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Things to Do in Sorrento

The town of Sorrento sits on the Sorrentine Peninsula overlooking the Bay of Naples, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea, with Naples to the north and the Amalfi Coast to the south. It's a popular vacation destination and cruise port, and is similar to picturesque cliffside towns such as Positano and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast proper. The city also serves as a practical base from which to explore the region, with multiple transportation connections and many tours using it as a hub. A walking or bus tour of Naples is available from Sorrento, and a boat tour to the nearby island of Capri—where you’ll find the iridescent Blue Grotto among other sights—is a must-do. The famous excavation at Pompeii is also close by; and you can learn more about Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that looms large over the landscape and that buried that ancient city, on a tour of the Unesco World Heritage Site. Another less visited ancient city also buried by the eruption, Herculaneum, is nearby; and tours to the two sites are often combined. Sorrento itself is well known for its pedestrian-friendly city center, where streets are lined with boutiques and restaurants and well-suited to a walking tour. Note that the citrus that grows so well in this area is put to good use in the delicious limoncello that is sold nearly everywhere in the city, and a food tour will introduce you to the liqueur and other tastes of the region.
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Piazza Tasso
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Sitting astride the gorge that once divided cliff-clinging Sorrento in two, you’ll find Piazza Tasso, the central living room of the town. Piazza Tasso is where the locals come to see and be seen, to sit in cafes and bars, or to catch a bus; it all happens here. During the day it’s a busy traffic hub, but at night the traffic is limited and the residents take the space back from the cars and buses. The square is named after the Renaissance poet, Torquato Tasso, born in Sorrento and due to be crowned King of the Poets by the Pope until he died mere days before the ceremony. A statue of the great man stands in one corner of the piazza. Around the square you’ll find the lovely Baroque Church del Carmine Maggiore , and the Palazzo Correale, an 18th century mansion built around a 15th century house owned by the aristocratic Correale family. Leading from the square is Sorrento’s main shopping street, Via San Cesareo, a busy pedestrianized commercial hub full of lemon-based treats.

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Punta del Capo
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Jutting out from the Sorrentine Peninsula into the Gulf of Naples is a rocky promontory known as the Punta del Capo, or the Capo di Sorrento. It’s located a little more than one mile west of central Sorrento.
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Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)
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Sorrento is known for its coastal views, scenic landscapes and beautiful beaches. But perhaps none are more iconic—or remote—than Bagni della Regina Giovanna (AKA The Baths of Queen Joan). Tucked below rocky cliffs and nestled into a protected shore, Bagni della Regina Giovanna is accessible only by foot. As a result, this beach has become the perfect escape for adult travelers seeking kid-free shores and beachcombers who prefer to share their sun with only a handful of others.

Once the seaside villa of the Roman era, Bagni della Regina Giovanna has today become a destination for those looking to escape the city and settle into the quiet natural wonder of the Italian coast. Its epic views, ancient ruins and quick access to La Solara, only add to this sweet spot’s already major charm.

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Marina Grande
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Step into the tiny fishing village of Marina Grande and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Still connected to the historic center of Sorrento by an old zigzagging stone staircase, the best way to visit Marina Grande is to walk.

Pass through the 15th century Ancient Greek Gate and you’ll feel you’ve entered another world. This is Sorrento’s largest harbour and has long been home to a fishing fleet of traditional wooden boats. The fishermen still sit and mend their nets by hand, sharing the beach with sunbathers. And of course this means that the small, family run restaurants surrounding the harbour serve delicious fresh seafood.

Tradition says that Marina Grande differs from Sorrento due to its plundering by the Turks in the 16th century. Perhaps this difference has kept it separate and intact as a tight-knit community.

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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)
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Sorrento’s Cloister of San Francesco is an oasis of tranquility steps away from the historic town’s bustling central piazza of Sant’Antonino. The cloister unites a religious complex of seventh-century monastery and a late-medieval church, both dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, and is a showpiece of various architectural styles from pre-Roman through Arabic to medieval.

In the 14th century Franciscan friars from the monastery repurposed an ancient oratory into their church; it has some Baroque features and its simple white façade was rebuilt in 1926. Inside there are several richly decorated chapels adjoining the single nave and in 1992, a bronze statue of St Francis was placed outside the church; it is the work of Roman sculptor Alfiero Nena. But the cloister, built at the same time as the church, is the star turn here; its tranquil gardens are filled with bougainvillea and vines that climb over arched arcades.

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Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)
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The patron saint of Sorrento is Sant’Antonino, so it’s not surprising that there is a large church in his honour found on the square which also bears his name, Piazza Antonino. He died in AD 626 on February 14th and naturally in Sorrento this takes precedence for celebration over the commercialized St Valentine’s Day which gets pushed into the background as the silver statue of Antonino is taken from the church and marched through the streets.

Most statues of the saint depict him standing on a sea creature, and the famous story goes that on Sorrento beach he saved a child who had been swallowed by a whale; two whalebones in the church are said to come from this very creature. Within the basilica there are many other artefacts dedicated by sailors who survived shipwreck and wished to thank this patron saint of rescues.

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Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)
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The picturesque seaside town of Sorrento is a popular retreat from gritty Naples across the bay, and a great base from which to explore the nearby Amalfi Coast, islands in the Gulf of Naples, and ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. What many people overlook when they're in Sorrento, however, is that it's also home to museums worth visiting. Perhaps the best known is the Correale di Terranova Museum, or Museo Correale di Terranova in Italian.

The Correale Museum is housed in an 18th century villa that has a fantastic view over the water. The museum takes its name from the Correale family, which was given the property in the early 15th century and which still owns the villa to this day. What's on display is the private collection of members of the Correale family. The museum is perhaps best known for its collection of 17th and 18th century Neapolitan paintings.

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Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)
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Watching the “Sorrento Musical” at the Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso) can be a fun way to learn about Italian culture through a performance of traditional dances and songs. The Teatro Tasso theater is located inside a former convent, and in the 1920s the space was used as a cinema. It was later the venue for opera performances, and today seats 500 people for its popular “Sorrento Musical” shows. The upper gallery level of the theater accommodates about 150 seats with tables set up so people can enjoy dinner during the show.
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Sorrento Foundation (Fondazione Sorrento)
The Sorrento Foundation organizes art exhibitions, literary readings, musical performances, and other happenings at the elegant 20th-century Villa Fiorentino on Sorrento’s Corso Italia. Take a break from the bustling streets and shops of this resort town, and enjoy one of the events held throughout the year.
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Spaggia Grande Beach
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The main beach of beautiful Positano, don’t expect to ever have Spaggia Grande Beach all to yourself. The town is the Amalfi Coast’s main tourist attraction and this beach is a major draw card with row upon row of beach loungers for soaking up the sunshine.

Wander along the walkway, Via Positanesi d’America, which is dedicated to the thousands of people who emigrated from here to start a new life in America, largely in New York. The ferry terminal is also here but these boats don’t go to America, only as far as the lovely nearby islands Ischia and Capri, and the Greek ruins at Paestum.

If you fancy a slightly quieter but equally beautiful beach, take the path from Spaggia Grande to Fornillo beach which, nonetheless, has four beach bars!

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Ravello

Ravello

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Ravello is a tiny village, with only about 2,500 permanent residents, but it has a history and cultural life that belie its size. The Romans founded the city in the 6th century, escaping the barbarians and no doubt appreciating the lovely views Ravello offers.

The annual Ravello Festival is one of Italy’s finest and celebrates the music of one of Ravello’s greatest fans, the German composer, Richard Wagner, who was inspired by the architecture of the magnificent Villa Rufolo when he stayed there in 1880. Since then the Arab influenced villa and its splendid garden has hosted luminaries such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.

The other villa worth seeing is Villa Cimbrone, dating from 1905. Also of note is the Cathedral of San Pantaleone, dating originally from the 11th century. Less hectic than some of the other towns along this coast, Ravello is the place to go for some elegant respite from the madding crowds. It lies only a few miles from Amalfi.

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Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

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The Emerald Grotto on the beautiful Amalfi coast lies south-east of Sorrento along a wondrously dramatic coastal road that swoops up cliffs and dives around switchback roads with typical Italian charm and recklessness. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, the grotto is an underground cavern famous for its translucent, turquoise-blue waters, which sparkle as the sun’s rays percolate underground. Encrusted with dripping limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations, the cave was submerged by the Mediterranean Sea during the last Ice Age, spanning 45 meters (147 feet) by 32 meters (105 feet) and in places reaching a height of 24 meters (79 feet). It is best visited between noon and 3pm, when sunlight filters through the grotto entrance to create ever-changing colors dancing across the waves. A Nativity scene was created underwater in the cave in 1956 and every Christmas divers come to place flowers around the crib.

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Praiano

Praiano

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A tiny seaside gem which hides between the busier Positano and Amalfi, Praiano has managed to cling on to its character of fishing village. Life is slower than in the larger towns and thus the cafes and bars are friendly, and the locals have time to sit in the piazza in front of the Church of St Luke, enjoy the views over the sea and discuss the day’s happenings. Inside, the church houses a precious silver icon of Saint Luke. The glorious Marina di Praia beach sits at the end of a wild valley of steep and deeply eroded cliffs with deep, blue water at their base, perfect for scuba diving. It is guarded by the ancient Torre a Mare, once necessary to fend off marauding pirates; these days the piracy is probably more related to sunbathing space. At night, the beach comes to life with the famous L’Africana nightclub located in caves sunk deep into the cliff. Praiano’s other beach is La Gavitella, one of the Amalfi Coast’s only west facing beaches which basks in sunshine all day long.
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Sorrento Cruise Port (Sorrento Terminal Crociere)

Sorrento Cruise Port (Sorrento Terminal Crociere)

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Sorrento perches high on the clifftops and is best known for its shopping, its proximity to the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and also to Pompeii. Sorrento itself has a lovely old town to explore complete with historic churches such as Basilica di Sant’Antonino (patron saint of the sea-faring), and piazzas to sip coffee, watch and be seen. Via San Cesareo is the busy pedestrianized commercial hub, proudly selling high fashion and local produce such as the lemon liquor Limoncello.

The cruise tender will drop you off at Marina Piccolo and from there it is a short if steep walk into central Sorrento. Alternately there are minibuses or taxis.

Sorrento itself is a pretty town, if quite tourist-oriented. But some of the very best sights of southern Italy are easily reached from Sorrento and highly recommended. Pompeii is world-famous as the town which stopped literally in its tracks when Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

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Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)

Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)

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Named for the beech trees that blanket its slopes, Faito Mountain inside the Lattari Mountains Regional Park offers some of the best hiking opportunities in the area. A road and cable car run up to the 3,750-foot (1,143-meter) peak, where the views of the Bay of Naples are stellar.

From the peak, hiking trails lead past churches and ancient cisterns and through beech and black pine forests, where it’s often possible to spot birds, butterflies and small mammals in the wild. Keep an eye out for the pinguicola plant, the only carnivorous plant in Campania.

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Via Capo

Via Capo

If you follow the street Corso Italia west from the middle of town, you’ll soon find it changes name to Via del Capo and begins to lead you away from the congested center of Sorrento. This is where some of the nicer hotels are located, and also the less crowded little beaches.

There’s the Marina Puolo, a small beach with fishing boats and little restaurants, or the Villa Romana Pollio, a rocky outcrop with walkways wrapped around the ruins of an ancient villa.

Even if you’re not looking to dip into the sea, the walk along Via del Capo makes for a lovely afternoon stroll. You’ll get some spectacular views over the Bay of Naples and back towards Sorrento and also of those spectacular white limestone cliffs known as the Capo (the Cape).

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