You know that place that you dream of escaping to? It’s the one that you fantasize about when you are commuting to work. It’s the place your mind goes to when you are up at midnight with a class project that you were just informed about at supper. You with me? Well, I found it. It’s Sorrento, Italy, and I will be going there in my mind (and hopefully again in person) for the rest of my life.
Sorrento, Italy is nestled on the southeast coastline of Italy in a region called the Amalfi Coast. My family and I visited this heavenly place in 2015, and it changed our lives. While I am sometimes prone to hyperbole, this isn’t one of those times. The second you arrive, you are greeted by the warmth of the sun and the people. You won’t lift a finger while you are there. Bags are carried for you. Food is given to you. Arms are wrapped around you. A shot of limoncello is handed to you. Warning: You will immediately start panicking that you ever have to leave this place. It is truly and authentically Italian, and seemingly unaffected by the world outside its borders.
Sorrento is small. It feels like a village that has been there forever. The people who live there absolutely love their town. They have protected and preserved it for generations, and yet they are thrilled for you to come and experience it. The city is easy and enjoyable to walk. As a matter of fact, that’s the preferred method of transportation. Imagine walking narrow, stone streets that are lined with open-air shops, restaurants, churches, and lemon trees. Don’t be surprised if you are offered assistance and an occasional hug. The people of Sorrento are so genuine and so full of life. They seem grateful for the day, and you will feel that way, too. You will welcome the slow pace and the opportunity to see beauty and appreciate your life beyond the office and your sometimes (often) harried home life. Sorrento is about slowly sightseeing and shopping, eating supper at 10 pm, and waking late to the sound of a single Vespa on the narrow street below.
The food is beyond description. One of the only stressors is choosing the restaurant and the main course. Spoiler: You can’t choose wrong. With so many options, the smartest thing to do is to simply ask a local. He/she will light up at your rudimentary attempt at Italian and immediately tell you where to go and what to order. It shouldn’t be shocking if you are escorted there and introduced to the owner. At the end of the meal, you will be given another shot of limoncello and pointed in the direction of the best gelato shop. Grazie.
Listen, Sorrento seems a world away, but it’s easy enough to get to. It’s a short and beautifully scenic car or train ride from Naples. In a hop, skip, and a jump, you could be smelling the sea and lemons as your worries and cares fall away.
Dena Selvey has been with Once Upon A Vacation for a year and a half. Dena and her family visit Disney at least once a year. Some of Dena’s other favorite travel destinations include London, Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, New York City, the Bahamas and all places Caribbean, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the Florida Keys. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to help plan your next adventure!