Sorrento Italy is the perfect base for your trip for those seeking the authentic side of glamourous South Italy. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, this postcard-perfect town is perched on a clifftop tumbling dramatically down to the sea. Get lost while exploring the narrow cobbled streets and sun-dappled piazzas that lead down to the busy marina. The small shops in Sorrento are filled with locally produced items to take home – ceramics, lace, and intricate woodwork. Cafes and restaurants serve local produce from the fertile surrounding countryside. Attractions Marina Grande
The charm of Sorrento is that it still functions as a fishing village, where traditional methods are still used and fishermen arrive at sundown in wooden fishing boats packed with the catch of the day. The hub for this activity is the Marina Grande, a pretty bay packed with fishing boats. Explore an authentic slice of rural Italian life, and then try the freshest fish you have ever tasted at one of the restaurants nearby.
Ferries and Hydrofoils to Naples, Amalfi, Positano
The main way to travel in this part of Italy is by ferry, and it is easy to explore the surrounding area while taking in its beauty. Ferries along the Amalfi coast can take you to Amalfi, Positano, and the spectacular pastel paintbox of Naples from your base in Sorrento. 20 daily ferries from Sorrento can take you to the island of Capri, dotted with ancient Roman ruins, beaches, and the Belvedere of Tragara promenade, a walk around the top of the island that provides panoramic views.
Things To Do in Sorrento Italy
Day Trip to Pompeii
On a fateful day in AD 79, 20,000 inhabitants of the Ancient town of Pompeii were hit by a volcanic eruption from the mighty Mount Vesuvius. Excavations in Pompeii means that the town remains preserved at the moment the natural disaster struck, including the famous shapes of bodies preserved in the ash. Day trips to Pompeii leave regularly from Sorrento and are a must-do for those visiting the area for the first time.
One of the best views in Italy can be found at Villa Communale – the public gardens in Sorrento. The gardens are well kept and perfect for a stroll, and the view from the terrace at the top of the gardens is a photographers’ dream. Covering the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrento harbor, and the infamous Mount Vesuvius, the view is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps.
Where to Stay
Sorrento is dotted with fabulous Italian villas that now run as luxury “Grande Dame” hotels. The Bellevue Syrene has been open for nearly 200 years and has a fantastic clifftop location. The spa, pool, and a private deck by the sea mean you won’t want to leave. For travelers on a budget, the Seven hostels in the neighboring village of Sant’Agnello has everything you need to rest up before exploring at a very reasonable price. Holiday villas, apartments, and townhouse rentals are also very popular for those looking for a cheaper base in Sorrento.