When I think back to my time spent on the Amalfi Coast, what sticks out most were the beautifully vibrant colours.
I think of markets full of fresh fruit and vegetables, a glittering blue ocean, endless greenery, and streets lined with rainbow-coloured houses.
It is without a doubt one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, and I wanted to share with you all some of my favourite pictures. These are snaps from Sorrento, the first stop on our short tour. I hope they can at least partially capture the magic!
I love to wander the winding streets in search of good food to eat!
They’re always crowded and bustling with tourists trying to buy their souvenirs, but this just adds to the atmosphere!
Buying some limoncello is a must!
It’s the speciality drink of Sorrento and is always served as a complimetary digestif after a meal. It’s supposed to help your food go down.
I must admit, I used to hate limoncello, finding it far too sweet and sickly. However, after 3 weeks of having it constantly pressed upon me with every meal (they seem to take great offence if you decline!), I’ve now grown to quite like it!
Just make sure you shot it in one!
The shops are full of fresh produce just begging to be eaten.
As well as possibly the largest lemons I’ve ever come across…
My favourite spot in Sorrento has to be awarded to the Societa Operaia..
Not actually an opera house or anything to do with opera at all!
Instead, it’s a sort of Working Men’s Club where the locals come to sit and play cards. The little square though is much more glamorous than that! With painted walls and pillars looking out onto one of the main squares, this is a little jewel in the heart of the town.
Regularly, they allow local artists to showcase their work.
I found my favourite piece right here!
Don’t let the words Amalfi Coast confuse you though…
Despite being right by the sea, there aren’t many particularly beautiful beaches. Most of them are pebbly or very small, and you often have to pay to sit on them (very cheeky).
Sorrento’s main beach, Leonelli’s, isn’t particularly attractive…
Of course, we still had to dip our feet!
You also have to be prepared for the journey to and from the beach.
As the town is perched on top of a cliff, you have to walk down several flights of stairs in order to reach the marina.
The views do make it worthwhile though!
There’s one last sight which you really must make time to see if you’re ever in Sorrento!
Just five minutes walk from the town centre, lies the fascinating but creepy Valley of the Mills.
At the bottom of this deep canyon, covered in overgrowth and vegetation, one can spy the old flour mills.
For more than 600 years, these mills were used to produce flour and wheat for the surrounding areas, even surviving a gigantic volcanic eruption and earthquake. However, in the late 1800s, the mills were abandoned and left to Mother Nature.
It’s an incredibly beautiful, yet unsettling place to see!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all my favourite pictures from Sorrento! And maybe it will give you some ideas for what to see if you ever get a chance to visit…
Have you ever been or would you like to go? And where in Italy would you most like to visit? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx