Where to stay in Sorrento Italy
Sorrento is a beautiful town on the Amalfi coast at just 40 km from Naples.
You can arrive in the city from the International airport of Capodichino or from the Naples Central Station at Garibaldi Square where it is possible to catch a train (the Circumvesuviana) with destination Sorrento.
It is also possible to take a bus (Line Curreri), and in about 50 minutes you will be at your destination.
Other solutions are the taxi, particularly expensive, or you could rent a car. In this case, it will be enough to take the highway A3 in the direction of Castellammare di Stabia.
You will be soon around 145 SS Sorrentina that it will bring you up to Sorrento.
In this way you'll see the whole coastline, crossing the beautiful Seiano, Meta, and Sant'Agnello.
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Lodging in Sorrento - Hotel
Sorrento offers a rich range of possibility for what it concerns the lodging.
Obviously, the more "classical" choice is the hotel. The number of hotels and receptive structures is really high.
It is possible to find big luxury hotels, whose price is elevated, but there are also the cheaper solutions.
Hotels from one to three stars can be available both in the zone adjacent to the sea and inland where, as it is easy to imagine, the costs are more affordable.
The choice of the hotel, nevertheless, it is not mandatory.
Sorrento is an authentic tourist destination of south Italy; therefore it offers a lot of other options for the one of you who wants to spend a few days among its welcoming arms.
Make yourself at home at Maison La Minervetta. Its cliff-top setting in Sorrento means that you have breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
On a rock overlooking the Bay of Naples, the Vittoria includes 3 historic buildings set in a private Mediterranean park. The property's entrance is in Sorrento’s main square.
Staying in Sorrento - Bed & Breakfast
More affordable, by the economic point of view, it is the road of the Bed & Breakfast, one of the most widely practiced solutions in the last few years from travelers coming from every place.
The advantage of the option B&B is that other than have a cost inferior to the hotel, it always includes the breakfast, that often is an all-you-can-eat buffet.
In Sorrento, the majority of the Bed & Breakfast are located inland, but it is possible to find some of them, slightly more expensive, next to the sea.
The price range of this typology of lodging is approximately between the € 45 and the € 140 a night.
Suggested Bed & Breakfast
Set in the centre of Sorrento, just off Piazza Tasso, and set on Corso Italia, Il Giardino Segreto features air-conditioned rooms and private parking.
Located within 200 metres of Corso Italia in Sorrento, B&B Il Saraceno provides accommodation with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. A balcony with city views is offered in each unit.
Staying in Sorrento - House Vacation
Who wants to choose a vacation with a more homemaker way can opt for an apartment or a house vacation.
This kind of solution is available in Sorrento, and is also very in demand!
There are apartments and fabulous villas.
Why not take advantage of living in a typical sorrentina house and to fully bathe in the culture and the style of the place?
Anyway, to save money is always better to book with advance and to prefer the period of the low season, that in Sorrento goes from September to April.
Suggested House Vacation
Set in the historic centre of Sorrento, these contemporary rooms and apartments are without lift and offer a LED TV, free Wi-Fi and a balcony. The lively Piazza Tasso square is just 100 metres away.
Located in a 18th-century building in the historic centre of Sorrento, the Magi House offers free Wi-Fi and design rooms and apartments. Accommodation at the Magi is decorated in a modern style.
Sorrento - Things to do during the vacation
The city of Sorrento is indeed a special place. The colors of the historical center and those of the sea make it an enchantment, and it is not by chance enumerated among the most romantic cities in Italy.
Here it is not difficult to find quiet corners and vistas on the sea. The variety of atmospheres, from that more festive to the most relaxing, make of Sorrento a perfect city for any kind of tourism and travelers.
It is the perfect place for the couples or newly married men, that look for moments of relaxing and romantic restaurants, fabulous panoramas, enchanting sceneries and alleys full of shops where to choose a gift.
But it is also the ideal place for the one who loves to travel for visiting unknown sites and museums.
Sorrento, in fact, is in a strategic position. Besides the important cultural and ancient sites that offer, like the cathedral, the Sedil Dominova, the Vallone dei Mulini and more, it is just a few kilometers from Naples, a center of historic buildings and castles, Pompeii, Ercolano, Paestum, and Caserta.
But Sorrento, being on the sea and surrounded by splendid places along the coast is also the right place for a family vacation.
There is the sea, the parks, the shops, the places, the shows and a lot of attractions for grown-up and children.
Among the things that make unique this city, it is the attention to the tourist by the personnel of any structure.
It is such a famous destination that here the tourism is the main asset and whoever works in the sector knows very well everything the tourists might need.
Reception is, therefore, the keyword in Sorrento.
Sorrento and its outskirts offer a lot to the visitors. In the city it is possible to make a tour of the ancient buildings as the Sedil Dominova, the only noble survivor in Campania;
or to visit the Museum Correale, that hosts an extensive number of paintings and wooden art that tell the Sorrento of the past as an important and noble city.
For the lovers of the trekking, a must-do is the walk along the Path of the Gods, a path that crosses the Lattari Mountains and the Amalfi Coast.
Who loves the archaeology can visit the sites in Pompeii and Ercolano, two cities wholly submerged by Vesuvius' lava.
They are testimonies of an ancient civilization, in which it is possible to visit the Roman houses and precious finds that tell, more than in any other part of the world, the origins of the Mediterranean culture.
Sorrento - The climate
The climate of the zone is moderate, and the cold is almost unknown in these zones.
Only in the period of full winter (December-January), temperatures can go down to 37.4 - 41 Fahrenheit;
With the spring the climate becomes extremely pleasant and ideal for the sea tourism.
The warmest months are, obviously, those of July and August when the thermometer habitually reaches the 86 degrees.
Best places to stay in Sorrento
Which neighborhood to choose?
The best zone to sojourn to Sorrento is the historical center, comfortable to getting around and for the evening so that you will be in the heart of the city life.
The costs of the center are not low, therefore if you look for something cheaper you should move to other less important tourist villages of the sorrentina peninsula as Massa Lubrense, Meta or Piana di Sorrento.
Keep in mind, however, that Sorrento remains the most comfortable place to stay during the day and visit the marvelous places that surround it.
Sorrento: Historical Center
The center is rich in beautiful landscapes, artistic buildings, and picturesque alleys full of cafes, restaurants, shops that especially in summer are filled with tourists.
If you opt for the center, the best zone to sojourn in Sorrento is Piazza Tasso.
Lodging in the center you can move afoot easily, and being near the bus and train stations, you can also reach the other beautiful places of the zone as Amalfi, Positano, and Naples, to name some of them.
The advantages are to be in the heart of the evening parties and the ability to reach everything afoot.
Among the cons, there are the high costs and the fact that the center is crowded.
Another con for someone could be that Sorrento is situated at the edge of a cliff and doesn't have long beaches but small secluded coves. To reach the most beautiful and fascinating beaches it will be necessary to move and go toward Massa Lubrense, you can do it with the bus but with a car is better.
The beaches in Sorrento are Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, comfortable for who lodges in the center, but small and often crowded.
Marina Grande can be easily reached afoot through a walk on the waterfront or with the bus from the center of Sorrento.
Marina Piccola can be directly reached with the public elevator from Villa Comunale or the staircases of Piazza Tasso.
Sant'Agnello is one of the more beautiful summer places of South Italy.
With hotel structures at the state-of-the-art, equipped bathing establishments, so much nature, and excellent cuisine make it the ideal place for a vacation at the insignia of the relax with the family or for a romantic honeymoon.
Moreover, it is so close to Sorrento that can be reached afoot, with the bus or the Circumvesuviana.
Sant'Agnello is also connected to Naples and Pompeii.
Casa Mazzola is a family-run B&B set on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples in Sant'Agnello. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. Parking is free.
Piano and Meta
Continuing toward Naples you'll find Piano and Meta, both well connected to Sorrento with few bus stops or with the Circumvesuviana.
They are cheaper than the famous neighbor, and they offer wider beaches.
If your desire is a sea vacation without spending a fortune keep in mind these two places because they could surprise you in positive.
Meta is a delicious place on the sea, adjacent to Sorrento, perfect for the summer vacations.
Good food, a beautiful sea, ample beach, and a breathtaking panorama.
Piano di Sorrento
Perfect for the families but also for the young people, Piano di Sorrento unites the correct mix of crystalline sea and nighttime parties.
Here you will find history, art, and culture but also so many restaurants, places, and craft shops, for which it is famous.
If you choose to lodge to Piano di Sorrento be sure that the structure you wish is not toward the mountain but near to the Circumvesuviana.
If what you look for is a vacation in the uncontaminated nature, Massa Lubrense is the perfect place for you.
Situated in front of Capri, leaned out on the Naples Gulf and Sorrento it will steal you the heart with its dream landscapes, the delicious food, and the people's openness.
How not to fall in love in front of the breathtaking panorama of the sorrentina Coast?
The perfume of lemons, bittersweet fragrances of fruits and flowers, crystalline sea and a whole series of marvelous towns are the real treasure of this zone of the region Campania.
These villages receive millions of tourists that often make the sojourn difficult, clogging roads, crowded cafe, and hotels.
You have to choose the correct period to visit the most beautiful places of the sorrentina coast as Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Vico Equense, Sant'Agata.
My tip: the spring is the best period for a beautiful vacation to Sorrento.
It is when the sun starts to warm up.
The Bellavista Francischiello offers unique, panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and Capri. Set in the countryside between Massa Lubrense and Sorrento, it features a rooftop pool.
Things to do and see in Sorrento
Sorrento, Vallone dei Mulini
The Vallone dei Mulini is a place of great impact in Sorrento. The formation of this deep crevice in the rock goes back to around 35.000 years ago.
The Vallone owes its origin to the most violent eruption of the history of the Campi Flegrei and the following processes of water erosion.
This is the better-preserved crevice in the Peninsula (there are four of them). Unfortunately, you can admire only the central part that extends from Piazza Tasso to Villa La Rupe, and from here up to the Porta degli Anastasi.
The Vallone owes its name to the presence of a mill, of which the ruins are visible, used up to the first '900 to grind the wheat.
Besides the mill, historical-artistic testimonies also tell the presence of a sawmill and a public lavatory.
The construction of Piazza Tasso (1866) decreed the end of the activities in the Vallone.
The filling of the terminal part of the Vallone with the consequent isolation of the area from the sea caused an abrupt raising of damp that made it unlivable.
The particular microclimate favored instead, the development of a luxuriant grassy and arboreal vegetation.
Sorrento, Museum Correale
"The most beautiful province Museum of Italy," so the Museum Correale has been defined with his interesting artworks of the '600 and '700.
The Museum is located in that that was the eighteenth-century (Villa alla Rota) residence of the Correale, Terranova counts, given by the brothers Alfred and Pompeo Correale to the city of Sorrento together with the family collections of pictorial and decorative art.
Inaugurated in 1924, the Museum articulates in 24 rooms where Greek, Romans, and medieval finds are exposed, furnishings of the XVII and XVIII century, porcelains and tiles of Capodimonte.
And other artifacts like Venetian glasses, crystals of Bohemia, a group of Neapolitan shepherds of the '700, clocks.
The beautiful collection of furniture and objects of the local craftsmanship of the tarsia, the nucleus of the Neapolitan paintings and foreigners (XVII-XVIII century) and those of the landscapists of the so-called "School of Posillipo" (Giacinto Gigante, Anton Plitoo, Theodore Duclère).
Some editions of the works of Torquato Tasso. Not to lose, the beautiful garden that surrounds the building and the terrace.
Sorrento, Church of St. Francis
At just a few meters from the Villa Comunale, there is the complex of St. Francis of Assisi.
It consists of the church, the cloister, and the monastery.
Completely rehandled to the beginnings of the XVIII century, it preserves the architecture of that epoch with the exception of the white marble facade that goes back to 1926, and the door of the '500.
The inside preserves a seventeenth-century wooden statue of St. Francis and, on the greatest altar, the cloth with St. Francis that receives the stigmata (1735) of Anthony Gamba, a student of the Solimena.
Next to the church, rises the Benedictine monastery, founded in the VII century and then traded to the monks in the XIV.
Beautiful is the fourteenth-century cloister with its arcs structure, due to a harmonious fusion of different styles after various restorations, with picturesque plants and flowers.
Other than for the beauty, the cloister is famous to entertain art shows, exposures as well as musical events during the sorrentina summer.
Sorrento, Piazza Tasso
Crossed by the vivacious Corso Italia, Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento, the heart of the city, the emblem of a tourist reality of international fame.
In origin, the square was called Largo del Castello in virtue of the castle built by Ferdinando of Aragon in the XV century.
With the urbanistic transformation operated in the XIX century that marked the disappearance of the castle, of the sixteenth-century buildings and the ancient Porta del Piano, the square assumed its actual aspect.
Named after the most illustrious citizen of Sorrento, Torquato Tasso, the plaza is adorned by the statue of Sant'Antonino Abate, patron of the city.
Among the buildings that surround the square, I signal Casa Correale with a beautiful courtyard (southern side), the church of Saint Maria del Carmine with its rich Baroque facade, and the elegant Grand Hotel Victoria (north side), famous to have entertained in 1921 the great Enrico Caruso.
Along the north side, a terrace leans out on a narrow ravine crossed by a little road that conducts to Marina Piccola beach.
Sorrento, Basilica of Sant'Antonino
Sant'Antonino is "Patron, Lawyer, and Father" of Sorrento and the whole peninsula.
The Saint protects the city from calamity, epidemics and numerous miracles are attributed to him, the basilica is located in the homonym square.
Probably built around the '1000 over the oratory near the Saint grave, in the following centuries the church was the object of restorations and rehashes that confer its original Baroque style.
At the entrance of the basilica two bones of cetacean remember the most famous prodigy performed by Sant'Antonino, that to have saved a child that had been swallowed by a whale.
The inside is articulated in three aisles divided by twelve columns (6 for side), partly coming from the villas of the Roman epoch.
The ceiling of the central aisle is decorated with three canvas of Giambattista Lama (1734): to the center, Sant'Antonino is represented in the action to free from the demon the daughter of Sicardo, prince of Benevento;
In the sides, are represented the saints Gaetano Thiene and Andrew Avellino.
From the aisles, you can go down in the Crypt.
Cathedral of Sorrento
Rebuilt in the XV century in Romanesque style on an ancient place of cult, the cathedral is devoted to Filippo and Giacomo.
The cathedral has been the object of various interventions of restoration that have entirely changed its aspect.
The only native element is the side marmoreal portal (1479) that shows in the patches of Sisto IV, of the house of Aragon and the archbishop De Angelis.
The inside is adorned in the ceilings with Baroque canvases of Oronzo, Nicola Malinconio, and of Giacomo del Po, and it preserves works of great value.
In the first chapel, besides the baptistery in which Torquato Tasso was baptized, there is a magnificent marble relief framed by twelve fourteenth-century tiles.
In the central aisle can be admired the archbishop's throne and a pulpit embellished by the "Madonna with her Child and the two St. Giovanni" of Silvestre Buono (1580);
Finally, in the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, there is a valuable wooden Crucifix of the '400.
A few meters from the Cathedral, on Corso Italia, rise the red bell tower. Its first three floors go back, In all likelihood, to the XI century, the superior part with the clock in ceramics have been realized in the '700.
Sorrento, Sedile Dominova
Built in the XIV century as Domus Novae (from which Dominova), the small square construction in the historical center of Sorrento is the only testimony in Campania of the ancient noble seats, the old institutions appointed to the administration of the public res.
The Seat Dominova reflects a Renaissance architecture fruit of the numerous rehashes operated during the time that has removed its old aspect.
Inside can be admired some frescos, one of which it reproduces the patch of Sorrento surrounded by angels.
The loggia is surmounted by a seventeenth-century dome in green and yellow tiles.
Sorrento, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola
Marina Grande preserves the charm of the fishermen village that was once with its colored houses, the boats and the nets on the shore.
The area, made famous by the film with Vittorio De Sica and Sofia Loren "Pane, Amore, e...", offers characteristic locals, restaurants and bathing establishments.
Marina Piccola is the harbor of Sorrento, an essential landing of ferries and hydroplanes sets not away from the central Piazza Tasso.
The dock, situated in a beautiful inlet, once was called Marina di Capo Cervo from the name of the promontory.
The works for its construction (1912) transformed the original aspect of the place that entirely survives in the small chapel devoted to "Santa Maria del Soccorso e delle anime del Purgatorio."
To the side of the harbor, there are bathing establishments that often, due to the reduced dimensions of the beach, are realized on stilts.
Where to eat in Sorrento
It doesn't matter if you'll go to starred restaurants or little "Trattorie," at Sorrento the kitchen is art.
The sorrentina gastronomy has an ancient tradition inspired by the respect of the quality and the genuineness of the raw material thanks to nature and a mild climate.
Natural ingredients, local products (oil, wine, vegetables, walnut-trees, cheeses, lemons) are the base of the more appreciated specialties of the sorrentina cuisine, based on tastes and perfumes of the sea and the mountain.
Among the most famous dishes that deserved a mention there is the legendary "Gnocchi alla sorrentina" with tomato, basil and mozzarella; the cannelloni with ricotta; the boiled or with tomato lobster; the parmigiana di melanzane; the pan-fried shrimps; the octopus in casserole.
Simple dishes but with a unique taste that should be accompanied with a white or red Sorrento.
Last but not least, the local confectionery, dominated by the perfume of the citrus fruit: limoncello sherbet; Delizia al Limone (sponge cake filled with lemon cream); Babà.
Excellent also the "hot" ice cream; the Zeppole; the Sfogliatella; and the "Follovielli."
And to digest, there is nothing better than a good Limoncello produced locally, served cold in small glasses, or a Nocino, the other liqueur typical of Sorrento.
Amalfi coast vs. Sorrento
I'll be honest with you, I started this section with the intent to favor Sorrento against the other villages, but it's impossible because all of them are great places.
So I just decided to write down a few words about them, and in future, I'll create a real post for each one of them.
Sorrento or Positano
From Sorrento, crossing the government road that brings to the Amalfi coast, you can easily reach Positano.
With its plastered cottages, the beaches, a blue sea, it is a maze of alleys that climb along the side of the mountain creating a unique skyline.
Between the candid roofs and the terraces full of bougainvillea, it stands out the beautiful dome of the church of Saint Maria Assunta.
Positano offers landscapes of extraordinary beauty, but it is also a worldly center, very beloved both by the common people and by the international stars.
Its more vivacious center is Marina Grande, a square full of restaurants and shops, that it is located at the border with the great beach, long around 300 meters.
From the plaza, numerous alleys depart full of artisans shops, or places where to taste the so many delights of the local gastronomy.
Positano has different beaches reachable afoot.
Torre Sponda and Fornillo are very central and offer privacy and calm.
The beach of Arienzo is a little more distant from the center but can be reached with a pleasant walk or a bus.
Along the coast, there are different small hidden coves, less crowded, that can be reached.
Halfway between Positano and Amalfi, is located the beautiful Grotta dell Smeraldo, reachable by land and by sea.
Sorrento vs. Amalfi
Amalfi, like Positano, rise on the slope of the Lattari Mountains.
It boasts an illustrious history, having been the most ancient in the Maritime Republics and having had relationships with the Arabic and Byzantine world, that have made it (for three centuries) one of the richest and powerful centers of the Mediterranean.
Today the signs of this illustrious history can still be found among the narrow roads that climb among the rocks, the monuments, the squares.
Amalfi, in fact, it is not only an important summer tourist center, but it is also a place rich in history and culture.
The greatest symbol in the city is the spectacular cathedral going back to the IX century that rises at the top of a monumental stairway dominating the underlying plaza.
Inside there are the rests of an ancient church and the famous Cloister of the Heaven.
At a few footsteps, there are the old arsenal and the small but fascinating Piazzetta dei Dogi.
In Amalfi, there is also an interesting museum of the Paper, an ancient tradition where local people worked the paper manually.
The main beach in Amalfi is always very active. From here depart the boats that can bring you to the most hidden gutter, reachable only by sea, as for example Santa Croce.
Away from the center, there is the beach of Atrani, picturesque and quiet, and it is very beloved by the families in the summer.
The beach of Duoglio is more isolated, to reach it there is a stairway of 400 steps through a beautiful path in nature, or if you want, you can rent a small boat.
From Amalfi, depart some of the more beautiful trekking paths of Italy as the Valle delle Ferriere and the Path of the Gods that also connect it to Positano and the other villages of the coastline.