Sorrento is famous for Limoncello, even though we found this delicious liquor throughout the numerous towns in this region. They make it from the rind of the most humongous lemons you may have ever set your eyes upon. Any local grocery store on the coast will have them available.
Sorrento is the city we go to when we want to shop. Whether we want Armani, an ice-cream, groceries, designer sunglasses or a mojito, it can all be bought in Sorrento. Set high above the sea, it is enjoyable and beautiful with its glorious views, charming winding roads and beautiful flowers forever in perfect bloom. There are a plethora of luxury hotels, shopping for all budgets, restaurants, ice-cream shops, cafes and bars.
We tend to go to Sorrento to shop and will hit Armani, Harmont & Blane, Pinko, Acanfora and a couple of outlets. This is followed by a gelato. If it is lunchtime, we might opt for a quick pizza. There are several good ones but we often eat at the one with the wooden cafeteria tables and prosciuto hanging from the ceiling by the dozens, located right on the main strip. It is, by far, the least expensive but also delicious. Otherwise, we head to the best kebab I have ever had, just off the main street. We rarely have dinner in Sorrento, since there are much better restaurants in the nearby towns, but we will meet some friends for an aperitivo at Bar Fauno or go for a romantic after dinner drink at Cafe Latino, which is enchantingly darling.
If you happen to stop by, make sure you get the strawberries in zabaione; the waiter whips it up fresh right before your eyes and it is exquisite. Unfortunately, Café Latina has changed management and no longer serve this delicious dessert.
Cafe Latino is hidden in the main street. Once you spot it, you are welcomed by its palm trees whose leaves practically pull you in. Although there is indoor dining available, the outdoor setting is too delightful to pass up. A stone path leads you to its various nooks where you could dine or do as we did, just have a drink. One chilly evening we had a delicious pot of tea and cookies. Whatever we fancy, we find the setting perfectly suited.
Some days, we wander around the city and capture obscure sights on camera. We once found a goose in someone’s front yard and it just kept calling out to us as if it wanted us to let it out. There are roads that begin wide and end so narrow that you can only pass one at a time. There is a short brick wall which overlooks a deep old canyon with an ancient ruins completely covered in moss and shrubbery. It is like gazing into the past. If you stare long enough you can imagine yourself there.
There is plenty to do here both day and night especially since it is perhaps the only town in Italy where the shops are open past 9pm, in the summer. They do, however, take a siesta and well, so do we.