Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Ruins in three days | Complete Itinerary
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Three Days in Sorrento
For guests travelling to Italy for two weeks, the average time they tend to stay in Sorrento is three nights. We would recommend you planning out your days perfectly so you can really make the most of your time to not only visit Sorrento, but also the Island of Capri, the Pompeii Ruins and the Amalfi Coast. There is so much to see in so little time so we have put together for you our top tips and suggestions according to your interests so you can have an amazing time in the South of Italy. Although three nights is still not enough time to discover the beautiful wonders of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, with our detailed guides and itinerary we can ensure you will see the very best of these beautiful coastal towns and historic attractions.
Looking to visit and discover the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento on your trip around the Amalfi Coast but limited for time? Not to worry, we have curated the perfect one day itinerary for you to truly see Sorrento in all its glory. From the breathtaking panorama, the bright green and yellow lemon groves, the coast that embraces the Gulf of Naples, the Old Town to the amazing food and wine.
- Breakfast Neapolitan Style
- Visit to Piazza Tasso
- Visit to Baths of Queen Giovanna
- Discover Sorrento’s Old Town
- Cloister of San Francesco and Villa Comunale
- Lunch in Marina Grande
- Evening Aperitif on a Sea View Terrace
- Dinner at O’Parrucchiano
If you’re here 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 and the Amalfi Coast, but with the right organisation and a boost of energy you can experience the best of this land and visit some of the most fascinating sites with this itinerary we have developed for you in rich detail.
- The Amalfi Coast Tour
- Return back to Sorrento
- Aperitif on the Panoramic Terrace at Sunset
- Marina Grande – Dinner by the Sea
8:30AM | Breakfast at a Local Patisserie
Want to experience Sorrento to Pompeii in one day? You’ll be discovering the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, as well as experiencing a traditional wine tasting in a local vineyard. So make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothing and footwear, bring some water and suncream, especially if you’re visiting during the hot summer months, as it can get very hot and it could be difficult at times to find some shady spots to cool down. Your alarm will have to be set early again to maximise your three days here in Sorrento, but you can make your early morning better by enjoying a delicious breakfast, Italian style, in Meta di Sorrento, a little maritime town of the Sorrento Coast, at the ‘Bar Romano’ very famous for its delicious pastries. If you’re travelling by car, you can find parking nearby on the right side of the bar, make sure you park in the right place to avoid any traffic wardens. We can guarantee you’ll enjoy the best ‘Sfogliatella’ here in Sorrento or the ‘Zeppola di San Giuseppe’ while sipping on a delicious creamy and strong espresso.
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. From Sorrento to the Pompeii Ruins you can either use Private Transportation or the Circumvesuviana train, depending on how you prefer to spend the day and how large your group is.
9:15AM | Arrival to Pompeii Ruins and Tour
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 already a good amount of people waiting to purchase their tickets or to simply enter the site, because of this we strongly recommend buying your ticket in advance so that you’ll be able to start your tour as soon as you arrive. You can also 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, 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.
The Pompeii Tour can only be described as taking a dive into the past, more precisely to 79 b.c., due to the eruption of the Vesuvius, both cities were totally covered by lava and ash. Everything has been preserved in such a perfect shape that today walking through the ruins feels like you are re-living the moments of the life of those who lived back in the Romans age. 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.
12PM | Wine Tasting and Lunch in a Local Vineyard
The Mount Vesuvius dominates the Bay of Naples and is the only European active volcano surrounded by almost three-million-people, this is because the land around the volcano is extremely fertile, so farmers can hugely benefit from this area to cultivate grapes and grow the tasty Piennolo’s tomatoes. I recommend you to experience this private tour because after your historical immersion in Pompeii, you will have the possibility to experience the traditional technique of how wine is made, conserved and produced. As well as having the 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. Everything will be combined with a delicious lunch with the stunning vineyard view. At the end of the day, full and probably tired, you will be accompanied to your accommodation at around 5pm.
7:30PM | Aperitif with Sea View and Dinner at L’Abate Restaurant
After a refreshing shower and a well deserved nap after an intensive day like this, all I’d like to do is relax and have a nice Aperol Spritz with a nice view, I’m sure you will agree. This three day itinerary in Sorrento keeps on going until the late night, so wear your most beautiful dress or favourite linen shirt and take yourself towards the city centre, walking along Corso Italia, Piazza Tasso and getting lost in the most characteristic alleys of Sorrento Old Town. I know you are tired and all you want is to take a break from the intensive day trip spent in Pompeii, but if you walk a little it is worth taking an apéritif at the Marina Piccola, at Peters’ Beach, where there is a fairytale atmosphere and friendly staff will welcome you by the sea. Peter’s beach is a beach club by day, and at sunset it turns first into a cocktail bar and then into a restaurant. 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 by walking the road that runs along the bathing establishments and leads you back to the lift you can take which will take you back up to Villa Comunale. 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. After dinner you can stop for a drink at the stylish cocktail bar called d’Anton set in front of the restaurant, finely furnished and decorated or if you want to hear live music and dance, head to the Filou Club or Fauno Tasso. Enjoy your last night in Sorrento in style!