Sorrento - interesting facts

6 Facts about Sorrento that will blow your mind!

Sorrento Facts - 6 interesting things

City of Orange and Lemon Groves. Land of Mermaids. Land of colors, mysteries and legends. Sorrento is renowned by a plethora of names, as much as there are fascinating things to learn about Southern Italy's picturesque town where unforgettable experiences await!

1 - Sorrento is Perched On A Cliff Above the Mediterranean.

Overlooking the Bay of Naples is Sorrento, situated in the coastal region of Campania in Southern Italy. There's no better place to serve as your springboard to exciting explorations of famous landmarks such as Naples, Amalfi Coast, the ancient city of Pompeii, and the glamorous Capri.

2 - Sorrento's Original Limoncello is Unlike Any Other.

Limoncello is a famous liquor made from alcohol, water, sugar and the freshest lemon rinds produced nowhere else but in Sorrento, sourced from Italy's sun-soaked huge lemons. The wonderful after-dinner digestif isn’t sour nor bitter, rather tangy and refreshing, with the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness.

3 - Famous Actress Sophia Loren Made A Film Entitled "Scandal in Sorrento"

Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren has given Italy years of entertainment, one of her best pre-Hollywood films being 1955's Scandal in Sorrento, an Italian romantic comedy set in the magnificent Bay of Naples. Not only is Loren Italy’s favourite, most honored female movie star of all time, but ranks among the most seductive women world over with her flawless statuesque beauty and elegance.

4 - Sorrento's Main Square Piazza Tasso Is A Bustling Activity Hub

Piazza Tasso, named by the Sorrentini after their native born poet, sits at the heart of the town that makes for a popular meeting spot. It's the focal point where several roads meet and millions of tourists pass by. During the day, the square a lively hub brimming with tourists and citizens wrapped in history and art. Once night approaches, Piazza Tasso transforms into a lovely place for an evening stroll or 'passeggiata' as you stop by cafés and enjoy pleasant city views and of the sea beyond.

5 - American Writer Francis Marion Crawford Lived in Sorrento.

Noted for his classic weird stories and numerous novels with Italy as the setting, Francis Marion Crawford is Sorrento's famous American resident. The writer lived at the historic Hotel Cocumella in 1885 and upon getting married to Elizabeth Berdan, settled in Sant' Agnello to what is now known as Villa Crawford.

6 - Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is A Classic Italian Dish from Sorrento.

A typical Italian dish made with gnocchi, sauce and a few basil leaves that's simply mouthwatering, even more to lovers of cheese. Gnocchi "Sorrento style" is potato gnocchi with tomato and mozzarella, topped with some more mozarella and a good sprinkling of pecorino. The dish is broiled and baked in a hot oven 'til cheese melts and the top forms a lovely golden crust, to give you a taste of what you'd call pure heaven!