Sorrento is a popular vacation spot for Italians, as well as a cruise stop and high point of many a foreigner’s trip to Italy. You can learn more about the history of the Sorrentine Peninsula through a local production of the Sorrento Musical, held at Teatro Tasso.
Among the many churches to visit in Naples is the relatively small Sansevero Chapel on a sidestreet in the historic center. You might not even notice it, or think such a small church isn’t worth the time, but in addition to some astonishingly beautiful marble sculptures the chapel also holds a bizarre pair of anatomical models in its basement that you won’t want to miss.
When you walk into the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, you should have a look around what lies above the ground. But the best part of a stop at this church is beneath your feet – the excavations in the basement.
While Christmas trees often decorate Italian piazzas now, they are an imported (and somewhat recent) addition to the holiday season in Italy. The most traditional Christmas decoration throughout the country is the nativity scene, or “presepio,” and the best place to get everything you need to create your presepio is Naples’ famous Christmas Alley.
One of the most famous public squares in Naples is the wide open Piazza del Plebiscito, but the nearby Piazza Trieste e Trento isn’t to be overlooked – it’s home to one of Naples’ most fashionable cafes.
Getting around in the city of Naples usually means lots of walking and, sometimes, taking the bus. To get to the tippy-top of the Vomero and Posillipo Hills, however, you might want to take one of the funiculars in Naples.
Once you get a look at the sinewy road that winds along the Amalfi Coast, it’s hard to get the image of zipping through all those turns on a Vespa out of your head. The road seems tailor-made for a scooter. Luckily, there are ways you can take a Vespa trip on the Amalfi Coast, for a part of a day or for a few days at a more leisurely pace.
Many Italian cities have castles or castle ruins, so Naples is not unique in that regard. What makes the city interesting, however, is that it has three major castles, all built at different periods and all still intact today.
With a stunning cliff top location across the bay from Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is not only one of Italy’s prettiest towns, but also a great foodie destination. However, hunting down Sorrento’s best eats will be hard, unless you have a local to guide you in the maze of touristy restaurants and pavement cafés. Viator’s Sorrento Food Tour offers you the chance to spend half a day discovering the town’s food scene, promising an experience off the tourist radar.