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Sorrento offers sheer enchantment, from the breathtaking beauty of sea and sky to a climate that offers a perfumed bouquet of flowers and orchards. The views from the terrace of Hotel Tramontano so inspired poet and musician, Gianbattista De Curtis, that he wrote the words to the song “Torna a Surriento.”  His brother Ernesto put the words to music and the beautiful ballad was sung for the first time in 1902 on this lovely balcony overlooking the bay.  Anyone fortunate enough to enjoy a stay here, caressed by the perfumed air and golden sunshine, will share his feelings and want to return.  The Hotel Tramontano gives one every reason to want to come back.  It is an old-world hotel of refined elegance, where many talented writers, artists, persons of nobility and even royalty have been welcomed.  We too were treated royally!


One of the best reasons to stay at Hotel Tramontano is its famed cuisine, created and perfected by family member, Don Alfonso, celebrated owner and chef of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi.  These cherished family recipes are presented each evening in a dining room where immense bay windows frame a glittering sea and Vesuvius, veiled in the misty distance.

April 2006

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Imperial Hotel Tramontano

Via Vittorio Veneto, 1, 80067 Sorrento ~ Campania, Italy

Imperial Hotel Tramontano ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson

This hotel is featured in my travel story: Naples and Sorrento - There's a Song in the Air