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SORRENTO

SORRENTO

According to ancient Greek legend, the area around Sorrento was known as the Temple of the Sirens. Sailors of antiquity were powerless to resist the beautiful song of these maiden-cum-monsters who, without fail, would lure them and their ships to their doom on the reefs. Homer’s Ulysses escaped the sirens’ deadly lure by having his oarsmen plug their ears and strapping himself to the mast of his ship as he sailed past the fatal place. Today’s visitors to Sorrento have less to fear and in the high season this unashamed resort town is bursting with holiday-makers, predominantly from Britain and Germany. However, there is still enough southern Italian charm to make a stay here enjoyable and it is handy for Capri (15 minutes away) and the Amalfi coast. The road to Pompei is pretty in parts, but has unfortunately been spoiled by expanding residential and industrial sprawl. Piazza Tasso, bisected by Sorrento’s main street, Corso Italia, is the centre of town. The piazza is about a 300m walk north-west of the train station, along Corso Italia. From Marina Piccola, where the ferries and hydrofoils arrive, walk south along Via Luigi de Maio. A walk from the port involves climbing about 200 steps to reach the piazza. Corso Italia becomes the S145 on the way east to Napoli and changes its name to Via del Capo when it heads west.