Sorrento - need to know
Paul travelled to Sorrento with Topflight (1890 240 170; topflight.ie). A week, including flights, accommodation and transfers starts at €669 in a four-star hotel, and a self-catering option from €589.
Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; aerlingus.ie) flies direct to Naples from Dublin.
I stayed in the Hotel Bristol (bristolsorrento.com)a friendly, family hotel
dramatically situated on a steep hill at the southen end of the town. It does good food and has a rooftop pool boasting fine views over Sorrento to Naples. A week starts at €749 per person sharing.
WHEN TO GO
For more than a century, Sorrento and resorts on the Amalfi Coast have been popular tourist destinations all-year round.
September and October are lovely months to visit, when it's still warm enough to enjoy the pools and lidos, but less hectic for sightseeing and walking around.
Things get busiest -- and hottest -- in July and August - when visitors from nearby Naples flood into the town.
FIVE GREAT THINGS
- Despite its rather salty reputation, Naples is well worth a visit. It has great bars and restaurants, bustling markets and some marvellous 18th and 19th-century architecture, including a magnificent opera house
- For those not too disturbed by heights, a trip by car along the vertiginous Amalfi Coast is highly recommended. The views are staggering.
- Take a trip to the neighbouring town of Positano, a picturesque white-walled town that clings to the edge of a steep cliff.
- To see how the other half live, take a boat trip out to the exclusive island of Capri, where the beautiful people holiday and the prices are through the roof.
- If you want some Roman history, Herculaneum will be more to your taste than Pompeii, and the ruins are even more impressive.