When you're ready for a truly memorable Italian vacation, treat yourself to the lovely city of Sorrento. Known as the gateway to the stunning Amalfi Coast and with the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea as a backdrop, Sorrento, Italy offers a serene, tourist-friendly locale, sprinkled with olive and lemon groves.
And if you want all the comforts of home and more privacy than you'd ever get in a hotel, consider staying in one of our convenient vacation rentals on your Sorrento getaway.
Nestled between the mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy and boasts stunning panoramic views. Perfectly situated to serve as a hub for all your Amalfi Coast adventures, you'll be midway between Salerno (40 miles) and Naples (30 miles). Sorrento lies just 165 miles from all the history and grandeur of Rome, and about 400 miles north of the stunning beaches in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Visit historic Piazza Tasso, Sorrento's city square, where you'll find a multitude of cafés and shops where you can stock up on limoncello - the exquisite digestif produced in Sorrento, which is an artful blend of lemon rind, alcohol, and sugar. Tasso is also home to Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a quiet convent - a peaceful reprieve right in the bustling heart of Sorrento.
Food and wine are focal points in Italian culture, and there is no exception to that in Sorrento where food tours and cooking classes abound. Give the Cooking in Sorrento or the Half-Day Amalfi Cooking Class a try. Take the Amalfi Coast Tour and enjoy a beautiful trek from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast. Stop off in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello for a delicious lunch and gorgeous views. Or consider one of the many wine tasting tours in Sorrento.
Even those who like more exhilarating outdoor activities can partake with The Mt. Vesuvius 4x4 Tour from Sorrento, which offers not just off-roading to Mt. Vesuvius' enormous crater, but a scrumptious Amalfi lunch and delectable wine, too. For another unique experience, take a tour of I Giardini di Cataldo to learn how limoncello is made, taste the fresh product, and buy some to take back to your vacation rental.
Be sure to spend some time at Sorrento's parks and beaches. Swim your way through the beautiful waters at Bagni della Regina Giovanna and sunbathe on the rocks. Visit Leonelli's Beach for safe and peaceful family swimming, or visit Marina di Puolo, which offers a sandy beach without the crowds for swimming and lovely rocky views.
Shop Corso Italia - Sorrento's main street - by day and return at night when it's closed to motorized vehicles. Enjoy a stroll up and down this eclectic thoroughfare and rub elbows with the locals, or find a peaceful table to sit and people watch.
You'll find no shortage of notable restaurants, bars, and pubs in Sorrento, so be sure to pace yourself! Bagni Sant'Anna offers exemplary service, remarkable food, and unforgettable sunsets. Dine on fresh seafood and produce at Stabilimento Balneare Bagni Salvatore's beach-side terrace with views of the Bay of Naples. Or stroll along Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marino and take your pick from any number of the restaurants that line the shore and marvel at the incredible views of Mt. Vesuvius.
When the sun goes down, Sorrento doesn't go to sleep. Instead, what you'll find are family-run establishments that operate with the intention of making guests feel like family. Shot Bar Sorrento, Banana Split, Chaplin's Pub, and La Bottega della Birra - to name a few - all offer comfy venues, laudable service (coupled with jovial conversation), and expertly created and poured cocktails, shots, and beers to keep you busy until you feel tired enough to retire to your private vacation rental.
Sorrento is perfectly situated to serve as a home base for all your southern Italy explorations. Take a ferry or hydrofoil to Naples for its art, architecture, and urban vibe. Proceed to Amalfi and explore the traces of its Medieval maritime past, then on to Positano where you can roam its narrow boutique-lined streets, take a respite on its pebble beaches, and hike the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) trail. Next, comes Capri for more shopping and the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the water glows a mysterious electric blue. The final stop on this trek is Ischia where you can bask in the healing effects of this mountainous city's thermal spas, hot springs, and volcanic mud.