Laying just across the Bay from Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula is perhaps the most stunning stretch of coastline anywhere in the world. Sorrento is perfectly situated looking out over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri and it is quite hard to imagine a more perfect setting than this to explore an area that has so much to offer. We have listed here 5 things to have a great start to experiencing Sorrento and this wonderful region of Italy.
A beautiful clock tower, centrally located on the Corso Italia, the main street of Sorrento, makes the Cathedral of Sorrento so easy to recognize. Its interiors contrast with the simple exterior of the church and treats visitors with some wonderful paintings and a dramatic altar with a crucifixion above it.
Head to the Amalfi Coast
If there is one thing that you must do when visiting Sorrento it’s head to the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is a great base from which to do this and the private or public buses run throughout the day from Sorrento to Amalfi.
Beautiful from the street, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are stunning, maybe unique, when approached from the sea. If the weather permits, don’t miss the chance to admire this great seaside community, built right into the side of the mountain, purchasing a ticket of one of the many boat tours offered.
From Piazza Tasso, crossing via della Pietà, you will reach the ancient upper decumanus, the principal street of Roman towns. Here you will be rewarded with fine examples of medieval architecture, like the Palazzo Veniero whose late Byzantine lines show Arab influences, or the fourteenth-century Palazzo Correale, of Spanish-Catalan design.
Can’t forget the cloister of San Francesco, one of the most photographed places in Sorrento.
Get lost in the narrow streets and alleyways: you will discover shops and trattorias which are the true essence of this town!
one day Trip to Capri
One of the highlights of any trip to the Sorrentine Peninsula should be the Isle of Capri. Catch a ferry from Sorrento port and cruise into the port of Capri. Take the Funicolare to the top of Monte Solaro for a stunning 360 degree view of the island, but if you are looking for something really different, book a private boat tour and get to see (and maybe swim into some) all the grotto’s: a real highlight of any trip!
Looking for a different perspective of Sorrento and gorgeous landscapes? Take the easy walk down the cliff and you’ll find yourself in Marina Grande, the old fishermen village: former port of Sorrento, today is full of excellent seafood restaurants and rustic homes and shops. The walk will be not so easy on the return trip, as the walk could be a bit steep, but it’s worth the effort