Head south (of Italy) this year

Sorrento is located in Southern Italy within Campania, close to Naples and Pompeii. Although Sorrento is a small town, and maybe not your traditional beach holiday destination, it is a charming, bustling town which offers culture, history, authentic Italian food and plenty of bars to enjoy the Italian wine.

The resort is set on cliffs, which overlook the sea, with a picturesque backdrop of mountains, deep valleys and greenery. Although most of Sorrento is based on the cliff edge, there are some beaches scattered around which you can enjoy. The beaches at the fishing villages of Marina Grande and Marina Piccola are the most popular.

The main town itself is traditional with medieval small winding streets laced with authentic Italian restaurants and artisan shops. If you’re into your shopping then you’ll find plenty to satisfy you in Sorrento. The numerous souvenir shops sell hand made wooden decorations, tablecloths, sandals and locally resourced food and alcohol. The Piazza Tasso is the main square on which you’ll find the most popular cafes and restaurants, and where you can enjoy a coffee and a spot of lunch whilst watching the world go by. If you love your food then Sorrento is a good destination for you. The town has many fine restaurants, serving traditional local pizzas, pastas, meat and fish.

If you want to explore the cultural part of Sorrento a visit to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a traditional church with impressive architecture, is worth considering. There are plenty of churches to choose from but this is one of the most impressive. Another good option, if you are looking to soak up a bit of history, is the Mueso Correale, Sorrento’s main museum filled with 17th century art and Greek and Roman artefacts. There are hop on hop off tour buses available if you want to see as much as you can and these are usually quite good value for money.

Evenings in Sorrento are lively, filled with vespas on the streets and people hanging around the local bars and restaurants. The narrow streets of the Cenreo Storico have a huge choice of bars and cafes. The Fauno Bar, just off Piazza Tasso, is particularly popular as you can enjoy a cocktail or 2 (or 3, or 4) on the roof terrace, whilst enjoying the hustle and bustle of the streets below. Shops and restaurants stay open late which gives the area a good buzz late into the night.

If Sorrento sounds like the holiday destination for you, there are plenty of affordable hotels you can head to. The Grand Hotel La Pace is a 5* hotel right on the coastline. It offers affordable stays from £38 per person per night. The hotel is of a high standard, whilst retaining an authentic Italian decor, and you get some lovely views of the coast from the pool. Also on the coastline but overlooking the sea on the cliff tops is the Grand Hotel Parco Del Sole, a 4* hotel in a Mediterranean style complete with its own gardens of lemon and orange groves. Tucked away in the mountains, this hotel offers a peaceful and beautiful retreat and is well worth considering. If you really are looking to indulge in the Italian countryside then Relais Antico Casale Russo is set in Piano Di Sorrento, just outside of Sorrento centre, and is set in the green hills with fantastic views. Orginally a traditional farm house, the hotel has all the modern facilities you need but with an authentic feel. This is one for those who want to get a taste of rural Italy.

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