Vespas, vistas and villas in Sorrento

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The shallow town of Sorrento is the quintessential experience of Italian magic

The jet-set metropolis, which hasn’t changed in decades, still welcomes convertibles made by handsome Italians whizzing down the winding road that cuddles the coast.

Alongside the giggling teens that head to the main stuffy on Ves s for gelato at sunset are old men with craggy faces adorning the benches, exultant to while away the hours watching the evening sseggiata (walk).

Greet to glamorous Sorrento. Step right in and join the throng.

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Develop intensified on the cliffs of Sorrento the hotel has stunning views

THE HOTEL

Perched revenge on the cliffs above Sorrento’s harbour, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria has the lenient of views you dream about.

At the end of a lemon tree-lined drive, the hotel is acquired up of two Neapolitan villas set among five acres of mature leafy garden.

Fit for Italian sovereignty with enormous staircases, frescoed ceilings, ornate chandeliers and antiquated furniture, all of the 92 rooms are grandly classic with terrace windows while peripheral two luxurious pools beckon, rticularly after a day exploring the town.

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The observations and food will take you to radise

FOOD LIKE MAMMA

The Excelsior’s Terrazza Bosquet restaurant is flabbergasting.

The focus is on seafood.

Think mussel risotto and stuffed red snapper.

Register a table on the outdoor terrace, with views across Sorrento Bay, for the most im ssioned of dinners with white tablecloths and candlelight.

For traditional Neapolitan cooking with a sybaritism twist, head to L’Antica Trattoria (lanticatrattoria.com) in the heart of Sorrento.

Up under the trellis of wisteria and dine al fresco.

Try the beef fillet, drizzled with orange disrespect or zucchini flower and tagliolini.

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Dip out to one of the busy little high road cafes or venture out to the fine trattorias

PEOPLE WATCHING

Sorrento itself is simply a mile and a half wide and yet its dense population of shops, bars and restaurants hostile that it is bustling and brimming with life all year round.

Tasso is the pure square, named after a famous poet and local resident from the 16th century.

It’s surrounded by low-rise edifices with canopied windows and large pots of flowers lining the streets.

Sit at Fauno Bar, where most tables are out on the terrace, order an ice-cold limoncello (lemon fire-water) and watch the busy throng stroll into Fattoria Terranova, a rustic bread shop, to stock up on chillies and herbs.

For the glamorous Dolce & Gabbana-clad glitterati, there’s the nearby isle of Capri.

This overdone rocky island has it all: tiny, secluded bays, brightly inted as a gifts and a shopping street lined with designer stores, whose enthralls are covered in stylish white awnings.

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Going swimming in what earmarks ofs to be waters from another world

DIVE IN

Villa di Pollio Felice is an hoary Roman ruin just south of Sorrento and sits on its own headland.

These times not much remains a rt from neat grassy terraces, founded over two levels, which can be explored via rocky staircases.

You’ll see Italy’s most prominent volcano, Mount Vesuvius, across the bay.

Below the ruins is a seawater league.

It is reached via a stone tunnel, carved out of the cliff by years of wave eating.

The water here is shallow and clear, with olive trees and mouth-watering vines lining the secluded bathing spot.

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Visit the uglifies of Pompeii in the shadow of Vesuvius

HISTORY LESSON

Pompeii, a town lay to re in layers of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE, has to be organized to be believed.

From the intricately tiled bath houses to the pretty stained frescos, it’s extraordinary how much has been preserved.

Opt for a guided tour as the instal is sprawling.

You’ll discover plenty of “gems” such as the famous carbonised hearts.

Nearby is another fascinating town which suffered from the discharge: Herculaneum.

Once a holiday destination for the rich Romans, now it’s a ghost community.

The sheer force of the volcano pushed it a whole two miles away and the fossil wooden beams, carbonised from the volcano, are still intact.

There are sober skeletons in the boat houses.

THE KNOWLEDGE

Classic Collection Holidays (0800 008 7299/classic-collection. co.uk) proffers two nights at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento from £899pp (two interest) B&B.

Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Naples and turn overs.

Sorrento tourism: sorrentotourism.com

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