Guide to travel to Sorrento

by Ale Werner
Sorrento - Amalfi Coast

In this post, you will find our complete guide to travel to Sorrento, one of the cities on the Amalfi Coast. We have gathered here all the information that may become relevant to build your trip to Sorrento and enjoy this without problems, in a summarized and easy to read. What to see in Sorrento, what to do in Sorrento, where to sleep in Sorrento, how to get around the city and much more.

A little bit about Sorrento …

Legend has it that the name of the city, “Sorrento”, comes from the sirens that made ships shipwreck on their shores. There are almost no beaches, but ports have been created where people can enjoy the sea. Its main attraction is the city itself and the beautiful views of the Island of Capri.

You can access the map here.

What to see on your trip to Sorrento

Piazza Tasso

From here the Corso Italia street becomes a pedestrian street that runs through small and intricate alleys full of tourists. It is the tourist heart of Sorrento and the best way to start your tour around the city when traveling to Sorrento.

Piazza Tasso

Cathedral of Sorrento

One of the must-see in Sorrento. Its simple exterior deceives many of those who pass through its forehead. However, just enter and be surprised with the sculptures and frescoes on the walls and ceilings. The bishop’s throne is made of marble and has a wooden choir made by craftsmen from Sorrento in the 10th century.

Sorrento Streets

Villa Comunale

This park offers the best views of the city and the Vesuvius volcano. In addition, some days you can enjoy the music of street musicians who play in this place for the visitors to enjoy.

View from the Villa Comunale

Chiostro Di San Francesco

In English, it means the Cloister of San Francisco de Asis and is one of the oldest monuments of Sorrento that still can be visited by tourists. It offers a beautiful garden surrounded by columns where you can breathe tranquility. It was built with the remains of a monastery in the S. VII and has been very important in the religious and political history of the city. During your trip to Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, you can also visit the Church here.

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Marina Grande

An excellent place to eat and in the summer to enjoy a swim in the waters of the Mediterranean. You can rent a parasol and deck chairs for 25 euros a day and enjoy the views of the city and the sea. At night, the lights reflected in the water are a spectacle to the sight.

Island of Capri

This is a day trip out of town. From the port of Sorrento is the easiest and most economical way to cross to the Island of Capri. Here leave ferries every day at various hours. For more information about tickets and schedules, go to the following link.

Fin here the best things to do in Capri.

Day trips from Sorrento

There are many things to do from Sorrento; one of them visiting Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Many places are just a few hours ago, so is just matter to grab a map and find somewhere to visit.

Beaches of Sorrento

There are also some beaches in Sorrento and around the area to relax and just enjoy the calm mediterranean sea.

Important information to plan your trip to Sorrento

Best time to visit Sorrento

Please see our post on the Amalfi Coast here for more information.

View from the Piazza Tasso

How to get to Sorrento

Sorrento is one of the cities connected to the train line that comes from bigger cities like Naples and Rome to the Amalfi Coast.

It is located at one end of the coastal road, so its access is simpler than the one to other cities like Positano, Ravello or Amalfi.

From here, the “Sita” bus network is the most recommended to move between the cities and the attractions of the area. On the map up in this post, you can see marked the stop of these buses, which leave from the outskirts of the train station.

To move within the city, there are also local buses that move between the upper zone (where the buses and the train arrive) and the port. If you prefer to walk, you will find several stairs along the route.

Accommodation in Sorrento

Sorrento is one of the best alternatives to stay during your trip to the Amalfi Coast. There is a varied offer of hotels of different styles and prices, for all tastes.

The best thing would be to stay near the main street, “Corso Italia”. From here you will have easy access to the bus station: Sita Bus Stop; from where buses leave for other cities such as Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. If you decide to rent a car, remember to look for a lodging with parking included; Parking values can be very high.

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Sorrento - Amalfi Coast

Where to eat in Sorrento and gastronomy.

You will not have any problem finding where to eat. The offer is varied and is scattered throughout all the streets of the city, especially within the historical zone. Going down to the coast through the small streets perpendicular to “Corso Italia” there are many alternatives of restaurants, bars, and street food. In the map we have marked the zones, in all the surrounding or nearby streets you will find places where you can enjoy a delicious Limoncello (a liqueur made with lemon) and a pizza or pasta.

Where to shop in Sorrento

Just like the restaurants, the whole center and historical area that descends from the Corso Italia is full of shops. You will find souvenirs, fashion, liquors, wine, pasta and everything you think. Being one of the centers of the arrival of visitors to the Amalfi coast, it is also one of the cities with the bigger amount of shops.

Our recommendation?

Enter the pedestrian center by “Largo Padre Reginaldo Giuliani”, one of the main pedestrian streets and also cross the “Via San Cesareo”. In them, you will find a great variety of commercial premises and you will also see how doubling in any corner there is always more.

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