Sorrento is praised for its beautiful coastline, and it is also believed to be the place where Odysseus was lured by mermaids: in Punta Campanella, you can still see the remains of the Temple of Athena which, according to legend, was built by Odysseus to thank the Goddess after having passed unharmed through a stretch of Siren-infested sea, himself tied to the mast of his ship while his companions’ ears were plugged with wax.
Located in the old city center of the lively Sorrento, Villa Giada is set in a very quiet and private area, and yet only a 3-minute walk from the main square. A few steps from the villa, there is a lovely public garden where guests can stroll and enjoy fabulous sea views up and down the famous coast. The two-story villa is ideal for guests who prefer to not use a car while on vacation; in fact, thanks to the villa being so close to both the train station and the ferry dock, guests can explore the sights by using public tranportation or by hiring a driver for the day.
Nearest Airport: Naples 1 h 8 min
Nearest serviced town: within walking distance
Nearest major city: Positano 37 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
The strategic location of Sorrento allows you to visit a plethora of interesting sites with short haul and frequent connections. Naples, with its magnificent museums and marvelous churches, the ruins of the great Pompeii and Herculaneum (you will be amazed at how fascinated you may become if you visit the ruins with a good passionate guide – ask our concierge for assistance in booking one of them), Mount Vesuvius and the glitzy Capri, in addition of course to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, the gems of the Amalfi Coast. All these must-see destinations are a short ride away.
And keep in mind: this area has the highest concentration of excellent restaurants in all of Italy. Are you hungry yet?
WHERE TO EAT
Il Buco – Michelin awarded restaurant in a beautiful setting, right in the center of town.
2a rampa Marina Piccola 5, Sorrento - +39 081 878 2354
Relais blu Belvedere – Book a table at sunset to enjoy amazing views of Capri while tasting food from heaven!
Via Roncato 60, Massa Lubrense - +39 081 878 9552
Antico Franceschiello – Historic restaurant serving typical cuisine in a traditional ambiance.
Via Partenope 27, Massa Lubrense - +39 081 878 2212
Lo Scoglio – Order the amazing mixed vegetables, grown in the owners’ garden, a fresh octopus salad and the spaghetti with zucchini. If you still have room, finish with the custard cream and classic flambéed fig tart. You would never want to leave this place!
Piazza delle Sirene 15, Marina del Cantone - +39 081 808 10 26
La Conca del Sogno – The best way to get here is by boat. Order anything you like from the menu, you cannot go wrong! Grab a glass of chilled Fiano di Avellino, and enjoy the view.
Via San Marciano 9, Recommone - +39 338 868 1224
WHERE TO SHOP
Food specialties: superlative food shop in Vico Equense, La Tradizione, is definitely worth a visit for the foodie travelers.
Via R. Bosco 969, Seiano - +39 081 802 9791
Perfumes – D’Esposito – Great selection of original scents. We love the eau de toilette Capri Blu, the fresh air of the Coast in a bottle!
Via Cesareo 53, Sorrento - +39 081 807 27 82
Hand-made sandals – Corcione, artisanal shoemaker that manufactures classic coastal shoes using fine materials and high quality leather.
Corso Italia 28, Sorrento - +39 081 877 0600
Inlaid wood - Stinga Tarsia, eccellent artisanal inlay, pieces that will be not mere souvenirs but true art for your home.
Via Luigi de Maio 16, Sorrento - +39 818781130
Limoncello – purchase the famous liquor and other local specialties directly from the farmer at Il Convento.
Via Bagnulo 10, Massa Lubrense - +39 081 878 9380