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The gateway to the uber-romantic drives of the Amalfi Coast, where cascading lemon orchards and verdant vineyards fill the gaps between the Campanian mountains and the deep blue sea, Sorrento is every inch the charmer you'd expect. Its centre is a maze of stony streets and pastel-coloured townhouses, while its marinas huddle around the base of sheer-cut cliffs, casting their gaze out northwards to where the hulking shape of Vesuvius towers overhead. Rustic trattorias fill the corners of the piazzas wherever you look, and ad hoc swimming spots between the harboursides offer respite from the sun. Whether you come to munch on Neapolitan pizzas or rumble over the swells to pretty Capri, Sorrento holiday rentals have you covered.
One of the top reasons to opt for holiday rentals in Sorrento over a classic hotel is to escape the tight-knit maze of the city's old centre. That might be where all the action is by evening, with bustling trattorias and cafés aplenty, but only a short stroll will open up Sorrento holiday apartments with sweeping views over the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. And it's not all about the panoramas either. A private pad might also mean a lot of extras that you wouldn't get in a classic hotel room. It could provide a sunning terrace to soak up the Italian rays, a private kitchen for making simple, delicious dishes from Italian ingredients, or a dedicated lounge to let you relax after trips through dusty Pompeii.
Holiday apartments in Sorrento put you right in the heart of one of Italy's most beautiful regions. The winding, hair-pinning roadways to the east are the starting point of the UNESCO-attested Amalfi Coast – a series of dramatic towns, coastal mountains and hidden bays await there. In the other direction is the halo of Naples Bay, where historical wonders like Herculaneum, Pompeii and Vesuvius all tower above the Med. The town itself is a place of more soporific pursuits. Things to do here include swimming off the jetties of the Marina Grande, sipping limoncello in the tasting rooms, or wandering the Roman ruins at Villa Pollio.
If you've bought good shoes along, there's really no better way to take in this beautiful town on the Campanian coast than by strolling. Sorrento is compact, and has a single centre where the narrow alleys and old streets are largely pedestrianised. The only time you'll need to put some effort in is to climb the cliffs back from the swimming spots around the small and large marinas. That said, a pay-per-ride lift is also available at one point to help transport you from the main town to the beaches and water. For excursions to Naples and trips along the Amalfi Coast, a hiring a car will provide the most flexibility and freedom.