Costiera Sorrentina

WHAT TO SEE, DO, COOKING AND TYPICAL CUISINE

The Sorrento Coast is the streach of Campania coast, located at the north of the Sorrentine Peninsula, that overlooks over the Gulf of Naples; to the east it’s bounded by Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, a municipality that divide the Sorrento Coast to the Amalfi Coast and in the north-west to Castelammare di Stabia.
It’s world famous for her naturalistic, landscaping and gastronomic beauty, as well as place of important tourist settlements. The streach of coast it’s named after Sorrento, the most important city of the area and core of coast. At the backs of the coast there are the Monti Lattari and right after it there is the Amalfi Coast.
Finally, on the tip of the coast there is the natural area of Baia di Ieranto and the protected marine natural area of Punta Campanella.

WHAT TO SEE

Sorrento is one of the most coveted tourist destinations of southern Italy, located on a plateau overlooking the sea. It’s a city rich in traditions, culinary art, culture, social events and natural beauties, that is worth living 365 days a year.
The best way to visit her is walking, without rushing, among the shopping streets and the characteristic historic centre, with his alleys rich of history and artisanship.
It’s important to mention some monuments and historical buildings of the city. In the main square you can admire the massive Cathedral in romanesque style or the Santi Felice e Baccolo Church of the 12th century, also known from the citizens as Rosario Church.
Continuing along the main street you can arrive at the remains of the ancient wall of Sorrento, of roman origin. The walls included five access doors to the city and some spotting towers of any enemies, especially pirates, that often attacked and ransacked the city moving up from the coast. Also the San Francesco Church has a special charm, it guards inside some elements originating in pagan temples. Next to the Church you can admire the San Francesco Cloister made up of columns and tuff brows and of a garden full of trees and coloured flowers that, in the warmer seasons, shine of sunlight. The Cloister is also used for civil weddings, musical events and for works of art’s exibitions.
Another crown jewel is the Municipal Villa Salve D’Esposito, that offers a beautiful belvedere on the Gulf of Naples and on the Coast.
In addition, Sorrento represents the doorway to the marine locations and to the most popular archaeological sites in the world such as: Capri, Pompei, Ercolano, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Naples and the city of Sorrento itself which offers equipped structures on sandy beach or on rocky surface.
The village of Marina Grande is evocative and it’s a littoral zone that hosts a characteristic marina.
Sant’Agnello’s origins are previous to the foundation of Rome of about two centuries. Originally lived by Etruscan, Phoenicians and Samnium, today this little village is characterised by the calm of its streets and by the beauty of the landscape.
The municipality, as well as most of the territory of the Sorrentine Peninsula, offers a varied landscape with a view of the sea, of the mountains, of the deep walloons and of the extended cistrus fruits and olive trees terraces.
To recommend the observation deck of Marinella, from which you completely enjoy all the beauty’s coast. On one side it overlooks at Sorrento, than it looks at Naples and finally at the magnificent Villa Nicolini, seventeenth-century residence steeply on the cliff. Always from Marinella you can arrive at the homonym beach, walking down on foot an ancient roman period lane dug in the rocks.
Piano di Sorrento is a little village that occupied the central part of the Sorrentine Peninsula confining with the municipalities of Meta, Vico Equense and San’Agnello.
Just like the surrounding villages, Piano di Sorrento boasts very ancient historical origins. This is demonstrated by the survey of a village and a necropolis’ remains, near S. Massimo’s source and dating back the second millennium B.C.
The municipality is divided in districts and localities such as San Liborio, a medieval village characterised by ancient houses grouped around the little chapel of S. Maria delle Grazie.

 

Among the major interest buildings we include: the famous Villa Fondi de Sangro, Villa Lauro, the Colonna Castle, the San Michele Arcangelo Basilica, the Church of Santissima Trinità and the Church of Misericordia.
Piano di Sorrento also boasts a thriving chestnuts’ vegetation, into the Selva di Santa Caterina, and also of beech and oaks trees, both on the Mount Vico Alvano and in the Scaricatoio location, in front of Li Galli’s islands.
Different classes of source water cross the little town, like the Casa d’Ardia, Bassa pezzella, Lamma, S. Massimo, Cassano.
Meta is a little maritime municipality that overlooks the Gulf of Naples.
Among its beaches we mention: the Marina di Alimuri, the biggest sand public beach of the entire peninsular area and the beach of Meta with cobblestones.
Vico Equense arises in the southern part of the Gulf of Naples. Among the naturalistic attractions, in addiction to spa of the neighbor Scrajo, we mention the Faito Mount, from which you can comfortably access by the cable car or, for the most daring, through a traced path. From its summit you can enjoy of a panoramic view on the whole Sorrentine Peninsula and Amalfi Coast.
We also recommend you to visit the Giuso Castle for its position down to the sea.
The municipality of Massa Lubrense is located at the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula.
Her coast is wet by the two Gulfs of Naples and Salerno. The village’s centre is a quiet borgo with buildings and houses of the nineteenth century. The territory is a natural eden rich in history, traditions and naturalistic attractions with more than 100 paths that give out a well-rounded sensorial experience.
You will be fascinated by the picturesque landscapes, that glimpse by walking down these paths, and by the citrus’ perfumes, that spread in the air, or even by the lush colours of the olives trees, that frame to the turquoise and crystal sea.
Another piece of heaven is the famous protected area of Punta Campanella, included in the WWF, with his ancient sighting saracen tower, that overlooks on the Island of Capri and on the famous bay of Ieranto from the crystalline waters.
We also have to mention, the marine villages of Puolo, Termini and Nerano.
Sant’Agata and Nerano are two neighbouring villages, dissìtricts of Massa Lubrense.
Sant’Agata overlooks to the west on the Island of Capri and to the south on the Li Galli’s Islets. Walking along tha main street you can arrive at the Monastero del Deserto built by the Carmelite friars in 1679.
The place is also rich in paths, sometimes ardous, that lead to stunning places such as the Baia di Ieranto from the crystalline waters, that rises in the protected marine area of Punta Campanella. In this area it’s possible to organise boating excursions and submersions.

TYPICAL CUISINE

For the lovers of the good food, Sant’Agata offers a variety of restaurants famous for their gastronomic tradition that revolves around the sea specialities.
However there are also the diary specialities including the chees of the Monti Lattari, a real gluttonyfor the refined palates.
Instead, Nerano is the marine village near Sant’Agata, a gem set in the Amalfi Coast which is loved for her underwater caves, her coves, the picturesque centre, the typical restaurants.

WHAT TO DO

The Bagni della Regina Giovanna D’Angò, queen of Naples, are one of the most important archaeological sites of the Sorrentina Peninsula, that are located towards Massa Lubrense, along Capo Street, until you get Capo Sorrentino. It’s a place full of history, nature and legend, and it was said that the queen used to bathe in these waters between 1371 and 1435. A natural arc allows water from pour into the open water in front of the cliff.
At the end of the tip of Sorrentina Peninsula, where the legend tells about the meeting of Ulysses and the mermaids, and also where Romans worshiped the goddess Minerva, arises the Punta Campanella. A wonderful nature reserv that protects about 40 km of coastline and the sea area that is considered as a specially protected area of Mediterranean importance.
The reserve gives you a priceless landscape, characterised by natural cavities including the most spectacular Grotta della Cala di Mitigliano.
There are a lot of guided tours and approved centres to organise fascinating submersions.
Among Vico Equense’s beaches we mention the beach of Scrajo, characterised by a steep ridge who falls to the clear waters of the sea, which are particularly clean and fresh because from the waters arrive constantly thermal spring water. In fact it is also thermal place of pure natural sources of sulfur water hosyted within the lido of Scrajo Mare.
In Sant’Agata and Nerano you can go to the pebbly beach of Recommone located between Marina del Cantone and the Fiordo di Crapolla. It’s a destination of the tourists from all over the world that are ready to go down about two hours of road down a scenic path which looks to the Gulf of Salerno. The beach is equipped with bathing establishments and an evocative restaurant on the open sea “La Conca del Sogno”.
The Sorrentina Peninsula’s nightlife offers you many fun opportunities which extends from the cultural entertainments to the social events, traditional shows, festivals, local gastronomy and tasting of typical products of the neapolitan cuisine; all of it lived in an atmosphere out of time, in an incredible natural scenario that delights body and mind.
There are a lot of seabed that it’s worth to explore with adventurous submersions. In particular to the lake of the small port of Massa Lubrense you can see the Vervece rock. An islet of rare beauty and part of the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella in the “A” zone, namely, that one who has the maximum protection. His wonderful ocean floor offer rocky walls, populated by many marine species, that go down beyond the 50 metres. Under 12 metres you can see the bronze dummy of the Virgin of Vervece, ptotector of divers, that is celebrated from a beautiful subaquatic procession, the second sunday of September, during the traditional Madonnina festival.

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