Holidays to Sant’Agnello are for those who want a slice of Italian authenticity on their break, rather than the tourist experience offered by some resorts. A rustic, clifftop town, Sant’Agnello is rich with Italian history, with churches dating back to the Renaissance. Days are easy and lazy here: do as the locals do, and kick off your day with a strong espresso in the bustling, main piazza. Make plans over a plate of pasta, or take yourself off for a scenic walk in the hills that surround the town. There are plenty of shops for those who like a little retail therapy, and they tend to be a lot easier on the pocket than those in nearby Sorrento!
If you’re looking to do some sunbathing on your Sant’Agnello holidays, there’s a little lift to take you down to the black sands of Marinella Beach. Alternatively, take the local train and see other famous sights, such as Herculaneum or, for those who want some serious nightlife, the lights and music of Sorrento.
July and August offer the warmest temperatures. The soothing sea breeze stops it from getting too hot.
Approximately two and a half hours
Naples International Airport is just over an hour’s drive from the resort.
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Holidays to Sant’Agnello can be exactly what you want them to be! If you want a leisurely break and to soak up something of the local culture then spend your time in the piazzas, sipping espressos and watching the world go by. If you need to stretch your legs, take a saunter around the streets. Keep a lookout for great photo opportunities, like the adorable 5th century church, decorated in yellow and white.
If you want to change things up a bit, you’ll find that Marinella Beach offers a wide range of water sports, from windsurfing to mellow canoe trips along the coast. For stunning views across the lake, head to one of the stylish cliffside restaurants and tuck into handmade pasta and fresh seafood. For a taste of the region’s spectacular history, hop on the train to see the archaeological remains at Pompeii or Herculaneum.
You’ll find some of the best attractions in Sant’Agnello in the historical centre of the town. Follow the medieval streets to find the Renaissance treasures that lie in the naves of the Most Holy Prisco and Agnello church. The beautiful Mancinelli painting of the Madonna holding the baby Jesus is a particular highlight. Wander up the steep streets to find the striking white Capuchin Monastery, built in the early 17th century. Take a break from the warm sunshine and head inside to find a delightful oasis of peace.
For one of the best things to do in Sant’Agnello, take a walk from the town centre to neighbouring Sorrento. It’s only a mile and a half away, and you’ll take in some beautiful sights along the way. Wander along the medieval lanes to get some great views of the Mediterranean. Remember to bring your camera, as you’ll come across remnants from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on the way. And don’t worry if you get lost; the locals will be more than happy to direct you down the right village lanes!
With the Mediterranean virtually on your doorstep, it’s easy to understand why water sports are so popular. Marinella Beach is easy to get to: if you’re feeling fit, there’s a staircase cut into the cliffs, offering superb views as you descend. If you’re not quite so sure footed, there’s a cliffside lift, which’ll give you a chance to take a few snaps on the way down.
During the winter, you’ll see another side to life in Sant’Agnello. While the beach might be empty, you’ll find that the slopes in nearby Monte Pollino and the Basilicata area are packed with skiers and snowboarders, making holidays to Sant’Agnello ideal for those looking for a winter break.
Peace and quiet: Located on top of a towering cliff, holidays to Sant’Agnello are much quieter and authentic than at any of the neighbouring towns.
Best for explorers: The town and its narrow paths are full of piazzas, churches and gardens waiting to be explored.
Best for scenery lovers: Sitting further out than the surrounding Neapolitan towns, the town offers jaw-dropping views of the Bay of Naples.
Language: The language spoken here is Italian, but you’ll find that most of the locals have a basic grip of English. Pack a phrasebook or download a language app and give your Italian a whirl. No matter how bad your attempts, the locals will appreciate it!
Currency: You’ll need to change up your Sterling for Euros, before flying off on your Sant’Agnello holidays.
Local time: Sant'Agnello is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Naples International Airport. The transfer time to Sant'Angello is about 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Sant'Angelo is 2.5 hours.
Tourist information: Further Sant’Agnello tourist information can be found at www.sorrentotourism.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Temperature: November to April sees the mercury hovering between the mid-to-late teens, making this destination ideal for a winter break. Between May and August, the temperatures climb from the early twenties to around 30°C.
Best time to visit: Book your holidays to Sant’Agnello in the summer for the warmest temperatures. The soothing sea breeze stops it from getting too hot.
By foot: Compact, rustic and authentic, the town is a network of narrow streets and sunny piazzas, best explored on foot.
By bus: Explore the peninsula further by bus; Sorrento is a quick bus ride away if you don’t want to walk.
By train: Board the Circumvesuviana and visit the ruins of Pompeii, which is around half an hour away, or stay on until you reach Herculaneum or Naples.
Street party lovers: Watch the town come alive at the Festa del Mare in August. It’s a ‘come one, come all’ celebration of the sea, with live music, handicrafts, and the mouth-watering scent of freshly grilled fish, cooked to traditional, local recipes.
Art lovers: From museums to choral singing, take advantage of the numerous art and cultural festivals around Sorrento throughout the year.