Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sorrento and Italy. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sorrento and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sorrento insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host®
My name is Annamaria and I was born here in Sorrento. I really enjoy sharing the culture and secrets of my land with Monograms visitors: from the world-famous island of Capri and the extraordinary excavations of Pompeii to the enchanting atmosphere of the Amalfi coast, not forgetting the wonderful flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.
Walk through the Old Town along the fisherman's path to Marina Grande, once the main harbor of Sorrento. Sophia Loren was filmed in movies at this picturesque harbor. Stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy fresh fish brought in by the local fleet.
Correale Museum, Marquetry/Inlaid Wood Museum "Museo Bottega Della TarsiaLignea"
The eighteenth century Palazzo Correale di Terranova houses the town's museum, Correale. This was created by Alfredo and Pompeo Correale, Counts of Terranova, who later donated it to the town. The rooms hold precious examples of crafts and local art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On exhibition are some remarkable pieces from the Greco-Roman age, medieval elements from the Cathedral, furniture, clocks, porcelain, glass and a fine collection of paintings. Of special interest are the nineteenth century marquetry items made by local artists according to the tradition which has brought international fame to Sorrento.
A visit to the new Marquetry Museum is also well worth a visit to learn more about this decorative art. The Museum's principal objective is to promote and ensure continuity of the tradition of Sorrentine marquetry.
City train tour
Take a ride on the Sorrento train tour, with audio commentary, to admire panoramic terraces and the city's beauty.
Sorrentine Peninsula: Hop On - Hop Off Bus
Enjoy some of the best views of the peninsula, its Mediterranean vegetation, blue sea and small, picturesque towns and villages. Stop at the ones of your choice to admire and explore, and then catch the next bus according to the circuit's timetable. Audio guides with commentary are provided on board.
Relax in the gardens and enjoy spectacular views across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius. Newly weds head to this shaded oasis fo fairytale wedding photos.
Queen Giovanna's Baths
Stroll out of town to the Queen Giovanna's Baths and ancient fortress to view the Mediterranean up close. Walk back or catch the local bus.
Inlaid Wood/Marquetry, Cameos
Good buys of local craftsmanship include inlaid woodwork 'intarsio', created in anything from small musical boxes right up to large pieces of furniture. Cameos and corals make splendid jewelry pieces. Admire lifelike Capodimonte figurines created in the Naples area. Other shopping possibilities are embroidery and silk work made at home by local ladies, or look out for ceramics from the Amalfi coastline.
The Sorrento and Naples areas are well known for their cuisine, but perhaps the most famous of all is the Pizza Margherita, invented in Naples. Sorrento is renowned for its fresh fish dishes, shell fish (often served with Scialatielli home made pasta) and other sea food such as the delicious calamari. Spaghetti with clams is certainly one of the favorites. For dessert maybe try the local Pastiera (cake with ricotta cheese, wheat grain and candied fruit).
Ask your Local Host about street markets for local color and bargains.
Sea, Sun, Music and Culture
Sorrento offers everything to visitors, sea and sun, magnificent mountain views, music and culture, a relaxing atmosphere and everything within a short distance.