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Friday evening arrival in Sorrento
The enchanting town of Sorrento is easily reached from Naples Airport, and the pretty, winding streets are ideal for strolling and exploring when you arrive – it’s the perfect size for weekends away. Wooden inlay is an artisan trade in this area, with plenty of shops displaying their wares. Choose from one of the many great restaurants – unsurprisingly seafood is a speciality – where food is served late in to the night with a happy and lively atmosphere. Continue your meanderings to the lovely marina area and Marina Grande and Marina Piccolo, the small and large marinas, which are confusingly named the wrong way round!
Saturday exploring Vesuvius
With a whole day to explore the area, why not start with Vesuvius? The volcano shaped the surrounding landscape, and if you are feeling energetic then it is well worth the climb to the summit, where you can see for miles across flat plains formed by eruptions. If you are feeling less energetic then local buses will take you most of the way up. The ancient Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii, buried by ash and lava flow in the eruption of AD79, are stunningly well preserved and quite literally a time portal to 2,000 years ago. Further excavations and preservation work are continually being carried out, and many of the treasures from the sites can be seen in the museum at Naples.
After a day of exploring, return to your luxurious hotel in Sorrento and enjoy more of the local dishes – it’s claimed the margarita pizza was invented in Naples to represent the Italian flag. Don't forget to order a glass of Limoncello, the local lemon flavoured liqueur.
Spend Sunday relaxing on the Amalfi coast
One of the best things to do during breaks to Sorrento is to hire a car and take in a different kind of past with a drive along the Amalfi coast. This route was popularised in the glamorous 1950s, and has inspired many films, including acting as a location for the iconic film The Italian Job. The ocean road is stunningly beautiful and takes in charming towns such as Positano and Amalfi – perfect for a lunch stop. The route is largely one way, and is definitely built for the tiny Fiat 500, rather than a 4x4! On returning to Sorrento, stop at the edge of town and enjoy the view back across the bay before your trip home.
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