Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

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Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Sorrento vacation rentals

Something chic in Sorrento

Sorrento's been luring folk to its rocky coves and dramatic perch on the Bay of Naples for millennia. Since the days Roman VIPs raised their mosaic-dressed villas in the shadow of Vesuvius, it's been flaunting its pine-scented hills and natural swimming spots _ now crowded by marinas and pastel-painted mansions. The La Dolce Vita runs strong in these parts, what with chichi Capri just around the corner and the Amalfi Coast on the doorstep. That means you can expect Sorrento vacation rentals brimming with luxury _ think infinity pools atop the Naples Gulf, panoramic views of Vesuvius, and sumptuous classical interiors.

Enjoy the water in Sorrento

Pack the deck shoes and designer sailing wear for Sorrento _ here you can join the jet setters on the sloshing seas around the Campanian coast. A yacht charter can be organized from the city's bustling marina, while days on the Med can be spent touring below the lemon terraces and vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, or heading out to Capri for bouts of meticulously crafted Italian fine-dining. After mooring back up, the spas and limoncello tasting rooms beckon before you head back to your Sorrento vacation rentals.

Something old in Sorrento

Sorrento's uber-romantic veneer and jet setter haunts hide another, much older, layer of the city. You can begin to uncover that at the Archaeological Museum of Sorrento Peninsula. Housed in a regal villa behind walls of royal palms, it's got classical statues from 2,000 years ago, and Archaic vases with Etruscan carvings. Of course, you can also always hop on the Circumvesuviana train line to alight at Pompeii and Herculaneum, where the haunting ruins of volcano-ravaged Roman towns represent perhaps the most striking ancient dig sites on the planet.

Sultry summers in Sorrento

Sorrento's a resort town first and foremost. Primed with restaurants and boat charters and Sorrento vacation rentals with splash pools, it's always going to be most popular in the hot summer months between May and August. That's when the scorching days give way to balmy evenings, and when the trattorias around the marinas are in full swing. This far south in Italy, it's also possible to catch some rays early on, in April, or in fall, around September _ you won't be paying jet setter rates then, either.

Clutching the Campanian coast in Sorrento

Sorrento cascades dramatically down the rising cliffs of the Bay of Naples. This section of the Campanian coast is famed across the world for its gasp-inducing scenery. With the often-snow-topped outline of massive Vesuvius on one side, the sloshing waves of the Mediterranean Sea on the other, and a backing of steep-sided lemon groves and vineyards, it's a great place to seek out those honeymoon pads. The craggy isle of Capri is a must visit, too _ it hides just around the headland with its blue grottoes and bays.