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August 08, 2019

5 Things You Must Do In Sorrento, Italy

Ciao! It's been quite some time since I've dropped by the old blog with an update. In fact, I recently started reading some of my old favorite blogs again and realized how much I really missed just using this space to write. The current social space (blogging included) seems so oversaturated and all of the algorithm changes can really make you feel like it's not worth the effort. After all, I'm no professional photographer, and I certainly don't have one myself (my fiancé isn't even a very willing instagram husband) which can make capturing elevated imagery difficult. That being said, I need to realize why I started doing this in the first place - to share my perspective and my experiences with whoever may be interested in hearing what I have to say. So, even if that's just a few people, I've made myself a promise again to pop back here more often to share. I am not a photo editor, nor a glossy magazine editor; it just feels nice to clear my head and type out my thoughts into a space where they'll live permanently.

Now let's move onto the good stuff: Italy. Need I say more?
If you've ever seen my instagram, or visited here before, you'll know how I feel about the topic. Just take a peek here if you don't believe me. I won't bore you with an essay on why, but I had such an amazingly relaxed time on my most recent trip back to the Amalfi Coast in June that I wanted to share a few tips with you. 

Let's start with 5 things you just cannot miss while in Sorrento...
1. Visit Marina Grande
For an authentic taste of the old port that once was, head to Marina Grande. It's a treck down winding steps, but completely worth the breathtaking views that greet you once you turn the corner. Go there for a true Italian beach experience accompanied by crisp white wine and inexpensive, fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants that line the marina.

2. Sunbathe at Marina Piccola
With an array of sundecks stretching out over a volcanic beach and sun-speckled turquoise waters, who could imagine a more perfect spot to catch some rays? There are a variety of beach clubs to choose from, so carve out some time to grab a chair and a Spritz and take it all in.
3. Enjoy an Aperitivo
The Italians really know how to do happy hour, so why not join in? Whether you choose a Negroni, Aperol Spritz, or even a Prosecco, your drink is best enjoyed with a plate of fresh olives while outdoors surrounded by sweeping views (and preferably somewhere with fabulous people watching). I stayed at the Grand Hotel Capodimonte on my recent trip and have to say that their panoramic views and delicious cocktails were some of the best.
4. Lemons
I know, I know...this isn't a "thing to do", per se. But, on the Sorrentine Peninsula, not only are lemons a thing to do - they're the thing to do. Buy a massive lemon at a local market, look out for lemon trees on your walks through town, try a lemon granita or enjoy homemade pasta with lemon (pasta al limone). Even if you're not typically a citrus fan, you need to give Sorrento's perfectly sweet, tart, sun-ripened variety a shot.
5. Visit Pompeii
While this may seem an obvious suggestion, I often get asked by friends and family (and friends of friends and family) whether to visit Pompeii from Naples, Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast. Of course, it's close in proximity to Naples, but I prefer to keep my time there to a minimum (usually just to enjoy a meal there and fly in or out), so I always suggest putting aside a day in your Sorrento schedule for a trip to Pompeii. There's nothing quite like this place that has essentially been frozen in time - and even if it is the ultimate tourist trap, I quite enjoy grabbing a pizza outside of the park after my tour and just watching the past and present come together in the best possible way.
Have you ever visited Sorrento? If so, I'd love to hear about some of your favorite activities in the comments below.


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