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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Spectacular view from Villa Comunale

Looking across the harbour and Sorrento bay
One of the most stunning views of the bay of Naples can be seen from a terrace at the end of the pretty public gardens known as Villa Comunale in Sorrento.
This is a ‘must see’ spot for all keen photographers as the panoramic views take in the Naples coastline, Vesuvius, the island of Procida and Punta del Capo, a promontory of land further along the Sorrentine peninsula.
There is a telescope available if you want to get a close up of something that catches your eye. The vista will also provide a perfect backdrop for your holiday photographs.
The view towards Capo di Sorrento
To get to Villa Comunale leave Piazza Tasso by Via Luigi de Maio. Go through Piazza Sant’Antonino and along Via San Francesco to the Church of San Francesco. The entrance to the gardens is between the church and the neighbouring Hotel Tramontano.
Villa Comunale is the largest public garden in Sorrento and is laid out with flower beds and shaded by trees. There are busts of historian Bartolomeo Capasso and Sorrento-born magistrate and lawyer Francesco Saverio Gargiulo in the gardens and benches are provided so that you can sit and relax while you enjoy the view.
There is a beach directly below and during the day you will see the tiny figures of swimmers in the sea. You can walk down to either Marina Piccola or Marina Grande from here or stop for refreshments at the bar to the right of the gardens from where you can continue to enjoy the view.

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