1. Tell us a bit about yourself! What do you do, how long have you lived where you are and what makes you an expert in the region? Do you have any special connection there?
I was born in Naples, but I have always lived in Sorrento. My father moved to Sorrento from Naples when he was about 30, and it was then that he opened one of the first travel agencies in town – it was 1960, to be exact. I guess it was only natural that my sisters and I followed in his steps. We’ve been in the travel industry for as long as I can remember!
2. Why should people travel to your region at least once in their life? What might they find surprising on their first visit?
Not being biased, it’s one of the best landscapes in the whole world. And that’s all thanks to its mild climate, natural wonders and the beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the locals, they’re incredibly welcoming which is something that visitors appreciate immensely.
3. And what makes people come back time and time again?
Besides the above, it’s got to be the food. It’s so moreish, you couldn’t possibly resist.
4. Summarise the region for us in three words!
Amazing, cosy, surprising
5. Have you had any well-known events (historical or otherwise) take place in the region?
One of the most important events is the ‘Incontri del Cinema‘, which takes place in November. It’s a celebration of film and it attracts stars from all over the world.
6. Time for some travel inspiration – can you give us your recommendations on:
The first thing to do – you should drop your bags and…go grab a slice of pizza in one of the typical pizzerias.
What’s your favourite restaurant? Like I said, pizza first! There is one particular place in Sorrento called Da Franco. They make every kind of pizza…it’s delicious.
You should also indulge in the coffee, you can visit the main square (Tasso Square), there are a couple of bars there, all of them make a lovely coffee.
If you had to choose the best activity, what would you pick? Hiking is always a given. There’s so much area to cover, once you’re up the hills, the world is yours to explore.
The best activities and things to do for families? Rent a boat and do a tour of the coast. It’s so worth it and it’s also non-expensive. But if you get seasick, rent a car and drive along the Amalfi Coast.
What’s the best-kept secret of the region? Easy, the 3 ‘s’…sun, sea and sand.
7. What would your perfect day in the area comprise of?
A long, hot day at the beach, with something good to eat – maybe some fresh fish. Finished off with a cold glass of wine.
8. What’s the one experience that really captures the essence of the region for you, and why?
I think it all begins as soon as you arrive. From the air that you breathe to the smell of lemons that linger through the streets and the positive energy that the locals show in the area. If you can visit, even if it’s just once, it’s worth it.
Well, we truly hope that’s given you a glimpse of Sorrento & Amalfi Coast – and all its offerings. Many thanks again to Silvana for being a great sport, and letting us in on her insider knowledge.