Sorrento Travel Summary

With an outstanding position on the Neapolitan Riviera, Sorrento is known for cobblestone street, cliffs and picture-perfect views Ischia, Capri, Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Naples.

The Sorrento Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Sorrento:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

 

1. An introduction and brief history to this town:

Sorrento is perfectly located if you are exploring the Amalfi Coast with trains to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast as well as  regular fast-ferry connections to Naples and Capri.  Sorrento is a popular and long-standing resort town with a charming historic heart, atmospheric ruins and a bustling port.

The heart of Sorrento is a warren of little streets flanked by numerous churches, beautifully restored 19th-century townhouses and palaces, and quaint trattorias.  Sorrento is a pleasant town for walking around with its pedestrian cobblestones lanes, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Sorrento has a good selection of artisanal craft shops were you can find a number of shops specialising in ceramics, limoncello and leather goods.

Marina Grande is Sorrento’s traditional fishing harbour in a beautiful and tranquil setting where you can spend a couple of hours just relaxing and enjoying the view across to Naples and Vesuvius. The restaurants and cafes on the water’s edge offer a selection of traditional snacks and fresh fish dishes.

There are a number of other picturesque villages along the Sorrentine Peninsula (Vico Equense, Meta, Piano, Sant’Agnello, and Massa Lubrense) are well worth a visit and are less touristy offering an authentic Italian affair.

Pompeii’s about 40 minutes away from Sorrento by train, and is a must-see. Life in the city was stopped in its tracks when Mount Vesuvius erupted it makes for a fascinating visit were you can see a city frozen in time.

2. What to See:

Piazzo Tasso

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Piazzo Tasso is the main square in Sorrento is a great place for people-watching and is has a good collection of Baroque architecture
  • There is white tourist train also leaves from the square. It takes you on a 30-minute round trip through the old town and down to Marina Piccola
  • Across from the square, walk along San Cesareo, which is Sorrento’s main shopping street and has a good selection of artisan shops

 

Santa Maria del Carmine

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Constructed in 1572, the Baroque Santuario della Madonna del Carmine is situated at the eastern corner of Piazza Tasso
  • If you look up, you can see the 18th-century ceiling painting by Onofrio Avellino, depicting the Virgin Mary with St Simon and angels

 

Marina Grande

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Marina Grande is a small traditional fishing port that sits underneath the limestone cliffs on which the old town of Sorrento is perched
  • Offering a good place for a swim and watch local fishermen at work
  • You can enjoy alfresco harbour-side dining and there are great views of the Bay of Naples

 

Villa Communale Park

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • This park offers beautifully-manicured gardens and one of the best views in the area
  • There are excellent views over Gulf of Naples, Ischia, Procida and Mount Vesuvius in the background
  • You can also catch the Sorrento Lift which takes you down to Marina Piccola

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