When to go
Massa Lubrense, at the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula, is an area of hamlets, lemon groves and unrivalled sea views. The groves are criss-crossed by mule paths and marked footpaths – fantastic in spring when the lemon and orange blossom are in bloom.
PlanesNaples airport, 40 miles from Sorrento, is the most convenient, with regular international flights year round, including an EasyJet service from London Stansted.
BoatsThere are regular hydrofoils from Naples taking 35 minutes and leaving from Molo Beverello off Piazza Municipio.
TrainsNapoli Centrale on Piazza Garibaldi is linked to Sorrento by the Circumvesuviana train which runs twice hourly; See www.vesuviana.it for details.
AutomobilesIt’s worth renting a car to be able to explore | but traffic can be bumper to bumper on the coastal road in summer.
TaxisExpensive, but most sights in Sorrento are walkable. If you can’t do without a driver, call 081 878 2204.
Style Italian eye candy
Setting In view of Vesuvius
Bellevue Syrene is built upon the ruins of a Roman villa, but there’s nothing ancient about its flamboyant interiors and attentive service. Sorrento’s dazzling palette sets the tone inside: grass green, sugar-sweet pastels and, inevitably, sea blue.
• Easy access to the sea from the private sunbathing deck
• Impeccable service and old-school charm
• Creature comforts, including massages and delicious food
Relax on the Mediterranean for three nights at Maison La Minervatta, a chic hotel that's precariously perched on the cliffs of Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Each of the 12 nattily nautical rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and any of the three terraces make an ideal spot for sipping a Negroni and taking in the spectacular Bay of Naples vistas.
Worth getting out of bed for
– Test your driving skills and cruise the coastal roads
– Set sail to to the islands of Capri or Ischia
– Walk to the fishing village of Marina Grande