Re: Travel Agent Recommendation for European Honeymoon
posted at 9/24/2009 5:22 PM EDT
Yes, Sorrento is IDEAL for taking in all the sights around the Amalfi Coast! We stayed at the Antiche Mura hotel, which was a beautiful hotel. (Be sure to ask for the special Rick Steves rate if you inquire about booking--we got discounts at a bunch of hotels because of that book!) The pool is gorgeous and we spent a heavenly afternoon lounging beneath the fragrant lemon trees and swimming. The breakfast is amazing too. The hotel is near the town center, so it is great for strolling and exploring. It is not far from the beach/marina, but you don't have a view of that from the rooms. We spent our days soaking in the gorgeous scenery though, so it didn't bother us. The hotel is on a dramatic gorge, which is cool.
Even though the hotel wasn't on the beach, we spent 3 afternoons relaxing near water--1 at the hotel pool; 1 on Tiberius Beach in Capri, 1 boating along the coast in Positano.
We made day trips from there to Capri, Positano, and Amalfi. We saw Pompeii on our way over from Rome. We spent 4 nights in Sorrento in total. I was very glad we stayed in Sorrento, because it also had the most going on as far as little fun shops, restaurants, bars, etc. I felt like we would have gotten bored for 4 nights in Positano or Capri. Also, hotel rates were more reasonable in Sorrento. It was so convenient to hop on a ferry or bus from there and see the whole coast. So all in all, Sorrento is a great place to stay, and we can't wait to go back!
The other hotel we considered booking in Sorrento was the Minervetta. We opted not to in the end, because we wanted to be closer to the ferry port and town center, which was definitely the right decision for us in the end. Just wanted to throw it out there though as another option.
...We didn't go to Ischia, since it wasn't as highly recommended by our guidebook. And I've never been to Sardinia.
Let me know if you have other questions about Sorrento/Amalfi Coast though. I wasn't trying to discourage you. We absolutely loved it!