is one of the most romantic and famous tourist attractions in
Italy. The main fascination of this town is the serene brilliance
of its landscape, the flowering of its gardens, the mildness of
its air. Many prefer the mild restful beauty of Sorrento, especially
for a holiday, to the wild and rugged beauty of Capri, and the
orgy of colour and granite of the coast of Amalfi. The town of
Sorrento lies on a stratum of rock of volcanic origin about 50
meters above sea level, and has as its background the green hills
of Sant'Agata, Tore, S. Angelo and Colli di Fontanelle, which
separate the peninsula into the bays of Naples and Salerno.
From Vico Equense to Massalubrense visitor passes behind a curtain
of orange trees, with their blossom in May, and silver olive trees.
Among the visitors who came here to enjoy its serenity for their
works are: Goethe, Byron, F. Cooper, Walter Scott, Vittorio Alfieri,
Giacomo Leopardi, Alexander Dumas, Ernest Renan, Henrik Ibsen,
who wrote Ghosts in 1881. Also here were Giuseppe Verdi, and Longfellow
in 1862, Samuel Smiles in 1888, Oscar Wilde, Nietzsche wrote Human,
too Human at Sorrento in 1876, and it was here that he had his
famous dispute with Wagner. Grieg also wrote several of his "poems"
here at Sorrento.
The description of this romantic land, with its orange and lemon
groves, vineyards, walnut and almond trees, could be attractive,
but in real life is definitely better. The song "Come back
to Sorrento" is still on for you.
A visitor, who spends his vacation in Sorrento, has the chance
to visit also the nearby ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and
the seaside resorts in the Naples area such as Amalfi, Positano,
Capri, Naples itself, Salerno and other beautiful places in the
The enchanting landscape with its high cliffs,
the superb views over the Gulf of Naples to Vesuvius, make Sorrento
a traditional international holiday resort. It is an ideal place
to come on holiday, a great tourist attraction also for the vicinity
of popular places easy to reach such as the ruins of Pompeii and
Herculaneum, Naples, Capri, Positano, Amalfi and Ischia. Sorrento
coast is composed of rugged inaccessible cliffs alternated with
pleasant beaches. The town’s coastal area is divided in
two villages: Marina Piccola, with the harbour for ferries and
hydrofoils, and Marina Grande, with its lidos and beaches.
Italian schools in Sorrento