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Sorrento

Date:

07/06/2021


Sorrento

An expanse of land that juts out towards Capri and the rest of the Mediterranean, it lies just south of the Bay of Naples. It is a sequence of cliffs and overhangs dominating the coastline - with a few small bays along the way – blessed with a view of the enchanting deep blue. 

This, the Sorrentine Coast, is passable only for its sloping terraces cultivated with oranges, vines, olives and, most of all, lemons, all the way to the sea. Tourists lucky enough to pass through in springtime will be pleasantly overwhelmed with their perfume, while visitors year-round can enjoy the divine consequences of the sour citrus once picked: after all, life gave this Coast lemons, and the people made Limoncello! 

Man has been spellbound by this spot from the beginning, initiating with the ancient Greeks – they thought that these waters were the home of sirens (legend has it that in Antiquity, Surrentum, as it was known, came about as a site of cult worship dedicated to these mythological mer-people). Later, the Romans built their splendid villas, roads, ports and thermal spas, certain remnants of which are still visible right in Sorrento. Inhabited during the Middle Ages, as well, and despite eventual incursions by the Saracens, the Sorrentine and Amalfi Coasts were prime stops for those 18th-Century European men of means on their traditional Grand Tour. 

 


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