Along with fantastic food, holidays to Italy serve up pinch-yourself scenery, impossibly pretty towns and no end of ancient sights.
Master of all trades
Being the birthplace of pizza is this boot-shaped country’s main claim to fame. But, with smouldering volcanoes, chocolate-box fishing villages and ancient architecture, cruise holidays to Italy are a feast for the eyes, as well as the taste buds.
Our Italy cruises anchor down in Naples. This buzzing Mediterranean city’s a destination in its own right, but it’s also the gateway to straight-off-a-postcard seaside resorts, like Sorrento. This clifftop town is top of the list for Italy cruise and stay holidays – and it’s easy to see why. It’s been turning tourists’ heads for years with its charming cobbled streets, smart lidos and Vesuvius-filled views.
The towns on Sorrento’s outskirts move in the slow lane. Sant’Agnello lines up one of the few sandy beaches in this part of the boot, with a volcanic, cliff-backed cove. Meanwhile, Piano di Sorrento’s family-run trattorias and coffee shops are examples of traditional Italy at its best. And both are less than 20 minutes’ drive from Sorrento, when you want to turn the volume up a bit.
Lots of Campania’s towns have direct trains to places like Pompeii and Herculaneum. If you choose to visit the former, you can combine it with a trip up Vesuvius. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see over the Bay of Naples and as far out as Capri. Plus, buses regularly head down to the Amalfi Coast – a glittering stretch of mountain-backed shoreline.
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Sant'Agnello’s a clifftop town perched midway along the Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s easy to fill your days here, lingering over a plate of pasta, sipping espresso in one of the trendy cafés, or hiking out into the hills that spread for miles around. And away from the peaceful piazzas, you’ve got lively Sorrento just minutes away.
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Pin down a map of Italy, and you’ll spot two peninsulas on the southwest coast, in-line with the country’s ‘spur’ on the other side. The Sorrentine Peninsula's the southernmost of the two, and Piano di Sorrento is right in the middle of it.
Cobblestone streets, colourful flowers and picture-perfect views of Mount Vesuvius and Naples – as a resort, hilly Sorrento comes up with it all. This chic setting on the southwest coast of Italy also offers designer boutiques, lively bars and authentic Italian restaurants. And it’s at the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera, so the beautiful towns of Positano and Amalfi are within easy reach as well.
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