Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sorrento: Three Pearls and Rainbow colors

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Sorrento is one of the “Three Pearls” on the Amalfi Coast, together with Amalfi and Positano. What strikes your eyes is the strong sunlight, empowering the rainbow colors of nature and soothing human souls….

Sorrento is a small city, plunged into the green of an overwhelming prosperous nature of Mediterranean flora. During the springtime and summer, the gardens and terraces on the sea are a rainbow of colors with blooming bougainvillea, wisteria and cyclamen. The green-blue of the sea mixes up with the black beaches (volcanic origin, the Vesuvius is only few miles away) and the horizon is spotted by the small “Li Galli” islands, which introduce to the famous Capri, Ischia and Procida bigger islands, few miles away.

Visiting Sorrento few days ago, I was positively surprised by the friendly attitude of local people, by their will of helping and welcoming. Sorrento is a famous travel destination, which has grown a lot both thanks to tenor Enrico Caruso (who was born here) and to the traditional Neapolitan melancholic “Bel canto“, which originated here: “Torna a Surriento” song is an example.

The city is clean and safe: even though you cannot find dedicated gay bars or pubs or saunas, most of them are gay-friendly and open minded. Amongst those open till late, the “Fauno Bar” and “Syrenuse Bar“, both in Piazza Torquato Tasso, the central square in Sorrento. Syrenuse faces the long flight of stairs taking to the sea and carved into the stone. Do not forget to taste the amazing “granita with lemon and a black cherry“: Sorrento is well-known for its tasty and crunchy lemons.

Take a walk in its alleys, where good leather shops, local fashion and wood carving make the local handmade craftsmanship. You will notice that the dominant colors are those of local nature: green, blue and yellow, as hand-made pottery shows off. Shops are all extremely friendly.

Beaches in Sorrento are narrow and crowded: the best ones are near Positano and Amalfi or Naples, where the gay night life is better organized. Nevertheless, a famous naturist beach in Sorrento is “Bagni Regina Giovanna“. If you want to move further, try the “One Fire Beach” in Praiano or the gay beach Formillo in Positano. Wherever you decide to sunbath and meet new people, do not miss the breathtaking sunsets that the ‘Costiera’ gives away. Enjoy the company and the nature!

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