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A day in Sorrento

Conca Park Hotel is on the main street of Sorrento: it is very easy to get charmed by the hypnotic effect of a city smelling of wind and sea. Leave from the main entrance, go along Via degli Aranci and follow the signs of life getting stronger any step you take. Happy voices and laughs, fragrances of babà and fresh sfogliatelle, tempting shop windows: you are in the centre of Sorrento.

Get lost out there just for a day, not worrying about watches and smartphones: it will be a real pleasure.

The Cathedral and the other churches

Between a craft shop and a cascade of houses decorated with bougainvillea, you will find the Cathedral of Sorrento, devoted to the Saints Philips and Jack. Take some time to have your fill of wonder inside the church: the bishop ‘s throne and the sixteenth-century pulpit, together with the wood crucifix, are worth all your attention.  

The complex of San Francesco d’Assisi – made by church, monastery and cloister – is easily recognisable by the baroque style combined with elements of other ages. The inlaid door dates back to the 16th century, however the marble façade was added in 1926. The harmonious mix of styles fascinates and impresses at the same time. Another church you should definitely visit is the Basilica of Sant’Antonino, the patron saint of our city. According to the tradition, the saint protects us from epidemics and natural disasters, and he did many miracles during his life. One of them is recalled in front of the church door by two cetacean’s bones: the rescue of a child swallowed up by a whale.  

Not to miss museums

After the churches, it’s the time to visit the most important city museums. First, we suggest a stop at Museo Correale of Terranova, real pearl nestled in our coast. Here you are three floors of pure beauty and local art: on the first floor the Mannerism, on the second one the School of Posillipo and still life, on the last one an exposition of majolica and porcelain items realized during the Bourbon Age.

Once you have you fill of wonder, go to the Museo della Bottega della Tarsia lignea in the ancient part of Sorrento. Inside Pomarici Santomasi Palace you will find daily objects and furniture dating back to the tradition of wood inlay between 1400 and 1800. The artisans of Sorrento were expert in this art, imitated in Italy and around the world because of the precious furniture they decorated. Admire this collection of rare items and get amazed.

Beaches and fishing villages

After many tours, you may desire a refreshing dive into the sea to get free from the summer heat with just one gesture. You have plenty of beaches to relax in Sorrento: the white-pebble, the hidden bays and the most renowned beaches. The bay of Nerano is one of the most characteristic: wide free access points, exclusive beach resorts and typical restaurants serving spaghetti alla Nerano created right there. Thanks to the southern exposure and the shelter of the mountains, you can enjoy the rays of sunshine until late October. If you are looking for experiences in wild nature, reach Capo di Sorrento and swim into the clear water of Bagni della Regina Giovanna. Here history and myth mix in a green paradise of rocks and spontaneous vegetation: according to the tradition, here the queen Giovanna d’Angiò used to swim. The beautiful lady met here her lovers, protected by the wild nature and the unknown position of this bay. Dive and discover the irresistible combination of freedom and mystery…

For a romantic night, we suggest you Marina Grande, with its magical atmosphere. A fishing village you enter through a stone staircase and an ancient door, opening on a traditional sea town. Hold your partner’s hand, stop in the restaurant we like at the first sight and you will spend an unforgettable night: every restaurant right there serves daily fresh fish and local products.

The flavours of Sorrento

Our land is one of the most generous in any aspect: landscapes, people, food obviously. Our worldwide known products are the treccia, a delicious type of mozzarella, and the lemon, used in sweety and salty recipes, as scamorza on the lemon leaf. Cooking in Sorrento is rich, colourful and warm as the sun lightening our coasts. Among first courses you cannot miss gnocchi alla sorrentina, prepared with tomato, basil and mozzarella fiordilatte, and the risotto with lemon and clams, freshly scented. Among the sea dishes, always on our table, we suggest the sautéed prawns, the soft octopus and the fish roll with lemon and provola. The perfect side is our eggplant parmigiana, where vegetables and mozzarella are in a close embrace.

The local pastry is one of points of strength, as you may notice strolling around the city. Our desserts take all the fragrances of citrus: the limoncello sorbet and delizia al limone, made with lemon curd and sponge cake, are definitely worth a taste. If you love the flavours of Campania, you will find babà, sfogliatelle and fried zeppole, real pleasures. At the end of your dinner, you can’t do without our limoncello: lemons of Sorrento give a special tastes and scents to the spirit.

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