Sorrento is a beautiful town perched on a cliff high above the sea with views of Vesuvius and the islands in the Bay of Naples . Use this website to help you plan a visit to this elegant southern Italian resort and find your way to the best beaches and some lovely villages and towns along the Sorrentine peninsula that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Take a trip from Marina Piccola

The harbour at Marina Piccola

From Sorrento’s main port at Marina Piccola you can take a boat or aliscafo 
(hydrofoil) to the islands of Ischia, Capri and Procida. 
There is also a direct aliscafo to Naples and the Metro del Mare service from Sorrento to Positano, Amalfi and Salerno, which sails round Punta Campanella, the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula, and past a picturesque group of islands called Li Galli.
You can either take a local bus or taxi to the port or walk down from either Piazza Tasso or Piazza Sant’Antonino using the steps and the winding road.
Down at Marina Piccola there are restaurants, bars and shops and a central area where you can buy tickets for the different ferry services and check their timetables.
You will see small boats bringing passengers ashore from the cruise ships visiting Sorrento that are moored further out in the bay.
And you will notice that one area of the port is reserved to accommodate privately owned boats and fishing boats, which are still used to catch fish by traditional methods and provide an important source of employment in the area.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Taste fragrant Falanghina

A falanghina from the
 Cantina del Taburno

Take the opportunity to try Falanghina when you see it on wine lists in restaurants in Sorrento.
Light dry, fragrant Falanghina is a white wine that goes perfectly with fish and dishes made with mozzarella, such as insalata caprese.
It is made from grapes grown on the slopes of Vesuvius, along the Sorrentine peninsula or near the Amalfi coast and you don’t very often see it outside Campania, let alone in other countries.
Wine buffs described it as ‘piney’ and juicy’. Look out for producers such as Feudi San Gregorio from Avellino and Ocone from Benevent, who are considered to produce high quality wines.
The name falanghina is thought to derive from the latin word phalanga,  meaning stake or pole, in reference to the early Greek method of training vines to poles. This proves the wine has very ancient origins and was probably the forerunner of other Campanian white wines, such as Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.
Falanghina is best drunk young and the more chilled the better. It is usually reasonably priced in restaurants and is the perfect accompaniment for the good seafood and fresh fish available on most menus or with local specialities such as gnocchi alla sorrentina, made with mozzarella and tomato.