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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


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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wine holidays from Sorrento

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

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Cocktails at Cornelia

Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento

Cornelia’s Cocktail Bar brings colour and fun to any evening. Just a short walk through Sorrento’s maze of narrow lanes it shines like a beacon for those seeking creative cocktails. Who’s Cornelia I hear you say. She was the sister of Torquato Tasso, a 16th century Italian poet who was born in Sorrento (his statue is in the main square) and best known for his poem Gerusalemme liberata, depicting a highly imaginative version of the battles between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade. Enough history, now the Art of Cocktails.

Cornelia Cocktails Sorrento

This hideaway is a haven for mixologists continually blending flavours and colours into the early hours of the morning to create cocktails that will please the eyes, nose and taste buds. If you prefer your cocktails to be mysterious, romantic, traditional or just cute then you will fully appreciate the range of creative recipes in addition to the many classics on the menu.

Add to this some tasty platters of Crudo ham, Grana cheese, cherry tomatoes and stuffed buffalo mozzarella and you can see where the night is going. Cin Cin Cornelia!

Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento
Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento
Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento
Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento

Cornelia Cocktails
Via San Nicola, 3
Website and Cocktail Menu

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Prosit | Full of local flavour

Prosit restaurant Sorrento

Prosit, an abbreviation of (Prosciutteria and Italiana), is located on the quieter part of the Corso Italia just beyond the Villa Fiorentino. Racks of Parma ham and a cold counter full of traditional meats and cheeses may lead you to believe this is just a shop for local produce. Indeed it will be no surprise to learn that the family owners of this new venture have been involved in providing quality food to Sorrento since 1939 and in the late 60’s introduced the first “modern” supermarket in the whole Peninsula.

The quality and presentation of produce, from a charcuterie board to a full course menu, reflects three generations of sourcing and preparation of the finest local ingredients. With such an excellent selection of regional meats, cheeses and wine, Prosit offers visitors the opportunity to sample the very best of local produce in comfortable surroundings.

Traditional craftsmanship and materials have been used to create eating environments suitable for different occasions, friendly informal or more intimate. Perhaps a charcuterie board or simple pasta in the upstairs dining area or a more substantial lunch or dinner in the downstairs restaurant. Whichever you choose, the bar will always be on hand to serve a cool beer, glass of wine or cocktail… Mine’s an Old Fashioned. Salut!

Prosit Cocktail Bar Sorrento

8 Corso Italia

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Palazzo Jannuzzi

Palazzo Jannuzzi
The Palazzo Jannuzzi is located in the main square, Piazza Tasso, and was refurbished in 2011. The Jannuzzi family produced an excellent video which records the transformation of the original building to its modern equivalent. It also includes wonderful vintage photographs of the main square.

The yellow, grey and black colour theme is used in a different combination for every room and gives each its own identity. The clean lines and contrasting colours achieve a modern environment softened by the personal touch of the owners in the choice of furniture, fabrics, ornaments and paintings.

Palazzo Jannuzzi Bedroom

The personal touch and attention to detail is again reflected in the practical layout and individual design of the shower rooms and other facilities. This includes the lift with its glass sides and visible engineering making it more like a work of art.

Palazzo Jannuzzi

The Breakfast Room is worthy of a separate mention. See Breakfast at Jannuzzi’s.

Palazzo Jannuzzi Website