My most vivid memory of Sorrento is the sweet aroma of lemons wafting through the narrow cobblestone streets in historic heart of old Sorrento. Only accessible by foot, the maze of alleys are ripe for wandering, where treasures of limoncello and hand-crafted goodies await discovery.  Sorrento was our home base during our honeymoon visit of the Amalfi Coast this summer and memories of our stay in this enchanting town were dominated by lemon and the exquisite golden light that signals the end of riposo (Italy's siesta).

Sorrento lemons everywhere. All limoncello produced in Sorrento is held to a rigorous standard

Sorrento lemons everywhere. All limoncello produced in Sorrento is held to a rigorous standard

No shortage of charming restaurants hidden in narrow alleyways in Sorrento

No shortage of charming restaurants hidden in narrow alleyways in Sorrento

Entrance to Maison Tofani from Via S. Cesareo in old town Sorrento

Entrance to Maison Tofani from Via S. Cesareo in old town Sorrento

Doors at Maison Tofani retain the artwork of the 18th century

Doors at Maison Tofani retain the artwork of the 18th century

Part of the daily breakfast spread at Maison Tofani, included in the stay

Part of the daily breakfast spread at Maison Tofani, included in the stay

Breakfast on the patio

Breakfast on the patio

The sweet smell of citrus in the air

The sweet smell of citrus in the air

Rooftop views from Maison Tofani

Rooftop views from Maison Tofani

Empty streets during riposo

Empty streets during riposo

Closing up shop for riposo

Closing up shop for riposo

Clear views of Mount Vesuvius from the marina

Clear views of Mount Vesuvius from the marina

Dinner views at the marina

Dinner views at the marina

En route down to the marina for seafood dinner

En route down to the marina for seafood dinner

Stay:

Maison Tofani, an 18th century relais converted into a boutique bed and breakfast. Located on one of the walk streets in old Sorrento, it's a blend of old world charm and new world ameneties, the perfect place to come home to after exploring Sorrento, Capri, and Positano. 

Feast:

For casual dining on the pier with VIP views of the sunset and fresh catch served by the attentive family of owners/fisherman, Porta A Marina Seafood is the spot.

For upscale interpretations of Sorrentine classics in a beautifully restored 18th century setting, make a reservation at Terraza Marziale

The best gelato in town is at Raki, which became our nightly stop after dinner. The range of flavors, from traditional to seasonal (like coconut and ricotta, pineapple and basil) are all handmade with fresh, organic ingredients.  

Play:

Besides getting lost in the streets of Sorrento in a haze of pizza, pasta and limoncello, it's an easy jaunt to other parts of the Amalfi Coast. Positano is a short coastal drive away and ferries run frequently to Capri and back daily.

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