Sorrento: Blue Flags

Also in 2021, Sorrento was awarded the Blue Flag for the sea of Marina Grande and Riviera di Massa

There is a collective imaginary describing the city of Sorrento as a pearl of rare beauty and timeless charm. Seducing Land of Sirens according to the myth, this place treasures and incredible position overhanging the sea and breathtaking views. Elected a sought-after destination of the European Grand Tour in the mid-eighteenth century by scholars and writers, this colourful strip of land with a millenarian history has always been the ideal place to spend time in total relax. Let admire its colours, suggestions and sweet citrus fruits! Birthplace of Torquato Tasso – author of the famous “Jerusalem Liberated” – Sorrento was a muse for many artists and thinkers of the nineteenth and most of the twentieth century. Pleasant landscapes and salty sea air have made this city place of the soul for writers such as Nietzsche and Ibsen, to whom they dedicated a homonymous park.
Roof of the Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Here, on the roof of the well-known Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, the famous singer Lucio Dalla composed his masterpiece “Caruso”, inspired by the stories told by the hotel’s owners on the homonymous tenor who lived in this exclusive hotel for a while before definitely returning to Naples in 1921.

Sorrento - Centro Storico
Sorrento, City Centre - Credits to Francesca D'Esposito
Thanks to its beautiful historic centre, where you can get lost in typical little streets, ancient churches and noble palaces of great value, Sorrento boasts a privileged place in the world of tourism. Its strategic position makes it a perfect destination for tourists who wants to visit other nearby destinations. In fact, a few stops of Circumvesuviana, (the railway line that connects Naples to the Sorrento Peninsula) are enough to reach also the archaeological ancient ruins of Pompeii. Moreover, in 30 minutes by hydrofoil, you can reach Capri, the wonderful island of dreams. Seventeen km separate Sorrento from Positano and the rest of the Amalfi Coast; in 45 minutes by car you will get to Naples, a thousand-year-old city known as the land of the sun: there is not a single person who does not know the famous song “O’ Sole mio “! Last but not least, the extraordinary Sorrento culinary tradition.
Based on fresh and genuine products, Sorrento cuisine satisfies every taste combining seafood delicacies with agricultural ones. Few steps from the city centre and you get to the ancient seaside village of Marina Grande where it is possible to enjoy excellent fish dishes and perhaps finish your meal with the famous Lemon Delight, a typical Sorrento dessert, along with a glass of Limoncello.
Limoncello di Sorrento
The famous Sorrento Limoncello
Anyway, describing Sorrento as the land of the sea, citrus fragrance, good food and spectacular panoramas is an understatement: you must see it for yourself. Thanks to several events and city decorations, also Christmas holidays, for some years now, have become an admirable example of how good tourism is possible even during the “low season”. Here, ancient and poetic traditions are preserved. Palms of confetti, for examples, – confetti are small floral confections made of sugared almonds – which are prepared for Palm Sunday, is the first day of the Holy Week rituals. During the Holy Week, a religious climax is reached with the hooded processions of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Sorrento is an extremely hospitable and cheerful town. Staying here means giving yourself a special gift. Seeing is believing!

What to see in Sorrento