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Built into the volcanic rock overlooking the bay, Sorrento’s famed Hotel Excelsior Vittoria excels – from the scented air of its fabled gardens and citrus groves to its romantic terrace, where she presents her guests with an unforgettable view of the sea, of Mt. Vesuvius and of the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.  Artists have made the interiors of this old-world hotel just as captivating, with muted frescoes and delightful trompe l’oeil paintings. From the terrace, an elevator takes you down to the Marina Piccola, the port from which boats launch for the islands or the port of Naples.


The frescoed dining room is stunning and again those incomparable vistas from its bay windows – at breakfast time where a sumptuous buffet is laid out or better yet, in the evening by candlelight with soft piano music playing in the background.  We chose to be adventurous at dinner and asked the chef to decide our menu.  He took us on an adventure across land and sea.  Most memorable were his ravioli, the rich black sepia-ink pasta stuffed with a mixture of sea bass and ricotta, floating in a delicate sea of fish stock.  You do not need to be a guest at the Vittoria to dine here, so reserve a table for that special dinner in this city of enchantment.

April 2006

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Piazza Tasso, 34, 80067 Sorrento ~ Campania, Italy

View from Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson