"A picturesque little town, Sorrento is next to the most popular attractions in southern Italy."
Stylish Beauty of Sorrento
The word ‘resort’ is perhaps a little too shabby when it comes to labelling the captivating and sophisticated town of Sorrento, characterised by beautiful architectural features, a delectable culinary scene, stunning coastal gems and a general atmosphere that exudes class and luxury. Still, embarking on Sorrento holidays in Italy will offer up the typical pleasures of a coastal resort retreat, but with all the elegance associated with the splendour and extravagance of the country.
Located along the country’s idyllic Neapolitan Riviera, the romance of this region shines through in Sorrento’s character; whether in the form of the colourful buildings that hang precariously from dramatic cliffs, the light bobbing of a shiny yacht on the marina’s waters, or the tangible aromas that seep from each café and eatery that lines the streets – all stirring images only met in escapism and fantasy, but discovered in reality during holidays to Sorrento.
Famous for its stunning landscape, Sorrento is the perfect destination for a relaxing Italian getaway. A city best explored on foot, you’ll always find things to see and do as you engage in Sorrento’s attractions.
History buffs will love exploring the district of Old Sorrento, home to many bars and restaurants, as well as narrow lanes adorned with traditional green-shuttered buildings. Culture vultures will prefer a stroll around the main piazza, absorbing such sites as the Baroque Church del Carmine.
There are more things to do in Sorrento than revel in the picturesque scenery. Foodies will find a slice of culinary heaven in Sorrento as they feast on authentic regional dishes and delights. A short distance from several other beautiful islands, you can easily plan a day trip when ready for a change of pace and scenery.
Wine and Dine
Truly one of the most alluring of Sorrento’s attractions, the food in this part of Italy is beautifully authentic and reflects the influences of nearby Naples along with other parts of the country. For seafood lovers, a visit to Taverna Azzurra, the most famous restaurant in the Sorrento Peninsula, is a must. Located near Marina Grande, this legendary restaurant is known for some of the best oysters and clams in the region.
When it’s time to tuck into a delicious slice of pizza, book a table at Ristorante Da Gigino on Via degli Archi which is also notable for its pasta and desserts. Meanwhile wine enthusiasts should prepare to adore La Vineria Bollicine, the popular wine bar located a short walk from Piazza Tasso.
You can’t leave Sorrento without sampling the delicious Limoncello, a strong liquor made from lemon rind. It is best to sip on an icy glass of the stuff with a delightful sea view.
Action and Adventure
Although known for its serenity, there are still many adventure-filled things to do in Sorrento. If you fancy learning a new sport, consider taking a sailing or snorkelling class at Marina Sorrento, allowing you to engage in some exploration off of dry land.
Travelers seeking great heights should take to the trails of the peninsula. These hikes provide the perfect opportunity to marvel at stunning views of Naples and Salerno in the distance.
For an excursion the whole family is sure to enjoy, plan a day trip to Vesuvius National Park, where you can learn more about the famous volcano that destroyed the nearby ancient Roman town of Pompeii.
A paradise for couples whether you’re on a romantic city break or honeymoon, you and your sweetie will find many things to do in Sorrento. If you both love history, spend a few hours at the Cathedral of Sorrento and admire the stunning gothic-inspired architecture that bursts with unforgettable elegance.
When in the mood for a wander, explore the famous streets near Piazza Tasso together by foot or horse drawn carriage. Lovers who find joy in good food should book a table at Ristorante Bagni Delfino. Located next to Marina Grande, this is the perfect place for romantic dinner with a sunset backdrop. When in the mood for some island hopping, plan a day trip to the dazzling island of Capri and go on a legendary Grotto Tour. Take a picnic along and relax on the sparkling shores.
A vibrant mix of pubs, bars and entertainment venues, you’ll find that many of Sorrento’s attractions kick into life after dark. Start off your night at Fauno Bar, a popular local haunt perfect for people watching just before dinner.
When it’s time to get the fun started, the baroque-inspired Centro Storico is one of the city’s most buzzing areas, especially on summer nights when the streets are crowded with revellers enjoying a chat with a drink or two.
For couples, a stroll along the Sorrento waterfront is pure romance, offering views of Naples Bay under a moonlit walking trail. An outing you won’t soon forget, Teatro Tasso is perfect for lovers of musicals. Offering nightly performances which feature a stunning display of colours, lights and great acting, it’s a wonderful evening venue that the entire family can enjoy.
Recharge & Relax
Most attractions in Sorrento are designed to help you relax and feel as if you have escaped to your own private slice of paradise. Families and couples alike will enjoy spending the day at Magic World, the nearby theme park which features a beautiful pool and the largest water slide in south Italy.
Beach lovers should set their sights on the sandy shores of Marameo Beach or Bagni Salvatore when looking to catch some rays. For couples, cooking courses at the Sorrento Cooking School offer the chance for friendly competition in the kitchen, culminating in a delicious meal.
Coastal Treasure of the Riviera
For those looking to add a significant beach vibe to their Sorrento holidays, you’ll be pleased to learn that numerous avenues will allow you to exercise your inner beach bum when visiting the town. Despite its location outside of Sorrento, the beauty spot and coastal resort of the island of Capri is a highly rewarding daytrip for anybody seeking sun, sand and sea. On land you’ll encounter villas and churches, while by the coast are caves and bays, welcoming sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in an idyllic setting.
Within the town itself, you’ll find beaches upon which to relax or indulge. The Marina Piccola, or Small Port, is a charming little setting dotted with boats, and nearby you’ll find clean and pretty beaches to utilise your need for sunshine. The Marina Grande – somewhat easier to decipher – juxtaposes the quiet serenity of the Small Port, displaying the traditions and charm of an authentic fishing village. One thing that needs to be experienced during holidays in Sorrento is exposure to the unrivalled scenery of the Riviera. Punta del Capo is one of the best places to head for coastal splendour, best washed down with a glass of traditional limoncello at a waterfront bar.
Absorbing the Beauty of the Town
From the charm and romance of lemon terraces to the striking extravagance of the town’s Duomo – you’ll encounter every visual treat possible during your holidays to Sorrento. There are countless sites to tick off as you begin to delve into the majesty of the town, but for many, the best way to absorb Sorrento’s character and style is to explore its streets on foot. Whether it is the Church of San Francisco that turns your head, or the sprawling Piazza Tasso that sees you captivated, everybody will find their own favourite location within the mazing streets of this town.
Culture vultures should take time to duck into one or two of the town’s fascinating museums and galleries, especially the Archaeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and to gaze at the fine local art at the Museo Bottega della Tasia Lignea. You can extend your exploration into the history, arts and culture of the Neapolitan Riviera by embarking on a daytrip to the nearby town of Ravello. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts many strings to its bow, most notably its stunning views of the Mediterranean, while its picturesque gardens, impressive villas and immense Duomo add an even greater proportion of fascination.