Sorrento Coast

Vico Equense is part of the beautiful and famous Sorrento Coast, a tourist destination for 365 days a year. Sorrento Coast is rich in nature, traditions, worldly events. A lot of artists have painted it, taken inspiration from this real earthly paradise. 

 Here, useful and handy information about what to visit and how to reach these places.

Sorrento

Sorrento is the main city of Sorrento Coast, one of the most visited tourist places in the world and for many reasons…It’s located on a plateau overlooking the sea, it possesses everything that nature can offer.

The best way to visit Sorrento is walking, leisurely, among its shopping streets and its characteristic historical centre, with its alleys shrouded in history and artisanship.

The greatest expression of the ancient history of Sorrento is the Correale Museum where Greek, Roman, Medieval works and remains are preserved, and also some editions of works of the poet Torquato Tasso, birth in Sorrento.

Among its monuments and historical buildings, very important are its churches. In the main square, there is the Cathedral of Sorrento: in Romanesque style, inside it, has many wooden and marble works made by great Neapolitan masters, such as its 15th-century crucifixion. When you leave the Duomo, you will walk through Corso Italia, the main street of the city from which, taking the

side streets, you can enter the historic centre of Sorrento between typical boutiques and souvenir shops.

Other attractions of the city are the Basilica of Sant’Antonino (the Sorrento’s patron saint), Chiostro and Church of St. Francesco and Sedile Dominova.  

The most important square in Sorrento is Piazza Tasso, dedicated to the poet that was born here. In the square, there are many bars and restaurants where you can drink a coffee and eat something. Not too far from here, there is the Villa Comunale, from where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples. 

Continuing along this panoramic road, you will arrive in Marina Grande, where there is Sorrento’s beach, a characteristic small harbour and many bars and restaurants.

Meta

Meta is the closest place of Sorrento Cost to Vico Equense. It’s a small seaside town on the Gulf of Naples.

 

There are different interpretations about the origin of its name: some say that it comes from the name of an old house whose construction was never concluded; others say that it comes from a quality of grapes grown on the hills of Meta. The best conjecture is that its name derives from its geographical location because the town rises at the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula (“Meta” means “Top”).

 

Whilst it’s only a small town, there are plenty of points of interest to see and visit, as well as buildings and monuments. The Basilica of Santa Maria Di Lauro is the most important place of cult in Meta: according to the legend, it was built at the place where used to be the Temple of Minerva.

The Church of Santissima Annunziata, commonly called “Santa Lucia”, has a chapel completely built-in tuff.

 

In winter, the historical centre of Meta is the most visited area. It offers a quiet and calm atmosphere in the narrow streets with ancient doorways where time seems to have stood still.

 

Always in Meta, there is Marina Di Alimuri, the biggest sandy public beach on Sorrento Coast. If you don’t mind pebble, there is Meta Beach too. Both of them are easy to reach from the train station (15-minute walk).

Piano di Sorrento

It’s divided into many hamlets, among which the medieval town of San Liborio with its houses built around the Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church. 

 

Among its historical buildings: 

-         Villa Fondi: it’s open all year round and it is located on a panoramic terrace overlooking the port. The Villa is surrounded by a typical Sorrento garden with citrus trees, olive trees and exotic plats;

-         Villa Lauro: one of the best example of neoclassical architecture in Campania, now the house of a shipping operation;

-         Colonna Castle: it was built in 1872 on the ruins of the old Monastery of San Pietro in Cemanna. Now it’s a resort with a restaurant.

 

Among its natural beauties, Piano Di Sorrento offers flourishing vegetation of chestnut trees in the Selva Di Santa Caterina and beech and oak groves in Monte Vico Alvaro and front of the Li Galli islands.  

Sant’Agnello

Sant’Agnello was inhabited by the Etruscans, Phoenicians and Samnites, about two centuries before the foundation of Rome. Today, this small town is characterized by quiet streets and beautiful landscape. 

Make sure to visit the Marinella panoramic terrace, from which you can enjoy a full view of the Coast. On the side, you can also see the Nicolini Villa, an 18th-century mansion overlooking the cliffs. From Marinella, you can reach Marinella Beach, walking down along an ancient Roman path built in stone.   

An immeasurable natural beauty is the view of the inlet of Golfo Del Pecoriello, at the end of Viale Dei Pini. You can access the terrace by descent from overlooking the bay.

Visit also the historical centres of Angri and Cappuccini, where 18th-century doors, porphyry alleys and century-old trees witness the past centuries. 

There are many country festivals in town: in autumn there is the one held by the Maiano neighbourhood with the participation of many artists showing their works, folk singers and the opportunity to taste local products. It is truly an excellent mix of art and traditions.

Massa Lubrense

Massa Lubrense is located at the end of the Sorrento Coast. The legend says that it was the land of mermaids who tried to enchant Ulysses. The town is a real natural Eden of over 100 trials that give an all-around sensory experience, made by smells and natural sents and picturesque landscapes.

The coast is wet from the two gulfs: the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. Its town-centre is a quiet hamlet of 19th-century mansions and houses. In the main square, there is a terrace that allows you to admire the panorama of Capri and the Sorrento peninsula.

Massa is especially known for the Marina Della Lobra, from which, in the summer season, depart tours and excursions to the nearby islands and the Amalfi Coast. It has a characteristic and romantic stroll on the sea, from which on the horizon you can admire the profile of Naples and Vesuvius.

Massa Lubrense is made up of so many hamlets and among them is Sant'Agata sui due Golfi, famous due to its position that allows admiring Capri and Li Galli islands. Here there is the famous Punta Campanella, a declared Protected Area and part of WWF Heritage. If you love adventure, we also recommend discovering the Bay of Ieranto accessible only through a path on the mountains or by boat.

Massa Lubrense is also famous for its beaches like the beach of Puolo, a small seaside village and the farthest Nerano perfect for a dip among the crystal clear waters. Here, also many fish restaurants where you can taste amazing dishes based on fish of the day.

How to reach Sorrento Cost from Vico Equense?

Sorrento – Meta – Piano – Sant’Agnello: You can reach these places by train. There is a local commuter that connects Naples to Sorrento. From Vico Equense, the stops in order of direction are Meta, Piano, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento.

Massa Lubrense: From Vico Equense there isn’t a direct connection to public transportation services. Once reached Sorrento by train, you need to take the line bus 5070 which stops in Massa Lubrense. 

There also the SITA buses to move easly by a place to another. The SITA routes are daily and the departures are frequent.

By car: Sorrento Cost is connected by the panoramic SS 145.

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