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.


Views from Capo di Sorrento likened to paradise

Capo di Sorrento
Beyond Sorrento, as you travel south along the peninsula, you will find pretty villages to explore with stunning views over the bay of Naples.
The first place you encounter after leaving Sorrento along Via Capo is the small hamlet of Capo di Sorrento, which has grown up around the cape, or promontory of land, that protrudes into the sea, known as Punta del Capo.
Via Capo climbs steeply after you leave Sorrento and the walk can be hard work in hot weather but there are regular Linea A (Line A) orange buses running between Sorrento and Massa Lubrense that stop at Capo di Sorrento.
You will pass the crossroads where the Via Nastro Verde leads off to the left to the large village of Sant’Agata su due Golfi. If you continue along Via Capo you will have glimpses of the sea behind the low stone wall before you come to the baroque villa known as Il Sorito, which was the residence of Russian writer Maxim Gorky during his time in Sorrento early in the 19th century.
The writer Isaac Babel visited Gorky at the villa in 1833 and wrote these words about Capo di Sorrento in a letter home:
Maxim Gorky's villa
“The earthly paradise, I suppose, must look about like the Capo di Sorrento. The emerald sea is spread out before the window, orange, olive and lemon groves grow right up to the door. It’s only now that I am recovering my senses after so much blissful beauty.”
Further along Via Capo you will see a sign to i ruderi romani (the roman ruins), which directs you down Calata Punta Capo to the remains of the Villa Pollio and the beautiful Bagno della Regina Giovanna (Bath of Queen Joan).
Despite the many tourists who visit these attractions in the summer, you get the feeling that the pace of life has stayed the same for centuries for the residents of Capo, whose lives revolve around the church, two shops, a petrol station, a pizzeria, a bar and a post office.


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