Morning Stroll to Italian Fishing Port in Sorrento


Surprises can be a beautiful thing. That is what the coastal town of Sorrento, Italy became to me when I visited enroute to the Amalfi coast. You see, Sorrento’s town center is located atop coastal cliffs and this one morning I wandered down a cobblestone path until eventually arriving at the Port of Marina Grande. I was charmed by this special spot and it’s atmosphere of a forgotten world.

I had the company of fishermen (with their small dogs) who delicately argued with each other as they prepared fishing nets and a woman (Carolina) who sold me some of her prized produce; it is evident that this small community is proud of their heritage and customs. And so I enjoyed my nectarine with only the sound of lapping water, and tried to imagine what a life here would feel like. It’s probably not bad if this morning is any example…

I thought you’d appreciate this experience, so please enjoy.

Just one of many, this small traditional fishing boat calls Sorrento home though it’s clearly longing for Mount Vesuvius off in the distance.

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This hand painted sign reads, "Pier Mar del Plata. Im memory of the many Sorrentines who sailed from here, to make great Mar del Plata and the whole of Argentina."

A hand painted sign reads, “PIER Mar del Plata. Im memory of the many Sorrentines who sailed from here, to make great Mar del Plata and the whole of Argentina. (signed) The Sorrento community and the Mar del Plata”.

fishing boat construction

Sorrentine fishing boats called “gozzo” are built by hand using traditional ancient methods such as this one I walked by.

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Legend has it that mermaids perched themselves on the rocks of Sorrento, luring sailors to their deaths with their siren songs. This mermaid is painted in red on the side of a wooden fishing boat in the marina.

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I’m guessing this sight is a common one at any traditional Italian fishing port.

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This waterfront produce stand (under the green awning) is essential in such a tight-knit community. Her sign reads, "Frutta da Carolina" which translates to "Fruit from Carolina".

I imagine that this waterfront produce stand (under the green awning) is essential in such a tight-knit community. A nearby sign reads, “Frutta da Carolina” which translates to “Fruit from Carolina”.

Meet Carolina and her colorful produce.

Meet Carolina and her colorful produce.

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The per at this Italian fishing port points toward the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Marina Grande’s only pier is another important piece of this fishing community, but at this rare moment it was alone with a view.

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