- Settimana Santa in Sorrento
Famed throughout Italy; the first procession takes place at midnight on the Thursday preceding Good Friday, with robed and hooded penitents in white. The second procession occurs on Good Friday, when participants wear black robes and hoods.
- Sant'Antonino (February)
The patron saint of Sorrento, Sant'Antonino, is remembered annually with processions and huge markets, as well as festive lights, fireworks, and musical events, all in his name.
- Wine & The City (May)
In Naples you can enjoy a two-week celebration of regional wine, with free tastings and cultural events in museums, palaces, boutiques and eateries.
- Maggio dei Monumenti (May)
In Naples, experience a month of cultural feasts, with many concerts, performances, exhibitions, tours and other events.
- Napoli Teatro Festival (June)
Three weeks of local and international theatre and performance art.
- Neapolis Rock Festival (July/August)
This top rock festival attracts top international acts.
- Sorrento Festival, (between July and September)
World-class classical concerts are held in the cloisters of the Chiesa di San Francesco.
- Pizzafest (September)
A celebration of Naples' most famous cuisine.
- Napoli Film Festival (September - October)
- Sagra della Salsiccia e Ceppone (December)
Hundreds of kilos of sausages are barbecued over a giant bonfire, accompanied by local wine - a must for any sausage lover!
Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento which is flooded with market stalls, designer shops and restaurants. Discover the fascinating winding streets and what they have to offer by foot, or if you’re feeling a little tired from the day’s activities, you can arrange a horse and carriage.
Take a guided sightseeing trip to Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum near Naples. Make sure to relax after a long day of sightseeing in one of the many restaurants dotted around Naples – this region serves up the country’s best pasta, pizza and coffee!
Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are famous for their delicious Limoncello. There are numerous Limoncello shops dotted around Sorrento; we recommend to pop in and get a few free samples! You can also find many shops selling the ceramics, lacework and souvenirs that are famously produced here.
Take the ferry from Sorrento to Capri and spend the day in Capri, which is a beautiful, small resort island with an interesting town. It has beaches where you can relax, or if you are feeling more adventurous, why not rent a kayak or boat, and explore the fascinating grottos the island has to offer.
There is also plenty to see and do in the medieval quarter of the town.
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
In general, the climate in Amalfi Coast is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.
There are some important rules of the road:
- Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
- Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
- In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.