The Sorrento Peninsula is full of nature, traditions, events and is a tourist destination 365 days a year. The best way to see it is a leisurely walk among the streets in the historical centers, among alleys filled with local shops, maybe stopping to taste a glass of limoncello or sitting down on a bench overlooking the Tyrrenian sea. And then, visit the Marinella di Sant'Agnello with its spectacular landscape, the sandy beach in Meta, the Villa Comunale in Piano di Sorrento, the food festivals and the thermal beaches in Vico Equense, Faito Mountain, the restaurants specialized in seafood recipes in Massa Lubrense, the natural scenery in Sant'Agata and Nerano, maybe taking a boat trip... in other words, the Sorrento Coast offers attractions for anyone all year round.
WHY SORRENTO COAST?
What to see and do around the villa?
Vico Equense is a wonderful town wonderful people live. It is situated in the heart of the Sorrento coast 90 meters above the sea. Vico Equense is famous for its stunning views, ancient squares and churches, termal resorts, hiking trails, and, of course, rich gastronomic traditions. There a two times more michelin stared restaurants than in whole Naples! "Torre del Saracino" and "Osteria nonna Rosa" are the most famous ones. You also can not miss the famous "Pizza a metro" (meter pizza) and storical ice-cream shop "Gabriele". Each year in the end of May Vico Equense hosts a very important and special Food Festival called "Festa a Vico", Vico's Party, where more then 100 best Chefs of Italy participate.
From its clifftop location surrounded by lemon, orange and olive groves, Sorrento offers unforgettable views of the Bay of Naples. It's a small, elegant town of narrow alleyways and sumptuous villas with just 15,000 inhabitants. The British have been coming here since Sorrento became a stop on the Grand Tour in the 18th century, and English is widely spoken...
In the historical centre of Sorrento, shopping is unavoidable. Everywhere one walks, from the seafront to the narrow side streets and pedestrian precinct, there are shops and stalls everywhere, many selling souvenirs with Sorrento trademark lemon-patterns.
The Costiera Amalfitana, or Amalfi Coast, is widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of towering bluffs, pastel-hued villages terraced into hillsides, precipitous corniche roads, luxuriant gardens, and expansive vistas over turquoise waters and green-swathed mountains. Deemed by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values," the coast was awarded a coveted spot on the World Heritage list in 1997.
Explore exclusive Ravello and appreciate the impressive views – the best in the region – of the Amalfi Coast. Some of the most breathtaking and far-reaching vistas are enjoyed by the formal gardens of the Palazzo Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. The cathedral is also worth a visit as it houses some fine works of art. Ravello has a thriving concert society, and there are many musical recitals throughout the summer.
Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town, with steeply-stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colours. No less colourful are its steep streets and steps lined with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Look beyond the facades and the fashion, however, and you will find reassuring signs of everyday reality – crumbling stucco, streaked paintwork and even, on occasion, a faint whiff of drains.
Il Sentiero gegli Dei
The famous "Path of Gods" is a spectacular walk, possibly rewarding you with a sighting of a peregrine falcon in addition to the breathtaking views which give you the impression of being on top of the world. The route contours the mountains and takes you along the Path of the Gods high above the sea, the views often stretching as far as the island of Capri. You then descend along hundreds of stone steps to reach the elegant resort of Positano
The island of Capri, just across the Bay of Naples, is the St. Tropez of Italy, much visited by the stars of Hollywood and Italian cinema in the '50s and '60s. It was also visited by writer Oscar Wilde after his imprisonment.
Everything on Capri is reminiscent of the splendor for which the island is known: from the spectacular Gardens of Augustus to the Certosa di San Giacomo, and the marvelous villas surrounded by blooms and flowers. Among these is Villa Jovis, the ancient residence of Emperor Tiberius. Those in search of clean, clear sea, the renowned Grotta Azzurra at Anacapri is a must - as are the Faraglioni, three jagged peakes immersed in the water.
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The ancient city of Pompei - famously ruined in A.D. 79 when mighty Mount Vesuvius blew its top - is one of Italy's most popular tourist attractions. Today, ongoing excavations of once booming Pompei offers the best look anywhere at ancient Roman life. Back then, Rome controlled the entire Mediterranean Sea, and Pompei was an important, big port town. And because it was a port, it was a sailor's quarter, with lots of bars, public baths, brothels, restaurants, and places of entertainment
As fascinating as it is contradictory, ravishingly beautiful yet dilapidated and chaotic, Naples makes a brilliant tourist destination in just a half an our drive from Villa Bikini. World-class monuments, some of the best food in Italy, like pizza, lasagna or baba napoletano, a vibrant street life and a thriving contemporary art scene increase its appeal and, in the period leading up to Christmas, the city is at its most extrovert. As they say here, "Vedi Napoli e poi muori! - See Naples and die!"