Italy is one of my favorite places to travel, especially the Amalfi coast. This time around, we decided to check out Sorrento and boy was it a romantic and gorgeous destination. Plus it is a great hopping off point if you are also headed to other Amalfi destinations. Here are my tips for having a special travel date (trip) in Sorrento:
Stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria.
This hotel has been in Sorrento for close 200 years. It feels like a Castle or opulent Villa with old-world charm and grace. The view is spectacular looking straight out at the water with all of the boats.
The location can’t be beat as it is right above the port, so not only do you have full blown gorgeous sunset views of the Gulf of Naples but you have a private elevator that takes you from the port into the town which no other hotel offers. This elevator is the key to life in Sorrento with its windy road and steep inclines. The rooms reflect the feel of the hotel, stately with antiques abound. We also spent time at the beautiful pool area reading and chatting with other international guests.
We also loved the decadent spa where they offer a large variety of services. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
Dine at Il Buco Sorrento
This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in all of Italy.
The Chef, Chef Peppe Aversa himself is incredible. He is michelin-starred so you know his food is divine, but his warmth and personality are what make the dining experience so special. He spends time chatting with all the guests at each table and will basically cook them whatever they want.
Yes, there’s a menu but he will talk to you about what you like and then alter things for your taste palate. The locale is very unique, it’s in the former wine cellar or a 19th-century monastery and has tables inside and then also outside on the cobblestone streets of Sorrento. The decor of the restaurant really hit home for me; it was so me– hot pink walls, very cool art and amazing whimsy everywhere. Don’t miss the spectacular lobster main course, the homemade ravioli du jour and the gorgeously plated one of a kind desserts. Il Buco Sorrento
Dine at Terrazza Bosquet.
We loved this Michelin starred restaurant at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. The food was inventive and the setting was romantic with a straight-shot view to the sea.
The whole kitchen staff was so kind and cordial. We even got to watch fireworks over the sea as we ate!
I ate my most favorite dish here, 22 Times Tomatoes which was absolutely divine. They serve the most delicious fresh pasta with a lucite board that shows you the 22 different kinds of tomatoes that are in the sauce and then you can taste each tomato on its own. We also loved the bread cart that they brought from table to table that had the most interesting and yummy choices. Don’t miss the Shrimp Carpaccio with it’s gorgeous presentation or the This is My Way Turbot with pine nuts froth and tomato. Terrazza Bosquet
Take a day trip to Capri, Positano or Ischia by boarding one of the ferries on the Port. Sorrento is the perfect place from which to take a day trip. The port is so centrally located and there are ferries every hour to many destinations. You can get your ticket right at the Pier, hop on, sit in the air conditioning and within an hour or so you are visiting another magical spot on the Amalfi Coast. But to warn you, many of these places, you won’t want to leave after just one day! Ferry schedule
Dine at Poggio Siracusa at the Parco de Principi.
The setting at Poggio Siracusa is gorgeous and perfect to steal a romantic kiss with your sweetheart. You sit out on the patio, looking out at the stars and the sea of a private beach.
The food was delicious with lots of seafood specialties and delicious meats and poultry.
Don’t miss the chateaubriand carved tableside service with a lovely salad and fresh vegetables. We also loved the penne with fresh mozzarella, tomato and vegetables.
They have an extensive wine selection and as a bonus, a live singer cooing love songs in the background. Poggio Siracusa
Take a Sunset Cruise
If romance is what you are looking for, nothing is better than a sunset cruise along the turquoise sea of Sorrento. Go aboard around 6:30pm in time for the sun to start setting. Drink Prosecco as the breeze of the water skims your face. You will have an english speaking guide who can tell you all about the history of Sorrento. And make sure to bring your own romantic playlist and hook it up to the boat’s bluetooth. A magical experience. Sorrento Experience
Shop along the cobblestone streets
Italy is, of course, known for its haute couture. However, what I love about Italy in the summertime is all the whimsical and imaginative fashion from more of the local designers and stores in the beach towns. Sorrento is a great place to pick up some of the very expensive fashions you have seen in Capri or Positano at a lower cost. Stroll along Corso Italia for most of the action and veer off onto side streets from there.
Stay at Grand Hotel La Cocumella
If you are looking for a more low-key spot to stay that still offers 5-star service, the Grand Hotel La Cocumella is a top choice. It’s a little ways away from the town and from the port, so you get more privacy and seclusion. The hotel itself started as a residence of Jesuit Priests so it is steeped in history.
It has beautiful gardens in which to meander and a lovely terrace overlooking the sea for stealing kisses with your sweetheart. The rooms are eclectic, each with it’s own style of a mix of old world and Mediterranean. Grand Hotel La Cocumella