The peninsula and Sorrento Myth art culture, nature and gastronomy
The land of Syrens
SORRENTO THE PEARL OF THE GRAND TOUR
The Sorrento peninsula is the southern offshoot of the Bay of Naples and the coastline town that gives it its name “Sorrento” has origins in history and myth. For the ancients, who devoted immortal poems to it, its sea is the abode of the legendary Syrens whose song bewitched Ulisses; the roman aristocrats dotted the ancient Sorrento with luxurious leisure villas where to stay during the summer season. The region was called Campania Felix, for its beauty, voluptuous yet serene charm, beneficial air and its marvelous fruits, gift of the land made fertile by Vesuvius.
And the charm of Sorrento never waned…
In this picturesque frame stands the Hotel Belair on a stretch of coast once called Belvedere, a place favored and beloved by landscape artists of the nineteenth century for its incomparable view.
How to reach us
From the international airport of Naples Capodichino, at about 50 km distance from Sorrento, it’s possible to reach our hotel by taxi, a rental car or to catch a daily bus of the Curreri line that, in little over an hour, reaches the centre of Sorrento, which is just a few minutes away from our hotel. If you wish, you may request our exclusive transfer service.
You can reach the Sorrento Coast through the A3 highway from Naples to Salerno, exit at Castellammare di Stabia, and continue towards Sorrento. Once in town, drive along the entirety of Via degli Aranci towards Capo di Sorrento and then continue on Via Capo, where at number 29 the hotel Belair is situated, equipped with private parking.
Situated at the lowest floor of the Central Station of Naples is the line of local trains Circumvesuviana, which will lead you to Sorrento, in little over an hour’s journey. The railway terminal, last stop of the Circumvesuviana, is also situated in the centre of the town and from there it is extremely easy to reach us, even by taking advantage of one of our transfers.
Sorrento is well connected to the city of Naples even by hydrofoils and ferries departing from the Molo Beverello harbour. From the harbour of Sorrento you may use the public transport system or contact us to arrange your transfer.
THE TREASURES OF OUR TERRITORY
The infinite marvels of the Campania Region
From Capri to the Amalfi Coast, from Pompei to the Vesuvius and even Naples, Caserta, Paestum, customized excursions based on all your needs and desires.
Capri by Boat
Reaching Capri by motorboat is the most romantic and enjoyable way to discover the island. The glamorous atmosphere of the Piazzetta, the enchanting view from the Belvedere Tragara, with the natural arch and the grandeur of the three Faraglioni rising from the sea, majestic and reclusive, are the beginning of a day rich of discoveries.
Declared UNESCO world heritage, the divine coast is one of the most spectacular coasts of Europe, made up of scenerios of great charm, scents, traditions, art and colours. Along its path there are Amalfi, ancient marittime republic, Ravello, Positano, Maiori.
Pompei and Herculaneum
Both cities seem serenely asleep under the vulcanic ashes that covered them in 79 AD during the eruption of Vesuvius. The roads, botegas, homes and luxurious villas, the heart wrenching casts of fugitives, an extraordinary flash of the past.
Vesuvius is one of the most known and studied volcanoes of the planet. Other than the still active crater, the visit to the tip of the vulcano is exquisite. The park of Vesuvius preserves the animal and plant species and geological peculiarities of the area. For this reason it is an area of great naturalistic interest.
The city of Naples is narrated through the richness of its monuments and museums. Interesting to visit is also la Solfatara, in the area of Pozzuoli, north of Naples. It is one of the 40 volcanoes which make up the Campi flegrei, natural oasis and destination for unique strolls among fumaroles, mini volcanoes of mud and woodland areas rich in particular fauna species.
The Green Island, as Ischia is often called, is rich in history, natural resources, art and folklore. Not to be missed is the ancient town, the “Castello Aragonese”, the tuff stone called “Fungo” (mushroom), positioned on the coastline, and lastly the Mount Epomeo, which dominates the entire island.
The city of Salerno owes its fame to the Salernitan Medical School, and the historic centre is considered an example of medieval urban planning, starting from the Duomo, or Cathedral of Saint Matthew, with the precious relics of the evangelist. The near-by Paestum, founded by the Greeks around 600 BC, maintains the original city walls and its four perfectly preserved temples.
Caserta is known as the “Versailles of Naples” for its magnificent Royal Palace, built by Charles of Bourbon in the XVIII century. Today it is considered one of the most lavish of Italy, with its 1200 rooms full of chandeliers, affrescos, tapestries and rich ornaments, and its wonderful gardens that surround the large waterfall of 75 metres.