Italy

Sorrento & Capri

I went to Sorrento, Italy back in June for my girlfriend’s wedding.  It was my first time in Sorrento and I couldn’t have picked a more romantic place for my good friend Jackie to get married to the love of her life.  After the wedding weekend was over, it definitely solidified for me that I want to have a destination wedding one day.  I just loved how all of their guests bonded the entire weekend.  We all got to explore Italy together and make lasting memories together.  The day before the wedding, the couple arranged for all of us to go on boats to Capri and spend the day there.  I had been to Capri 13 years ago with my sister so it was a great trip down memory lane.  I didn’t get a chance to explore Sorrento all that much because of the wedding but from what I could see, it was a great starting point before heading to the rest of the Amalfi coast.  Sorrento is a small town that has a lot to offer:  The coastline is stunning, there’s great food, and it’s only a short ferry ride to Capri.  These are my Sorrento and Capri recommendations.

Best of Sorrento:

Best pizza – All of the locals directed me to Da Franco.  When you walk in, you might be confused because it looks like a deli.  It’s a very casual spot with communal picnic tables.  I love that they have a personal pizza option.  I’m a diehard pizza lover.  I’m from New York after all!  Was is the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life?  No but it was the best I had in Sorrento.

Best  restaurant – The wedding reception was at Ristorante o Parrucchiano and it’s literally the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever been to.  It looks like you’re walking into an Italian garden.  We were seated in the garden towards the back of the restaurant.  The setting was so romantic.  There were lemon trees hanging over pergolas that had lights on them.  The food is really good too.  My favorite were the zucchini blossoms.

Best gelato – I had gelato everyday and sometimes twice a day.  I tried almost every gelato shop in Sorrento and I have two favorite spots: Raki and Momi.  Both places make their gelato with organic and fresh ingredients in-house.  At Momi, I met the owner who makes the gelato everyday.  He let me try every single flavor.  It was pure heaven.

Best hotel – I stayed at Palazzo Starace Guesthouse which was in my opinion the best hotel; It was affordable, central in location, and my room was really nice.  My room had AC and the owner and staff were really really nice.  The hotel offered a full breakfast with pastries, fruit, eggs and coffee.  The breakfast area had a balcony that overlooked Corso Italia which is the main street.  If you have the funds though, I would stay at the Hotel Bellevue Syrene.  I went to their café, grabbed a coffee and took a walk around the grounds.  I’m not sure if this is allowed but I look like a harmless Asian girl so they didn’t say anything.  This hotel is situated right on the cliff overlooking the ocean.  It’s stunning!

Best thing to do – The thing I enjoyed the most in Sorrento was walking down Via S. Francesco  towards Saint Francis Cloister which overlooks the water.  It’s a great place to people watch and also a great spot to see the public beach.  There is a walkway you can take down to the beaches.

Best thing to buy – Custom fit sandals at Sandali Siniscalchi.  There are so many different sandal designs and colors.  You pick your favorite and they fit the sandal to your feet.  Mine were ready the next day for 60 euros.  You can’t go wrong with buying limoncello for gifts.  Lemons are abundant here and in Capri.

My Capri Picks:

Once you arrive at Marina Grande by ferry or boat, take the bus up to the town center or take a taxi (cute convertibles). You can definitely walk up but it’s uphill and will take you 15 – 20 minutes.  There is a main square there with restaurants, shops, and the bus station.  If you’re only there for a day, I would make sure to do one of the below:

Blue Grotto – 13 years ago, my sister and I just swam through the Blue Grotto at the insistence of our hostel owner.  More recently, we couldn’t go via boat because the weather wasn’t cooperating.  I would definitely swim through if you have the chance.

Chair lift to Mount Solaro – The chair lift is a destination in itself.  There are incredible views of Ana Capri and the ocean.  Once you’re at the top, it’s a great spot for photos.

Kayaking in Marina Piccola – There’s a tiny beach at Marina Piccola.  It’s the best way to see the lovers arch from afar if you can’t rent a boat.