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Step into the tiny fishing village of Marina Grande and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Still connected to the historic center of Sorrento by an old zigzagging stone staircase, the best way to visit Marina Grande is to walk.

Pass through the 15th century Ancient Greek Gate and you’ll feel you’ve entered another world. This is Sorrento’s largest harbour and has long been home to a fishing fleet of traditional wooden boats. The fishermen still sit and mend their nets by hand, sharing the beach with sunbathers. And of course this means that the small, family run restaurants surrounding the harbour serve delicious fresh seafood.

Tradition says that Marina Grande differs from Sorrento due to its plundering by the Turks in the 16th century. Perhaps this difference has kept it separate and intact as a tight-knit community.

At the heart of Marina Grande is the church Sant’Anna dedicated to Saint Anne, patron saint of the town. Visit on the Sunday after her Saint’s Day (July 26) and you’ll find the bay full of boats, the beach crammed with people singing and dancing, and the sky alight with fireworks. On other nights of the year, the sunset over the water is festive enough.

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