About This Listing
Right next to the sea, in the desirable village of Marina Grande, Aurora Resort has an enviable position. Perfect for 4-6 guests, this comfortable apartment is perfect for a relaxed break, with the delights of Sorrento within easy reach.
In the summer, when the sun lingers into the evening time, there is nothing more enjoyable than a walk in the timeless village of Marina Grande. A fishing harbour with a medieval flavour, Marina Grande is connected to the historical centre of Sorrento by an old zigzagging stone staircase. Still home to a fleet of traditional wooden boats, the sunbathers share the beach with fishermen mending their nets by hand. And the local family run restaurants benefit from the wonderful fresh seafood caught daily.
You will find Aurora Resort on an ancient street, just 10 metres from the sea. Recently renovated, the first floor apartment is perfect for a party of up to six people.
The apartment has air conditioning, although the temperature usually remains agreeable even in August. The cool atmosphere provided by the thick walls was appreciated by the fishermen who used the building for storage purposes until the first half of the last century.
Walking up the single flight of steps to the apartment, you will see two front doors, one leading into the living room and the main apartment, and the other leading into one of the double bedrooms.
The living room is simply decorated, light and spacious, with a dining table for four. There is an armchair, a double sofa bed and a television. Double doors open onto a small balcony where you can appreciate the stunning sea views as you taste the salt air of the waters just outside. A kitchenette is in this living area with a gas hob, microwave, fridge freezer and coffee maker.
One double bedroom and the main bathroom are accessed from the living room. The bathroom is white with a shower, wash basin, toilet and hairdryer. The comfortable double bedroom is tastefully furnished with everything you will need. A cot and high chair are available on request.
The second double bedroom has a private entrance, next to the main entrance, and has an en suite bathroom with a shower, wash basin, toilet and hairdryer.
A car is not recommended for a stay at Aurora Resort. However, if you choose to bring one, parking is available 500m away for 20 Euros per day. Access to the centre of Sorrento is easy, by foot, or via bus. From here, the delights of the town and attractions further afield are easily reached. Why not take a day trip to Pompeii or to the Island of Capri?
If you are looking to experience the charm of days gone by, in a comfortable apartment next to the sea, Aurora Resort ticks all of the boxes.
Please note, there will be a final cleaning charge of € 50 added to the rental period at time of the (website hidden) II.: Note: From 1 April to 31 October the Municipal Council of Sorrento has instituted a mandatory tourist tax on all temporary residents.
The tourist tax must be added to the total amount of stay and has to be pay cash at the arrival.
The fee is 1.50 euros per person per night, and only applies to adults and up to 7 nights.
The apartment is at full disposal of the Guests.
Interaction with Guests
The Feeling Italy Team is at complete disposal of the Guests for any information and requests.
Aurora resort is at just 10 metres from the sea. Close by there is a little grocery and a very famous restaurant, Trattoria "Emilia".
A few meters away there is a bar and tobacconist's, and the bus stop.
Port of Marina Grande: the fishing village
The picturesque Port of Marina Grande, nestled into a charming nook of the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), has the atmosphere of a forgotten world. Despite being one of the most popular holiday resorts in Italy, the Port of Marina Grande has maintained its rustic charm, original identity, and sense of community.
Restaurants, homes and shops, rising along the curve of the rocks and the colorful booths on the pier, are all architecturally consistent, creating a harmonious neon free scene. Thus it has remained one of Italy's untouched treasures.
The port's secluded atmosphere stems from its sheltered position, created by the promontory which separates the city of Sorrento from this delightful hidden harbor. The Promontory was once the site of a Roman villa belonging to the Emperor Augustus' nephew.
The harbor's community, unsurprisingly, is close knit, entrenched in time honored customs, and proud of its heritage, maintaining a "cottage industry" approach to its ancient and primary source of survival: fishing.
As with all ports, it was also a place of trade, connecting Sorrento and the sea.
Since the Third Century B.C. a city gate, constructed of limestone blocks, stood in Sorrento's walls to admit traders and visitors from the harbor to the city.
Legend tells how, in 1558, late one night, a slave (since instilled into the city's folklore as a traitor) in league with Turkish pirates, opened the ancient door between the port and the town, admitted the brigands and the town was mercilessly sacked.
The Gozzi Sor(website hidden), characteristic hand made wooden boats with triangular sails and light maneuverable structure, specifically adapted for fishing, were once crafted in the port. Although "Gozzo" is a generic term for wooden vessels; those made in Sorrento were the vintage version, in a boat-building tradition established over centuries.
The scene in the port at sunset, as fishermen clean their nets and wrap up their day is evocative of a pre industrial lifestyle which has all but vanished from shores across the world.
Other Things to Note
is the perfect location to sense the naturalness of Sorrento. This old pictoresque fishing harbour, with his own traditions (like the celebrations for S.Anna, at the end of July), his characteristic small shops, his old narrow streets, his fragrances, create a unique true Mediterranean atmosphere.
The city of Sorrento and its neighbouring cities, provides the tourist numerous historical and cultural sites to visit.
The Basilica of Saint Antonino
Erected during the X Century in honor of the patron saint of the sailors, the Basilica of Saint Antonino stands in the historical centre of the city, in front of the Municipal House (Town Hall). The history of this famous church is as interesting as troubled: in 1300 it became the residence of the "Battenti Brotherhood", or better a heretical movement that took its first steps in Naples, while in the XVII century an impressive restoration has been carried out by the Theatin Brothers, a religious institute of consecrating life.
The impressive building has been erected in the XI century and it numbers among its beauties some frescos of renowned Neapolitan artists. At the top of the tower you can admire an excellent clock tiled with majolica.
The Cloister of San Francesco
The most delicious among the Sorrento monuments is certainly the Cloister of San Francesco. Being renovated many times, the Cloister shows a characteristic mixture of architectural styles, which go from the late gothic to the Renaissance, while the adjoining dining hall preserves all its trecento peculiarities.
Correale Museum of Terranova
In a wonderful palace that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, by the central Lauro Square, it's housed the Correale Museum, which, among its rarities, numbers a singular collection of inlaid furniture, majolics and ceramics of Capodimonte, as well as different paintings of Neapolitan artists.
It's an ancient building in which the old nobility of the town used to gather in order to legislate and make important decisions in administrative and economic fields. The monuments is enriched with a glazed dome that encloses the arcade.
Sorrento is also a perfect gateaway to reach the other tourist attractions of the area, like the unique acheological sites of Pompei and Herculaneum, the wonderful city of Naples and his history and traditions, the famous impressive Vesuvius volcano, the legendary island of Capri, Ischia and his world-known thermal baths, Procida and his fascinating naturalness.
The property is not quite as pristine as in the website photos, and occasionally has a slight whiff of damp, but nevertheless is a lovely place to stay for one or two couples - 6 people would be a squash, requiring the use of sofabeds in the living area. The website description of the charming Marina Grande, with its several excellent restaurants (our favourite was Zi'Ntonio Mare) and picturesque beach/harbour full of fishing boats, captures the area's quiet charm perfectly.The location of the property itself, with fabulous views across the harbour, is ideal. The walk up into Sorrento town is fairly steep for the first 150 metres or so, but then eases. Alternatively, there is a regular minibus service from outside Taverna Azzurro for 1.20 euro. Public transport from Sorrento town (eg trains to Pompeii and Herculaneum, bus/ferry to Positano and Amalfi, hydrofoil to Capri) is easy and cheap, so no car is needed.
We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay, and are happy to recommend this property.
Our experience could not have been better. We stayed at Marina Grande with Aurora. The location was perfect as it was only a 10min walk to Sorrento centre (transport hub for Amalfi Coast, Capri, Pompeii, Naples) but felt in a world of its own right on the water at Marina Grande. The area is filled with locals and only few tourists, and is away from the hustle and bustle of Sorrento which was great. There are a number of delicious local restaurants nearby and the marina is a great place for happy hour.
The apartment itself was clean, well furbished and spacious for 4 people (2 couples).
Our host, Mina, was there to welcome us upon our arrival and provided very helpful tourist tips. She was also available throughout our stay to answer any questions we had.
I would highly recommend staying here.
This listing was perfect. My friends and I could not fault it even if we wanted to. Perfectly located and furnished to perfection. Everyone that walked past would always point out and admire from afar and the fact that we were staying there made us feel beyond joyed. Will definitely recommend to others and stay in the future!
In one word I would say "perfect!" Perfect apartment, perfect location and perfect host! We were met by the key holder who showed us around the apartment and made recommendations for restaurants and activities. The apartment was spacious and clean. The beds were very comfortable.
Marina Grande is the place to stay if going to Sorrento. It is charming and beautiful. You get a feel for how locals live. The people are friendly and welcoming. I can't wait to go back and stay at aurora resort!
Great location and very comfortable flat. Clean and very tidy. Everything you need for a comfortable visit. Would come again and definitely stay longer. Local restaurants great. Also only short walk to main part of Sorrento. Trip to Capri worth doing. Overall great visit
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About the Host, The Feeling Italy Team
Our names are Piero (right) Sergio(middle) Crescenzo (left) and we are the happy hosts of these amazing houses. Can't wait to welcome you in our wonderful land and help you to experience Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast in the most authentic way!
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