Updated: Oct 6, 2018
I have had a few lovely ladies asking would I do a blog on my recent trip to Sorrento, so here it is.
I arrived back on Friday from a whirlwind week on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s a beautiful part of the world and somewhere I have always wanted to go.
I could sleep for a week I’m so tired. We planned to chilled out at the hotel for a few of the days but there’s just so many things to do and see that it felt criminal to just lay by the pool.
We stayed in Sorrento; family friends had been before and suggested the town as a good base to explore.
We booked the Grand Hotel De La Ville
For our stay and it did not disappoint. It was really lovely, clean and tidy, good location and the staff where so helpful and friendly. The food was fantastic we had booked half board, the breakfast’s where delicious I could have gone MAD, they had cakes, nutella, croissants I could go on and on…BUT I had to restrain myself. When I go on holiday I find that my stomach over takes my brain and I end up eating dessert for breakfast!
In the evenings for dinner we where expecting a buffet but it was a sit down meal with table service and you chose from a different menu each night, which was a really nice experience. The hotel had two pools one downstairs and one on the roof both of which had bars, and the views from the rooftop bar are amazing!
The only downside I would say about it was that it doesn’t have a front line sea view. Our room did have a sea view but there was a lemon grove in front of the hotel so it wasn’t a direct one. However saying that it was beautiful seeing all the lemons and we also had an amazing view of Mount Vesuvius. There are some beautiful hotels in Sorrento but they can be really expensive so we chose the Grand Hotel De La Ville because it looked lovely, had good reviews but wasn’t extortionately dear.
On the Monday we visited Capri
We got the hydrofoil over, it was €20 pp, it only takes 20 mins to get across. You get the majority of boats from Marina Piccola which you can get the lift (which is just off the main piazza in Sorrento) down too for €1 pp and I advise you to do this because if you don’t you will be walking down A LOT of steps! Once you get off on Capri turn right at the end of the pier and you will find the ticket office for the Funicular which will take you up to Capri town for €2 its way cheaper than the taxis. I surprised our mum and dad by booking a hotel so we could stay the night on Capri to really explore and not feel under pressure to get the last ferry back. I booked Hotel La Palma, which was based just off the main piazza. It was very pretty and the location was perfect. I booked lunch at Terrazza Brunella; I had seen it online and had to book it! The views of Capri from the restaurant where beautiful, and the food was all freshly made with ingredients from the island. It’s Definitely worth a visit. In the evening we went to Capri Rooftop Bar, which again has amazing views over the sea and Capri at night and the cocktails weren’t too bad either! Capri is filled with designer boutiques; majority of them are located on Via Camerelle, its temptation galore.
The next day when we left for the ferry the hotel informed us that because the weather had turned windy that the ferries where cancelled. We were suppose to leave on the 1pm boat but had to wait until 3.30pm, so it just wasted our whole day. It wasn’t something that even entered my head when we decided to go to Capri, so just bear that in mind if you are thinking of going. I would advise you to go at the start of the holiday or mid week, there where a lot of people trying to make it back to Naples for their Cruise Ships or for flights the next day. We eventually got the boat back across the bay but it was bumpy and not something I want to experience again any time soon!
There are great places to eat in Sorrento
For most of the holiday we ate in the hotel but we ate out during the day and some evenings. For lunch we ate in L’Antica Trattoria, its one of the oldest eateries in Sorrento. It’s such a pretty Place, we sat on the patio under the wisteria and it was exactly how I had envisaged the restaurants on the Amalfi coast to be.
We also went to Bar Fauno, which is situated on the main Piazza Torquato Tasso. It’s great for food, cocktails and people watching. You might even be lucky enough to spot Sorrento’s resident dog, we never found out his name but he sure lets everyone on the square know who was in charge and barks at anything that moves.
One evening we booked the restaurant in the Bellevue Syrene Hotel. It was our parents wedding anniversary so we thought it would be nice for the occasion. Our table was supposed to be outside on their La Pergola Terrace but unfortunately it was too windy outside much to our disappointment. The main reason we booked it was to sit outside, as it looked so gorgeous. However we had a lovely table inside over looking the ocean and Naples. The food was yummy, it was a little pricier than other restaurants in the area but it was a special occasion so we went for it.
We went into a few of the more expensive hotels for drinks just because we where curious. We visited the Grand Hotel Ambasciatori which has stunning views and a great outdoor seating area, if we where going back we would love to stay here, its beautiful. We also went to Grand Hotel Riviera it was one of my favourite places based on the reason that it was the only place in Sorrento I found that had PINK GIN, mind you it wasn’t in a gin glass but I could forgive that, with the outlook we had from the table. To be honest its hard to find a place anywhere on the coastline that doesn’t have a beautiful view.
On Thursday we did a tour of the Coastline
We visited Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. The weather was still windy, so the ferries still weren’t running. We then decided to book a private tour. It was €250 for the 3 of us for the day with a private car and driver. It was a bit more expensive than getting the ferries back and forth but they weren’t running. There was the option of the bus that runs along the coast but I had read reviews about it being quite crowded so that’s why we went with the private tour. Our driver Nello was brilliant he basically gave us an Italian history lesson throughout the drive, and the views from the coastal road are incredible.
We arrived at Positano first, its always been somewhere I wanted to visit ever since I seen the movie ‘Only You’ with Robert Downey Jr. We actually visited the hotel they filmed parts of the movie in, Le Sirenuse. Its very charming and full of small boutique and restaurants if I ever get the chance to go back I would love to stay overnight to experience the night life.
Next stop was Ravello, which is situated up in the mountains. It’s a small town with a main piazza that is full of lovely restaurants to sit and enjoy the sunshine. We visited Villa Rufolo, the main attraction it’s situated just to your left as you walk into Piazza Duomo. The tickets are €7 but trust me its worth every penny, the Villa itself is a ruin but when you walk round to the gardens the views over the mountains, sea and Salerno are unbelievable its so worth a visit!
Last but not least we went to Amalfi itself, they have the most beautiful Duomo. Amalfi is known for it’s Gelato, so we bough cone and sat on the steps of the Duomo as the sun was setting and it was the perfect way to end the day and our trip.
So if you are thinking of heading to the Amalfi Coast or anywhere in Italy, first of all enjoy, you’re a lucky duck and secondly if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or pm me on instagram.
P.s don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent and antiseptic cream. The mosquito’s in Italy are vicious and will eat you alive, trust me I have the bites to prove it!
P.p.s The Italians are CRAZY drivers, so watch when you are crossing the roads and if you are planning on hiring a car…..may the odds be ever in your favour!