Villa Manning Relais is located in the heart of the picturesque town of Sorrento which is home to pretty squares surrounded by fragrant lemon trees, cobbled streets and a fairytale charm which has inspired poets and artists for centuries. Villa Manning Relais is located just a short stroll to the Sorrento city centre and the area's many beautiful beaches, restaurants, shops, wineries and more.
BY CAR: For those who come from the train station in Naples or from the airport: take the highway A3 Naples- Salerno- Reggio Calabria, exiting at Castellammare di Stabia; follow the directions for the Penisola Sorrentina.
BY SEA: From the port of Naples, molo Beverello, there is an hydrofoil which arrives at the port of Sorrento. From there, you can reach Piazza Tasso with a public bus departing every 20 minutes.
Sorrento is not only the hometown of the poet Torquato Tasso, who was born here in 1544, but is also known as the land of colours, the land of the Mermaids and the city of the oranges and lemons groves. Each one of these definitions contains the truth because Sorrento is indeed a pretty little town where kindness and hospitality are a combination that is handed down from one generation to the next. Sorrento is indeed the land of colours: brilliant or delicate hues depending on the change of the seasons, depending on looking in the direction of Punta del Capo, of Ischia or Procida islands or on looking from the sea, towards the majestic ridges of tuff rock that changes colour at every hour of the day.
Many civilizations have lived in this area: the Etruscans, the Greeks (who gave the city its urban layout that is still clearly visible today in the historical centre), the Oscans, the Romans. Later came the subjugation to Byzantium, the sack by the Longobards, the conquest by the Normans, the good influence of the Aragonese. After a long period of stagnation, the beginning of the 18th century saw a time of cultural, economic and social rebirth for the whole of Sorrento Peninsula, at the top during the 19th century.
This was the time when the tourism vocation of the area was born and was established with its inclusion in the so-called "Grand Tour". A journey through the most important Italian sites that every young European noble of the time had to make to complete his cultural, historical and literary formation. Important guests such as Byron, Keats, Scott, Dickens, Goethe, Wagner, Ibsen and Nietzsche, among the most famous, came to stay in Sorrento looking for sun and inspiration.
The same period saw an intensification of traditional activities such as agriculture, sea trade and finally and progressively the tourism industry that is currently the most important sector of the Sorrentine economy.
Since the 18th century, Sorrento is also famous for its great craft tradition of inlaid wood.