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Naples and Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, or “Surriento” in the local dialect, is a beautiful little town nestled among the rugged cliffs on the south side of the Bay of Naples. Usually not found among the most popular places in Italy, it is an excellent place for a laid back weekend and relaxation. Looking at the architecture, you can see the influences of Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, French, and the Spanish, giving it a unique historical charm. With Mt. Vesuvius towering above you and Naples just across the bay, renting a boat in Sorrento Italy will give you a vacation to remember while “Torna a Surriento” plays charmingly in the background.

 

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Marina Grande and Marina Piccola

Sorrento has two harbors, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola at its heart. Marina Grande is the smaller of the two, but more interesting for tourists. It has vivid colors, fine restaurants, a great view, and a nice boardwalk atmosphere. Marina Piccola is a popular destination for tourists due to the large number of ferries and tours and has a road leading to Piazza Tasso, the commercial hub of Sorrento. Both will be equally interesting to put the anchor down and explore the shoreline.

Sail to the pools beneath the ancient Roman villa

There are fascinating museums to visit in the city, but if you want to feel the true part of its history you can go to the ruins of a Roman villa, the Villa Pollio Felice. These ruins are dated to 1 century BC and have mesmerizing natural pool below them. The pool is separated from the sea by a rock arch and is surrounded by cliffs, but it is accessible by renting a boat. Although there are plenty of beaches in the area, swimming here is an unforgettable experience and widely considered one of the unique features of Sorrento.

Snorkeling opportunities galore

The coast of Sorrento offers the best diving near Napoli, Italy. There are loads of tours and locations for both snorkeling as well as deep diving. Puolo Bay, a hidden gem in Sorrento that’s famous for its crystal clear water is especially popular. Practically any place is the right one where you can stop to swim and snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The whole region from Sorrento to Amalfi is considered filled with wonderful opportunities for exploring aquatic life. Amalfi is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997 for its stunning scenery, including majestic cliffs but also for its historical importance.

Visit Capri Island sights and attractions

You can reach Capri from Marina Piccola in 20-30 minutes at leisure cruise speed. Cruising around the island, you will enjoy the natural splendor of White Grotto, Natural Arch, and Green Grotto. If you are careful, you will also spot Punta Carena Lighthouse and famous Faraglioni Rocks, the place where adverts for Dolce & Gabbana were filmed. Blue Grotto is considered the most popular location on the island and you can spend quality time here by relaxing on the deck of the boat and topping up your tan. You can also go swimming and snorkeling from your rented boat while admiring the beauty of the island.

Go fishing and catch the most delicious lunch around

The west coast of Italy faces the Tyrrhenian Sea, with deeper waters and rockier seafloors than in the Adriatic Sea. Bluefin tuna season is active from May through October, as large specimens pass through the Sicilian and Sardinian Channel, although smaller than the ones you’ll find in the Adriatic. The most common fishes you can see on your line are white marlin, albacore tuna, snapper, and grouper. Many regard Sorrento and the Bay of Naples as one of the four paradises of the Mediterranean so there’s no better place to rent a boat in Sorrento and hit the water in style.

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