Sorrento Italy
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Sorrento

Italy

Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is a charming seaside town with pretty views and lots of character. It was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC and has drawn visitors ever since thanks to its warm climate, relaxed spirit and scenic surroundings.

It may be compact, but there are still plenty of things to do in Sorrento, from shopping and sightseeing to hiking and boat tours. You can start by wandering through the narrow streets of the historic old town and visiting the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a pretty white stucco facade and tranquil cloister within. Break for gelato in Piazza Tasso, the central square. After you've been rejuvenated, why not descend the ancient steps leading from the historic Sorrento town centre to Marina Piccola, the small fishing harbour below.

Sorrento is a good stopping point on the way to bigger destinations if you're driving the Amalfi coast. Boat tours go from the marina to Capri and Positano, and it's just a 45-minute drive from Sorrento to Pompeii. So sit back, relax, and sip on a cold shot of Limoncello. Locals claim it was first invented here, after all!