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Sorrento Travel Guide

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Once an essential stop-over for Grand Tour travelers—including Herman Melville and Charles Dickens—Sorrento is as happening now as it was a century ago, thanks to the recent opening of several artisanal restaurants and well-edited boutiques. The port town is also a great jumping-off point for exploring the Amalfi Coast, including the cliffside village of Positano (a 40-minute bus ride from Sorrento), and the island of Capri, a 25-minute ferry  ride away.

Don't Miss

  • Admiring the trompe l’oeil frescoes at Sedil Dominova, a domed 15th-century building that was once a meeting place for nobles.

  • Picking up a bottle of locally made limoncello—a sweet, Italian lemon liqueur—and other local artisanal products at Piemme.

  • Watching artisans craft music boxes and elaborate inlaid tables at various workshops on Via San Nicola. (Often, you can purchase products directly from craftsmen.)

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