A popular tourist destination, Sorrento is located on the Sorrentine Peninsula at the south-eastern terminus of the Circumvesuviana rail line, within easy access from Naples and Pompeii. The town is widely known for its small ceramics , lacework and marquetry woodwork shops. Limoncello , a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar, is produced in Sorrento along with citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. The Roman name for Sorrento was Surrentum.
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The top two countries by number of World Heritage Sites are located in this region: Italy with 55 sites and Spain with 48 sites 44 sites not including those on the Canary Islands, which are included in Africa. Selection is based on ten criteria : six for cultural heritage i—vi and four for natural heritage vii—x. In Southern Europe, there are cultural, 16 natural, and 5 mixed sites. The World Heritage Committee may also specify that a site is endangered , citing "conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia list article.
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The city was destroyed and buried under volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Like the nearby city of Pompeii , Herculaneum is famous as one of the few ancient cities to be preserved more or less intact, with no later accretions or modifications. The thick layer of ash that blanketed the town also protected it against looting and the elements. Unlike Pompeii, the mainly pyroclastic material that covered Herculaneum carbonized and preserved more wood in objects such as roofs, beds, and doors, as well as other organic-based materials such as food and papyrus. The traditional story is that the city was rediscovered by chance in , during the digging of a well.