Lemons’ perfume and fruits and flowers’ sweet and sour fragrances, crystal-clear sea and lively colorful villages. Sorrento Coast, as Amalfi Coast, is an inexorable source of beauty, a source of inspiration for many writers and painters of the time and stormed by tourists during the hottest months of the year. But what are the places not to be missed on this stretch of coast of the Sorrento Peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Naples?
Surrounded by green hills, bathed by the scents of citrus fruits, olive trees and a great variety of flowers and bathed by a wonderful sea, Sorrento is the pearl Sorrento Coast. It’s no coincidence that it was the holiday destination for writers and artists such as Goethe, Dickens, Nietzsche and D’Annunzio. The historic center is full of characteristic artisan shops and monuments such as the Duomo, the Basilica of St. Francis and the Sedile Dominova. The breathtaking view that can be enjoyed from the Villa Comunale is very stunning.
At the extremes of the Sorrento Peninsula and stretched towards Capri Island, Massa Lubrense is surrounded by the charm of the legend: this area is called the Land of the Sirens, because the myth of the Odyssey tells that this was the place where Ulysses met the Sirens. The village offers suggestive and enchanting views and is accompanied by the scenography of the typical lemon groves, the rows of olive groves and the erected towers that served as a guard and defense against the arrival of foreign invaders.
SANT’AGATA ON THE TWO GULFS
The name itself underlines the particular geographical position of Sant’Agata on the two Gulfs which rises between Gulf of Naples and the one of Salerno; the name also derives from a small church erected in honor of the Holy Virgin of Catania. The other places not to be missed are the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is still today the center of all the cultural and social activities of the city, and the Monastery built on the desert hill, which offers a wonderful view. Walking through the streets of the center, you have a constant view of the sea in the background that is always the master of the place.
In the past, Vico Equense was the point of commercial exchange of the Italic, Etruscan and Greek populations and nowadays the historical center keeps intact the characteristics of the medieval village. Taking a walk through Vico Equense means walking in an open-air museum, where you can admire the Annunziata Cathedral, the only example of Gothic architecture in the whole coast; moving a little further, you can immerse yourself in the wild nature of Faito, one of the peaks of the mountain range of the surrounding mountains. Moving away from the center, you will find yourself strolling through the Casali, which means the neighborhoods built on the hills surrounding the historic center: each Casale has its own patron saint.
The name refers to an ancient structure built on one of the highest parts of the territory: a tower with a bell that was intended to alert citizens when enemy boats approached the coast. This place is not a town, but a marine protected area from which you can admire the island of Capri with its “faraglioni” in front of you and the Bay of Ieranto on the left, a heavenly beach with crystalline waters.
MARINA DI EQUA
Marina di Equa is a pretty fishing village. The Capo Rivo Tower, which used to defend the town from enemy attacks, currently guards the small port; next to the latter there is the pebble beach, nicknamed “limestone”. The church dedicated to St. Anthony is the protagonist of the town: every year on June 13rd, the fishermen bring the statue of the saint into the sea and a solemn procession starts with many boats of all kinds in his suite. Marina di Equa is the ideal destination for those who love the sea and the beauties of nature.