A resort with a view
Sorrento is a sophisticated little number perched high on a cliff on the south-west coast of Italy. The resort’s main centre is all bustling piazzas and streets lined with bars and designer boutiques. It’s got itself a pretty fancy location, too. The place is right on the Neapolitan Riviera, with top-notch views of Mount Vesuvius and Naples.
Sorrento isn’t big on golden, sandy beaches. The shores around these parts can be a bit rocky, so most swimmers strike out from purpose-built platforms. If you’re staying in a seafront hotel, you’ll probably have use of a free one. Otherwise, there are pay-for public platforms that come with showers, changing areas and eating places. Some even have lifts that take you back up to the old town.
The old town
The old town here is packed with culture. You can easily spend a day exploring the maze of cobbled streets. Highlights include the flower-decked cloisters of the Church of San Francesco, and the cathedral, bell tower and monastery. And when you’re in need of a cappuccino break, you’ll find plenty of pavement cafés to relax in.
A 40-minute train ride gets you to Pompeii. In its heyday, this place was a famous Roman holiday resort – until Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried everything in molten lava. Fast-forward about 2,000 years and you can see eerie replicas of the citizens in the villas where they died. Or if you want to strike out along the coast, try the top 3 towns – Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.