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15+ Things to do in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento Mt Vesuvius

Sorrento, Italy is called the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast”. Situated alongside the Bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius looming forward, it was an ideal base to discover this lovely a part of the Italian shoreline. We spent every week in this pretty city final March and it was so arduous to depart. Although, it’s recognized for its giant lemons and the limoncello drink, Sorrento additionally has rather a lot to supply guests and households. These have been most of our favourite issues to do in Sorrento.

Sorrento Mt Vesuvius

1. Do a Sightseeing Tour

Probably the greatest methods to get an orientation of Sorrento is thru a sightseeing tour. It might sound fairly touristy however the excursions cowl fairly a little bit of the primary points of interest in a short while.

The Metropolis Sightseeing® Sorrento pink buses supply a few excursions that take guests via Sorrento’s historical past and tradition and the close by peninsula. One of many choices is the versatile Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

Guests can cease and spend time at one of many six designated stopovers. It comes with a pre-recorded commentary provided in numerous languages.

The practice journey was very best for households. This guided tour went down Sorrento’s streets, the port and the terraces. It was a sluggish, enjoyable journey and got here with a commentary to study extra about Sorrento’s historical past, tradition and points of interest.

Sorrento sightseeing train

2. Stroll Round Previous Sorrento

Sorrento was sufficiently small to simply discover. It was fantastic to stroll its streets the place sidewalks have been lined with citrus timber. It was very tempting to decide fruits whereas out for a stroll.

Corso Italia Sorrento

We actually loved wandering the previous space of Sorrento. There have been many slender streets and corners to discover. You by no means actually know what architectural gem was across the subsequent alleyway. We beloved strolling previous outlets and searching up on the most charming buildings.

You don’t want a map. Get misplaced and also you gained’t remorse it. Although, if you would like a extra significant stroll, this self-guided strolling tour of Sorrento is a superb one to comply with. On a aspect word, we felt completely protected strolling round at night time.

Sorrento Italy

three. Go Buying

As a city that caters to vacationers, there have been loads of outlets right here for the shopaholics and informal window buyers. There have been so many fantastic treasures right here I might have spent all my time buying in Sorrento. Corso Italia was flanked by 19th century buildings occupied by many outlets and was such a pleasure to stroll by way of.

Although, my favourite space for buying was wandering by means of the slender alleys and aspect streets in the historic middle. There have been so many outlets promoting souvenirs, leather-based items, clothes and fruit and veggies. In fact, lemons have been in all places.

Shopping in Sorrento

We’ve by no means seen so many lemon gadgets being bought earlier than from lemon sweet to lemon cleaning soap to lemon cookies. Likelihood is you’ll additionally spot distributors promoting the most important lemons you’ve ever seen.

We noticed many outlets promoting limoncello which was Sorrento’s widespread lemon liqueur. Many offered samples for the adults. It was a bit too robust for me however my husband definitely loved the sampling.

Sorrento lemons

four. Go to the Marinas

There are two marinas under Sorrento’s cliff prime location. The Port of Marina Grande is lined with eating places, outlets and houses alongside a small bay. This harbor space is among the greatest locations to eat recent seafood. It has retained its rustic appeal as a fishing village the place guests can see the fishermen hauling in their catch and cleansing their boats.

Marina Piccola is Sorrento’s essential water transportation hub for getting on and off the ferries and hydrofoils to Capri, Naples and different cities alongside the Amalfi Coast. This waterfront space additionally had some eating places and a small seashore which in all probability will get very crowded in the course of the summer time.

Sorrento Marina Piccola

5. Look out into the Vallone dei Mulini or Valley of the Mills

Sorrento used to have three gorges however just one presently stays from a volcanic eruption hundreds of years in the past. We noticed this valley often known as Vallone dei Mulini or “Valley of the Mills” off the primary sq. and By way of Fuorimura. There was a small lookout into this verdant wanting space.

However, probably the most fascinating issues have been the sawmill ruins that have been now coated with moss, weeds and thick vegetation. These mills that produced flour and part of Italy’s pasta manufacturing have been working because the 1300s however have been deserted in the mid-1800s.

The valley is known as for the mills that have been taken over by time and the weather. There was one thing hauntingly lovely about this valley and the deserted mills. Additionally it is a well-liked spot for hikers to get a better look into these buildings.

Valley of the Mills Sorrento

6. Individuals Watch at Piazza Tasso

The Piazza Tasso is Sorrento’s major sq.. It was smaller than the opposite European cities’ squares we’ve visited. It was additionally not closed off for pedestrians solely. However, it was nonetheless thought-about the city’s social centerpiece and all the time filled with actions.

Piazza Tasso Sorrento

Eating places and lodges surrounded the open space. Most of the eateries have outside patios which make it one of the best place to hang around and other people watch.

One might additionally stroll round right here and cease at distinguished buildings just like the baroque Church del Carmine, Palazzo Correale and naturally, the statue of Saint Antonino Abbate who was Sorrento’s patron saint.

Piazza Tasso Sorrento

7. Uncover Cathedrals and Church buildings

There was no scarcity of church buildings round Sorrento. Although, the 12th century Basilica di Sant’Antonino is a well-liked spot for guests. Named after the city’s beloved patron saint, San Antonino’s bones have been additionally beneath the church’s crypts.

Sorrento churches

Don’t miss the Duomo, or Cattedrale dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo (Cathedral devoted to Saints Phillip and James) which has a wonderful clock tower. Situated in the city middle alongside the Corso Italia purchasing space. One other noteworthy church was the Chiesa di San Francescoor Church of St. Francis.

Make sure to go to the inside of those church buildings. The church interiors right here included some treasures like magnificent structure, work, woodworks, ornate interiors and ornamental objects. Please keep in mind to gown appropriately when visiting the church buildings and making certain your shoulders and knees are coated.

Sorrento church

We have been fortunate sufficient to be right here throughout Holy Week main up to Easter. This was probably the greatest locations to observe spiritual rituals. In the event you’re right here throughout Holy Thursday, don’t miss the White parade procession.

It was a surreal expertise to witness this procession of males and boys in white robes and hoods stroll from church to church. There was music, hooded figures carrying numerous spiritual gadgets and torches. The Black Parade is on Good Friday which is extra somber with black hooded figures strolling.

Sorrento White Parade

eight. Hang around at Villa Comunale

The Villa Comunale public park was an exquisite space to hang around. This inexperienced oasis wasn’t very massive and had a number of flower beds and palms. However, it provided lovely panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, outlying islands and Mount Vesuvius on a transparent day. It was situated on a cliff and a telescope was obtainable for nearer views. Free restrooms have been additionally on the park.

There was a terrace right here overlooking the bay with benches good for watching the sundown. There was additionally an elevator right here that went down to the seashore, marina and harbor space. We walked down as an alternative on the By way of Luigi de Maio and took the elevator up for a few euro. The pathway was nicely maintained and never as steep as we anticipated and provided some fantastic ocean views

Villa Comunale terrace

9. Go to the Cloister of San Francesco

The cloisters and courtyard of the 14th century Chiesa di San Francesco or Church of St. Francis have been value a fast cease. There was a gorgeous and tranquil courtyard right here. It was a incredible place to cease for a little bit of rest whereas having fun with the Arabic porticos. This has additionally turn into a well-liked backdrop for wedding ceremony pictures so don’t be stunned when you bump right into a bridal social gathering right here.

Cloister of San Francesco Sorrento

When you’ve got time, the Sorrento Worldwide Photograph Faculty was situated upstairs with lovely reveals of black and white pictures. This was situated proper outdoors of the Villa Comunale public park.

10. Eat and eat

It’s straightforward to achieve weight when touring in Italy with all their scrumptious meals. Pasta, pizza, gelato and all the opposite desserts made for unforgettable meals. We ate some meals with pizzas on the go, adopted by gelato whereas strolling round. One can’t actually go flawed with pizzas in Italy. In fact, there have been many nice cafes and eating places round Sorrento too. Listed here are a 3 of our suggestions.

L’Antica Trattoria Ristorante – When you’ve ever needed to attempt a Michelin rated restaurant, this Michelin one-star restaurant provided nice atmosphere and scrumptious meals for an inexpensive worth. We went right here throughout lunch for his or her weekday specials from midday to 6:30 PM. For 19.50 euros, we had a three-course meal that was our favourite meal throughout this complete journey even exceeding eating places in Rome.

Eating in Sorrento

Il Pozzo – We discovered this restaurant in one of many slender streets in the previous city part. They have been busy however our wait was minimal. That they had quite a lot of pizzas and my youngsters definitely beloved their meals. The environment was nice and meals fairly priced for being in the vacationer space.

Ristorante Zi’Ntonio – Situated close to Piazza Tasso, we walked into this gem since they provided an in depth menu and no cowl cost. We beloved the meals which have been fairly priced and attentive employees. There was even stay music to entertain us.

11. Go on Day Journeys

Whereas we might have spent all our time exploring Sorrento, we additionally managed to do a number of day journeys. A number of the day journeys nonetheless left a while to discover Sorrento in the late afternoons and evenings. These have been the three hottest day journeys from Sorrento.

Amalfi Coast

Undoubtedly, going to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento was certainly one of our greatest day journeys ever. We managed to go to Positano and Amalfi throughout this journey. There are many excursions with tour corporations from Sorrento too. However, we did a DIY model by taking the SITA bus.

These two cities have been so charming and delightful. They have been splendid locations for strolls and sightseeing. Positano had many colourful homes perched on a cliff with a seashore. Amalfi additionally had seashores in addition to many medieval buildings crammed with historical past and tradition together with the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew or the Duomo.

Learn extra about our day journey to Positano and Amalfi from Sorrento.

Positano Italy


Mount Vesuvius’ highly effective eruption in 79 AD buried the traditional metropolis of Pompeii. Right now, it’s the world’s most visited archaeological website. The volcanic ash buried this metropolis and stored it well-preserved when it was found in the 18th century.

This UNESCO World heritage website was a simple 20-minute journey on a direct practice route from Sorrento. Be certain to go on a tour to study extra concerning the buildings and this necessary website. The world is large and more durable to cowl with out the tour guides. It gave us a glimpse of a Roman metropolis and a day in the lives of the residents on that fateful day.

Pompeii Italy


The island of Capri was solely a 25-minute ferry experience from Sorrento. This enchanting island also called the Blue Island or Isola Azzura, due to its surrounding waters, which presents a lot for guests particularly throughout hotter months.

Guests can discover the cities of Capri and Anacapri which has loads of points of interest even for daytrippers or go for longer stays. We liked exploring Capri’s charming streets and having fun with its panoramic views.

Learn extra about how we spent our day in Capri Island.

Capri Marina Grande

We might love to return to Sorrento. Sadly, our time (like many holidays) is restricted so some actions acquired omitted. On our return journey, we undoubtedly plan to do these actions. Hopefully, you possibly can match it into your itinerary.

12. Cooking or Pizza Making classes – There are a selection of cooking and pizza making courses round Sorrento relying on what you need to make and the way lengthy every classes are. How enjoyable wouldn’t it be to step into an Italian kitchen and make some scrumptious pasta and pizza. Some like Villa Ida appears very family-friendly.

13. Make Gelato – David Gelateria gives a 45-minute class on getting ready handmade gelato with consuming them afterwards too. My youngsters actually needed to do this. Sadly, they have been closed throughout our Easter Week go to. They’re situated close to the practice station.

14. Go to A Farm

We handed by many lemon timber and farms alongside the Amalfi coast. I want we had one other day to tour one in every of these farms. This 19th century farm gives guided excursions that features loads of consuming, wine and limoncello tastings

15. Discover Porta Parsano Bastion

Sorrento has an extended historical past of being attacked. It’s no marvel it was surrounded by defensive partitions, towers and entrance gates through the years. As we speak, stays of the historic partitions could be seen and visited. Admission to the location is free and accessed from By way of Antonino Sersale. It’s open every day from 10 AM to 1 PM and in the course of the evenings in the summer time

Sorrento terrace

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