion     and   with     a    strong
                                        participation which exceeds any
                                        other event of faith and popular
                                        To the point that it is considered as
                                        an annual date, able to influence
                                        also those who, right on the
                                        occasion of this festivity, have the
                                        chance to visit the main centre of
                                        the Sorrento Coast.
In Tasso’s hometown, in fact, celebrations in honour of St. Antonino, take
their place totally in a social, religious and cultural outline, rich in hints

worthy of attention.
Manifestations of faith and religious celebrations follow one another
according to secular traditions, as well as folkloristic expressions able to
give strong emotions also in those who are not Christian.
To draw the major attentions, anyway, is the devotional procession – on
the morning of February 14th, every year – on the occasion of which a
silver statue representing the Patron Saint is brought around along the
main streets of the town accompanied by religious, civil and military
authorities, besides by the people. It is a statue to which various
meanings are attributed, because part of an old legend testifying both
the devotion by the Sorrento people to St. Antonino, and the affection
the Saint keeps for his believers.
Sorrento White Procession
For centuries, in the early hours of Holy Friday, hundreds of hooded
people dressed in white go across the streets and the squares of Sorrento
to come into the church of Annunziata (from which they left) at dawn
again. Among the processions winding and developing along the streets

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                       and the squares of the Sorrento Coast, one of the most ancient and
                       famous is that which starts, in the early hours of Holy Friday, from the
                       Church of Annunziata in Sorrento.
                       It is organized by the Venerable Archconfraternity of Santa Monica and –
                       besides boasting ancient traditions – appears to spectators to be an event
                       whose dramatic force gives way to suggestions ad emotions caused by the
                       use of a very meaningful symbology. This procession of hooded people
                       wearing white clothes – from which the name Sorrento White Procession
                       derives – tends to remind of the way gone through by Our Lady to search
                       for Her son Jesus who had been caught and sentenced to death, and tends
                       to keep the most important moments of Christ’s Passion alive – as well as
                       it happens for the Black Procession. Also for this reason, besides the
                       statue of the Virgin Mary, a distinguished place is reserved to the so-

                       called tortures, that is to say the reproduction of details which remind of
                       some significant facts which occurred during the last hours of Jesus’ life.
                       Among these ones, for example, there is a bag (reminding the one
                       containing the thirty denarius which were paid to Judas to betray Jesus),
                       a basin with a tablecloth (testifying the ignorance shown by the Roman
                       governor Pontius Pilatus for the Messiah’s condition). Also, a column and a
                       lash (reminding Christ’s flagellation), a hammer together with huge nails
                       (reproducing those used for Crucifixion) besides so many other objects
                       having a strong allegorical meaning. To give further mystical elements
                       there is also the presence of the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows (whose
                       transportation is considered a longed-for privilege for its lucky bearers)
                       and a lighting granted almost exclusively by the use of lamp-posts and
                       torches. The procession is preceded by a band – intoning the notes of the
                       most famous funeral marches – and it is accompanied by intoning the

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Miserere (that is David’s psalm) sung by a very big chorus interpreting the
role of the repented people.
Other charming elements are the standard of the Archconfraternity and
the so-called Pannetto (a small cloth), preceded and followed by rows of
hooded people carrying small crosses. After going along the main streets
of Tasso’s hometown, the procession
gets into the Church of Annunziata
again where it ends at the very
beginning of Holy Friday.
The Black Procession of Sorrento
Tasso's hometown, for centuries, has
been housing old devotional rites.
The earliest processions of the Holy
Week in Tasso's hometown go back, in
fact, to the 14th century.
Among the processions which unwind
along the streets of the Sorrento
Coast and which can be admired
during the Holy Week in Sorrento, the
most ancient one is surely the so-
called Black procession (from the
colour of the clothes worn by the
hooded people taking part in it) of
It boasts very old origins and is part of the context of traditions which go
back to the 14th century.

Already during the 14th century, in fact, Tasso’ hometown was the
setting for devotional processions which, with the passing of time, have
achieved the shape handed down to us today. According to the evidences
handed down to us, in fact, already at that time, the supporters of laic
confraternities wore, on Holy Thursday, dark clothes and hoods and -
lighted only by the glow of lamps and torches – went symbolically to visit
the Sepulchres prepared to remind Christ’s Last Supper.
Among these laic organizations, the one dedicated to St. Catello – from
which the Black Procession of Sorrento rises – in 1586 asked to be
aggregated to the Archconfraternity of Morte ed Orazione which had its
seat in the Church of San Marcello in Rome.
On the example of the mother house, therefore, one decided to give life
to the procession of Holy Friday, destined to start at the sunset of Holy
Friday and to evoke Jesus’ Passion again. On that occasion - at that time
as well as today – the brothers brought in the procession a Cross between
a spear (with which Jesus’ chest was run through) and a sponge (which
reminded the one offered Jesus to quench His thirst). To making an
atmosphere - already able to give strong emotions- further suggestive,

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                       the song of Miserere contributes.
                       In the course of centuries, the procession has been, little by little,
                       enriched with symbolic values also thanks to the transportation of Dead
                       Christ’s statue and the reproduction of objects which have characterized
                       the last moments of His life. At the end of the procession, the hooded
                       people returned to their own church and the Prior ordered to extinguish
                       the lights. After intoning the psalm of Miserere, the brothers flagellated
                       their bare breasts with ropes and lashes and the people cried, while
                       invoking the mutual forgiveness for their sins. This ceremony imitates
                       that of some confraternities, risen in the 13th century, called of Battenti

                       (people beating themselves) or Confratum Fustigantium (as that, today
                       extinct, which had its seat in the Church of St. Antonino).
                       In a manuscript of 1650 it is said that during all Fridays in Lent a lot of
                       people rushed to the Church of St. Catello to present at the unveiling of

                       the Dead Christ’s simulacrum, while the brothers flagellated themselves
                       in hearing the song of Penitential Psalms.
                       Afterwards, towards 1700, also the friars of the convent of St. Francesco,
                       who were numerous at that time, began to take part in the procession of
                       Friday evening. Later on, also the Seminary, the Clergy and the Capital of
                       Cathedral added to them. It was during these years that the brothers of
                       the Morte began to bring in the procession also the simulacrum of Our
                       Lady of Sorrows. Because, as time went on, the procession of Holy Friday
                       had achieved great importance for Sorrento people, when the monks of
                       St. Francesco left, because expelled from the convent by order of the
                       King of Naples, Giuseppe Bonaparte, in 1806, the brothers thought to
                       invite into it also people who were not part of the confraternity: This
                       invitation is still today kept. Today the procession of Holy Friday starts
                       from the Church of Servi di Maria (in via Sersale) which takes in also the
                       Confraternity of San Catello (deprived of their seat after the demolition
                       of the old church consecrated to the same Saint).

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P    ositano is situated in the Campania region of Italy, on the Amalfi

     Coast. Once a wealthy maritime power, it was known as a fishing
settlement, and became a popular, and rather a seaside luxurious resort
famous for its chic hotels and exclusive boutiques as well as for the
winding stairways that connect the town to towering cliffs above. Every
inch of land is prized; buildings are stacked up one above the other on
steep slopes, and open areas are intensively cultivated with fruit and
vegetables thriving in the fertile volcanic soil.nThe atmosphere in
Positano is cosmopolitan and international, while still feeling safe and
realxed. A "kind of" very exclusive village. Restaurants and shops (even
general stores) tend to be expensive. It is difficult to forget this is a
resort aimed at the top end of the market. For many, of course, this
adds to the appeal, and people-watching can be quite entertaining.
If you feel bored of shopping, eating and relaxing, Positano has several
churches of interest, most notable are the Duomo at the beach, with its
green and gold dome. The white-and-gold interior is airy and attractive
and deserves a visit, and the tiny piazza outside, where boys kick
footballs around, is pure Italian. For a pleasant excursion, take the bus
up to Montepertuso, where you can admire the hole in the mountain.
Montepertuso is a sleepy village, lost through olive groves, which has a

                       bar and a couple of restaurants. Good strolls within the area, and many
                       walking groups stop in Montepertuso for refreshments at the small piazza.
                       The church has a spectacular setting, above the tiny houses of Positano,
                       with the beautiful Galli Islands as a backdrop. To the right of the church,
                       a path that will take you all the way back down to Positano. The walk
                       takes about an hour and is surprisingly easy if you do not mind a lot of
                       steps. Views are fantastic as you head down towards the sea, through
                       picturesque olive groves and outstanding atmosphere.
                       In a region where rocky cliffs descend straight to the water, Positano is
                       unusual on that as it has a couple of dark and gravelly beaches. Sections
                       are alloted with bathing establishments where you pay a fee to use a

                       sunbed, hovewer some portions are spiaggia libera (or free beach), where
                       anyone can put down their towels and enjoy the water. If you desire a
                       more peaceful than a regular burstling central beach, take the path above
                       the water's edge to the quieter bay at Fornillo (to the west or your right
                       as you face the sea).
                       GET TO POSITANO
                       Positano is on the bus route between Amalfi and Sorrento (approximately
                       an hour from Amalfi along the winding coast road, and half an hour from
                       Sorrento). The blue or green SITA buses stop twice in Positano; the first
                       stop from the Sorrento direction is at the junction of the coastal road
                       with Viale Pasitea and is called Chiesa Nuova; the second is at the
                       junction with Via Cristoforo Colombo called Sponda(the nearest to the
                       town center). Buy your tickets at bars or newsstands before the bus
                       arrives, and validate them in the machine provided onboard the bus.
                       Positano is also accessible by sea; an alternative option is to take a water
                       taxi or ferry (although many will not run out of season).

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How to reach Positano with public transports
From Sorrento is possible to reach Positano by buses or by boat. The buses
of SITA leave from the train station square of Sorrento every 40 minutes.
During the summer season the Metrò del Mare hydrofoils leave from the
port in Sorrento "Marina Piccola". The tickets are purchasable at the


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          R    avello is one of the most attractive destinations on the Amalfi Coast.
               With a population of approximately 2,000 residents, it is famous for
          its splendid views and gardens. The town was once part of the Maritime
          Republic of Amalfi and now it is a peaceful historical village popular with
          tourists and honeymooners.

          The main Ravello tourist attractions are the two famous gardens, Villa
          Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. Both of these panoramic gardens are open to
          the public, and you can wander through the tropical plants and enjoy
          fabulous views of the coastline.

          Ravello also has an impressive cathedral, the venerable Duomo,
          dedicated to San Pantaleone whose blood is a treasured relic.

          The dreamlink setting of Ravello's gardens inspired german composer
          Wagner, and nowadays music is a major feature of Ravello. The Ravello
          Concert Society organizes a long season of chamber music concerts
          (March-November), most of which are held against a backdrop of sky and
          sea at the panoramic gardens of Wagner's inspiration for his opera
          "Parsifal", Villa Rufolo. The Society's website carries information about

upcoming events and also gives you the availability to purchase tickets
online. Should you be in Ravello when there is a concert, this could be an
unique opportunity. Scenario and Music create an atmosphere that is
unlikely for one to forget.

If you use public transportion to arrive in Ravello, you must arrive in

Amalfi town . Buses run uphill from Amalfi to Ravello.
Should you drive along the famously nerve-wracking Amalfi Coast roads,
bear in mind that the winding roads can get congested, and parking in
Ravello can be a challenge.

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                       How to reach Ravello with public transports
                       From Sorrento is possible to reach Ravello by buses or by boat. The buses
                       of SITA leave from the train station square of Sorrento every 40 minutes.
                       In Amalfi you have to change bus and take the bus to Ravello.
                       During the summer season the Metrò del Mare hydrofoils leave from the
                       port in Sorrento "Marina Piccola". The tickets are purchasable at the port
                       ( In Amalfi you have to take the bus to

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A    malfi development prospered thanks to its independence. In 1039,

     Guaimario V, prince of Salerno, took possession of Amalfi dukedom,
under the domination of Salerno in Amalfi. Pressured by Salerno, the
amalfitans governed by Sergio IV, asked Roberto il Guiscardo, in 1073, for
assistance. Salerno capitulated, but amalfitans were conquered by the
Normans. After the Norman's king death, in 1085, Amalfi tried freedom
from the Normans power. In 1135, Amalfi was grisly sacked by Pisani,
traitors, requested for help against the Normans. It is then that Amalfi
decadence began. In 1343, a sad seaquake, described by Petrarca, hit
the coast and most part of the town was destroyed (probably with it also
the Doge's Palace, mentioned in a document as Palatium Amalphitanum),
the fortifications were submerged, together with shipyards and nautical
Five years later, the famous plague of 1348, described by Boccaccio,
completed the destruction among people. Amalfi and all coastal towns -
once beautiful places, populated and fortified, decorated by frescoes,
marbles, columns, fountains - became modest towns, without richness,
coming back to the traditional economy: fishing, local handicrafts and
agriculture. At late 19th century, tourism gave Amalfi a great
enhancement, where nowadays it is the economic center of all coast
that from Amalfi its name is taken.

                       WHAT TO VISIT
                       The Duomo, at the top of a steep flight of steps, dominates the town's
                       main piazza. It is decorated, almost gaudy facade topped by a glazed-
                       tiled dome typical of the region. The interior carries a mixture of Saracen
                       and Romanesque styles, though now heavily restored, where the major
                       attraction is the crypt and the remains of St Andrew. The most appealing

                       part of the building is the cloister oddly Arabic in feel, with its
                       whitewashed arches and palms.
                       It was built in the 11th century, rebuilt in Arab-Norman style in the 12th
                       and further altered in the 18th centuries. The bell tower was built
                       between the 12th and 13th centuries. The 13th century paradisiac
                       cloisters, surrounded by an elegant portico with pointed, interwoven
                       arches and supporting columns, was built by Archbishop Filippo
                       Augustariccio as a sepulchre for illustrious residents of the town.

                       You can also visit the arsenal of the Republic, a grandious Gothic
                       construction, the Cappuccini Hotel which was a 13th century convent with
                       cloisters and a loggia, the Civic Museum containing the Tabula
                       Amalphitana which is the oldest navigational manual in the world, and the
                       map museum.

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How to reach Amalfi with public transports
From Sorrento is possible to reach Amalfi by buses or by boat. The buses
of SITA leave from the train station square of Sorrento every 40 minutes.
During the summer season the Metrò del Mare hydrofoils leave from the
port in Sorrento "Marina Piccola". The tickets are purchasable at the


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           T    he name of Vesuvius is strictly linked to that of Pompeii, to the one
                of Herculaneum and to the one of other towns which were
           submerged by the lava erupted by the volcano in 79 A.C.
           The excavations which have allowed to bring back to light entire towns
           of Roman period, keep on drawing the attention of tourists and scholars
           from all over the world, but – more than any other wonder – it is
           Vesuvius itself which continues drawing the greatest attentions also for
           its dominant position in the Gulf of Naples.
           Its apparent calm and its reassuring aspect today – as it happened two
           thousand years ago – tend to let us forget that it is not only the only

           active volcano on the European dry land, but it is also one of the biggest
           in all the continents.
           To make Vesuvius particular, there is, among other things, the presence
           of two peaks: the one of the Mount Somma (1133 metres high) and the
           one of the Vesuvian Cone (1281 metres high). The two summits are
           separated by the so- called Valle del Gigante. This one is also subdivided
           into Atrio del Cavallo (in the west) and Valle dell’Inferno (in the east).
           An excursion dedicated to this particular volcano can save different
           kinds of opportunities.
           Besides a guided visit to Vesuvius, in fact, you can reach the Vesuvian
           Observatory (which not only houses a volcanological museum, but it is

also the oldest scientific institution dedicated to the study of volcanoes),
or you can concentrate your attention on the beauties of the Vesuvian
National Park (which has been declared “World resort of Biosphere” by
the UNESCO and includes the archaeological system made up of Pompeii,
Herculaneum, Oplontis and the area of the Miglio d’Oro, along which the
most beautiful villas of the 18th and 19th centuries are), or on the
resources offered by the Vesuvian Literary Park, or also on wine-

gastronomical aspects which make the area particularly interesting and
which have led to the specification of a wine itinerary (whose name is
Lacrima Christi) and of typical local products.
Those who are interested in deeper studies can consult the following
institutional websites:

or can telephone:

The Volcanological Museum of the Vesuvian Observatory 081-7777149
The Literary Park of Vesuvius 081-5634297

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                       How to reach Vesuvius with public transports
                       To reach the Mount Vesuvius you have to take the trains
                       ( to Pompeii or Herculaneum, from both stations there
                       are directly buses to the Mount Vesuvius.

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T    he vast complex of wonderful ruins, which one can admire in

     Pompeii, turns the past more charming and less mysterious.
Thanks to the archaeological excavations of the Vesuvian town, today it
is possible to admire one of the largest archaeological sites in the world.
To tell the truth, the discovery of so many relics of the Roman Age began
in an odd and almost accidental way. According to the archaeological
team, in fact, the convicts of King Carlo III of Bourbon, who were under
colonel D’Aculbiere’s orders, should have excavated the city of Stabia in
1748. Instead, they found the first tombs of Pompeii.
Already two centuries before, some remains of monuments had emerged
near the banks of the Sarno river, while an underground canal was being
dug to direct onto the water of the river; however by that time the
memories of Pompeii were so darkened that, at first, no one realized to
be in front of the excavations of the lost city. So, the Ancient Roman
city, like a sort of the lost Atlantis, began soon emerging from that sea
of lava ashes, which had submerged it in consequence of the eruption of
the Vesuvius in 79 d.C. Jealous keeper of magnificent testimonies of a
remote past, just those lava ashes preserved true treasures.
Everywhere one can remain speechless while admiring the ruins of
superb temples and houses belonged to nobles or to plebeians, of
streets, monuments and shops. Among the so many ruins, one can

                       admire those of the Civil Forum, the Grand Amphitheater, the Big Theatre
                       (Teatro Grande), of the Termal Baths (Thermae), the Basilica, of the
                       Triangular Forum. Magnificent are also the frescos, which, after two
                       thousand years, still keep integral beauty and are evidence of the
                       peculiarity of the Pompeian painting.
                       The amount of finds is such that the visitor can get cnfused due to so
                       many choices. Even so, also the most unprepared host can feel the

                       sensation of breathing an ancient atmosphere and understanding the
                       dynamics, which animated the vibrant life of that community. Anyone, in
                       other words, can become curious and daring to reconstruct its story. No
                       one, in fact, remains indifferent when facing the charm of so much old
                       splendor. Pompeii, in the meantime, seems to come to life again and is
                       capable of touching everyone’s heart in a slight voice.

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How to reach Pompeii with public transports
Is possible to reach Pompeii by trains ( Get off a
Pompei Villa dei Misteri.


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        W     onderful, charming, sensual, interesting. It is not a "donna".It is
        Able to keep unchanged the capacity of enchanting everyone, thanks to
        the thousand different beauties offered and to the several emotions
        given nad felt, it remains the uncontested queen.
        There is nothing, in this place, which can be compared to the rest of the
        The only sight of the Faraglioni rocks or the ‘simple’ visit to the Grotta
        Azzurra (Blue Grotto) could be enough to reward any sacrifice.
        However the choice can range from the Grand Gardens of Augustus to
        the enchanting Via Krupp, from Villa Jovis to the Natural Arch, from the
        Charterhouse of Saint Giacomo to Villa San Michele, from Palazzo Cerio
        and much more. Even the ride up by funicular (from the port to the
        Piazzetta) or that by the chair lift (which leads to the top of Mount
        Solaro) can be considered as incomparable breathtaking experiences.

        But this is not all.
        Every corner in the island offers a landscape, a sight, a view capable of
        And then, all around……….the sea.
        A blue, boundless, crystal clear, bright sea, able to give shivering

Although the time seems to stop, life in Capri is always in a state of
continuous flourishing.
With the cheerful voices of thousands of tourists, who take turns along
the streets and at the shops during the day, complex whispering rules the
night, but the Piazzetta is always crowded. Although the available space
is very reduced (the square contains the Clock Tower, the town hall, the
bars and the steps leading to the Church of Saint Stefano) everyone is

able to find space.
How to reach Capri with public transports
To reach the island of Capri
you   have     to  take   the
hydrofoils or ferry form the
port        of       Sorrento

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         T   he largest among the islands of the Gulf of Naples, in fact, was born
             in consequence of a series of eruptions, which followed over the
         Thanks to this, its surface slowly rose from sea level.
         Today, from the underground craters , which gave rise to it, only the
         edge of the largest one remains and it is identified to be the present
         Mount Epome. Just for its volcanic origins, Ischia, nowadays, is rich in
         those mineral and thermo-mineral springs, which, togethe with its many
         beauties, have contributed to make it famous worldwide.
         From another crater – open through a canal in 1854 – the Port was built,
         however this ‘marine’ intervention is not the only work done to enhance
         and develop the area. Long before – in 1438 – the Aragonese built the
         Bridge, which connects the town of Ischia to the islet, where rises the
         Castle (surrounded by four towers), the 14th century Cathedral, the

         former convent of the Clarisses (with a very peculiar cemetery, where
         the nuns were not buried, but laid down on masonry chairs) and the
         Church of the Immaculate.
         Among the towns that grew on ‘mother-island’, the most famous is Ischia
         town itself, although Lacco Ameno presents several fascinating aspects
         such as the the Archaeological Museum or the Church of Santa Maria del
         Soccorso and by the visit to the famous islet ‘Fungo’ (translated in

English as "mushroom" once it is a tuffaceous small area with that shape).
From Casamicciola, instead, visitors can enjoy the enrapturing landscapes
from the view point Sentinella and from the road that connects Mount
Rotaro to Mount Trippodi.
Not less fascinating is Forio d’Ischia, where a visit to the Poseidon
Gardens is granted. These gardens are located at one of the most
beautiful beachs of the island and house a very modern thermal complex.

Finally, the enchanting town of Sant’Angelo, situated between two
suggestive bays, connected by a thin strip of sand. There, one can still see
the ruins of a tower, destroyed in the early 19th century or enjoy the
views offered by the wonderful gardens of Apollo and Aphrodite.

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                       How to reach Ischia with public transports
                       From Sorrento there's only one boat to Ischia at 09.30 a.m.

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N    aples lies in a great place, I will not say only at God's Sun but in the

     magnificence of the world and it is not only the garden of Europe
for the astonished traveler's eyes, but it is also one of those radiant
centers, around which gravitates civilization, progress, politics and art,
for the historian, the poet, and the philosopher.
The opinion, given by Alexandre Dumas in the 19th Century, keeps
unaltered – still today – its capacity to express the qualities of the
ancient Parthenope.
Several are the monuments and the buildings, which are worth
attention. Among these: Castel dell’Ovo, the Maschio Angioino, Castel
Sant’Elmo, the Palazzo Reale (and the Theatre San Carlo), the Cloister of
Santa Chiara, the Museum of San Martino, The Museum and The National
Galleries of Capodimonte and the National Archaeological Museum.
Particularly rich is, moreover, the artistic and architectonic religious
heritage: for example the Duomo (Cathedral), the Basilica of San
Francesco di Paola, in Piazza Plebiscito, and the church of San Domenico
Maggiore and that of Gesù, both close to the University.
Wealthy is also the esoteric heritage which is believed to be partly
preserved at Cappella dei Principi di Sansevero (Sansevero Chapel) or
near the tomb of Virgil.
Naples is also this: a place – perhaps the only one in the world – where

                       the sacred doesn’t jar with the profane; past is counterpart for "free life"
                       wish; wisdom complements the chaos.
                       And yet this so many apparent contradictions do not undermine a picture
                       of absolute harmony. On the contrary, they enhance the charm of the
                       ancient capital and the joviality of its inhabitants.
                       It is not a mistake the fact that the cult of cheerfulness finds tangible
                       signs in the affection for the old Pulcinella and for the most recent Totò.

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How to reach Naples with public transports
Naples is reachable from Sorrento with the trains of Circumvesuviana
(, they leave from the train station in Sorrento every
25 minutes from 5.30 a.m. untill 11.30 p.m.
Naples is also reachable by boat, from the port of Sorrento " Marina
Piccola" (


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                P    ast and present, Christian piety and suggestion of ancient myths,
                     natural and archaeological beauties find the best synthesis at Campi
                Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields). In this area, not far from Naples, one can
                visit charming places such as Pozzuoli, Cuma , Capo Miseno and Bacoli.

                Among the extraordinary spectacles admired, there are the lunar
                scenarios of the Solfatara (where some volcanic phenomena can still be
                seen similar to those that made the nearby Vesuvius famous) and most
                relaxing ones around the Lago d’Averno (Lake of Averno – according to
                the classical mythology, marked the entrance to the Underworld),
                dominated by the elegant Vanvitellian Royal Hunting Lodge.
                It is also possible to verify how ‘pacific’ is the living of the cult of San
                Gennaro (martyrized in Pozzuoli, later became the patron Saint of
                Naples) and the recollection of ancient myths like the one of Sibilla
                Cumana (prophetess, who gave her responses through leaves).
                Everywhere within this area one is capable of observing the findings
                which origins are lost in time and which, within Pozzuoli region, for
                example, includes: the Temple of Serapis, the Flavian Amphitheatre
                (second only to the one of Capua and to the world famous Coliseum), the
                Thermal Baths and the Stadium.
                Not less rich in charming ruins is the Archaeological Park of Cuma, where
                one can admire the overshadowing Arco Felice, the Acropolis and the
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remains of temples, dedicated to Apollo and Jupiter.
At Baia, instead, besides a magnificent and imposing 16th century castle,
dominating the coast, other interesting buildings are testimonials to the
Roman Age. Around an old Imperial Palatium – not far from the Temples
where Mercury, Venus and Diana were worshipped – gravitates, in fact, a
colossal thermal complex, which includes the Terme Inferiori, those of
Sosandra, Venus and Mercury.

Finally, Bacoli, (still visible the remains of the famous Piscina Mirabile and
the ground of cisterns, known as “Cento Camerelle”) and Capo Miseno
geographically close by the west side of the Gulf of Naples. There,
tourists and visitors can admire superb landscapes.

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                       CAMPI FLEGREI
                       How to reach Campi Flegrei with public transports
                       To reach Campi Flegrei you have to take the trains of Circumvesuviana
                       ( from Sorrento to Naples Piazza Garibaldi, leave every
                       25 minutes. In Naples station you have to take the
                       underground to Pozzuoli.

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ABC Travel Sorrento Italia, 84 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel.        081-
8782899 Fax 081-8771124 -

Acampora Travel s.r.l Via Correale, 20 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel 081-
5329711 Fax 081.878.42.53 -

Alviani Viaggi P.zza Veniero, 15/16 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081-
8073046 Fax 081-8071791 -

Aponte Viaggi Corso Italia, 243 - 80067 Sorrento (NA) Tel. 081-8074455
Fax 081-8783778 -

Belmare Travel Viale Caruso, 6 – Sorrento 80067 (NA) Tel. 081-8072808
Fax 081-8072679 -

Blu Welcome Travel Via San Cesareo, 34 – Sorrento (NA) 80067 Tel. 081-
8773950 Fax 081-8773953 -

Executive Travel Service Italia, 118 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081-

5329830 Fax 081-8071819 -

G.A.LA Travel Italia, 243 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081-8074455
Fax 081-8783778 -

Goldentours International Via degli Aranci, 25/B – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8781042 Fax 081-8071745 -

Lexa Viaggi s.r.l. Via degli Aranci,59/A-1 Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081-
8783007 Fax 081-8072566 -

Ovest Viaggi Viale Nizza, 16 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081 8784825

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                       Successo Travel Via dei Platani, 11 – Piano di Sorrento (Na) - 80063 Tel.
                       081-8088244 Fax: 081-8088294

                       Vesuvio Express Sorrento Via dei Gerani, 1 Sant’Agnello (NA) 80065
                       Tel.081-8782644 fax 8071523

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Best Western Hotel La Solara Sorrento Via Capo, 118 – Sorrento (Na) -
Tel. 081 5338000 - Fax 081 8071501 -

Grand Hotel Ambasciatori Via Califano, 18 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8782025 - Fax 081-8071021 -

Grand Hotel Aminta Sorrento Via Nastro Verde, 23 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8781821- Fax 081 8781822 -

Grand Hotel Capodimonte Via Capodimonte, 16/18 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8784555 Pbx - Fax: 081 8071193 -

Grand Hotel De Le Ville Via Rota, 15 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8782144 Pbx - Fax: 081 8772201 -

Grand Hotel Due Golfi Via Nastro Azzurro,1 Sant'Agata sui due Golfi -
80064 - Massa Lubrense (Na) Tel. 081 8780004 - Fax 081 8080441 -

Grand Hotel Europa Palace Via Correale, 34/36 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8073432 - Fax 081 8074384 -

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria Piazza Tasso, 34 – 80067 Sorrento (NA)
Tel. 081 8071044 - Fax 081 8771206 -

Grand Hotel Flora in Sorrento, C.So Italia, 248 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel 081 8782520 - Fax 081 8072485 -

Grand Hotel Hermitage Via Nastro Verde, 9 – Massa Lubrense (Na) - 80061
Tel. 081 8780082 - Fax 081 8780062 -

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                       Grand Hotel Parco del Sole Via dei Gerani,1 – S.Agnello (Na) - 80065
                       Tel. 081 8071637 - Fax 081 8071523

                       Grand Hotel Riviera Via Califano 22, - Sorrento (NA) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8072011 - Fax 081 8772100

                       Grand Hotel Royal Via Correale, 42 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8073434 Pbx - Fax: 081 8772905

                       Grand Hotel Vesuvio Via Nastro Verde, 7 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8782645 – Fax 081 8071170

                       Hotel Antiche Mura Piazza Tasso, Via Furimura, 7 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8073523 - Fax 081 8071323

                       Hotel Ascot Via Capo, 6 -Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8783032 - Fax 081 8073013

                       Hotel Belair Via Capo, 29 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8071622 - Fax 081 8071467

                       Hotel Bristol Sorrento Via Capo, 20-22 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 878.45.22 - Fax 081 807.19.10

                       Hotel Conca Park Via Capo, 8 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8071621 - Fax 081 8071365

                       Hotel Continental P.zza della Vittoria, 4 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8072608 - Fax 081 8782255

                       Hotel Del Mare Via del Mare, 30 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Fax 081-8071244
                       Tel. 081 8783310 - Fax 081 8071244

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Hotel Gardenia Italia, 258 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel 081-8772365 – Fax 081-5223056 – 081-8074486 -

Hotel Girasole Italia, 302 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8073082 - Fax 081-8071293 -

Hotel Il Faro Sorrento Via Marina Piccola, 5 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8781390 - Fax 081 8073144 -

Hotel Il Nido Via Nastro Verde, 62 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8782766 - Fax 081 8073304 -

Hotel La Meridiana Via Rota, 1 -Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8073535 - Fax 081 8073484 -

Hotel La Vue D'Or Via Nastro Verde, 88 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8073153 - Fax 081 8771179 -

Hotel Mediterraneo Via Crawford, 85 – S.Agnello (Na) - 80065
Tel. 081 8073070 - Fax 081 8781581

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Hotel Michelangelo Italia, 275 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8784844 - Fax 081 8781816 -

Hotel Minerva Via Capo, 30 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel 081 8781011 - Fax 081 8781949 -

Hotel Plaza Via Fuorimura, 3 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8782831 - Fax 081 8073942 -

Hotel President Via Colle Parisi - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8782262 - Fax 081 8785411 -

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                       Hotel Ristorante La Tonnarella Via Capo, 31 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8781153/8781016 - Fax 081 8782169

                       Hotel Settimo Cielo Via Capo, 27 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8781012 - Fax 081 8073290

                       Hotel Tourist Italia, 315 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8782086 - Fax 081-8071800

                       Hotel Villa di Sorrento Viale Caruso, 6 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8781068 - Fax 081 8072679

                       Hotel Villa Maria Via Capo, 8 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8772302 - Fax 081 8071127

                       Hotel Zi’ Teresa Vico III Rota, 3 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8784619 - Fax 081 8072501

                       Imperial Hotel Tramontano Via Vittorio Veneto, 1 - 80067 - Sorrento (Na)
                       Tel. 081 8782588 - Fax 081 807 23 44

                       Johanna Park Hotel Via Nastro Verde, 25 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8072472 - Fax 081 8073724

                       Renaissance Regina s.a.s Via Marina Grande, 10 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8782722 - Fax 081 8782721

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Acanfora srl Italia, 149- Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8785894

Bottega del Gioiello srl Italia, 179-181 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067

Celentano C.R.E.O.S Snc
Via P.R. Giuliani, 4-6 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081-8772511

Eliocartoleria Nizza snc Viale Nizza, 71 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel 081-8783268 fax 081 8781220

Gaja srl Viale Caruso, 1 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8781041- Fax: 081-8071263 -

Gioielleria Di Somma Italia, 114 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel./Fax 081-8073213 -

Grecale Nautica sas
Garage Marina piccola

Via Luigi De Maio, 60-62 – Sorrento (Na) 80067 Tel. 081-8781306 -

Lo Sparviero srl Via S. Lucia, 15 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8074843/081 8071883

Max & Co
Sirena srl Italia, 62 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8074408/081 8074413

Meginet srl Via degli Aranci, 33 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067

Notturno Intarsio Sorrento
Via Fuorimura, 33 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel: 081-8783239 – 081-8783936 - Fax: 0818071131

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                       Pollio Carni Fresche Via Marziale, 16/b – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081 8770634/081 8781350

                       Safi S.r.l. Abbigliamento (Benetton shops) Italia, 192 - Sorrento (Na) -
                       Tel. 081-8074833

                       Supermercato Pollio Via degli Aranci, 159 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081-8074465 Fax 081-8071104

                       Tutto srl Italia, 213 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067 Tel. 081-8773618

                       Ulysse Wellness Experience Via del Mare, 22 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
                       Tel. 081-8774923 - Fax 081-8773915

                       Corso Italia, 221/235 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067 081-8072482/8073488
                       081 8781093

                       Vanna Boutique di R. Notino Italia, 204 - Sorrento (Na) - 80067

                       Vinicola De Angelis G. & C. snc Via Marziale, 14 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067

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Caruso srl Via S.Antonino, 12 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel.081-8073156/fax.081 8072899 -

Dolce e Salato Italia, 183 (angolo P.zza Tasso) – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel.081-8782083                                          -

Photo Food & Drinks Via Correale 19, Sorrento (Na) 80067
Tel. 081-8773686

Ristobar sas (Zi' ntonio) Via L. De Maio,11 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081 8781623 -

Ristorante L'Antica Trattoria Via P.R. Giuliani, 33 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8071082 - Fax 0815324651 -

Ristorante Vela Bianca Via Marina Piccola, 5 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067

Tel. +390818781144 - Fax +390818783144 -

Ristorante Taverna Azzurra     Via Marina Grande, 166 – Sorrento (Na) -
80067 Tel. 081-8772510

Stabilimento Bagni Apreda Via M. Grande, 180 – Sorrento (Na) - 80067
Tel. 081-8073033

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                Sorrento Info
             Via degli Aranci 13
        80067 Sorrento - Napoli - Italy
Tel. +39 081 878 4592 - Fax +39 081 3606904

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