Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (1)When you think of visiting Italy, Rome, Florence, Venice and Naples all come to mind. But there is a beautiful small town on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples that is worth a visit, Sorrento.

The area around Sorrento traces the roots of some ruins as far back as 600 BC. However, the city itself does not have any ruins inside its boundaries.

This in no way detracts from the historic look of this city.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Sorrento is a major tourist attraction, and not just for foreigners. I have visited on two occasions, the last being on the Day of the Republic, a national holiday, and thousands of Italian tourists filled the streets.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The city’s architecture is a mix of Greek and Roman, from its origins. The buildings have very Mediterranean feel and are very picturesque and colorful, accentuated by some beautiful gardens and trees.Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (2)

The main plaza in the city is Piazza Tasso. It is the center of action in the town. You will see many street side restaurants in the piazza and will catch a glimpse at the clock tower. Clock towers have stood in this piazza for centuries.Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (3)Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (4)Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (5)Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (9)Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (8)

Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (6)One of the most beautiful churches in the city is the Basilica dei San Filippo e Giacomo. It is located a short walk from the Piazza. The exterior hides the beauty of the interior of this large Basilica and its ornate ceilings and incredible paintings.Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (7)

Europe - Italy - Sorrento - (10)The city has two Marinas. The Marina Grande and the Marina Piccola. Ferries are available to Amalfi, Capri and Naples from these marinas. Marina Piccola is accessible through a cliff side staircase.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Other notable sites in the city are: the Chiostro di San Francesco, a Franciscan Cloistered Monastery from the 14th Century; and Punto del Capo, where you get a spectacular view of the city.

Safe travels!

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