Experience la dolce vita
in Sorrento at the world-famous Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The historic hotel sits on some prime real estate; it's said that Roman Emperor Augustus chose this spot for a villa. And who could blame him? The scenery is spectacular. Today the award-winning luxury hotel welcomes guests to its famous terraces where countless celebrities have frolicked. The five-acre gardens are brimming with citrus and olive trees, and a large swimming pool is surrounded by orange groves. Needless to say the food is fab at a hotel like this. Guests can indulge in local specialties on the terrace or under the magnificent frescoed ceiling at Ristorante Vittori
. Until October 31, 2009, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
is offering a special package so that you can discover the Neapolitan cooking traditions. Priced from EUR 772 (Classic Garden Room), the package includes accommodations for two nights, a basket of fruit and local wine in-room upon arrival, buffet breakfast, and a two-hour cooking class with the hotel's chefs. You'll also get 10 percent off meals, and a room upgrade based upon availability.