Scattered around Sorrento are colourful ports and sun-soaked beaches sitting beneath rows of honey-coloured houses and shopfronts, selling anything from ceramics to lacework. Dickens, Tolstoy and the poet Byron holidayed here, self-confessed addicts to the salt-tinged Sorrentine air.
Wander around the Piazza Tasso, splurge at the shopping district on Via San Cesareo and make sure you cap off your days with a bowl or two of sensational gnocchi Alla Sorrentina. For dessert, gobble up the typical cake of the region known as la pastiera and round off your evening with an ice-cold shot of Limoncelloin true Italian style.
The 4 Star Grand Hotel La Pace will be your home away from home during this week-long getaway. Its magnificent lobby is reminiscent of older 20th century styles and its luxurious swimming pool boasts a panoramic solarium terrace with plenty of loungers for soaking up the sun, as well as a convenient snack bar to help tide you over during that mid-morning peckish period.
Secluded and surrounded by rustling palm trees, the Grand Hotel La Pace is a short walk from all the attractions. You’ll find golden beaches, exquisite restaurants, supermarkets, thronging bars and sophisticated wineries all within a short stroll or quick cab journey meaning there’s always something to do.
Different spa packages at the hotel pave the way for total relaxation too. Opt for opening up those pores in a sauna, taking a chocolate bath or learning about Italian anti-aging methods. And if you’re feeling energetic, head to the fitness centre and meet your personal trainer for a session before relaxing your muscles in a whirlpool.