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Ping Art Jewellery

From Daniela Pollio’s studio flows a wealth of creative art jewellery and miniature sculptures. Creations that could easily have fallen out of story book illustrations and dreams, or uncovered from mystical places and long forgotten civilisations. This video by Daniela displays some of her sculptures and you can see wonderful photos of these and art jewellery on her facebook page. Our review also provides some images and background information.


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PING Art Jewellery Facebook

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibtion

(4 June to 9 July)

Il Mare chiama chi ama il mare:
The Sea calls those who love the sea.

An exhibition at the Villa Fiorentino celebrating a love for the sea through the creative eyes of 14 artists. In 2019 the first edition of “The Sea calls those who love the sea” was held in Naples at the Casina Pompeiana and this year has been brought to Sorrento.

Exhibitors
Catherine Bilabini, Milanese painter
Dino Maccini, piacenza mosaicist
Veniero, painter also of Piacenza
Sergio Williams, Neapolitan painter
Isabel Lemaitre, Belgian painter
Mariagrazia Manfredi, ceramist
Betty Surico, ceramist
Gianfranco Capodilupo, photographer
Antonio Schisano, ceramist
Marco Gargiulo, photographer
Raffaele Mellino, ceramist
Alexander Ottone, ceramist
Brunello Sepe, sculptor
Olga Iossa, special Neapolitan guest

Sorrento + Gardens

La Mortella Gardens

Sorrento’s streets are full of trees dripping with oranges and lemons, tall palms rise above buildings and provide shade for the piazzas. Bougainvillea cascades everywhere and each piece of spare ground seems to support an olive or lemon grove. Flower pots are found at entrances, balconies, rooftops and courtyards and all these add colour to an already colourful town. Add to this parks and public gardens to be found on the Amalfi coast, Ischia, Capri and Caserta and you have the perfect destination for lovers of plants and gardens.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • 4* Hotel
  • Room upgrades
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Amalfi coast with visits to Villa Cimbrone and Rufolo in Ravello
  • Ischia with visit to La Mortella gardens.
  • Caserta Palance and the English Gardens
  • Capri with visits to the Augustus Garden and Villa San Michele
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Breakfasts, 3 three course lunches, farewell ‘Torna Presto’ dinner
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
May and Sept 2022
Price from £1995.00 pp based on two people sharing a double room.
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 18 adults


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

Villa Rufolo Gardens

After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a drive along the Amalfi coast with time to visit ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach. Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way to Ravello where the garden paths at Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo waiting to be explored.

Evening: Free time.


Day Three

Mortella Gardens

A ferry takes you across the Bay of Naples for a tour around the ‘Green’ island of Ischia including the magnificent panorama of the “Bay of Citara” and a guided tour of the magical Mortella Gardens.

Evening: Free time.


Day Four

Marina Grande Sorrento

A free day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings or take one of our optional tours and activities, see list below. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.

Evening: Free time.


Day Five

Caserta Palace and Parks

A full day to explore the magnificent 18th century Royal Palace (Reggia) which is a listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often referred to as the Versailles of Naples. Spend the morning exploring the grand rooms, some of which have been used for several famous movies such as Star Wars, Angels and Demons and Mission Impossible III.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the park with its waterfalls, lakes and the very famous English garden. Perfect settings for an Italian style picnic which you could prepare the night before from the Patisserie ‘Bar Rita’ which is just two minutes from Sorrento’s main square.

Evening: Free time to explore Sorrento.


Day Six

Island  of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: ‘Torna Presto/Come back soon’ dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.


Day Seven

Vesuvius and Bay of Naples

A day for doing your own thing and to take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. The Sorrento office will provide all the information needed.

You could also consider taking one of our optional tours and activities including a mini cruise along the Amalfi coast or guided tours to Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum or Vesuvius.

Evening: Free time.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have visited beautiful gardens and parks as well as opportunities to explore Pompeii, Positano and Naples. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Hotels

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Corallo Hotel Sant'Agnello

4* Corallo

Located in Sant’Agnello with panoramic terraces and views.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Half day guided tour of Vesuvius
Pompei and wine tasting
Cruise along the Amalfi coast
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this tour, please use the form below or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Sorrento + Wine

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Wines of Campania

This tailor-made 8 day Wine themed holiday offers an exclusive opportunity to visit wineries in the Campania region to taste some of its most famous wines. From Sorrento you will experience vines on the slopes of Vesuvius, inland towards Avellino and the Apennine mountains and on terraces perched high above the Amalfi coast, each location as unique as the wines themselves.

You can read a brief introduction to the wine region of Campania by Master of Wine, Richard Ballantyne.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • 4* Hotel
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Wine tour and tastings at vineyard near Vesuvius
  • Wine tour and tastings with 3 course lunch at vineyard in Avellino
  • Wine tour and tastings with 3 course lunch at vineyard on Amalfi coast
  • Tour of Pompeii
  • Tour of Naples
  • Tour of Positano
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Breakfasts, 3 three course lunches, farewell ‘Torna Presto’ dinner
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
May, June, Sept and Oct 2022
Price from £1995.00 pp based on two people sharing a double room
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 18 adults.


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and wine. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a light lunch with typical local produce.

Evening: Free time to explore Sorrento.


Day Three

Streets in Naples

A guided tour of Naples to experience the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city. Start with a visit to the Archaeological Museum before meeting your guide for a walk through the streets of Napoli to experience ‘daily life’ and a chance to see the incredible architecture and sculptures. There will be opportunities to taste authentic Neapolitan pizza, visit other landmarks and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Free time.


Day Four

Amalfi Coast

After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a morning visit to ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach.

Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way up to Furore for a private tour of a unique winery with grapes taken from terraced vineyards along the Amalfi coast. The terraces are too steep to venture far but you will be intrigued by the story behind this winery with its romance, a constant struggle against the elements and the delicate balance between man and nature to produce wines so beautiful. Read our review of a recent visit.

After visiting the cellars you stroll across to the restaurant for a superb three course meal with wine pairings. The intricacies of each wine and how the surrounding landscape influences their taste will be explained in detail and questions willingly answered. All this taking place with the sky, sea and mountains of the Amalfi coast as a background.

Evening: Free time.


Day Five

Marina Grande Sorrento

A free day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.

Evening: Free time.


Day Six

grapes

A visit to a vineyard in the Avellino wine region that has helped Campania to be recognised the world over for its wine varieties and quality. A three course lunch with wine pairings will follow a private tour our of the vineyard and cellars.

Evening: Free time.


Day Seven

Island  of Capri

A day for doing your own thing and to take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. The Sorrento office will provide all the information needed.

We could organise one of our optional tours and activities including a mini cruise to Capri or along the Amalfi coast, take a half day visit to Herculaneum or learn the secrets of making the perfect pasta, see the list below.

Evening: ‘Torna Presto/Come back soon’ dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region, visited Pompeii, Positano and Naples. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Hotels

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Corallo Hotel Sant'Agnello

4* Corallo

Located in Sant’Agnello with panoramic terraces and views.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Guided tour of Capri
Cruise along the Amalfi coast or around Capri
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this tour, please use the form below or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

La Dolce Vita

Experience 8 days of La Dolce Vita with tours to Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, Capri and Naples together with time to relax and explore Sorrento itself and its many attractions. The private transfer to your hotel will provide a tantalising glimpse of places to be visited and views to be enjoyed with cocktails on the terraces. Friends of Sorrento will provide recommendations for restaurants, walks and events based on your personal preferences and will be available to offer advice and assistance throughout your stay.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • 4/5* Hotels
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Guided tour of Naples
  • Guided tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Capri
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
From April 2022.
Price from £ 1695.00 pp based on two adults sharing a double room.


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and lunch.

Evening: Free time.


Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.


Day Four

Amalfi Coast

It’s 9.00 am and your driver will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Try to resist the temptation to stay too long in Positano if you want to explore Amalfi and Ravello at a leisurely pace. Recommendations for restaurants will be available and booked if required.

Evening: Free time to continue your exploration of the many hidden gems in historic Sorrento including museums, restaurants, boutiques and tasting limoncello in its many forms, including gelato. Find a spot where you can witness the twinkling lights of Naples across the bay where you will visit tomorrow.


Day Five

Streets in Naples
A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.


Day Seven

Island of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: Free time


Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Hotels

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Plaza Hotel Sorrento

4* Plaza

A few steps to the main square, roof top pool and cocktail bar


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Cruise along the Amalfi coast or around Capri
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this holiday please use the form below or phone: +44 (0) 1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Amalfi Coast Experience

An exclusive tailor-made 8 day holiday including a balanced itinerary of tours, activities and relaxation. The itinerary will take you through the many different landscapes along the Amalfi coast. Visit historical sites, dramatic and incredibly beautiful coastlines, villages surrounded by lemon and olive groves, vibrant towns and cities with traditional trattorias and Michelin restaurants, and of course meet the people and experience their lifestyle.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • 4/5* Hotels
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Private tour of Naples
  • Private tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Discover Capri by boat
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
From April 2022
Price from £1995.00 pp based on two people sharing a double room
Group size: Minimum 4 and maximum 8 adults.
Other dates available on request


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello.

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a private guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a three course lunch.

Evening: Free time.


Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.


Day Four

Amalfi Coast

It’s 9.00 am and your driver will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Try to resist the temptation to stay too long in Positano if you want to explore Amalfi and Ravello at a leisurely pace. Recommendations for restaurants will be available and booked if required.

Evening: Free time to continue your exploration of the many hidden gems in historic Sorrento including museums, restaurants, boutiques and tasting limoncello in its many forms, including gelato. Find a spot where you can witness the twinkling lights of Naples across the bay where you will visit tomorrow.


Day Five

Streets in Naples
A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.


Day Seven

Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples to view, up close, the natural beauty of the island of Capri including the Faraglioni rocks and grottos. There will be opportunities for swimming and snorkelling from the boat and time to go ashore to enjoy the island’s many attractions and breathtaking views. Take a stroll through the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri and be amazed by the exclusive boutiques or relax with a glass of wine.

Evening: Free time.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Hotels

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Corallo Hotel Sant'Agnello

4* Corallo

Located in Sant’Agnello with panoramic terraces and views.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this holiday please use the form below or phone: +44 (0) 1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Sorrento + Opera

Opera at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, evening concerts in Ravello on the Amalfi coast, jazz on the terraces of Sorrento, classical and traditional music in venues throughout Sorrento. In between performances, enjoy a little bit of culture with visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum or take a cruise along the Amalfi coast. Fine cuisine and wine with glorious scenery completes the picture.

Madama Butterfly will be performed at San Carlo from 30 April to 13 May 2021 and we hope to be able to offer the option to see a performance. We were fortunate to see Tosca in 2016, an experience never to be forgotten.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • 4* Hotel
  • Room upgrades
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano and evening concert in Ravello
  • Guided tour of Naples including San Carlo Opera House
  • Guided tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Capri
  • Jazz and Cocktails on the terrace
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
May, June, Sept and Oct 2022
Price from £1995.00 pp based on two people sharing a double room
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 18 adults.


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

Positano

A relaxing start with a private tour of the Amalfi coast including a visit to beautiful Positano for lunch. We continue along the coastal road to Ravello for cocktails before an evening concert. Return to Sorrento around midnight.

Ravello Music Festival Concerts


Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.


Day Four

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a three course lunch.

Evening: A wonderful opportunity to hear soprano and tenor voices singing some of the great Italian Opera and Neapolitan Songs in Sorrento’s beautiful Correale Museum. A true musical experience in unique surroundings.


Day Five

Streets in Naples
A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take a tour around the San Carlo Opera House.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Here is a glimpse inside the San Carlo Opera house.

San Carlo Opera House in Naples

Evening: Free time


Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.

Evening. Sorrento Musical


Day Seven

Island of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: Jazz and cocktails on the terrace.

Jazz at the Excelsior Vittoria


Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Ravello, Capri and Naples and the different music from the region including traditional folk dancing to grand opera. All in wonderfull settings. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Hotels

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Corallo Hotel Sant'Agnello

4* Corallo

Located in Sant’Agnello with panoramic terraces and views.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Cruise along the Amalfi coast or around Capri
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

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My perfect holiday

Relais Blu Sorrento

This is an example of an itinerary proposal which can be customised to satisfy your preferences. Enjoy the pleasure of watching your dream holiday come true as we help you select the hotel, tours, activities, flights and transfers. Browse this website for ideas and ask us questions. When satisfied you can book with 24/7 support from the Sorrento office throughout your stay.

Preferred dates

Advise which dates and the number of days you have in mind.

Accommodation

We would provide options based on your preferences in location, style and comfort. For example:

Hotel requirements
Within comfortable walking distance of Sorrento’s historic centre and amenities
Number and type of rooms
One double with sea view and balcony
Meals
Breakfast

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Corallo Hotel Sant'Agnello

4* Corallo

Located in Sant’Agnello with panoramic terraces and views.

Itinerary

An example itinerary which can be customised for you.

Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.

Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and lunch.

Evening: Free time.

Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.

Day Four

Amalfi Coast

It’s 9.00 am and your driver will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Try to resist the temptation to stay too long in Positano if you want to explore Amalfi and Ravello at a leisurely pace. Recommendations for restaurants will be available and booked if required.

Evening: Free time to continue your exploration of the many hidden gems in historic Sorrento including museums, restaurants, boutiques and tasting limoncello in its many forms, including gelato. Find a spot where you can witness the twinkling lights of Naples across the bay where you will visit tomorrow.

Day Five

Streets in Naples

A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.

Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.

Day Seven

Island of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: Free time

Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.

Flight details: Flight number and time of departure

Notes

Additional information that may need to be taken into account such as dietary requirements, mobility issues etc. would be included here.

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Ravello Festival

Ravello Festival 2020

(2021)

A Summer festival of orchestras, ensembles, duets, individual performers, ballet, modern dance and much more. All taking place in that divine setting between sea and sky called Ravello. A truly unique experience.

Official programme to be advised.

SyArt Festival 2021

SyArt Festival 2021 Sorrento
(July 16 to Sept 5)

The SyArt Gallery presents the fifth edition of SyArt Sorrento Festival, an international exhibition event dedicated to contemporary art. The event will host artists from a number of countries in the splendid Villa Fiorentino, home of the Sorrento Foundation.

The festival includes Museo Outdoor with art installations located in strategic locations throughout Sorrento by a number of artists including the street artist TvBoy and the artists, Vincenzo Mascia, Dalya Luttwak and Carmen Novaco.

This video from the last festival demonstrates the range of contemporary art on display.
Video credits: Journalistic service:Lorena Sivo. Video:Giovanni Iacono

SyArt’s own Gallery is opposite Villa Fiorentino and has a variety of Art on display. Information about the 2020 festival together with more videos and images can be found on their website.

SyArt
via S. Francesco
Sorrento
Website.

San Carlo Opera House in Naples

Opera lovers visiting Sorrento should take the opportunity to visit the magnificent San Carlo Opera House in the heart of Naples. 2021 offers a wonderful programme of ballet, classical concerts as well as operas including Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and Carmen. You can view the full programme at the official website. This video will give a flavour of what you could enjoy during your visit.

Credits
San Carlo Opera Website.

Sorrento Opera Festival

Sorrento Opera - The Three Tenors

(July to October)

A wonderful opportunity to hear soprano and tenor voices singing some of the great Italian Opera and Neapolitan Songs in the beautiful Correale Museum. A true musical experience in unique surroundings.

The Three Tenors – Opera Arias, Naples and Songs
Inspired by the popular performance of L. Pavarotti, P. Domingo and J. Carreras, The Three Tenors – Opera arias, Naples and Songs is an unmissable voyage in the Italian songs history with the powerful male voices of The Three Tenors. A concert full of emotions, romanticism and funny moments.
From July 6 to October 30 – Tues, Wed and Saturday – Starts at 9.00 pm
Free welcome drink in the garden from 8.00 pm

For more details and booking click here.

Pompeii and Paestum by Vintage Train

Vintage train to Pompeii and Paestunm

(Once every month)

Travel back in time with this unique opportunity to visit Pompeii and Paestum in a vintage 30’s locomotive and carriages. The journey starts from Naples and stops at Pompeii and Paestum with enough time to explore each site. We can arrange private transfers to and from Naples/Pompeii stations to make your ‘travel back in time’ as comfortable as possible.

It runs once every month throughout the year, the dates and times can be found on the official website together with images of the vintage coach.

Train tickets cost 20 euros for adults and 10 euros for children aged 4-12 years, free for children aged 0-4 years, accompanied by at least one paying adult and no seat guarantee. Tickets for entry to both the Pompeii and Paestum Archaeological Parks cost 15 euros for adults and 7.5 euros for children. There is a guide to purchasing tickets on the website. Other train journeys include Calasetta from Naples.

The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa

The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa
Train enthusiasts may also be interested in The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa just outside Naples and about an hour by car from Naples. This video gives you an idea of the venue and full details can be found on the Museum website. They also provide a monthly train service from Naples to the Museum in a historic train with vintage carriages.

Sorrento escorted holiday with wine tours

An exclusive tailor-made 8 day holiday including a balanced itinerary of tours, activities and the opportunity to taste some of its most famous wines. The itinerary will take you through the many different landscapes along the Amalfi coast. Visit historical sites, dramatic and incredibly beautiful coastlines, villages surrounded by lemon and olive groves, vibrant towns and cities with traditional trattorias and Michelin restaurants, and of course meet the people and experience their lifestyle.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • 4/5* Hotels
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Private tour and tastings with 3 course lunch at vineyard on Amalfi coast
  • Private tour of Naples
  • Private tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Discover Capri by boat
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
12 to 19 June and 11 to 18 Sept 2021
Price from £2295.00 pp based on two people sharing a double room
Group size: Minimum 4 adults.
Other dates available on request


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello.

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a private guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a three course lunch.

Evening: Free time.


Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.


Day Four

terrace-vineyaerd

After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a morning visit to ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach.

Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way up to Furore for a private tour of a unique winery with grapes taken from terraced vineyards along the Amalfi coast. The terraces are too steep to venture far but you will be intrigued by the story behind this winery with its romance, a constant struggle against the elements and the delicate balance between man and nature to produce wines so beautiful. Read our review of a recent visit.

After visiting the cellars you stroll across to the restaurant for a superb three course meal with wine pairings. The intricacies of each wine and how the surrounding landscape influences their taste will be explained in detail and questions willingly answered. All this taking place with the sky, sea and mountains of the Amalfi coast as a background.

Evening: Free time.


Day Five

Streets in Naples
A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.


Day Seven

Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples to view, up close, the natural beauty of the island of Capri including the Faraglioni rocks and grottos. There will be opportunities for swimming and snorkelling from the boat and time to go ashore to enjoy the island’s many attractions and breathtaking views. Take a stroll through the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri and be amazed by the exclusive boutiques or relax with a glass of wine.

Evening: Free time.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Hotels

Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Online Window Shopping in Sorrento

Online Shopping Sorrento

Sorrento Shopping Online

Many boutiques and designer outlets on the Amalfi Coast have online stores, and we’ve chosen some of our favourites. Browse the Autumn-Winter collections for your next outfit or find a present for a loved one.


Sorrento Shopping Holiday

Online Wine Tasting Class

Vesuvius wine tours

Wine Tasting Masterclass from the Amalfi Coast
Saturday 12 December

We asked a good Friend of Sorrento, Cristian Fusco, to provide wine tasting that would sample some of the finest boutique wines from the Campania region. Cristian is head sommelier at La Sponda, the Michelin-starred restaurant at 5* Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. Previous experience includes the 5* San Pietro Positano in Positano, Zafferano restaurant in London and Theo Randall at the InterContinental hotel. To share his passion for wine with visitors from around the world Cristian, with his partner Jenny, founded Swirl the Glass to provide wine tours and tastings from Positano.

Qualifications include certifications from the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS) and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

The Wine Selection

The wines are chosen from Campania’s three major wine producing regions,
Avellino, Tuarasi and the area around Vesuvius.

Wine 1
Fiano di Avellino DOCG white

Wine 2
Vesuvius/Lacryma Christi DOC white

Wine 3
Taurasi DOCG red

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Treat yourselves this Christmas with our Wine Tasting Masterclass on Saturday 12 December at 7.00 pm. Each wine tasting box costs 175 euros and includes 3 bottles of boutique wine. The box is suitable for up to 4 persons per household, with a maximum of 6 households to allow for interaction.

To register your interest please complete the form below by 1 November and we will contact you to organise payment by the closing date of 8th November. Wine delivery is UPS tracked from Italy and includes wine notes and pairing suggestions.

Places are limited, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Bring Italy into your home this Christmas with Friends of Sorrento’s specially commissioned Wine Tasting Masterclass.

If you have already used the ZOOM App for socialising online then it is as simple as booking a session online. For those who are not familiar with the Zoom App, here is the website. A good internet connection is essential.

Maximum 4 per household
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CuCù Restaurant

CuCu Cocktail Bar Sorrento

CuCù is nestled about 100m from Sorrento’s main square on the pedestrianised part of the Corso Italia. Its grand cocktail bar is an attraction in its own right and like an old friend invites you in for a glass or two. It sets the tone of the decor in which the Great Gatsby would not look out of place. High vaulted ceilings, geometric patterned tiles, foliage, designer wall coverings, quirky paintings and elegant furniture.

CuCu restaurant

The CuCù has an individual style not only in decor but also in its menu with each dish prepared and presented like a live art performance, innovative and exploratory. The open kitchen allows you to observe the chefs preparing their latest creations and adds to a wonderfully informal and entertaining atmosphere. This environment encourages visitors to relax and to try something different, in a cocktail glass and on a designer plate. Incidentally, CuCù does mean Cuckoo.

CuCu Restaurant Sorrento

CuCù Restaurant
Corso Italia 151
Sorrento
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