Home to everything from iconic landmarks, spectacular scenery and beautiful lakes; to charming coastal towns, cultural cities and easily one of the best cuisines in the world; Italy really does have it all. It doesn’t matter what type of holiday you are looking for, chances are you’ll find something right up your street in this Mediterranean boot-shaped beauty.
Now, I want you to think of somewhere to visit in Italy… You probably thought of places such as Rome, Florence, Venice or even Lake Garda, right? But hands up who thought of the stunning Neapolitan Riviera?
The Neapolitan Riviera is where you’ll get a taste of authentic Italy. The unashamed, picturesque towns dotted along this breath-taking stretch of coast will draw you in the second you arrive.
Sorrento is the perfect resort to base yourself in order to fully explore the larger area around you. Its unspoilt architecture and scenery makes it one of the most popular holiday resorts in the whole of Italy. You can spend your time wandering the town’s many cobbled streets, dining al fresco and visiting the shops, museums and medieval churches.
Alternatively, why not check out the nearby resort of Massa Lubrense with its charming village atmosphere, small harbour, hidden coves, magnificent coastal scenery and spell-binding views across to Capri. This area is popular for those looking for a tranquil holiday in beautiful surroundings. Or try one of the smaller resorts of Sant’Agnello or Sant’Agata. Take a look at our Sorrento destination guide for even more insight into this beautiful place.
The Bay of Naples
Sorrento overlooks the magnificent Bay of Naples and it is here that you will find a great range of sights and attractions to fill up your time on holiday in Italy. In the north, are the cities of Naples and Pozzuoli and in the east, you have the ancient Roman city of Pompeii with its fascinating history and archaeological sites. In the bay itself are the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia and then of course, a visit to the famous Mount Vesuvius is an absolute must.
The Amalfi Coast
To the east of Sorrento is the rather impressive Amalfi Coast. This is said to be one of the most incredible coastal drives in the world, so it is certainly somewhere to add to your ‘must see’ list whilst visiting Italy. UNESCO actually considers the Amalfi Coast to be ‘an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape’ and if you ask me, the awe-inspiring town of Positano and the town of Amalfi itself are well worth your time to visit.
Have you already been lucky enough to sample the delights of this gorgeous part of Italy? What was your favourite memory of the place? Let me know in the comments below.