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Welcome to 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.

Top 10 attractions in Sorrento

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Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

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One of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Italy's Sorrento coast, the Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna) is set along the rocky cliffs of Capo di Sorrento near a dramatic natural stone arch and the ancient ruins of a Roman villa. This stretch of coastline and its natural pool are accessible only by foot or private boat.More
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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Marina Grande

Marina Grande

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Sorrento's tiny fishing village of Marina Grande is known for its colorful wooden boats bobbing in the harbor, and local fishermen still mend their nets by hand just steps from sunbathers along the beach. At the heart of Marina Grande is the Church of Sant’Anna, dedicated to the town’s patron saint, and a shore lined with small, family-run restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood.More
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Ravello

Ravello

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Tiny Ravello, an idyllic village along the Amalfi Coast, has a long history and vibrant cultural life. Founded by Romans in the sixth century, this picturesque clifftop town is today a haven for travelers drawn to its views, villas, and gardens. Home to Villa Rufolo, which has hosted luminaries from Richard Wagner to Jacqueline Kennedy, and Villa Cimbrone, known for its panoramic views, Ravello is an elegant respite from the crowds along the coast.More
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Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso

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Sitting astride the steep gorge that once divided the cliff-top center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso is the pulsating heart of one of Italy’s most popular seaside resort towns. This bustling, café-lined main square is where locals and visitors alike come to see and be seen, and to admire the square’s baroque church and 18th-century palace.More
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Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

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Tucked beneath the famous highway that skirts Italy's Amalfi Coast, the Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is one of the most popular attractions on this iconic stretch of coastline. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, this marine cave is known for the turquoise water that fills the cavern with an emerald-green light when the sun’s rays filter up through a fissure beneath its surface. It’s covered with limestone stalagmites and stalactites more commonly associated with inland karstic caves and is popular among travelers to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.More
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Spaggia Grande Beach

Spaggia Grande Beach

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There is no better stretch of beach in Positano to take a dip or work on your tan than Spiaggia Grande, next to the Marina Grande port. At this well-provisioned beach you can rent a sun lounger and umbrella, stroll the beach walk, grab a meal at a beachfront restaurant, or hop on a ferry to other coastal destinations or the islands.More
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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

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Sorrento’s Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di 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, which are made of soft tufa stone and rubble pinched from earlier pagan temples. During the summer there are art exhibitions and concerts set to the stunning backdrop of the cloister and it is also one of Sorrento’s most popular venues for weddings.Always dress conservatively when visiting churches in Italy; shoulder and legs should be covered.More
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Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)

Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)

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The most important church in Sorrento, the St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino) is dedicated to the town’s patron saint. Visit the church during a walking tour of the city to view the sumptuous interiors, St. Antonius’s crypt, and votive offerings of sailors who survived shipwrecks thanks to the intervention of this saint, the patron of rescues.More
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Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)

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.Other parts of the collection at the Correale di Terranova Museum include glass made in Murano, crystal from Bavaria, porcelains from both Capodimonte near Rome and Sevres in France, as well as archaeological artifacts of both Greek and Roman origin. There is some historic furniture in the villa, although this isn't a “house museum” outfitted in period décor. The villa is surrounded by an expansive garden that you can also visit.More

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Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Sorrento

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Capri Day Trips From Sorrento

Top activities in Sorrento

Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento

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Capri Blue Grotto Boat Tour From Sorrento

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Recent reviews from experiences in Sorrento

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Great experience
Fabrizio_G, Jul 2021
SUNSET BOAT TOUR - from Sorrento
Took us to a small waterfall and then in front of Sorrento port!
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Better than we could imagine
Bruno_Liliana, Jul 2021
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
If you want to see the Almafi Coast, Toni is the best guide you could wish for.
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The stone baked pizza bread!
Andrew_D, Sep 2020
Walking Food Tour in Sorrento with Food Tasting
I would highly recommend this tour, it is a great way to see the city and is brilliant value when you consider everything included.
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Great!
KaiLing_T, Aug 2020
Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento
My guide took the extra effort to explain the history to me since I’m the only English speaking person.
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Charming Sorrento Walking tour
Rakesh_C, Aug 2020
Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento
Roberta our host was very friendly and skilfully managed both English and Italian tourists (which enriched the experience as it provided a different authentic ltalian perspective).
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Awesome Experience
Lina P, Sep 2019
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
Had plenty of time to visit Amalfi and Positano.
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Sorrento Small-Group Food Walking Tour
rossgang4, Sep 2019
Walking Food Tour in Sorrento with Food Tasting
I would highly recommend adding this to your itinerary on your next Sorrento visit.
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Get away from the crowds!
Wanderer670007, Jul 2019
Sorrento Farm Experience Including Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello
Up in the hills outside of the crowded streets of summer in Sorrento, we slowed down learned about the family owned lemon and olive orchard, the cheese man and his cheeses and made our own pizzas at the family owned pizzeria.
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What beautiful scenery!
Dreamer66240338404, Jun 2019
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit this part of Italy.
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Plenty of time to see Positano...
Dean W, Apr 2018
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Plenty of time to see Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, guided by Giovanna, pick-up at Sorrento hotel,|and phone-call to confirm times.
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The tour has three separate stops...
Mark S, May 2017
Sorrento Farm Experience Including Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello
All were very interesting and a nice way to see parts of Sorrento other than downtown.
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Great tour from Sorrento if you want...
Alyssa C, Aug 2017
Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Trip from Sorrento
Great tour from Sorrento if you want to see Pompei.
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Liked the tour as we were only...
Suranjith D, Jul 2017
Amalfi & Pompeii Exclusive Fd - Day Trip From Sorrento
Liked the tour as we were only spending 1 1/2 days in Sorrento, and really wanted to see the key highlights in the area.
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Great trip to see Posatino, Amalfi...
nimishshah2004, Jul 2018
Amalfi Coast Tour by Minivan
Great trip to see Posatino, Amalfi Coast and Ravello.
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Pepe Is the best driver on the...
Sylvia H, Oct 2017
Amalfi Coast Private Day Tour from Sorrento
He gave us great tips on what to do, including a magical place for lunch!
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We took the train from Florence to...
Sharyn, Aug 2017
Transfer between Naples and Sorrento with 2 Hours free time in Pompeii
Booking this private transfer was well worth the expense as it allowed us to visit Pompeii on our way to Sorrento.
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This was a totally fun evening. Not...
Sharon F, Apr 2018
Quanto Basta Cooking School in Sorrento
We've made the chicken cacciatore and summer sauce several times since we came home.
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Love this trip. Great way to see...
Shirley C, Dec 2017
Capri Boat Tour Cruise from Sorrento
Great way to see Sorrento.
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We were based in Sorrento and...
Rami A, Sep 2017
Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
We were based in Sorrento and decided to visit Capri island through this Viator tour, must say a day well spent.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable and...
Judith R, Jul 2016
Naples Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi
Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke good English.
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