Visit Sorrento 2020 | Travel guide, itineraries and best things to do

Complete guides, Hero, Sorrento

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so this is what Sorrento is like.  A lovely small town sitting on the rocky cliffs over the Mediterranean, spritzed by lemon groves and overlooking a breathtaking view of the Bay of Naples. 

Visiting Sorrento | Must know

Sorrento, the Land of Marmaids

Overlooking the bay of Naples from a special perspective, Sorrento is a charming coastal town prefered by guests from all over the world for its strategic location and laid-back atmosphere.  Its spectacular views, gorgeous food, pristine beaches and beautiful scenery make Sorrento one the most visited destinations in Europe. Sorrento is a budget friendly place that is good for day tripping or as an ideal base for exploring the fascinating region of the South of ItalyFrom Naples to the Amalfi Coast, from Capri to Pompei ruins. Safer and more pleasant than any other town in the area, the city offers both charm and enjoyment with numerous places of natural beauty, historical interest and cultural sites to visit.

Sorrento | Marina Grande & Marina Piccola

Marina Grande, Sorrento.

Considered by many the favourite place in Sorrento, Marina Grande is definetely worth a visit. The colourful and picturesque fishing village on the edge of the Bay, it 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.  The tiny church of Sant’Anna is well worth a visit and if you are lucky enough to be in Sorrento in July when the Festival of St Anna is on you will see the whole Marina Grande light up.  The cafés, hotels, restaurants on the edge of the sea host special dinners and parties for the fireworks show at midnight.

Marina Piccola is the main Sorrento harbour where you catch the ferries to Naples, the Island of Capri and Ischia. You can reach Marina Piccola walking down the steps from Piazza Tasso (next to the flags) or those from the Villa Comunale and take an lift on the way back or catch a bus. The views from the steps of the Villa Comunale are simply beautiful. When you arrive to the bottom, you will find beach clubs with sandy beach and sundeck area where sun loungers and umbrellas are set up. On the right hand side, there are plenty of little restaurants, cafès, hotels, and shops where you can purchase ferry tickets.

Sorrento | Queen Johanna Baths

Queen Johanna Baths, Sorrento.

If you want to get away from the busy beaches of the Amalfi Coast, I would highly recommend to visit the Queen Johannas’ Baths, a stunning spot with a Roman Villa and its exclusive natural swimming pool.  Where you can swim and enjoy a great walk around the cliff tops with the best views of the bay, from May until the end of September.  By walking to the other side of the ruins and following the wooden pier around the rocks, you will find an amazing waterfront bar/restaurant called La Solara.  As one of the most popular places in Sorrento, la Solara is a fantastic spot to have great meals, enjoying a glass of wine, watching the sunset right over the water ( it faces west) and you can swim until late.

Don’t miss out!

Calata Punta del Capo, 80067, Sorrento, Italia
+39 081 1965 4830
www.lidolasolara.com
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Bar

Sorrento | Cloister of San Francesco

Cloister of St. Francesco, Sorrento.

Just a five minute walk from Piazza Tasso, you will see the most popular spot for weddings and concerts in Sorrento city centre. Situated near Villa Comunale park, a serene environment surrounds the small thirteenth-century cloister of the Church of San Francesco.  It is a dreamy place with a mixture of styles and periods. With its vines and bright bougainvillea, the Cloister of San Francesco is a peacful escape from the bustle of the rest of Sorrento. We cannot think of anywhere in the world that could a better setting for a wedding ceremony than the courtyard of the cloister.  There is a romantic and peaceful atmosphere and it is perfect for an intimate venue in a serene environment.

Sorrento | The Old Town

The Old Town, Sorrento.

This is considered the heart of Sorrento, the old town is a mix of little streets, anchored by Piazza Tasso and Via Capo at each end, and nestled between Corso Italia and the coastline.  This area is mostly pedestrianised and it still preserves some medieval buildings, Antichi Palazzi with facades typical of the 13th century, original decorations and ancient churches. The main streets are lined with lemon products and leather shops. In the centre of the old Town, at the junction of Via San Cesareo and Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani, you will find the Sedil Dominova, a 17th century loggia that used to be a meeting place for the towns nobles and now is a retreat for retired working class men. The old town bubbles with life and warmth and the craftsmen still work with their hands, the perfume of lemon and orange lingers in the air, and in the evening music, bars, cafes and restaurants come to life when locals and visitors mix and mingle.

Sorrento | Villa Comunale, best views

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Considered “Sorrentos room with a view”, Villa Comunale gardens sits on the clifftop of the Peninsula and is the perfect place to relax and take scenic photos.  The public park greets you in all of its beauty with the stunning views of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento Coastline and Vesuvius. An absolute must when visiting Sorrento.  This park is on a hilltop next to The Cloisters of St. Francesco and near to the Hotel Tramontano. It’s a small area with a few benches but it’s a lovely place for a walk through the gardens filled with beautiful flowers or to have a drink or an ice cream in the cafe/restaurant overlooking the sea. Inside the Villa Comunale gardens you will find the lift that takes you down to the Marina Piccola harbour and beach clubs.It’s on the left corner of the garden and costs €1 single trip. You can also walk down by steps, from where views are incredible. I do suggest to walk down and return by lift.

 

Villa Comunale, 80067 Sorrento NA
+39 081 8072543
www.sorrentolift.it
Ticket € 1,00 – Return Ticket € 1,90 – Disabled € 0,50 – Free for children less than one meter height

Sorrento | Food & Culture

Food in Italy is a serious topic and in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast you eat a lot and you eat very well. Food is part of the Italian culture but with so many amazing options, it can be hard to decide what to try first and where to dine. From traditional restaurants to michelin star,from romantic settings to unique locations.  The common thread is quality products and tradition.  In the magazine you will find our reviews about the best restaurants to dine for for fresh fish and seafood, tradional pastas, best desserts and amazing pizza. Do not forget to try the well-know liqueur of Sorrento, a limoncello, produced using only the peel of lemons. Via San Cesareo in Sorrento old Town is lined with shops selling lemon products (biscuits, pasta, perfume, chocolate, soap) but you can find them also in supermarkets and grocery stores.

Sorrento | The Old Churches

Besides the Cathedral of Sorrento that lies on the main Street Corso Italia and considered the main Church of the Peninsula.  There are many holy places which deserve to be visited in the Sorrento Peninsula, not just for their architectural beauty but also for the history and their art masterpieces. In fact, churches are part of the culture and history of Sorrento, they are all well preserved and during Holy Week they host events, rituals and processions.

Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia

Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia, Sorrento.

Piazza Tasso is the heartbeat of Sorrento and Corsa Italia its main artery.  When you are looking for a place to stay consider the main square as point of landmark to find well located accommodation, close to the train station, restaurants and the old town. Piazza Tasso is bordered by bars, cafès, restaurants where people can relax with a drink and watch the hustle and bustle of Sorrento or enjoy a good pizza in the square . All roads seem to lead through Piazza Tasso that separates the pedestrian area of the Corso Italia from the portion which allows traffic. If you are travelling with luggage  we recommend to look for accommodation on the first part of the Corso Italia, where cars and taxi are allowed for limited times.

Sorrento | Museums & Cultural Events

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Set in a lovely garden in Sorrento city centre the Museum Corrale di Terranova was born from a private foundation commissioned by the Counts of Terranova who arranged for their art collections, ordered in the Correale villa, to constitute a Museum named after them. The collections are arranged on three floors, for a total of twenty-four rooms plus the attic recovered as an exhibition space. It has been described as “the most beautiful provincial museum of Italy.” The gardens of the villa are beautiful and also open for the public to visit.

Via Correale, 50, 80067 Sorrento NA
+39 081 8781846
www.museocorreale.it
Adults: 8€ – Groups (min.20 pax): 5€ – Children: 3€ (free under 10 y.o.)

Sorrento is famous for the historical craft of the marqueting and inlaid wood and in the old town there is the Museum of Inlaid Wood with a collection of art pieces, a painting gallery featuring scenes of last century, maps and portraits. It is highly recommended for those who love this ancient craft and want to  learn why Sorrento and this craftsmanship featured on the Grand Arts Tour of Europe in the 1800s.

Via S. Nicola, 28, 80067 Sorrento NA
+39 081 8771942
www.museomuta.it
Adults: 8€ – Children (until 17), Adults (from 65): 5€

Sorrento | The Valley of the Mills

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The deep Valley of the Mills, is recognized as one of the most fascinating abandoned sites photographed in the world.  You can find this hidden treasure walking through the city of Sorrento, just behind central Tasso Square. It’s outstanding to see this beautiful old mill nestled into the valley below.  You will see an old flour mill, used for grinding wheat for nearly a thousand years before it was abandoned during the 19th century. Now the ruins’ roof is covered in a tangle of plants and branches, as if nature is trying to consume the building. Today, access to the valley floor is discouraged, so take in the views from the street high above. To see the ruins and vegetation in more detail, bring a set of binoculars with you or a camera with a good zoom lens.

Visit Sorrento 2020 | Travel guide, itineraries and best things to do

Complete guides, Hero, Sorrento

Complete Guide to Sorrento

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and once you will visit Sorrento, the beautiful and stunning views will bring this saying to life in front of your very eyes. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a charming and picturesque costal town located on the rocky cliffs of the Mediterranean Sea and decorated in a vast amount of beautiful lemon groves and is often chosen by guests from all over the world for it’s great location and laid-back atmosphere. Its spectacular views, delicious food, pristine beaches and fantastic scenery makes Sorrento one of the most visited destinations in Europe. It’s also very budget friendly and great for a good day trip or as an ideal base for exploring the fascination region of the South of Italy from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, to Capri and the Pompeii ruins.

Sorrento is also known to be very safe and more pleasant compared to any other town in the area as the city offers both charm and enjoyment with a numerous amount of places for you to admire natural beauty, feed your historical interest and explore the cultural sites. In this article we have put together for you a complete guide of the absolutely must-see parts of the town.

Marina Grande in Sorrento

Marina Grande in Sorrento

Considered an absolute favourite spot by many of our guests, Marina Grande is definitely worth a visit. The colourful and picturesque fishing village sits on the edge of the bay and is a great place to enjoy a drink on the side of the dock as well as enjoying something delicious to eat from one of the many seafood restaurants. You will be able to find a variety of local trattorias with amazing traditional Italian meals and very reasonably priced, all on the waterfront with an amazing and buzzing atmosphere. During the summer, especially on the weekends, evening can become very busy for dinner.

You can also find here the tiny church of Sant’Anna which is well worth a visit and if you’re lucky enough to be in Sorrento during the month of July there is the Festival of St Anna that takes place where you’ll be able to see the whole of the Marina Grande lit up beautifully. The cafes, hotels and restaurant on the edge of the sea often host special dinners and parties for the firework show at midnight on this day.

Baths of Queen Giovanna

If you’re wanting to get away from the busy beaches of the Amalfi Coast, I would highly recommend visiting the Baths of Queen Giovanna, a stunning spot with a Roman Villa and an exclusive natural swimming pool. You can enjoy a tranquil swimming experience as well as a picturesque walk around the cliff tops which will give you the best views of the bay, from May until the end of September. If you walk along the other side of the ruins and follow the wooden pier around the rocks you will find an amazing waterfront restaurant and bar called Lo Solara, perfect if you’re wanting to spend the whole day there. La Solara is one of the most popular place in Sorrento and a fantastic spot where you can enjoy delicious meals and a glass of wine while watching the sunset right over the water, you can also swim until late, don’t miss out!

Cloister of San Francesco

Just a five minute walk from Piazza Tasso, you will find the most popular spot for weddings and concerts in Sorrento’s city centre. Situated near the Villa Comunale park, a serene environment surrounds the small thirteenth-century cloister of the Church of San Francesco. One of the most dreamiest places with a mixture of style from different periods, with its vines and bright bougainvillea, the Cloister of San Francesco its a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Sorrento. We can’t think of anywhere else in the world that could be a better setting for a wedding ceremony that the courtyard of the cloister, there is such a romantic and peaceful atmosphere here and its perfect for an intimate venue.

Sorrento Old Town

Considered the heart of Sorrento, the Old Town is a mixture of little streets anchored by Piazza Tasso and Via Capo at end each and nestled between Corso Italia and the coastline. This area is mostly pedestrianised and it even still preserves some of the medical buildings, Antichi Palazzi with facades typical of the 13th century, original decorations and ancient churches. The main streets are lined with hundreds of lemon related products and leather shops. In the centre of the Old Town, at the junction of Via San Cesareo and Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani you will find the Sedil Dominova, a 17th century grand building that used to be a meeting place for the towns nobles and now is a retreat for retired working class men. The Old Town buzzes with life and warmth of the locals, the craftsmen still work in the traditional way with their hands, the smell of lemon and orange scents linger in the air and in the evening music from the bars, cafes and restaurant bring the streets to life and you’ll see the beautiful mixture of local people and its visitors mingle and socialise.

Villa Comunale

Considered ‘Sorrento’s Room with a View’, Villa Comunale gardens sit on the clifftops of the Peninsula and its the perfect place to relax and take some pictures of the most beautiful scenery. This public park greets you with all of its beauty from the stunning views of the Bay of Naples to the Sorrento Coastline and Vesuvius, an absolute must visit when in Sorrento.

The park is situated on a hilltop next to the Cloisters of San Francesco and is also near the Hotel Tramontano. It’s a small area with a few benches but a lovely area to take a stroll through the garden filled with beautiful flowers or to have a drink or ice cream in the cafes and restaurants overlooking the sea. Inside the Villa Comunale garments you will find the lift that takes you down to the Marina Piccola harbour and its beach clubs, it’s located on the left corner of the garden and only costs €1 for a single trip. You can also walk down the steps from where you will see the most incredible views, we suggest to walk down by these stairs and then return back up using the lift.

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