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5 things to do in Sorrento

Laying just across the Bay from Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula is perhaps the most stunning stretch of coastline anywhere in the world. Sorrento is perfectly situated looking out over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri and it is quite hard to imagine a more perfect setting than this to explore an area that has so much to offer. We have listed here 5 things to have a great start to experiencing Sorrento and this wonderful region of Italy.


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Today's travelers love putting their personal stamp on their travels. Using MyPage, every guest will feel like individual, personalizing each room as they wish!After confirming the reservation, the guest will receive an email with a password. This is the key to an exclusive section of our website: here is possible to change the type of blanket, the shape of the pillows, the room temperature and also which drink to find in the minibar.


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The Islands of Naples Bay: Procida, Capri and Ischia

If you are thinking of a relaxing time by the sea, Sorrento should definitely be one for your bucket list. But have you noticed those three islands, Procida, Ischia and Capri, all visible to their fullest from the coast?Procida, the smallest island in the archipelago, has been chosen by renowned directors time and again as the ideal setting for several cinematic masterpieces. Of volcanic origin, Procida is also connected to the Island of Vivara by a narrow bridge.


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A stroll through Sorrento

Spend few hours wandering the historical part of the town!You will fastly understand why Sorrento is such a popular destination, getting lost in its narrow streets and alleyways, you’ll discover colorful local product shops and several trattorias, the true essence of Sorrento.


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Easter in Sorrento

Easter processions are certainly among the most spectacular and popular events on the Peninsula of Sorrento. Getting ready to live the Holy Easter, the whole area will be animated by numerous local shows and initiatives not to be missed!


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Limoncello, Sorrento’s famous lemon liqueur

Lemon trees dot the landscape throughout Italy, but spending some time wandering around Sorrento you will find lemon trees growing in abundance. The Sorrento IGP (Protected Geographic Indication) lemon variety is so particularly sweet that locals eat thick slices of it and, as Italy is the world's largest producer of lemons, Italians have developed a delicious way to use the plentiful fruit: preparing Limoncello!


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Visiting Sorrento in the off-season

It’s always amazing to get away from it all and breathe some sea-air. The first things that may come to your mind when you think of Sorrento are sunny hot days, sunbathing to the beach and tourists all around, with a summer, enjoyable, mood.Visiting Sorrento in the off-season, without a hint of its usual summer chaos, you will surprisingly see that it is much more than that.


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Christmas magic continues in Sorrento

As always, Sorrento offers its magic during 2016 Christmas season: get carried away by the glittered narrow streets, the baroque churches and fragrant citrus gardens during almost 100 days of events, started last Saturday, November 21st.


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The gulf marathon: swimming from Capri to Napoli since 1954

Taking place during the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008 for the first time, the open water swimming is nowadays an Olympic discipline. Much more tiring than the earth ones, sea marathons are suggestive and unpredictable, as they depend on sea and weather conditions and on very prepared competitors.


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The Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics

Every four years, the city of Amalfi hosts the Regatta of the Maritime Republics. The event, established in 1955 with the aim to recall the companies and the rivalry of the best known Italian maritime republics, involves the Italian cities of Pisa, Venice and Genoa, in other words the other maritime cities that for centuries competed for the supremacy over the Mediterranean Sea with Amalfi..


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Villa di Pollio Felice: a paradise of nature and archeology

The beautiful Sottento coast attracts tourists from all over the world not only for its beautiful scenery, for the crystal clear water of the sea and for the streets full of creative and chic local shops, but also for the famous archaeological site: Villa di Pollio Felice. This wonderful site, a luxurious Roman aristocracy residence, built in the first century A.D., located on the rocks in the middle of the blue sea, is known also under the name of "I Bagni della Regina Giovanna".


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Sorrento Cathedral: the heart of he city

Located in the heart of Sorrento, in Corso Italia, the Cathedral dates back to the X-XII centuries, when it was transferred inside the urban surrounding wall. t was first built around the 11th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century in Romanesque style. The Sorrento Cathedral is dedicated to the Saints Phillip and James and it is said to be risen on the ruins of an ancient Temple dedicated to Jupiter.


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Pompeii Ruins: a unique time-travel tour

Pompeii is one of the most famous archaelogical sites in the world and is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization. The city was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, but ash and "lapilli" (little hot rocks) preserved many constructions that, since 1997 have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The buried city was rediscovered in the 16th Century, but it was only in 1748 that the exploration phase began, under the King of Naples Charles III of Bourbon.


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Pastiera: The Neapolitan Easter Cake

There are many stories about pastiera's origins as there are variations on the recipe for the traditional Easter dessert. Many believe it is derived from the pagan celebrations at the return of Spring, when Ceres' priestess brought an egg to symbolize "new life in procession," but the the modern pastiera, was probably invented in a peaceful and secret Neapolitan convent. An unknown nun wanted that cake, symbol of the Resurection, to have the perfume of the flowers of the orange trees


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What about the History of Neapolitan Pizza?

Is there anything that says Italy more than pizza? While you'll find excellent pizza all over Italy, there's one place that's absolute the top: Naples. Neapolitans are extremely passionate about pizza. Naples, the birthplace of pizza, has countless Pizzerias and wood-fired ovens. The city is proud of its heritage as the place where the pizza was born. What about the history of pizza?


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Christmas in Sorrento. Where to go, what to do

Another Christmas in Sorrento, another season of events that this year will not be focused only in the weeks around Christmas, but will last until February 27. Almost 100 days of events, which just started last Saturday, November 21, with the lighting of the now historical illuminations of Piazza Tasso, and in particular the famous Christmas tree.


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Art and elegance at Hotel Plaza Sorrento

Hotel Plaza Sorrento, a hotel that has always considered innovative design one of its strengths, has improved its elegant and refined atmosphere with impressive works of artists Ludovica Bastianini, Giovanni Presutti and Andrea De Carvalho, whose works are also exhibited at Wonderwall Art Gallery.


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Joan of Anjou, the bloody queen of Naples and Sorrento

We have already discussed in previous articles of the Plaza Magazine about the legends surrounding the Queen Joan II of Anjou, one of the most disturbing personalities in the history of Naples and beyond. Born in Zadar, Croatia, Joan came to the throne of Naples through a complicated series of dynastic marriages, but today her reputation as a cruel seductress helped her to become a legend, with nicknames such as Joan


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Un altro Natale indimenticabile a Sorrento

Un altro Natale a Sorrento, un’altra stagione di eventi e appuntamenti che quest’anno non si concentreranno solo nelle settimane intorno a Natale, ma si protrarranno fino al 27 febbraio. Quasi 100 giorni di eventi, che sono iniziati proprio lo scorso sabato, 21 novembre, con l’accensione delle ormai storiche luminarie di Piazza Tasso, e in particolare del celebre Albero di Natale.


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The secrets of Sorrento olive oil

It is one of the main ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, and it's the perfect seasoning for every dish of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, from bruschettas to fish soups, from potato salads to pizza. It's Sorrento olive oil, which, as many other food of the area, has a protected designation of origin. The extra virgin olive oil of Sorrento has all the colors, scents and flavors of this land. The color is an intense straw yellow, and slightly fruity scent is reflected in the flavor.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, new stories from our guests

Our feature Plaza Guest Magazine, with the interviews to previous guests of Hotel Plaza Sorrento, goes on. Today we go to Finland, to get the impressions of Gevi Maria Clemes, who has good memories of Hotel Plaza Sorrento after visiting it for the first time 19 years ago! Hi Gevi, please tell us about your experience at Hotel Plaza.


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Summer in Sorrento, a season of music and fun

Nearly 50 events for five months of planning, between June and October, and dozens of locations that will host musical, cultural, theatrical, artistic, photographic, and food events. These are the ingredients of the great cycle of events called the "Nights", sponsored by the city of Sorrento, that will make the summer spent in Sorrento by many Italian and foreign tourists an unforgettable experience.


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British people and Sorrento, a long-lasting relationship

We all know that Sorrento, although visited by tourists from around the world, is especially loved by British people, a bond that lasts for many centuries, since the city was an obligatory stop on the Grand Tour at the end of XVIII century. In that period one of the first evidence of the beauties of Sorrento, "Travels in the Two Sicilies”, was written by Henry Swinburne, between 1777 and 1779.


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L’arte incontra l’eleganza all'Hotel Plaza Sorrento

L'Hotel Plaza, una struttura che ha fatto del design innovativo uno dei suoi punti di forza, arricchisce la sua atmosfera elegante e raffinata con le suggestive opere degli artisti Ludovica Bastianini, Giovanni Presutti e Andrea De Carvalho.


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Sorrento’s sea, a world full of life

The waters of the Gulf of Sorrento, much loved by tourists and residents for their clearness, are incredibly rich in marine life, and the natural areas of the Bay of Ieranto and Punta Campanella are a real explosion of biodiversity. The best known animal species is definitely the loggerhead sea turtle, which often lays its eggs in the cliffs of the Sorrento peninsula.


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Art in Sorrento, the works of Italian artist Arnaldo...

Sorrento keeps promoting modern art, with the exhibition of Arnaldo Pomodoro Rive dei mari (Shores of the seas) which will be held at Villa Fiorentino from 22 May to 22 November 2015. The city of Sorrento will host Arnaldo Pomodoro and his works, which retrace the steps of his long artistic career, starting in the 1950s. Rive dei mari is not only an anthology


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L’arte a Sorrento, le creazioni di Arnaldo Pomodoro...

"Siete stati bravissimi, complimenti". Arnaldo Pomodoro ha voluto stringere la mano a tutti: il lavoro fatto per le installazioni nelle piazze principali di Sorrento e l'allestimento della mostra nei locali di Villa Fiorentino lo hanno soddisfatto pienamente. Accolto dal sindaco Giuseppe Cuomo e dal direttore della Fondazione Sorrento, Luigi Gargiulo,


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Shopping in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast? 4 things you...

Who goes on holiday to Amalfi, Sorrento and Positano, always looks for typical souvenirs, and, if you don’t want to buy souvenirs made in China or Bangladesh, here is a guide to the most typical handicraft specialties of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. As is tradition in Italy, every single town of the Amalfi and Sorrento Coast


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The Museum Correale, a priceless treasure of art...

Sorrento is well known and loved around the world for its views, its food, its sea. But not all the tourists know that Sorrento is also a city of art and that most of its masterpieces are kept in the Museo Correale di Terranova. The museum is a relatively new institution in Sorrento and for that reason is not very well known even by the residents of the city.


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The Emerald Grotto, a hidden gem of Amalfi Coast

There is a place, not far from Amalfi, where the water has the colour of turquoise and emerald. It’s the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), less known than the famous Blue Grotto of Capri, a gem of nature located in Conca dei Marini, in the Amalfi Coast. The cave was discovered only in 1932 by a fisherman, and ages ago it was above sea level and then it was submerged only in recent times due to the bradyseism.


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Easter in Sorrento, the Good Friday processions

Among the best periods of the year to visit Sorrento, Easter is perhaps the most appropriate, for its mild climate, the many culinary specialties but especially for the many religious traditions that take place in these days. The most famous is of course the Good Friday procession.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, new stories from our guests

Our feature Plaza Guest Magazine collects a new story from Trina Haeffel, from Milwaukee, who tells us about her experience at Hotel Plaza Sorrento. Hi Trina, please tell us about your experience at Plaza. How did you know about our hotel? After searching for and reviewing hundreds of hotels in books and online, Hotel Plaza stood out as the right choice for us.


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Sorrento Musical, relive the emotions of the old...

Every year at the Teatro Tasso in Sorrento, just a few steps from Hotel Plaza Sorrento, the Sorrento Musical celebrates the glories of the artistic tradition of Sorrento. In order to put an end to the decadence of the historical traditions of Sorrento, the owners of Teatro Tasso have decided to set up since 1999, the Sorrento Musical, which brings to the stage moments and scenes of the Sorrento peninsula in the XIX century, so far jealously preserved by the families of the Sorrento Coast.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, a story from the States

After England, Denmark and Germany, we now move to Naples, Florida, to get the impressions of Grace Rocco, who stayed at Hotel Plaza Sorrento two years ago with a group. Hi Grace, please tell us about your experience at Hotel Plaza. How did you know about our hotel? I was very fortunate to stay at the Hotel Plaza Sorrento in the fall of 2013 for two weeks. I was studying at Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento and they arranged for our group to stay at the hotel. I loved the hotel.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, more stories from Hotel Plaza...

We are back with our interviews for Plaza Guest Magazine, where previous guests of Hotel Plaza Sorrento tell their stories about Sorrento and their stay. Today is the turn of Ellie Cheeseman Reynolds, from Maidstone, England. Hi Ellie, please tell us about your experience at Hotel Plaza. How did you know about our hotel? We chose Hotel Plaza over a list of other hotels online due to its perfect central location meaning we did not have to hire a car to get around.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, more stories from our guests

After Carlos from Denmark and Debbie from UK, Plaza Guest Magazine interviews another previous guest of Hotel Plaza Sorrento, Elke Kip, an artist and art teacher from the Netherlands (here her website www.artinboxes.nl), about her experience at Plaza. Hi Elke, please tell us about your experience at Hotel Plaza Sorrento.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, our interviews to the guests of...

Our feature Hotel Plaza magazine goes on with our interview to Debbie Sewter, a faithful guest of Hotel Plaza Sorrento. Hi Debbie, please tell us about your experience at Hotel Plaza. How did you know about our hotel? We booked through Classic Collection because the pictures in the brochure looked really good and we were not disappointed.


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Plaza Guest Magazine, our guests tell their stories...

We start today to interview some guests of Hotel Plaza Sorrento who want to share with us their experience at the hotel. Our first interview is to Carlos Pedersen, from Denmark, who stayed at Plaza Sorrento with his wife and a couple of friends for seven days last July. Hi Carlos, what did you like most of Sorrento?


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Marriage Italian Style, all the customs and traditions

Getting married in Italy or at least being invited to a wedding in Italy is the dream of many foreign tourists, intrigued by a ritual that even today, preserves some typical traditions that you find only here in Italy. There is no doubt that a wedding, in Italy, is still a serious affair, and if you want to do things right, to make a bella figura, you should start preparing at least a year before.


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Did you know it? 10 interesting stories about Sorrento

Sorrento is one of the most popular destinations for international tourism, but not everyone, not even the most loyal tourists, are aware of some curious facts that we report in this article. 1. On New Year's Eve, a silhouette of iron depicting a donkey is burned with firecrackers, sparklers and other fireworks to welcome the New Year.


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Amalfi Blue and Shrouded in Pompei, a declaration of...

Last time we introduced you to the literary works of some authors who set their novels in Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. This time we talk about another author who has written not just one, but two books in these places. Her name is Lisa Fantino, she is an attorney, journalist and educator based in New York City (but of Italian ancestry).


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When Sorrento was the capital city of a kingdom

Today Sorrento is one of the capitals of international tourism, but not everyone knows that, even if for a few years, Sorrento was the capital city of a real independent kingdom, the Duchy of Sorrento. They were the darkest times of the Middle Ages, when Italy was constantly the victim of the barbarian invasions, and divided into dozens of small towns in eternal conflict between them.


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Top 10 films set in Amalfi and Sorrento Coast

Practically every region or little town in Italy has been a set for film productions, both italian and foreign ones. Some of the Hollywood films set in Italy were pretty good, some other cheesy, unconvincing or just plain awful. Most of them share a common flaw: the multitude of stereotypes, that portay Italy as a country still struck in the 1950s, where everyone plays mandolino and listens to opera.


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The ancient walls of Sorrento, a journey back in time

Like almost all Italian cities that have centuries of history behind them, Sorrento also boasts ancient walls and gates. Since the time of the Roman Empire the city was surrounded by walls but under the roadway of Porta Parsano there are nevertheless remains of other walls, which, according to the latest surveys, do not date back to Roman times, but even to the Greek domination.


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Myths and legendary tales of Sorrento

The town of Sorrento is at the center of so many myths and legendary tales that to list them all in this article would be impossible. We only report the most compelling, from the legend that the city takes its name from the siren Sirentum, who was taken captive by the pirates and freed by her countrymen, who gave all they had to get her back.


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The best and most secluded beaches in Amalfi Coast...

We know we are off season, but for tourists who will visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast next summer, here are some tips for exploring the most secluded and beautiful beaches in the area: The Bagni della Regina Giovanna (Queen Joan’s baths) are certainly among the most famous of Sorrento and can be reached via a path starting from Capo di Sorrento.


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Sorrento one of the most visited cities in Italy in 2014

Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world and, according to the online reservations website Hotels.com, Sorrento was in 2013 and 2014 the fifth most visited city in Italy, surpassing cities like Naples and Turin. A remarkable achievement when you consider that ahead of Sorrento, there are only big cities such as Rome, Venice, Milan and Florence.


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Best reads for the lovers of Amalfi Coast

Are you planning a holiday to the Amalfi and Sorrento Coast in the next months? You should also put in the suitcase the right novels, and to immerse in the right atmosphere what's better than reading books set in these places? From love novels to thrillers and historical novels, there’s plenty of choice.


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Special contest Plaza, all the pictures and texts of...

Plaza Mare d’inverno, the first online contest of Hotel Plaza Sorrento has ended with general satisfaction. The commitment and passion of the 16 contestants expressed in the photographic contributions, which portrayed them on a background of the sea in winter, but especially in the unpublished texts, has made the first edition of the contest an interesting emotional experiment 2.0.


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Speciale contest Plaza con foto, testi e interviste...

Si è chiuso con successo Plaza Mare d’inverno, il primo contest online dell’Hotel Plaza Sorrento. L’impegno e la passione dei 16 concorrenti espressi nei contributi fotografici, che li ritraeva su uno sfondo di mare invernale, ma soprattutto nei testi inediti prodotti, ha reso la prima edizione del contest un interessante esperimento emozionale 2.0.


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Valle delle Ferriere, just another place to discover...

A fascinating and unexpected trek. The discovery of a secret Amalfi, made not only of sea. It’s the Valle delle Ferriere (Ferriere valley), a valley that is climbing to the mountains of the Amalfi Coast; a valley that we absolutely recommend to visit, for its waterfalls, its semitropical vegetation, the ruins of the old paper mills that symbolize the industrial history of the city: a series of elements that have the water in common, the old engine of the paper mills and ironworks.


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Marina Grande, a hidden gem in Sorrento

Almost everyone knows Marina Piccola in Sorrento, the port where ferries full of tourists dock every day and the curvy road Via Luigi de Maio take them directly to the central Piazza Tasso. Not everyone knows Marina Grande. As Capri, Sorrento too has two Marinas, and Marina Grande retains a secluded atmosphere of the past, far from the chaos and the jet set atmosphere of Piazza Tasso and surroundings.


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Ravello, heaven on earth

Ravello is a small, beautiful town that has attracted thousand of visitors over the centuries. The history of Ravello, doubly tied to the vicissitudes of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, tells of a beauty that has always fascinated those who happened to be passing around here. One of the first to be amazed by its beauty was the writer Giovanni Boccaccio, who mentioned it in his Decameron.


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Sorrento Peninsula, the kingdom of gastronomy

For centuries, the Sorrento peninsula has been popular with tourists from all over the world for its mild climate, the beautiful sea and the beauty of its coastline. More rarely, however, it has been quoted for the culinary specialties of the region that instead represent another very valid reason for a visit, not only by the lovers of food.


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I lavori dell’artista Ludovica Bastianini in mostra...

Arte ed eleganza all’Hotel Plaza Sorrento a partire da sabato 6 dicembre. Alle 18 l’inaugurazione di Senza Pelle, una personale dell’artista Ludovica Bastianini esposta negli spazi dell’albergo. L’esibizione, curata da Manuela Esposito e Caterina Ianni, e organizzata dalla Wonderwall Art Gallery di Sorrento con la collaborazione della direzione di Plaza Sorrento, è interamente dedicata alla figura femminile.


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Art and elegance at Hotel Plaza Sorrento

The evocative works of the artist Ludovica Bastianini on display at the Hotel Plaza Sorrento. From Saturday, December 6 at 18.00, the Plaza Hotel Sorrento will host the photo exhibition Senza Pelle (Without Skin) by the artist Ludovica Bastianini, cured by Manuela Esposito and Caterina Ianni.


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Sorrento in Winter a season full of initiatives

Winter and holidays are two incompatible words for many tourist destinations. Rain, snow, cold, dark discourage tourists and many holiday resorts only work during Summer. it’s not the case of Sorrento, where every month and every season is full of initiatives and innovations, including winter, which in Sorrento has begun a few months in advance with the launch, for the seventh consecutive year, of the series of events "M'illumino d’inverno".


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Come back to Sorrento-all the famous songs of Sorrento

The Neapolitan song is famous not only in Italy, but all over the world, and many of the most famous songs are about the town of Sorrento. The most famous, of course, is Torna a Surriento. The genesis of this song is anything but romantic. Indeed, it was composed in 1894 by the Neapolitan brothers Giambattista and Ernesto De Curtis and was presented in 1902 to the then Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Zanardelli, who stepped at Sorrento during a visit to Calabria.


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The Path of the Gods

The towns of Sorrento and Amalfi, Positano and Ravello are not the only attractions of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. Between the hills and surrounded by greenery there is a pathway perfect for a hike, which has been named for its beauty the Path of Gods, as it seems you walk suspended between the sky and the sea. It connects Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast and it is divided in two parts.


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Sorrento famous guests of the past

Since the 1700s, Sorrento has exercised a special charm that has attracted poets and literati, musicians and painters. Especially in the XIX century, during the period of the "Grand Tour" distinguished guests from all over Europe came to stay in Sorrento, widely praising the beautiful scenery, the narrow streets of the city center, the magnificent panoramic terraces overlooking the sea, the charming bays of Naples and Salerno.


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The Deep Valley of the Mills

Just a block from Piazza Tasso, the core of Sorrento, there is a hidden treasure, a deep valley full of history and mysteries. It's the Deep Valley of the Mills, a natural, breathtaking ravine right in the middle of Sorrento. If you don't know you are approaching it, it can shock you with its depth.


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Hotel Plaza Sorrento joins the eco philosophy

It’s maybe a coincidence, but an increasing number of hotels that aims to stand out in the landscape of receptivity is offering as green as possible: and it is not only about materials used in construction or systems for the responsible use of energy, it’s about how to intercept a request that comes from an audience increasingly attentive to wellness, physical and mental well-being.


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All the celebrities who had Amalfi and Sorrento Coast Honeymoons

Every corner of Italy has been the set for a lavish wedding or a romantic honeymoon of international celebrities. George Clooney recently married in Venice, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in Apulia, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in Bracciano, next to Roma, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Florence.


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