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A view of Port Sorrento Italy from the sea

Sorrento, Italy

Sitting atop cliffs along the Bay of Naples, Sorrento has a history that dates back to 600 B.C.E., but it is best known today as one of Italy’s most famous resorts. The town is reached via elevators from the water’s edge, where there are also swimming platforms stretching out over the Mediterranean. After you've ascended to the heart of Sorrento, you can shop for ceramics, lace and myriad other items hand made by local artisans. Take a walk or guided tour to see sights like the bustling Piazza Tasso and the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century monastery with lush gardens, then stop at a café and order a glass of limoncello, the lemon liqueur that's produced here.Sorrento also makes the perfect jumping-off point for some of Italy’s most iconic attractions: Take a scenic drive along the rugged Amalfi Coast, catch a boat to the idyllic island of Capri or explore the ash-covered archaeological site of Pompeii, in the shadow of still-active Mt. Vesuvius. Visitors can also explore the volcano itself: Vesuvius National Park has a walking trail to the summit that follows the rim of the infamous crater.