Visit Sorrento and where to stay in Sorrento

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Do you want visit Sorrento? You want to know where to stay in Sorrento? Where to go out in Sorrento? Do you want to know how to get to Sorrento from Naples? In this article I tell you everything you need to know to discover Sorrento.








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  • A small section on the history of Sorrento
  • What to visit in Sorrento
  • Where to sleep in Sorrento
  • Where to go out in Sorrento?
  • How to get to Sorrento from Naples?

Here are the streets of Sorrento, really cool!


1) The history of Sorrento

The Sorrento peninsula borders the Gulf of Naples to the south and projects out to sea to the west. Count approximately 50 km south of Naples towards the Amalfi Coast. This peninsula is also called "Garden of Earthly Delights" or "Gulf of Mermaids" because of the old stories that tell of encounters with mermaids (personal ... I have not met them).

The city of Sorrento is the main city of this remarkable peninsula, it is located on a steep cliff that juts out into the Mediterranean with the island of Capri off. Splendid!!

Sorrento was already very busy in Roman times with the Italian “jet set”. Add to that an exceptional microclimate that gives you a bountiful nature in olive trees, orange trees and the best lemons in Italy (hence the making of delicious limoncello).

Considering its location between Naples and the beginning of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento can be a good place to stay and allow you to visit Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast.



2) What to visit in Sorrento

Do not forget the tourist bus, interesting because the ticket is valid for 6 hours and allows you to explore the area (time 1h30), audio guide (You also have a solution is to pass in small groups.


So you go from Sorrento to Amalfi, it's a great option even if you can imagine it's more expensive!

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Its site is quite spectacular, on a cliff overlooking the sea.


  • Sorrento beach

So, of course, you can swim at Sorrento beach:

Stroll through the charming historic center with its beautiful residences and small alleys, its Renaissance and Baroque architecture, its lively central square, the Tasso square.

  • Bottega de la Tarsialignea Museum (calle San Nicola 28)

Magnificent collection of the specialty of the Sorrento Peninsula, marquetry; all in a splendidly decorated palace. Closed on Sundays and from 13:15 to 30: XNUMX h.

  • The Correale Museum (via Correale)

What I liked was the location of this beautiful palace with its terraced gardens overlooking the sea and a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples. Magnificent collections of paintings, porcelain, furniture.

  • La Cathédrale (Cathedral)

Romanesque church from the 11th S. with a charming bizzaroid bell tower, its clay clock and very beautiful marquetry (the specialty of Sorrento).



  • The Church of San Francesco with its adorable cloister (closed from 13:16 p.m. to XNUMX: XNUMX hours):
  • Villa Municipal Sorrento

Stroll through the gardens because the view of the Bay of Naples is incredible! On the other hand, locate the place well if you want to get to the port of Marina Piccola (for walks and Capri) and save legs, because the elevator is there!



The picturesque port of Marina Grande, which can be reached in 20 minutes from Plaza Vittoria, very charming and authentic with many excellent restaurants. I recommend the sunset walk with the fishermen repairing their nets.

It is also here that the boats leave for Capri, Ischia, Amalfi, Naples.

  • Sorrento Peninsula

You can use the tourist bus that goes around the Peninsula, it's not bad at all. The ticket is valid for 6 hours and allows you to explore the area for around € 12, audio guide (.

A microclimate, beautiful Mediterranean vegetation (orange, olive, cypress, lemon trees xxl), the Capo de Sorrento ... in short, beautiful walks:

  • Capo de Sorrento (2,5 km from Sorrento)

It is the most beautiful walk on the peninsula, until the end of the cape in the middle of mimosas, cacti ... and at the end a wonderful view of the Bay of Naples and the Bagni della Reina.

Well marked hiking trails that follow the wild coastline. You can have hiking maps on this site: giovis.com

You can only go on foot. Allow about 15 minutes to walk.

For my part I parked in Caposorrento, I count € 2 / hour.

3) Where to sleep in Sorrento

As I told you, Sorrento is not a bad place to stay as it is quite central between Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Positano, Amalfi ... it allows you to radiate easily, the port allows you to go to Capri (just opposite) in 15 minutes.

You will need to plan ahead to find cheap accommodation in Sorrento. For my part, I had a little pleasure in staying at the Mega Mare hotel (with parking).

On the other hand, to go to Sorrento (as you can see in the video taken from the terrace of the room) it is not close, on foot it counts well 40 minutes on foot, suddenly you will have to ask at the reception of the 'hotel to ask a taxi.

View from the room of this hotel:

Taxi price on the coast is very expensive, easily count € 40 for a return trip ...

If you go with your car, there is no problem instead soften the alcohol if you go out because there are a lot of police ...

Otherwise, here are other hotels with good value for money and right in the center of Sorrento:

  • Hotel Sorrento Apartments, 43, via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani: here is an excellent budget address, apartment for rent, located in the old town, a lovely welcome, you will be pampered!
  • Hotel Sorrento Flats, 176 Corso Italia: another good budget address, well located near the station, near the port as well, but a downside: the rooms are 3 ″ and there is no elevator. Otherwise, it's great!
  • Hotel B and B Casa Reale Sorrento, 4 via Atigliana: another great address, 5 minutes walk from the historic center, near the port for excursions to Capri, with free parking, a delicious breakfast on a beautiful terrace and the host Michela will give you my ma !!
  • Sorrento Relais, via Bernadino Rota: good value for money, next to the Correale museum, 5 minutes from the main square of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso; 5 minutes from the station (where you can take the Circumvesuviana to Naples or Pompeii, or the buses to Positano and the Amalfi Coast)
  • Guest house Sea Room Sorrento, 269 Corso Italia, for a small budget (€ 60) and very central (on the central course of Sorrento)

Otherwise, you also have Hotels.com or TripAdvisor. Take your time to compare.

4) What to visit in the area

Naples, of course, which can be reached directly with the Circumvesuviana train. See my article "Visit Naples"

Pompeii: With the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento station, it is easy to get to Pompeii and Vesuvius. See my advice in my article "Visit Pompeii"

Capri: right in front of Sorrento, the crossing takes 15 minutes from the port of Sorrento. See my article "Visit Capri"

The Amalfi Coast: a real gem with Positano, Praiano, the Gulf of Furore, Amalfi, Ravello… Read my article "Visiting the Amalfi Coast"

5) How to get to Sorrento from Naples

You will necessarily arrive at Naples airport, see my article "Visit Naples".

Look at this Google map that gives you an idea of ​​the distances and the situation of Sorrento in relation to Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast.

Getting to Sorrento from Naples by road:

  • Convenient and direct with the "Curreri" buses, which take you to the Sorrento station in 1h30, the ticket (€ 10) is taken on the bus, 8 trips per day (between 9am and 19:30 pm). For information: info@curreriviaggi.it
  • For the return trip, the same, with departures from Sorrento station from 6 to 30 hours. So that's not bad.
  • If you rent a car, take the A3 motorway (20 km) towards Salerno and take the Nat. S 145 towards Castellamare Stabia. Allow 50 km.

Get to Sorrento from Naples by train:

  • By train, very convenient, from the central station, by the Circumvesuviana, take the Unico Campania tickets, wait 1 hour and 15 minutes. Avoid the Campania Express train: long delay, no waiting room or sitting.
  • By bus: Sita bus, but be careful, they are usually crowded and the employees try to scam you with the price of the tickets (no more than € 3).

Get to Sorrento from Naples by boat:

  • By boat, the best !!! from the port of Naples (molo Beverello), cross in 40 minutes, the entire Gulf of Naples overlooking Vesuvius, Capri, count € 15 for a magnificent crossing to the port of Sorrento, Marina Piccola. to see the connections (click on Go: Naples Beverello - Sorrento).

6) Where to go out in Sorrento

A great place to have a drink is the Circolo dei Forestieri, with a terrace and an incredible view. This cocktail bar is located in Terraza del Sirene (on the Google map “Foreigner's Club”), 35 via Luigi del Maio. A magical moment!

The Fauno Notte Club, 1 Piazza Tasso, is the meeting place for revelers on the Amalfi Coast. In addition, the design of this historic club is a decorative reference in the world of nightclubs.

[Edit] - Very good address for both holidays and New Years: Torre del Saracino.

Here is a map of these two very nice places:

Here is the email from a web user friend returning from Sorrento:

I return today from Sorrento. Personally, Sorrento is a strategic location. Ideal for the Circumvesuviana train (terminal) for departures from Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum (with seats).

The daytime bus to the Amalfi coast (8 euros) without loss of time and always the seats (not easy for people coming from outside) to the port. Finally for us that is positive.
With a good organization, we were able to do Pompeii on Monday, Tuesday Capri, Wednesday Procida, Thursday the Amalfi Coast, Friday Naples and Sorrento of course.

Some photos to dream again:

Well there you go, I think you have all the keys in hand to visit Sorrento as it should be

Do not hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of the page to give me your impressions, share a good address, a hotel, a bar ... Sharing is good;)

  • And you, what do you prefer in Sorrento
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See you soon!

Maxence

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