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What to do in Sorrento

Sorrento is the gateway to the Amalfi Coast—one of the prettiest stretches of real estate in all of Italy—but it takes its name from the ancient Greeks, who occupied the Mediterranean city as a port. It was originally called Syreon, which means "siren's land" in Greek, and legend has it that the mythical sirens, made famous in Homer's Odyssey , lurked in the waters just offshore to lure passing sailors to their death. These days, Sorrento continues to hold the same allure for travelers (lots of them, especially in summer). Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento provides stunning views of the island of Capri and looming Mount Vesuvius. Grab a glass of vino at a waterfront café like La Scogliera, followed by dinner with a view on the outdoor terrace of Reserva La Minervetta. You’ll see why the sirens loved to sing.

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