Must See/Must Eat: Sunshine in Sorrento!

I don't think I could fully describe the emotions I feel when looking up places in Italy to share with you for this blog. All I can say is that I get a huge overwhelming sense of love, happiness and pride for the place and could shout from rooftops just how thankful and blessed I am that this wonderful country is a part of who I am.
I always choose a place in Italy that is close to my heart, it's fun finding out more about the places that I visited when I was a child and discovering where I must add to my list for future visits. Today is all about Sorrento, Italy, a place I last visited when I was about four years old. To this day I still remember being in Grandad's flat, the white walls, marble floor, sitting at the table eating pasta while Nanna pottered around in the kitchen. We have a picture somewhere of myself, Lucy, Chris and our mum on the little balcony outside that overlooked the street, there was even a parade going on, one of the days we were there. But enough about my childhood memories, as I could be here all day. Here are three places that are on my list the next time I go back to Sorrento. You may notice a theme, after all, when you think about Sorrento, besides the beautiful beaches and landscape, what's the first thing that springs to mind? The famous Sorrento Lemons of course!!!

Picture taken from the I Giardini Di Cataldo Website!

I Giardini Di Cataldo!

Picture taken from the I Giardini Di Cataldo Website!

I Giardini Di Cataldo is a Lemon Grove. The place as it is now was founded in 1999 by Salvatore Esposito after he took over management of the orchard garden from his father Cataldo. The orchard itself has been cared for and passed down from generation to generation in the Esposito family. Salvatore's father worked hard in preserving and innovating the land, building a successful company that even won "The best company in southern Italy." Today the Esposito family are passionate about the production of their Liqueurs, marmalade and gelato.


Picture taken from the I Giardini Di Cataldo Website!

When I came across this website, I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear and just wanted to buy everything for my Nanna and Grandad for Christmas. They only have a few products but you just know looking at the beautiful pictures of the fresh lemons that they are going to taste divine. Who wouldn't want to sit at one of their wooden tables on a sunny day eating fresh, homemade gelato, while looking out onto a sea of lemon trees? They also do guided tours!!

You can find more information on their website here: http://www.igiardinidicataldo.it/gb/ 
Also give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/iGiardinidiCataldo?fref=ts


Ristorante O Parrucchiano!

Photo taken from the Ristorante O Parrucchiano website!

I came across this restaurant when searching for lemon related places and fell in love with the pictures of the outside seating areas surrounded by orange and lemon trees. It just looks magical! This whole restaurant sounds amazing actually. It has been around for over 100 years and is a historical place in Italy. Founded in 1868 by Antonio Ercolano, the place gets it's name from his previous vocation of priesthood. "O Parrucchiano" means "Parish Priest" in Neapolitan dialect. 
The restaurant is famous for inventing Cannelloni over 100 years ago and has an amazing selection of fine Italian cuisine! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures! 
Now managed by Enzo and Mario Manniello, the sons of Antonio's nephew Giuseppe, the restaurant seems to be as popular as ever and by the looks of it, it's a good idea to book ahead of time! 


Photos taken from the Ristorante O Parrucchiano website!

 Find out more information on their website here: http://www.parrucchiano.com/en/index.php
Give them a like on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/parrucchiano/timeline


L'Antica Trattoria!
Photos taken from the L'Antica Trattoria website!

While there are some wonderful shopping areas and marinas in Sorrento, I can't help but share with you the restaurants I find, quite simply because they are what make my heart all a flutter. I love food and finding these little gems just makes me happy. Which brings me to this wonderful little place, owned by Aldo D'Oria. Just from looking at the pictures, this place looks enchanting. Surrounded by flowers and plants, you can sit outside under a vine covered pergola or inside in a more intimate, peaceful setting, all in the heart of Sorrento's ancient centre! As for the food, it looks unbelievably delicious, I had to click on every picture on their website, I challenge you to not do the same!!


Photo's taken from the L'Antica Trattoria website!

You can visit their website here: http://www.lanticatrattoria.com/newsite/

So there you have it for my Sorrento discoveries. Let me know if you have visited any of these places before! I can not wait to get planning a trip to Italy so I can tick them all off my list!

Happy Monday!
Kelly 



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