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Plan Your Trip to Sorrento: Best of Sorrento Tourism

Explore Sorrento

Popular for citrus groves and panoramic water views—not to mention its cliffside pastel buildings—Sorrento is small but unskippable. Not surprisingly, the biggest activities revolve around coastal life: diving, fishing, boat cruises, and the Marina Grande, full of luxe yachts and amazing seafood restaurants. But there’s a lot more just a short stroll from the coastline—like Piazza Tasso, the lively town square with quaint cafes and mom-and-pop shops. Don’t miss the 14th-century Church of San Francesco (pair it with the neighbouring Villa Communale Park’s pristine public gardens with views of the Bay of Naples for a great way to spend an afternoon). You can cross the peninsula on one of the hiking trails, but if they’re too steep for comfort, you’ll find plenty of taxis too. Note for liqueur lovers: Sorrento is the birthplace of Limoncello, so don’t leave without sipping one or two.

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7 best day trips from Sorrento

What I wish I had known before my first trip to the Amalfi Coast? Sorrento should be your homebase. The coastal town has sweeping sea views that rival hotspots like Positano, and its central location makes it a convenient launchpad for exploring islands like Capri and the ruins of Pompeii. When I’m not discovering Sorrento’s (many) charms, these are my favourite day trips around the area.
Siobhan R, New York City, NY
  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
    The world’s most famous archaeological park is a fascinating window into ancient Rome. I couldn’t get over how vast the site was, or how many tourists were buzzing about the place. So, if you go, I recommend hiring a guide to help you identify the lesser-known monuments and areas. Luckily, getting there from Sorrento is super straightforward: All you have to do is take the Circumvesuviana train, which gets you to the site’s entrance in 20 minutes.
  • Ischia
    Of all the islands in the Phlegraean archipelago, my favourite was Ischia. The mountainous, volcanic scenery stunned me, and as a spa-lover, I was spoiled with choice for thermal baths—the island is home to dozens of natural pools and steam caves. My pick: the waterfront Giardini Poseidon Terme, which has 20 pools heated to different temperatures. From Sorrento, take an hour-long ferry, then once you arrive, rent a scooter—it’s the best way to see the sights.
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  • Ravello
    Perched 1,200 feet above the sea, this hilltop town is a hidden gem on the Amalfi Coast. I felt like I had entered another world as I explored its cobblestone streets, oohing and aahing at the bird’s-eye views. Save time to tour Villa Cimbrone Gardens’ terraced lawns and marble sculptures. Tip: Don’t stay too late as the ride back to Sorrento is an hour and a half, and the winding roads are safer by daylight.
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  • Procida
    Procida has all the postcard-perfect charm of neighbouring islands, Ischia and Capri, but with fewer crowds. I’d been wanting to visit since seeing The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was filmed on the island, and it did not disappoint. With its pastel houses, wild beaches, and sleepy fishing towns, Procida might be the most photogenic isle in the chain. Note: The seasonal Alilauro ferry goes directly from Sorrento to Procida in under 90 minutes.
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  • Positano
    Although Positano is the “jewel of the Amalfi Coast,” it’s better as a day trip, IMHO. Yes, it’s drop-dead gorgeous, with an incredible central beach and colourful villas built into the cliffs, but it’s also packed with people, and it’s not easy to navigate unless you’re in tip-top shape (prepare for lots of stairs, folks!). If you stay in Sorrento, you’re just a half-hour bus from Positano, so you can have your cannoli and eat it too.
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  • Capri
    Glitzy, glamourous, and oh-so expensive—there’s a reason why Capri is a magnet for the world’s rich and famous (check out the megayachts!). Despite my shoestring travel budget, I still had a blast. It won’t cost you a cent to window-shop in Capri Town, celebrity-spot in Marina Piccola, and soak up the atmosphere in the island’s famous public square, Piazza Umberto I. If I could splurge, I’d spend an afternoon at a chic beach club.
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  • Naples
    This dynamic port city—only 45 minutes away via the Campania Express train—is brimming with art and culture. I loved walking along the waterfront, popping into the 19th-century Villa Pignatelli, and getting a guided tour of Teatro di San Carlo, one of the world’s most show-stopping opera houses. Of course, you can’t leave without trying a slice of Neapolitan pizza. At Isabelle de Cham, the eponymous chef and her all-female staff serve killer pies.
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