Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Capri Island in Five Days | Complete Guide 2023
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Looking to visit Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast in 2023 but wanting to know what the current situation is regarding COVID-19? Discover our article below to find out how safe the Amalfi Coast is, information on Face Masks and Social Distancing as well as all of the Latest Updates.
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Five Days in Sorrento Itinerary – Complete Guide 2023
Visit Capri island, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii Ruins and Naples and live authentic food experiences
If you are reading my article it means that you are planning on spending at least five days in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast and of course, you are looking for the best travel advice on how to live the most memorable experience here. Five days are not few but they are also not too many and that is why I have prepared a detailed travel guide for you so you can see the most beautiful places from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast, from Capri to Naples, passing through Pompeii and Herculaneum and if by chance you want to learn how to cook Italian food, I also have suggested to you one of the best cooking experience in our area.
- Day 1: Discover the island of Capri and the Blue Grotto, with our selected Capri boat tour. On the way back, after enjoying the breathtaking view from the Villa Comunale, a stop in the historic centre to indulge in the best ice cream on the Amalfi Coast. Aperitif on the most famous terrace of Sorrento and then dinner in a historic and well known restaurant.
- Day 2: The second day of our itinerary in Sorrento will be dedicated to visiting the most beautiful places in the world with our complete one day Tour of the Amalfi Coast, and its landscapes, Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello. Once returning to Sorrento, I reccomend you to visit one of the most beautiful rooftop cocktail bars in Sorrento and dine by the sea, in the charming village of Marina Grande.
- Day 3: On the third day you will enjoy a visit to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius with our tour, as well as experiencing a traditional wine tasting in a local vineyard: the best of the italian culture in one day. Lastly, enjoy a beautiful dinner in the heart of Sorrento, in a local restaurant.
- Day 4: On the fourth day we will visit the City of Naples, it’s Old Town and it’s hidden beautiful sites. You will also have the experience to taste the best pizza in Italy, in the heart of Naples.
- Day 5: On the final day, we will learn how to cook traditional Italian food in a fantastic cooking experience and in the late afternoon, we will take a boat tour to enjoy Sorrento at sunset. The perfect way to end your trip in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast.
Highlights of Your Five Days Itinerary in Sorrento & Amalfi Coast
Day 1: Capri Island Tour & Sorrento Old Town
- Discover the Island of Capri & its Grottos with our Day Tour
- Return to Sorrento and visit of Villa Comunale and Cloister of St.Francis
- Aperitif at sunset in the most exclusive terrace with view
- Delightful gastronomic experience in Sorrento Old Town
After a cup of italian espresso at Bar Fauno, in central Piazza Tasso, to kick start your day you are ready to experience Capri island from Sorrento at the best. Discover all of my local suggestions here for the 6 Best Places for Coffee in Sorrento.
With thousands of visitors wanting to visiting the island of Capri each summer, many depart from Sorrento by shared or private boat tours and after years of testing, experience and listening to hundreds of reviews of Capri boat tours we strongly recommend two reliable skippers who ensure unforgettable days to our guests.
Find more about the best tour to visit Capri in one day by clicking on the link below: you will see the most of the island and experience an exclusive day at a reasonable price, without the crowds of large boats because the limited number of people, and above, all you can relax avoiding queues at the boardings. You’re welcome to contact me here to find out more about this experience, discuss your travel plans and get the best tips and advice from a local.
Back in Sorrento, I recommend to visit the Villa Comunale, with its gardens and the marvellous terrace overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento, the Church of San Francesco and its Cloister, the Sedile Dominova in the Old Town and try one of the best “gelato” in Italy, at Raki’s.
After a quick shower, make your way to Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, the most exclusive hotel in Sorrento, it is indeed the most famous terrace on the Sorrento Peninsula. It is open to the public, and is an exclusive spot where you can enjoy a fabulous evening, either sipping on a glass of wine or enjoying an Aperol Spritz with a magnificent view of the Gulf of Naples, this Terrace is priceless and breathtaking.
In this guide, I hand picked the best authentic restaurants to make you live delightful and authentic gastronomic experiences in Sorrento. On the first night, let’s start with l’Antica Trattoria, one of the most delicious restaurants of our peninsula and is certainly among those we recommend to live an original experience. Enjoy an evening savouring and experiencing the flavours and recipes of the Sorrentina gastronomic culture.
Excellent for the quality of the products, for the location and type of food served, it is value for money. A perfect mix of traditional recipes and innovation, the Chef continually amazes with his dishes made from ingredients from our territory. You will also find fantastic and friendly staff.
Day 2: Amalfi Coast tour & Dinner by the Sea in Sorrento
- Visit The Amalfi Coast with Our Complete One Day Tour
- Visit Positano, Praiano, Amalfi & Ravello
- Aperitif on the Panoramic Terrace at Sunset
- Dinner by the Sea in Marina Grande
Our guided tour of the Amalfi Coast is one of the most fascinating experiences ever. In Sorrento, dozens of companies offer organised tours of the Amalfi Coast and after many years of experience, walks and after listening to hundreds of reviews, there are two drivers that we highly recommend to ensure you have an unforgettable day. Contact us, if you want live an exclusive day on the Amalfi Coast at a much more reasonable price, with qualified drivers who know every corner of our land and with the ability to customise and above all allow you to live an authentic experience, real and enriching.
You will be able to visit and have free time in Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello and our profiessional driver will give you a variety of recommendations of where you can enjoy best restaurants on the Amalfi Coast. You’re welcome to contact me here to find out more about this experience, discuss your travel plans and get the best tips and advice from a local.
Back in Sorrento, dressed in your fresh linen shirt for the men and a pastel-coloured evening gown for the women, we walk in the direction of one the hotels with the most exclusive panoramic terraces in Sorrento, The Bellavista Terrace of the La Favorita Hotel. Located on the top floor of the luxurious Hotel la Favorita, the Bellavista terrace displays a breathtaking view and embodies a fairytale atmosphere. At reasonable prices, in an informal but luxurious environment, you can sip tasty cocktails and continue your dinner at the restaurant on the terrace, nothing short of fantastic!
After enjoying a spritz on the Terrace Bellavista, we are going to enjoy a dinner by the Sea in Marina Grande. The Marina greets you in all of its beauty and we guarantee you will capture this moment in a great photo or video. Considered by many as their favourite place in Sorrento, Marina Grande is definitely worth a visit. This old colourful and picturesque fishing village on the edge of the bay is a great place to have a drink on the side of the dock and grab something to eat.
You can find a lot of local trattorias with good meals at reasonable prices and waterfront restaurants with a buzzing atmosphere. During the summer, and especially on weekends, evenings are very busy for dinner. I do recommend to have lunch at Trattoria da Emilia, one of the most historic authentic restaurants owned by a local family from the Marina.
During the Summer months this area can become very crowded and difficult to make reservations at the restaurants, espcially in the evenings. Since I am a regular at most of these resturants, and being a local myself, I have gained some great connections and friendships with the restaurant and beach club owners in Marina Grande. Feel free to contact me directly here if you need help making a reservation or simply want to know more about Marina Grande, what to do, where to eat or visit.
Day 3: Pompeii Ruins & Wine tasting in a Local Vineyard
- Breakfast at a Local Patisserie
- Arrival to Pompeii Ruins and Tour
- Wine Tasting and Lunch in a Local Vineyard
- Aperitif with a Sea View and Dinner in L’Abate Restaurant
The third day will start with a delicious breakfast, Italian style, in Meta di Sorrento, at the ‘Bar Romano’ very famous for its delicious pastries. After having a nice breakfast your journey can finally begin and you’ll enjoy a nice and conformable ride to Pompeii with the sea on your left side and the mountains and Vesuvius right in front of you. The best kind of you to start your day, so get your camera ready, there will be many more picture perfect opportunities like this one.
Pompeii is Italy’s most famous archeological site, in fact no other ancient town has been brought to life so completely vivid as this one. This unique Roman city invites visitors from all over the world, this is why its best you start your day quite early to enjoy this experience in the best way. We recommend a private tour, especially if you’re in a group of four people or more. After many years of experience and our hundreds of review, we are in touch with two of the most professional, reliable and English speaking drivers that will provide you with the most unforgettable and magical experience.
Once you have arrived at Pompeii you will most likely start to see a queue but if you book a private tour guide with us that will help you to skip the queue and full immerse yourself into the history and culture of Pompeii and they will be able to give you in-depth knowledge and stories that you otherwise might not hear if you decided to do the tour independently. You can visit stunning roman Villas with magnificent mosaics, temples and thermal baths. Usually the tour lasts two to three hours, if you also visit the theatre and amphitheatre.
After your historical immersion in Pompeii, you will have the possibility to experience a traditional Italian wine tasting experience, you’ll sip and taste five different types of wines, including also the famous Lachrima Christi which is considered one of Italy’s best wines, combined with a delicious lunch with the stunning vineyard view.
Back in Sorrento, after a refreshing shower, wear your most beautiful dress or favourite linen shirt and take yourself towards Peters’ Beach, where there is a fairytale atmosphere by the sea. The jazz music in the background combined with the sounds of the waves of the sea, just adds that extra special touch to an already magical evening, while the sunset caresses the coast of Sorrento and displays the beautiful colours in the blue of the bay.
After enjoying your drink or glass of wine you can return back to Sorrento centre and in a few minutes, you will find yourself back in the heart of the city and it is here that I advise you to stop for dinner at the restaurant called, L’Abate in Piazza Sant’Antonino. Situated in this elegant square, you will have several choices to chose from on the menu, from pasta, fresh fish and meat. Don’t forget to ask from a limoncello at the end of your dinner and experience the taste of Sorrento.
Day 4: Naples Old Town Tour & Best Pizza Experience
- Naples Tour of the Old Town and its Underground
- Best Pizza in Naples & Ice Cream Stop
- Duomo of Naples, Museum and Teatro San Carlo
- Dinner at Cantinaccia del Popolo
After our relaxing journey by car of about an hour, we arrive in the City of Naples and as always the first thing you can notice to your left is the beautiful cobalt blue colour of the sea. In the city of Naples, you can find in almost every alley a small sign of history, from which you can learn the various fears, beliefs and superstitions of Neapolitans. One of the main streets of the historic centre of Naples is the famous “Spaccanapoli”, which practically divides the city in two.
One of the most beautiful and romantic locations that you can visit are the Majolica cloister of St. Clare and the Cappella Museum of San Severo where you can admire one of the best sculptural works ever made in the world is found: Veiled Christ. Taking in all of the art and a lot of walking and exploring only make us think of a single thing, time for the Neapolitan pizza. I recommend one of the best pizzerias Neapolitan, among other things also close to our next stop, Naples underground.
Close by to the chapel of San Severo, you will find the famous and tasty pizzeria of Antonio and Gino Sorbillo, a surname that only reminds me of mouthwatering pizza! You can go for the classic but delicious Margherita, we are sure you will never have tasted it this good anywhere else, to the most complete topped with a variety of seasonal products.
As we walk quietly through the streets of the city, just below our feet another city is hidden: the so-called underground Naples. Incredible work of civil engineering, it is a must place to visit in Naples. In the late afternoon, what better snack than a delicious Italian ice cream? A few minutes from the Naples underground entrance there is one of the best ice cream shops in the whole region, Casa Infante, with their wide choice of tastes, cones, creams and desserts we will delight our palate once again.
For those who love shopping we suggest a visit to Corso Umberto I, where there are all the best Italian brands, or in Via Toledo, and if you have the chance do not miss a little visit in the Metro Toledo, one of the most beautiful stations in Europe, you will be amazed. For those who still have energy and desire to discover more, always a few minutes from our last stop there is the Duomo of Naples and the Museum of the Treasury of San Gennaro, one of the richest and finest in the world.
It is the symbol of the saint and is exhibited every year in the Duomo with the celebration of the saint and the Miracle of liquefaction. If luckily, on that evening there may be a play at Teatro San Carlo, I would strongly recommend to conclude your wonderful day in Naples visiting the largest and most fascinating opera house in the world or return back to Sorrento.
Day 5: Italian Cooking Experience and Sorrento Sunset Boat Tour
- Breakfast at a Local Patisserie
- Traditional and Authentic Italian Cooking Class
- Romantic and Luxury Sunset Boat Tour
- Dinner in One of the Best Pizzerias in Sorrento
If you’re looking to experience life like a true Italian during your time in the Sorrento, your first opportunity to do so is in fact from the very moment you wake up, and you must with a traditional Neapolitan coffee and Italian style breakfast. The most popular espresso bars are those in Sorrento’s central square of Piazza Tasso, however if you’d like to enjoy your morning coffee with a view we had also suggested a few bars below located in the small Fishermans village of Marina Grade, Marina Piccola or even a hotel terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
After enjoying a typical Neopolitan Breakfast, spend the day learning how to cook like a true Italian in our Traditional and Authentic Italian Cooking Class. A great choice for Families with Children, Groups and even Couples, you’ll have the oppourtunity to learn how to make the most famous Italian dishes such as homemade Gnocchi Sorrento Style and Tiramisù. At the end you will also be rewarded with an official cooking experience certificate. One of our professional and English speaking drivers will also pick you up from your Hotel or Accommodation and drop you off at the end of the tour.
In the evening, the most amazing and romantic experience awaits. This exclusive tour is completely private and you will have complete use of all the comforts and facilities of the boat throughout the duration of the tour. Our tour also includes our professional and English speaking drivers that will pick you up and drop you off from your accommodation or hotel to Sorrento harbour and vice versa.
On this Sunset Tour you will discover the beautiful Baths of Queen Giovanna, an enchanting and magical hidden gem in Sorrento. Often described as ‘a window into history’ located in the most natural paradise setting, Bagni della Regina Giovanna is a great place from which you can admire the beauty of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.
The most magical and romantic part of this Luxury Sunset Tour awaits, arriving in Marina di Puolo, our skipper will give you the choice to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You will be able to experience a beautiful Italian sunset while sipping on a cool glass of Prosecco or homemade Limoncello while relaxing in the calm atmosphere as the gentle waves sway the boat under the pink and orange sky. The perfect way to celebrate a special occasion such as anniversaries, engagement or weddings in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Lastly, in the evening you will enjoy dinner in whats considered the best pizza in town, Pizzeria da Franco. Located on the famous road of Corso Italia, this great family restaurant in Sorrento, Italy, has great quality food and is also very resonably priced. Choose from either the classic pizzas or try something new with a few seasonal pizzas, there are also Vegetarian friendly options. The Pizzeria is Smart Casual, so a great place to stop for lunch or dinner while passing through the town or on your way back to your accommodation before finishing your evening.
Being a local myself, I have gained some great connections and friendships with the restaurant and bar owners in Sorrento. Feel free to contact me directly here if you need help making a reservation or simply want to know more about what to do, where to eat or visit in Sorrento.
Pizzeria Da Franco
Corso Italia 265, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
+ 39 081 877 2066
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly