Back in August I took my family on a short break to Sorrento. Perhaps not a destination that I would have instantly picked for my tots, however, my family and I had a wonderful time. Here is what we got up to…
“Ciao Mama, Ciao Papa!” said my four and two-year-olds repeatedly, proud as punch for ‘learning’ Italian while on holiday in Sorrento.
We were staying at the Grand Hotel Royal, which to my delight was styled beautifully. It is a contemporary hotel with a touch of old glamour.
The hotel provided a stunning backdrop for our Sorrento and Naples adventure. With its breathtaking view of the epic Mount Vesuvius, the stories we could tell the children about the volcano’s eruption and Pompeii were endless (we promised them a return visit there when they are slightly older to learn more, and I could see the excitement gleaming in their eyes).
Our room gave us plenty of space and its location was absolutely spot on for getting in those “steps”. As we headed out of the hotel, we were greeted with cobbled streets, many exquisite churches (providing much-needed shade from the scorching sun).
We were just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Tasso (the main square), and there were ample restaurants and bars only a stone’s throw away, so we were spoilt for choice when it came to dining options. This was perfect for us as we opted for bed and breakfast at the hotel.
As for the weather? The August heat did not disappoint! We enjoyed many afternoons around the large swimming pool, relaxing with lemon sorbets in hand. There was a Jacuzzi too, which the children loved. As a family, we loved to watch the turquoise and navy blue colours of the Tyrrhenian Sea glisten in front of the hotel.
There was so much in Sorrento to do as a family. Some of our highlights included a bus tour ride of Sorrento (great for resting little legs) and a cruise on a local boat to the stunning islands of Capri and Ischia.
I think the kids’ favourite part, however, was the food. Pizza and pasta, as well as delicious red and white wines (adults only!) were over-indulged in throughout the holiday. There was also a daily consumption of gelato that kept the little ones content. We were on holiday after all, how could we say no…
My first glimpse of Sorrento was the view as we weaved through the mountains, and it is my lasting impression of the town. It was spectacular – colourful houses perched on the cliff tops, cascading down to charming fishing boats and the odd luxury yacht. I knew in an instant we would have a splendid short break as a family here and Sorrento truly did not disappoint. I look forward to taking my children back to Pompeii, as promised!
If you are looking for your next family holiday, why not consider Sorrento?