Sampling limoncello in Sorrento

Sampling Sorrento’s Signature Spirit: Limoncello

One thing you’ll notice when you visit the area around Sorrento is the abundance of lemons. Citrus fruits of all sorts grow extremely well on the Sorrentine Peninsula and down the Amalfi Coast, and they feature in plenty of dishes that are typical of the area. Perhaps nothing epitomizes Sorrento’s lemons better, however, than Sorrento’s signature spirit – limoncello. This sweet after-dinner liqueur is ubiquitous along the coast, and in Sorrento you can sample it, buy some to bring home, and maybe even learn how to make it. Here’s what you need to know about limoncello in Sorrento.

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April 10, 2014 by
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Mt. Vesuvius looks over the ruins of Pompeii

Pompeii Movie

By now, we’ve come to expect that even films in the “documentary” category have probably taken some poetic license with the facts. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, to learn that the upcoming film “Pompeii” fudges the history a bit. Sure, we’re talking about an event that happened almost 2,000 years ago – so we’ll give screenwriters a pass on all that dialogue they obviously had to invent. But don’t plan to go to the Pompeii archaeological site using the movie as your only reference point.

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April 3, 2014 by
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Best Day Trips from Sorrento

The island of Capri is a great day trip from Sorrento

Many might think that, upon arriving in the beautiful city of Sorrento, there would be little incentive to leave – for a day or, frankly, ever. But Sorrento is not only a great place to visit, it’s also a perfect home base for exploring the area. Here are several excellent options for day trips from Sorrento – one or two of them might be ideal for your itinerary.

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March 27, 2014 by
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Italy’s Cinecitta: Europe’s biggest theme park?

Cinecitta headquarters in Rome.

You might not think of either big theme parks or big movie studios when you think of Italy, but the country has both. And, in 2014, a cinema-focused theme park will be opening near Rome – Cinecittà World – that is set to become the largest theme park in Europe.

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March 13, 2014 by
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17 Reasons to Visit Sorrento

Enjoying the beautiful scenery is only one of the reasons to visit Sorrento

If someone told you that you were going to vacation in the Italian coastal city of Sorrento, chances are good you wouldn’t need a long list of reasons to visit in order to get excited about the trip. But if you want to have a few more concrete reasons than simply “it’s lovely!” or “there are beaches!” then here is a handy list of 17 reasons to visit Sorrento.

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February 27, 2014 by
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Romantic Things to Do in Verona

Juliet's supposed balcony in romantic Verona

There are many destinations in Italy that easily qualify as romantic – it’s one of the most popular countries in which to honeymoon. But even in a country as romantic as Italy, there are some places that seem more conducive to romance – and Verona is one of them. Nevermind that the most famous story associated with the city is of lovers who were doomed to die as soon as they fell in love. You can, instead, focus on the romantic things to do in Verona and highlight the side of “Romeo and Juliet” that has to do with devotion (rather than untimely death).

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February 6, 2014 by
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