Located in the Neapolitan Riviera, Sorrento is a jewel of the Amalfi Coast. The Gulf of Naples stretches on one side, while Mount Vesuvius stands proudly on the other, giving Sorrento some of the most stunning natural surroundings in Italy. So much so, that they are commonly referred to as ‘the land of the mermaids.’ The city itself is nestled on a clifftop and is just as beautiful. The essence of Naples is captured in its historic centre, where cultural landmarks line the winding, narrow streets, and delicious aromas beckon from back alleys.
Despite the thousands of tourists that flock to the coastal town every year, Sorrento retains plenty of traditional Italy. You can pick up a unique souvenir in one of the many boutiques in the vibrant shopping lane before sipping an espresso in the captivating Piazza Tasso. If you’d rather escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, head to the Sant’Agnello area – perfect for families and couples looking for a secluded spot to kick back and relax in. Close to some pretty beaches and surrounded by rich green hills, it offers plenty of opportunities to explore the natural environment. The jetsetter island of Capri is also a short ferry away, it’s a must visit for self-confessed fashionistas and those with hedonistic personalities. Of course, no holidays to Sorrento are complete without a visit to the nearby ruins of Pompeii – one of Italy’s most ancient cities.
Holidaymakers from all walks of life will fall in love with Sorrento, whether they are after a relaxing coastal getaway or an escape discovering southern Italy’s beautiful countryside.
Culture vultures and history lovers will want to stay in Sorrento’s vibrant historic centre. Vestiges of the old city walls still surround part of the area, which is a sprawling maze of narrow cobbled street. Plenty of historic landmarks are within walking distance, including the Cathedral and the Basilica the Sant’Antonio. But it’s the colourful cafes, aromatic restaurants and magic atmosphere that draw self-confessed urbanites to the city’s historic centre. It’s in these where you’ll really get to know the real Sorrento and its friendly inhabitants.
You can get to Sorrento’s historic centre very easily from the peaceful clifftop town of Sant’Agnello. The popular Marinella Beach stretches at the foot of the cliff, its volcanic sand the perfect bed for a relaxing day soaking up the sun. Hiking around the surrounding hills is also a popular activity and an excellent way to explore the area’s rich vegetation and wildlife. Sant’Agnello’s piazzas may not be as lively as Sorrento’s, but there’s something extra special about enjoying a pastry and an espresso in a peaceful open air space while the locals go about their day.
Whether you visit Capri for the day or decide to spend a weekend getting to know her, the trendy island is a must visit during your time in Sorrento. Just like the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age who so favoured Capri’s sun-drenched beaches and colourful buildings, Capri is pure sophistication blended with beautiful elegance. As a result, it’s a little more expensive than Sorrento and its surroundings. However, once you get away from the designer boutiques and swish cafes, there is plenty of charming, and affordable, places waiting to be explored.
Soak up the sun
Though Sorrento is not exactly a beach resort, three beaches are within easy reach of the picturesque town. Marina Grande is the most popular, and Sorrento’s luxury villas usually overlook its azure waters. It’s also well served with plenty of sunbeds and parasols. Marina Piccola is smaller and a little further from the city. Popular with youngsters, it’s a good spot for a lively atmosphere. But, if it’s golden sand and crystal clear blue waters you want, rent a boat from Marina Piccola, and explore the stunning coves and beaches hiding in the surrounding Amalfi coast.
Get your culture fix
Sorrento’s rich history is brought to life in the shape of architectural feats and surrounding ruins. Don’t be discouraged by the Cathedral’s modern outside – it was added in the twentieth century – the inside dates back to the sixteenth century and is a beauty of marble and carved wood. The Basilica de Sant’Antonio is also a must, as it honours Sorrento’s patron – with whale bones!
The fate of the ancient city of Pompeii has inspired everything from epic poems to modern movies. Whether they attempt to imagine the tragic last moments of its inhabitants before their home was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius or depict romances worthy of Romeo and Juliet, no story is as compelling as the one told by the ruins themselves. Tours leave from Sorrento every day, as the ruins are within easy reach from the city centre.
Cycle the Amalfi Coast
A great way to get to know the Amalfi Coast is by cycling it. The stunning landscape has enough routes to suit every level. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful cycle breathing in the breeze or a wild ride, there’s something for everyone.
Neapolitan cuisine combines the best of the Mediterranean with the most beloved of Italy, to create a delicious gastronomy few places can match. After all, weren’t the Neapolitans the inventors of that worldwide revered diet staple called pizza? In addition to a slice of pizza al forno or a paino neapolitano, we recommend you taste the authentic gelato to cool off on hot days.
From lively pizzerias, to vibrant cafes, to street markets, Sorrento’s rich foodie scene has something to suit even the fussiest of eaters. We recommend visiting a rotisserie
Visit Sorrento and fall in love with this Neapolitan paradise. An oasis filled with natural delights and urban charm, it will definitely be a holiday to remember.
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If Sorrento isn’t for you, have a look at more Neapolitan riviera destinations for something that suits you.