Sorrento's beautiful port
Welcome to Sorrento in the province of Naples, Italy.
Once a compulsory stop on the 18th Century Grand Tour of Europe, Sorrento is a small resort town with a bigger than life reputation.
The reason Sorrento is so popular with tourists is that it became a popular stop on the Grand Tour of Italian sights that every young European noble had to visit to complete their cultural and literary education.
As these people returned home to their native lands they took with them paintings and sketches of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento that only enticed more people to make the trip.
Both English romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord George Byron visited Sorrento as did novelist Charles Dickens.
While travelling between Sorrento and Ischia, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote the majority of his most famous play Peer Gynt.
German philosopher and cultural critic Friedrich Nietzsche resided in Sorrento during the fall of 1876 staying at the Villa Rubinacci along with Richard Wagner.
When Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy visited Sorrento in 1898 he claimed to have found the peace that he had been so long searching for.
Today Sorrento is as beautiful as it ever was perched atop cliffs on the Sorrentine Peninsula facing the Bay of Naples. With lemon trees everywhere you look the town retains its tranquil charm that still attracts travellers today.
Getting to Sorrento
Sorrento is located on the main train line to Pompeii and has fast ferry connections to Naples and Capri, making it ideally suited for exploring the Amalfi Coast from Vietri sul Mare to Punta Campanella.
The closest airport to Sorrento is Naples International Airport (NAP) which is just 53 kilometres from Sorrento.
The least expensive option is to take the regular Airport-Naples shuttle bus to the Naples Stazione Centrale. Once there look for the Circumvesuviana line and the train to Sorrento. The bus journey from the airport to the train station takes around 20 minutes, depending on traffic and then about an hour by train to Sorrento. If you are travelling as a family or group you might want to consider hiring a car in Sorrento where you have the convenience of transport directly from your hotel or apartment in Sorrento.
Where to stay in Sorrento
Hotel prices in Sorrento can be quite steep during the summer and are often fully booked. Rather than us recommending a hotel why not read the reviews on TripAdvisor and select a hotel that best fits your needs. Airbnb is a great option too, and can save you a lot of money on eating out all the time. TUI currently offer budget package deals to Sorrento which include half board options and sometimes transfers to and from Naples airport.
What to do in Sorrento
When visiting Sorrento you need to remember that nearly all of the town’s inhabitants make their living from tourism. To get a feel for Sorrento, take a walk around the narrow streets in the Old Town and while it might seem a little too touristy it will set the mood for your stay.
As you can imagine, life in Italian towns all revolves around the main square and Sorrento is no different with the Piazza Tasso the focal point of the town. Grab an early morning espresso and brioche or stop by in the evening for a drink and watch the world go by.
For the most appealing sunsets be sure and stop by the Bellevue Sirene Hotel and have a drink on the terrace overlooking the marina.
Considering Sorrento is by the sea, there are not too many places where you can go for a swim to cool off. If you do fancy a bit of sunbathing and a swim, visit one of the waterfront hotels and use their facilities. It might mean you forking out for a drink and sun lounger, but it’s worth every penny.
Food & Drink in Sorrento
In Sorrento, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where you want to go for dinner. O Parrucchiano might not be a secret, but it is still one of the best places to chow down on mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.
Dining al fresco under a canopy of lemon trees certainly has its appeal and with reasonably priced traditional Italian food you can’t go wrong.
When in Sorrento, visit the family-run Gelateria Davide for the best ice cream you have ever had. You will have a hard time trying to decide which flavour to try, but don’t worry, they Gelatarias are open every day in Sorrento giving you opportunity to taste them all! One such Gelato shop is Fresco Sorrento Gelato & Smoothies Gelateria.
To remember your time in Sorrento be sure and buy a bottle of the locally made Limoncello lemon liqueur and pour yourself a glass now and again to remember your time in Sorrento.