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How to Discover Stunning Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

>> Jun 5, 2013

Italy is a popular holiday destination and once visited will ensure return travel. Famed for its beauty Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast entices travellers year after year. Discover the ageless appeal of this part of Bella Italia.

Sorrento For Starters:
This jewel of a town with its crazy drivers and oh-so-hip carabinieri is a fabulous stepping off point to the sights and sounds of Campania. With buildings teetering on cliff edges which plunge into the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea it is possible to be totally spellbound by the view across the Bay of Naples. For there is the mighty Vesuvius, dominating and majestic and, as locals tell us, long overdue for eruption!

Holiday villas in Italy are always popular and especially in this region. Sorrento is easy to get to by sea, road or air and has a thriving system of narrow alleys packed with shops, bars and establishments enticing you to a tipple or two of the local Limoncello.

From the harbour it is possible to sail off to Capri for the day. A lovely island of rugged coves promising romance and adventure. Or maybe a trip around the bay on the coast road towards Naples and a visit to Pompeii or Herculaneum. This should be on everyone's to-do list. The devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD has to be seen to be believed and is a constant source of fascination to all visitors.

The journey up the winding roads of the volcano to the summit is amazing. On a clear day the view across the Bay of Naples is breathtaking. However, what will take your breath away is the strong smell of sulphur as the mountain smokes away quite literally, building up to its next eruption.

The Nastro Azzurro, An Unforgettable Drive:
The Amalfi coast appears regularly in magazines and on television and seems to epitomise all that is beautiful about Italy. From Sorrento take the SS163 highway, also known as the Nastro Azzurro or Blue Ribbon and enjoy the views across the sea, the hairpin bends and the sheer drops to the sea below.

This is the classic drive to be done on a Vespa or an open top sports car. Those who lack the nerve can book on a coach trip or, better still, take the local bus from Sorrento bus station. This option only costs a few Euros and takes exactly the same route through Positano, Praiano and eventually to Amalfi where there is plenty of time to have lunch, visit the stunning cathedral, walk the narrow streets and enjoy a gelato before making the return trip home.

From Amalfi the next stop is Ravello where breathtaking views over the Gulf of Salerno will have you scrabbling for the camera. Then it's on to Minori and Maiori and finally Vietri sul Mare which is the last town on the Amalfi coast and is famous for its ceramics.

Anyone staying in holiday villas in Italy and especially in Campania will have an unforgettable experience in this region. Classically and stylishly Italian it's got the lot.

Della Moris is a travel writer who lives and works now in London. She regularly contributes articles on Authentic Italy to many travel websites, blogs and magazines.

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