A magical town on the stunning Amalfi Coast, Sorrento spills down steep cliffs to an azure bay. There’s nowhere better for a weekend break with a difference. A quick flight to Naples, a short hop on the train – and you’ll find yourself in a completely different world. Rugged peaks provide the backdrop for one of Italy’s prettiest towns, with its colourful villas and ancient streets arranged around a vast picture-postcard bay. Make the most of your short break with our essential guide to 48 hours in Sorrento!
Day one: morning
Soak up the historic charm of this beautiful little town. After a lazy breakfast out on a sunny square such as the central Piazza Tasso, make for the Duomo, Sorrento’s handsome 15th-century cathedral, which has a pretty belltower. Then stroll downhill to find the Museo-Bottega della Tarsia Lignea, which displays some of the town’s famous marquetry furniture. Nearby is the Correale di Terranova Museum, set in a splendid villa: there are stunning views of the whole bay from the panoramic terrace in the lemon-scented gardens. For lunch, head down to Marina Grande, the fisherman’s quarter, where you can tuck into some delicious seafood specialities at one of the traditional taverns.
Day one: afternoon
After lunch, head to the beach and rent a sun lounger so that you can have a well-deserved siesta in comfort. Enjoy a couple of hours soaking up the sun and relaxing, before taking a lazy stroll along the waterfront. Head towards the Marina Picolo, perhaps stopping for a drink on the handsome Piazza Victoria, and enjoying the views from the lovely Villa Communale gardens, on the way.
Day two: all day
Spend the day enjoying one of the stunning attractions close to Sorrento. If you love history, then don’t miss the chance to explore the evocative ruins of Pompeii: when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, it buried the city beneath several feet of ash. The ruins, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide a remarkable glimpse into the live in the town two thousand years ago. You could combine Pompeii with a hike up Vesuvius, to gaze into the crater that caused such devastating damage. If you love islands and swimming, then spend the day in Capri, a beautiful little island with fabulous beaches, glamorous cafés and boutiques, and some beautiful hikes.