Updates from the Amalfi Coast: Sorrento

Marina Grande, Sorrento

Sorrento was an interesting experience yesterday. Would I recommend it? Actually, probably not. Unfortunately it was overrun by British tourists and I felt sorry for them. If anyone was looking for an authentic experience there was no way they’d get it in Sorrento. Most of the restaurants cater for British tourists who have already decided what Italian food is, and perhaps would also like some fries on the side. Oh, the Americans were there too. Princess Cruises had just arrived so there were thousands people following their tour leaders with little signs around the town. I felt sorry for them and couldn’t wait to get out of there.

Umbrellas on the beach at Sorrento

 

Sorrento

At that point I decided that I wasn’t going to find any good food in the town and perhaps my only hope, away from the tourist frenzy, was to find a nice hotel restaurant. I spotted one when I arrived called the Hotel Vittorio Excelsior. The security guard seemed very friendly and got permission for me to have lunch at the café by the pool. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the hotel is probably one of the best in Sorrento and has hosted royalty, celebrities etc. I had a delicious lunch and the staff were incredibly friendly. Even the hotel cat came out to say hello.

Buildings at the Hotel Vittorio Excelsior

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