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6 Mar

Top three things to do in Sorrento

Posted by Horace in Travel Stories

The foundation of Sorrento, the charming town that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri, dates back to 600 BC; celebrated by some of the most famous traditional songs dedicated to Italy, its popularity is due to its top-notch cuisine, amazing views and an exquisite gusto for the dandy life.

We listed three of the must-see things in Sorrento that will leave you breathless:

Vallone dei Mulini (The Valley of the mills)

With its outstanding beauty, the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento dates back to about 35,000 years ago.
The valley originated from the most violent volcanic eruption in the history of the Campi Flegrei area and to the subsequent erosion by water that progressively consumed the tuff base. This valley is one of the best preserved in Italy, although today, unfortunately, you can see only the central part that stretches from Piazza Tasso to Villa La Rupe and from there to the port of Anastasi.

The Valley owes its name to the presence of a mill, whose ruins are still visible, used until the early 20th century to grind grain. Besides the mill, historic and artistic testimonies also suggest the presence of a sawmill and a public laundry.
The construction of Piazza Tasso (1866) marked the end of the activities carried on in the valley. The filling of the valley with the consequent isolation of the area from the sea caused a sharp rise in humidity that made the area uninhabitable. The special microclimate instead favoured the development of a lush herbaceous and tree line.

Piazza Torquato Tasso

Crossed by the bustling Corso Italia, Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento, the heart of city life, the emblem of a touristic destination of international renown.
Originally, the square was called Largo del Castello, from the castle built by Ferdinand of Aragon in the 15th century. With the urban transformation of the 19th century, the castle and the city walls were demolished and the square took its current shape. Named after the most famous citizen of Sorrento, the poet Torquato Tasso, the square is adorned by the statue of St. Anthony Abbot, patron saint of the city.
Among the buildings surrounding the square, the Correale house stands out with a beautiful tiled courtyard and the Carmelite church of Santa Maria with its rich baroque façade and the elegant Grand Hotel Vittoria grace the whole urbanistic composition. Along the north side, a terrace overlooks on a narrow tuff street crossed by a road that leads to the Marina Piccola.

Marina di Sorrento

This picturesque village accessed through a narrow road and across the ancient Greek port looks frozen in time with its colourful houses, boats and nets drawn on the bank.
Here, quaint cafes, restaurants and beach bars grace the area with a nifty and idyllic atmosphere.
Marina Piccola is the port of Sorrento, an important harbour for ferries and hydrofoils, located not far from Piazza Tasso. Near the harbour, there are the bathing establishments built on stilts over the water because of the small size of the sandy shore.

Last but not least, once in Sorrento, give in to the culinary temptations the city will entice you with: the Amalfi Coast is famous for its delicious lemons (Limoncello is a must-try!) and for the mouth-watering gnocchi alla sorrentina: the irresistible smell of fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella will make you fall in love with this sun-kissed land!