For me, Sorrento was a delightful introduction to the Amalfi coast. While the ride in from Naples was not as harrowing as what would follow further down the coast, the views were nonetheless beautiful and the terrain a premonition hinting at the gorgeous cliffside towns dotted along the Mediterranean. No exception here, most of Sorrento is built into the rock high above the water, affording the visitor magnificent views.
One of the first things one notices and comes to appreciate about this region is the extraordinary produce, particularly the enormous and vibrant lemons. The fresh cuisine borrows generously from the local bounty with lemon infused pastas and the ever present limoncello.
This view of the water from our hotel terrace is actually seen through a mirror. You can glimpse Vesuvius in the distance.
Nothing says good morning like a sumptuous buffet served in a lovely space, with tables available overlooking the water.
A stroll into town reveals the tropical greenery one can find in this part of Italy.
A colorful roadside farm stand.
Sun beds line the decks below built out into the water along the beach.
The colorful town is painted with a palette of ochres and terracottas.
And always I find the antique shop! This was a particularly successful shopping venture, in which I unearthed a pair of gorgeous crystal sconces.
Painted ceramics are ubiquitous, even decorating this wonderful bench.
One can see Mount Vesuvius from almost every vantage point.
The sun filled dining room at the Hotel Bellevue Syrene.
Lush views are everywhere.
The sun sets over the Mediterranean.