PUBLISHED: 17:16 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 20 February 2013
When it comes to finding a romantic holiday location, Sorrento in Italy comes top of the list
THE iconic city of Sorrento teeters on the edge of a cliff-top on southern Italys Amalfi Coast. A mesmerizing metropolis enjoying a superb location looking out over the Bay of Naples towards Mount Vesuvius makes it one of the most popular honeymoon destinations on the Neapolitan Riviera.
This celebrated Land of the Sirens is a veteran when it comes to love and romance. With a rich tradition of lovers from the saucy ancient counsel of Ovid to that legendary Latin lover Casanova, this jewel in the Italian Riviera will sweep you off your feet.
Whether its beautiful landscapes, stunning sunsets, breathtaking views, ancient architecture or fine wines and good food Sorrento is a sheer delight to all who visit there. It has been the inspiration for many painters and poets and has enticed visitors from around the globe for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Daily life in Sorrento centres around the main square of Piazza Tasso fringed with boutique cafes and restaurants its the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by with a morning cappuccino or a lunchtime plate of pasta.
Designer shops from Prada to Gucci adorn the main high street and not far away a maze of cobbled alleyways and meandering narrow streets greet you; jam-packed with tempting trattorias, restaurants and a plethora of shops selling anything from crafts and leather goods to limoncello, the delicious local lemon liqueur.
When night falls
When the sun sets the square transforms into an energetic, vibrant nirvana. Romance and enchantment exude from every corner. Restaurants heave with laughter, bars spill over with couples soaking up the street theatre atmosphere and street entertainers indulge the crowds.
Away from the excitement of the main square is the attractive old town of Sorrento where you can delight in some real authentic Italian charm. Smell the sweet orange and lemon fragrances filling the air as you sit and watch the night lights dance upon the Mediterranean sea from the comfort of your restaurant balcony and enjoy the rich rosy sun as it sets over the pretty harbour where the ferry departs to Capri, Amalfi and Naples.
An island trip
The heart of Sorrento is easily explored on foot, but a bus service is available to get around town. There is a very good train service too, the Circumvesuviana, that links Sorrento to Naples and Pompeii, while regular buses also run to Naples. Hydrofoils run between Sorrento and Naples, as well as to the islands of Capri and Ischia, all of which are within striking distance.
With plenty of glorious sunshine on offer this year-round first-class Italian hotspot ticks all the right boxes particularly with honeymooners. Sorrento is an ideal base to explore surrounding areas. Honeymoon in this captivating city and youre in for a real treat.
Make sure you...
Take your camera to capture thoseamazing views
Schedule a day to visit the ancient cityof Pompeii a fascinating site not tobe missed
Pack plenty of chic clothes for theevening the Sorrentines like to dress upand promenade in the streets
Dont leave without a going on a boat tripto the romantic island of Capri