Sorrento, Capri & the Amalfi Coast in Two Days | Complete Guide 2023
by Giuseppe Morvillo
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by Giuseppe Morvillo
Two Days in Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Capri – Complete Guide 2023
If you’re here in South Italy for a short weekend break in Sorrento or even for a few days during the week, two days may seem very little to enjoy the wonders of the Sorrento Peninsula, Capri island and the Amalfi Coast, but with the right organisation and a boost of energy I can guarentee you that you can experience the best of this land and visit some of the most fascinating sites with my itinerary I have developed for you in rich detail.
Day 1: After a good Neapolitan coffee in the most famous bar in Sorrento on the first day, we now make our way to discover the enchanting Island of Capri and the Blue Grotto, with a specialised Capri boat tour and an exceptional english speaking guide. 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. On your return, after a stop at your accommodation, a walk on Corso Italia and an aperitif on a terrace with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Sorrento. Finally, my advice is to have dinner in one of the most characteristic villages of Sorrento, the seaside village of Marina Grande.
Highlights of Your Two Day Itinerary in Sorrento & Amalfi Coast
Day 1: Capri Island Tour & Sorrento Old Town
8,30 a.m | Breakfast Neapolitan Style
To experience Capri island from Sorrento at the best you need to wake up early and first enjoy a typical Neapolitan style breakfast, a cup of espresso to kick start your day is mandatory alongside one of the many delicious freshly made pastries. The main square of Sorrento is Piazza Tasso, here you can find four of the main bars of the Peninsula which are all perfect for breakfast, take your pick.
However if you want to enjoy a coffee at the counter, Bar Fauno has always been one of the most popular bars in Sorrento in addition to a wide choice of croissants, brioches, pastries, local desserts and cakes, you must enjoy it with an excellent Neapolitan coffee. Discover all of my local suggestions here for the 6 Best Places for Coffee in Sorrento.
9,15 a.m | Discover the Island of Capri & its Grottos with our Day Tour
Every day thousands of visitors visit the island of Capri from Sorrento by shared or private boat tours. Especially during Summer, if you don’t book in advance you can find yourself joining a low quality boat tour with no experienced skippers. In Sorrento, dozens of companies offer daily tours to Capri and after years of testing, experience and listening to hundreds of reviews from visitors who joined and shared their experiences, I strongly recommend two reliable skippers who ensure unforgettable days.
The tour, shared with a maximum of 10 people, is organized on boats equipped with bathroom, shower, kitchen, sundeck which ensures complete comfort on board. In my opinion, in addition to being the best tour to visit Capri in one day and see the most of the island, it allows you to 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.
5,00 p.m | Return to Sorrento, visit the Old Town and try best gelato in Italy
From the Port of Sorrento we head along the road to reach the lift that will take us up to the Villa Comunale. You can’t miss a visit to Villa Comunale, with its gardens and the marvellous terrace, it is hard to find the words to describe the amazing view of the Gulf of Naples and his majesty the Vesuvius. Immediately outside the gardens, we stop for a quick visit to the Church of San Francesco and its Cloister, a silent oasis in the heart of the city, and one of the oldest, most visited monuments in Sorrento for its romantic and zen atmosphere.
After the Villa Comunale, turn right walking on via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani, and you will find one of the entrances in the Old Town of Sorrento that still preserves some medieval buildings, Antichi Palazzi, with facades typical of the 13th century, original decorations and ancient churches.
After this long walk you can not miss the chance to enjoy a delicious ice cream. Conveniently, the best gelato in Sorrento is only 30 seconds walk from the Sedile Dominova. Raki offers authentic and organic gelato, with selected high quality ingredients. Owners say, their ultimate ambition is getting visitors to fall in love with their gelato. Trust me, I am in love and in my opinion, Raki ice-cream is by far, one of the best gelato in Italy. So stop here and grab one of their hand-made cones, load it up with several scoops (vanilla, ginger and walnut are my favorite) and enjoy!
7,30 pm | Aperitif at sunset in the most exclusive terrace with view
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is located in 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. The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, is located in Piazza Tasso, it is award-winning luxury and it is really worth taking an unforgettable moment for you and your partner in a special location.
9.00 p.m | Delightful gastronomic experience in Sorrento Old Town, l’Antica Trattoria
In the heart of Sorrento Old Town, L’Antica Trattoria is one of the most delicious restaurants of our peninsula and is certainly among those we recommend to live an original experience. Savouring 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
9AM | The Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
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 contact to ensure you have an unforgettable day.
This type of tour, in addition to being the best to visit the Divine Coast, allows you to live an exclusive day at a much more reasonable price, with qualified drivers who know every corner of our land, with the ability to customise and above all allow you to live an authentic experience, real and enriching. For more information regarding our local and professional drivers you can contact me directly here.
- The first stop on the Amalfi Coast will be Positano, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: walk through the streets and shops selling linen clothes, admire the Spiaggia Grande and take some photos and visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta.
- Our next stop is Amalfi, passing through the pretty villages of Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini. In Amalfi, a historic maritime republic destination, in addition to a stop at the historic Bar Pansa, we recommend a visit to the Amalfi Cathedral and its Cloister, the historic centre and the promenade are simply a few of the places you cannot miss.
- The last stop in the picture perfect town of Ravello, this romantic village perched on the Amalfi mountains, is where you can admire the most spectacular views of the coast, with a view of Minori and Maiori. During your free time, we advise you to stroll between the Vescovado square and its alleys, or visit the splendid Villa Rufolo, a 13th century villa with the famous gardens overlooking the sea.
5PM | Return to Sorrento
On your return back to Sorrento, I recommend that you plan to stop at your hotel or apartment so that you can cool off, take some time to relax and rest after your long day in the heat and exploring and prepare yourself for your second Sorrento evening.
7PM | Aperitif on the Panoramic Terrace at Sunset
Dressed in your fresh linen shirt for the men and a pastel-coloured evening gown for the women, from Piazza Tasso we take a short walk along Corso Italia, the main artery of Sorrento. After 7pm the entire street becomes pedestrianised and it is here that hundreds of tourists and local people of Sorrento stop at the cafes to enjoy an Aperol spritz or do some late night shopping.
At the top of Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani, we walk in the direction of the Villa Comunale and this time, turning left, immediately on the corner we find one of the hotels with the most exclusive panoramic terraces in Sorrento. Considering during the summer, there are two terraces of the hotels we suggest to start off your second unforgettable evening 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!
9PM | Dinner by the Sea in Marina Grande
After enjoying a spritz on the Terrace Bellavista, immediately after the panoramic Piazza Vittoria, there is the Hotel Syrene, awarded with the worlds sexiest bedroom in 2015. Next to the Hotel Syrene, there is an old path taking you down along the Coast, between Villas and panoramic spots, at the end, turn right and go down the steps, make your way through the 2500 year old Greek Gate and the Marina greets you in all of its beauty, 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: Departure from Sorrento & Stop in Pompeii Ruins
- Departure from Sorrento to Naples airport/train station or Rome airport/train station by our recommended private transfer
- Stop in Pompeii Ruins or Hercolaneum along the way
If on the third day you have to leave early in the morning to arrive at Naples/Rome Station or the Naples/Rome Airport, we advise you to contact us to check the availability of the drivers who offer the best transfers for couples, families and groups of more than 12 people. As well as offering some of the most competitive prices we also guarentee complete comfort and style, you are welcome to contact me directly here to find out more information or book your transfer today.
However, if your return is scheduled in the early afternoon or evening, why not maximise your time here and enjoy one last visit to one of Italy’s most visited destinations! We reccomend you starting your day early with a private transfer to Naples and visiting one of the two most Ancient and Historic sites in Italy which are on the way, Pompeii and Herculaneum Ruins. This choice will allow you to see one of the most fascinating places in the world without having to change your itinerary.
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