Sorrento was our home base during our time in the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is known for it’s lemon trees, limoncello and great views. Sharing all about our relaxing time in Sorrento Italy below!
We arrive shortly after midday from Naples (a fun and beautiful drive) to Sorrento and had some time before check into our Airbnb, so we headed to the only restaurant in Priora, Il Borgo. The restaurant was beautiful with a large outdoor area and great views. I ordered a small salad and a mussel risotto dish. The mussels were so fresh and delicious, I highly recommend this place! Soon our host, Mario, met us and off we went to our home for the next few days.
We stayed slightly outside/above (literally) Sorrento in this beautiful villa overlooking the town and the sea. Airbnb seriously is the way to go if you are looking for unique places, have a larger group and/or are looking for value. This place really felt like home with lush gardens, a beautiful balcony and an amazing rooftop terrace with breathtaking views. We had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up to the villa (the small road to the house was super windy and narrow) but the stroll was totally worth it.
The entire gang felt like relaxing so Wade and I headed to the grocery store in town and picked up some wine + other items to have a delicious homemade dinner! We cooked as a family while listening to Italian music and feasted on pasta, cheese and salad before calling it a night. Before going to bed, Wade and I crept upstairs to the rooftop terrace to see the night sky sparkle and have one last glass of wine.
The next morning we woke up early, had a quick breakfast from items bought at the grocery store the evening before and headed in the car to Positano (recap here) which was about 30 mins from our Airbnb. It was still rainy by the time we arrived home late afternoon, so we decided to relax and have another great dinner in. Soon the rain stopped so I spent the remainder of the night on the rooftop terrace (figures) with a book and wine and had a wonderful time watching the sunset.
The next morning was an early start for us as we were catching the ferry from Marina Piccola in Sorrento. We purchased our tickets (cheaper if you purchase your return ticket at the same time, they give you some flexibility by allowing you to get on any ferry home until 4pm), and off we went to Capri. (recap here)
Once we returned to Sorrento, we took the elevator up from the dock and explored! Sorrento doesn’t have any beaches but has long ‘docks’ over the crystal blue water with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Once we exited the elevator we were met with beautiful views of these docks.
We wandered around town from shop to shop. There are lemon trees around every corner which just fascinated me, some the size of grapefruits. We found a huge limoncello shop which made their own limoncello and bottled them in fun glass bottles. Of course we purchased some for that evening and to take home! (along with some lemon drop candies and amazing lemon scented soap!) We found a cute general store and bought some more items to go along with the left overs we had at home, to cook one final Italian meal! The next day we headed out early for Pompeii (recap here) before leaving Italy and heading to Istanbul, Turkey (recap here). Although we did not spend a ton of time exploring Sorrento; we had tons of time to relax and enjoying time together as a family. Italy- I miss you!
Wanting more Italy? Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the islands of Burano – here and Murano – here, Climbing Florence’s Duomo- here, Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here; a Rainy Day in Positano – here , Exploring the Lost City of Pompeii – here and Sunsets at Ponte Vecchio- here.