- Summer 2015 -
I love Sorrento!! Although, not as famous as its nearby coastal towns, Positano and Amalfi, it has been able to preserve a charming quaintness of a little fishing town. My favourite hangout spots are Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. Although surrounded by hotels after hotels covering the cliffside, the marinas remain rustic and archaic. Seafood restaurants at the Marinas serve catch of the day seafoods brought back by colourful little wooden fishing boats operated by local fisherman. Because of the breathtaking seaside view and the warm weather, most of these seafood restaurants offer plenty of seating areas for al fresco dining. You can enjoy your seafood while observing the fisherman hanging their fishing nets to dry after a day's hard work. How "catch of the day" fresh is that?! Beside the restaurants are small "shops" (tables) set up by local grandmas selling the most exquisitely handmade crochet towels and linens. All adding to the archaic charm of the Marina.
We were very lucky to have stayed in a beautiful nautical themed hotel Maison la Minervetta for three nights. We were in Sorrento for four nights, but Maison la Minervetta is so popular, we could only book three nights with them. So make sure you book early for hotels if you are planning to go in the summer. Maison la Minervetta is set right on the edge of the cliff allowing an almost heaven like view from hotel room windows. The magical colours of the sky and the Mediterranean sea change almost by the hour. The changing colours along with yachts and ships coming in and out of the harbour at different times of the day create a most beautiful moving scenery. Almost like a film, only that you are watching it through your window or balcony. It was heaven!
Our last night was spent in Marina Piccola 73. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast for a budget friendly stay. It is located right at the port, which made it really easy for us to take the ferry to Capri the next day. You can walk to the ferry from there. I have always fantasized about being awaken by the sounds of a port - seagulls and sounds of water lightly clashing against port side boats. It finally came true! Not only the sound, the building has a lighthouse like structure that looks like it came straight out of a story book. The owner, Virginia, is a kind and elegant lady with the happiest dog. You can totally feel that, together, they run this place with love.
We hired a car to take us along the Amalfi Coast for a day. Leaving Sorrento early in the morning to visit the Amalfi Coast for a full day was a bit rushed for us. Although these famous coastal towns are close to each other, the narrow and winding cliffside roads make the drive very slow. I would try to spend more time in each town if I could. Most hotels work with local tour companies for the day tours. You can book it while you are there.
Time moves rather quickly for a town that moves so slowly. I'm certain it was its beauty that moved the clock a bit faster than usual. It would usually be hard for me to leave a place as charming as Sorrento for sure! But I guess it was offset by the excitement of going to Capri next. How great life is when you can still anticipate the next beautiful destination at a place that already stole your heart!
WHERE TO STAY
1) Maison La Minervetta
I know I have said this many times, but this is another one of my favourite hotels in the world. Hotel entrance is on the street level with small parking lot and a elevator, the lobby and all the rooms are below street level on the cliff.
2) Marina Piccola 73
For a story book like structure and location, this very well run and clean bed and breakfast is definitely a steal for its budget friendly price.
WHERE TO EAT
1) Soul and Fish Restaurant
Nautical themed decor by the sea serving fresh fresh seafood at Marin Grande. It is one of the best seafood restaurants as recommended by the locals.
2) Trattoria da Emilia
It is also located at Marina Grande serving traditional pastas and fresh seafood. I love the blue and white plaid decor and the simple cozy deck surrounded by colourful little fishing boats.
3) Accu'e Sale
Ok this was my favourite in Sorrento located in Marina Piccola. I loved their Catch of the day cooked three ways and various kinds of pizzas I had never seen anywhere else. So spongy and crusty at the same time! You have to try it!