Sorrento, Italy is my paradise. Sorrento is similar to Naples but smaller, less touristy, while on the same coast line and just as beautiful.
The bus route from the airport to Sorrento follows winding roads along the coast; in the distance you can even see Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for destroying the city of Pompeii (which is only a short distance away by train) and others. The views were breath-taking.
The city of Sorrento is lined with lots of small cafes and tiny shops. The sidewalks are of old cobblestone and run into one another at odd angles — not so great for finding your way around the town! At the same time, I often found myself being surprised at what I found just strolling around the city. There was one part of the town that had wide open streets for cars, but it was still extremely pedestrian friendly!
For a day at the beach, it is easy to hop on a bus to descend the steep coastline cliffs. Once at the beach there is a bar and lawn chairs for rent. When traveling I usually would rather be seeing the sights or exploring the city, but once in a while a day of pure relaxation is a necessity.
Within the city there is a lemon grove, Giardini di Cataldo where you can taste the freshest limonchello, a lemon liquor, and find some souvenirs to bring home. The lemon groves are also open to walk through, and with their citrus scent it is hard to resist a stroll through the leafy greenness. There is also an option to sign up for a guided tour through the groves
Since I traveled to Sorrento with my mother, we opted for a bit more luxurious hostel than I am used to. The Ulisse Deluxe Hostel is very nice with private rooms. The location was great with a nice view and close to a bus stop and the city center. I don’t have one complaint about this hostel – service was great!
To this day, Sorrento is one of my very favorite travel destinations with the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views. I hope to make it back there some day!