Sorrento isn’t usually the first place you think of when it comes to Italy. With cities like Rome, Florence, and Milan dominating the Italian holiday market, why should you give your time to a resort town like Sorrento?
It’s because Sorrento is the real Italy. The other big Italian cities are sort of corrupted by the influence of mass tourism. If you’re like me and want a calmer and more relaxing holiday, you don’t want to be standing in lines to get into a museum.
Sorrento’s food is incentive enough to visit. Some restaurants and cafes in the big cities stick to the Italian foods popularised overseas. Sorrento will teach you to eat like a real Italian, even if you can’t cook like one.
An espresso with your breakfast is customary. Often complimented with a light pastry, traditional Italian breakfast should sustain you but not fill you up.
A late lunch and dinner are also common place with locals in Italy though most restaurants do open earlier to accommodate other business. Your lunch should always be your main meal.
This could attribute to the success of the so-called Mediterranean diet. Not loading up on a large carb-heavy meal hours before bed could be the reason a lot of Italians remain in shape. Enough about food though.
Sorrento hotels are a lot like resorts. It is a resort town after all. There’s a big emphasis on luxury. Clear blue pools are commonplace, with loungers set out to sunbathe on. The Italian platform Venere has a good range of hotels and good deals too.
It’s very tempting just to hang by the pool with a tall drink, but sometimes you need to get out the resort and look around. A day trip to Pompeii is a great way to satisfy a culture craving.
The rolling hills of Sorrento are pretty enticing for a bike ride or a walk. If you’ve overdone it on the pasta and wine, you can try burning it off with a bit of light exercise while exploring the scenery.
A lot of your time in Sorrento should be spent freely. Don’t try packing in activity after activity. Managing your time there like that will only burn you out. Besides, it just isn’t Italian to take life like that. Relax a little, take it as it comes.
Spend your time trying a new cafe or bar every day. Do a little research on the hot spots but don’t fixate over getting the very best the town has to offer on your first try. Variety is what makes life exciting. Don’t suck the excitement out of Sorrento.
If this is your first time abroad or in Italy, Sorrento may not be for you. It’s best to get those tourist bad habits out of you early on. Sorrento is for the seasoned traveller.
After you’ve had your fill of national treasures and big global monuments, try something small scale. Sorrento is the place if you want to treat your vacations like a pleasant stroll, rather than a sprint.
Author: Megan Taylor
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