– THE TRAVELLER GUIDE –
I’d never been to Sorrento before but having recently visited Venice and Rome I had high expectations on what this Italian coast line had to offer. Italy is always beautiful, even borderline make believe with each street and scenic route somewhat magical.
A flight to Naples then a coach ride past the iconic volcano Mount Vesuvius followed by cliff tops all the way to Sorrento – not one for vertigo. The hotel was right in the centre and a short walk to the harbour, where you can swim, eat and of course board a yacht if you wish. Magi House was beautiful with it’s own roof terrace and confined apartment space – giving you the opportunity to cook for yourself.
WHERE TO EAT
The Foreigner’s Club – For panoramic coast line views and a clear shot of Mount Vesuvius this the perfect affordable restaurant. Nothing beats a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the mountains. To ensure you have the best seat in the house make sure you reserve a table next to the edge for a clear spectacular view.
Ristorante Bagni Sant’anna – Marina Grande is a harbour a short wander down the coast line and a magical little fishing village. With restaurants dotted out on wooden stilts into the sea. Fairy lights and the gentle sound of the waves is such a romantic setting or a great vibe for a meal with friends. Vegetarian options aren’t amazing but the pasta I had was incredible so still recommended!
O’parrucchiano – An enchanted garden stumbled upon by pure chance – an ordinary restaurant from the outside but heading in soon reveals you are in fact dining in a lemon garden. Under a canopy of real lemon trees adorned with fairy lights and live music this was the perfect setting for an evening meal.
Hotel La Favorita – Although they sell food at La Favorita this roof top is one for the cocktails. With a view of the town, warm evening air combined with a cocktail in one hand it’s the ideal location for refreshments at any time of the day. The hotel itself deserves a mention – made of white marble and secret gardens it’s every bloggers dream.
THE ISLAND OF CAPRI
Catch a boat from Sorrento to Capri – the main reason to head over is to see the Blue Grotto but unfortunately due to high tide we couldn’t so make sure you plan your trip around the tide times. The Blue Grotto is a beautiful sea cave – with sunlight shining through the sea water it creates a blue reflection in a very picturesque way. The photo opportunities added it to my bucket list along with the opportunity to sail a little rowing boat through such a beautiful once in a lifetime experience.
Wander through the luxury shopping lanes on top of the mountain – a cheap cable car is the easiest way to the top don’t be fooled by the taxis. Whether a sneaky purchase is on the cards or like me window shopping at it’s finest these streets are perfect paired with one of Capri’s famous ice creams in hand.
Dinner at Ristorante Panorama was also a beautiful find. Quiet, away from the busy tourist area, beautiful food, service and an epic view of the landscape.
Stumbling across the picturesque gardens of Capri is a must, with iced lemon slush stands and the perfect Instagram opportunity it’s a great way to end the day. The Gardens of Augustus have a 180 degree panoramic view of the island and enough flowers to make any gardener happy.
BAGNI DELLA REGINA GIOVANNA
After a busy day in Capri I decided not to head to the neighbouring towns like Positano. Although I heard these where a must see I thought I would save it for my next visit. Instead I found the most beautiful serene pool just around the coast line and a five minute bus journey. Bagni della Regina Giovanna was in fact where Queen Joan used to take her secret lovers to bath so I though if it was fit for a Queen it was definitely worth a visit.
With clear blue water it was an excellent place to swim away from the hustle and bustle of the main sea front. The wooden walk way round to a cafe was the perfect addition to a beautiful spot.