YOUR PRIVATE I TALY
The Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, with
clifftop views (main photo). The region’s
world-famous lemon groves (inset).
GRAND HO TEL AMBASCIATORI
By Sarah Torromino-Bastié
FROM THE NORTH to the south, along the
Mediterranean Sea, Italy is home to some of the
most spectacular seacoast anywhere. This is particularly true in the town of Sorrento. This jewel
full of beauty and traditions sits on a majestic ridge
of tuff, and this volcanic rock forms a natural balcony overlooking the bay of Naples, with its gorgeous mountains and dramatic cliffs.
Sorrento is also the perfect starting point for
visiting the renowned nearby marvels: Naples,
Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Ischia, Capri and Amalfi,
to name a few. It’s no wonder Hollywood has chosen
to feature Sorrento and its famous coastline as a
backdrop for many movies.
Hiking along the rocky trails of the peninsula is
a beautiful way to discover the town’s amazing views.
But you can also simply stroll the charming cobblestone streets of Sorrento while enjoying the sunset
over the bay.
A number of churches, museums and archaeological finds kept in charming villas, as well as a lively
cultural scene, await discovery in Sorrento. So does
the area’s celebrated specialty, limoncello, a sweet
Italian liqueur made with lemon zest. And be sure to
mingle with the local people, who will proudly share
their timeless hospitality and traditions.
One example of the town’s warm hospitality is
Geppy Manniello, the director and owner of the
Manniello Hotels Group and a fourth-generation
member of an Italian family of hoteliers (see sidebar
to the right). Manniello will share with you his ever-
lasting love for his hometown: its beauty, the fra-
grance of the lemon groves that invades the medieval
streets, the spots that offer unexpected vistas of the
crystal-clear sea, and the peace that characterizes
this unique place.
Sarah Torromino-Bastié is the founder of Your
Travel Planner, based in Bellevue, Washington.
GEPPY MANNIELLO, fourth-generation director and
owner of the Manniello
Hotels Group (one of which is
the Grand Hotel Ambasciatori,
pictured above left), is a preferred supplier for Costco
Travel, opening Sorrento’s
most desirable properties
to Costco members.
Costco Travel is also
working with Your Private
Italy to offer members
English-speaking private tours
of the area and a number of
fun activities that truly dive
into Italian culture.
For instance, members
can visit a mozzarella-produc-ing farm to taste the original
celebrated buffalo mozzarella.
Members can share a meal
with locals and learn how to
prepare homemade Italian
pasta or authentic Neapolitan
pizza. A favorite is the tour of
the largest private lemon
grove on the Amalfi Coast,
which includes the recipe for
limoncello, a lemon-based
liqueur made according to
an old artisan tradition.
Costco Travel offers a
variety of packages to
Sorrento and other magical
cities in Italy. Click “Travel” at
Costco.com or call 1-877-
DAVID W. SCHNEIDER
View of the landmark Faraglioni
(the triangular rocky outcrops) from
the Giardini di Augusto on Capri.
MARCH 2013 ;e Costco Connection 73