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Tumbling down a cliffside in a palette of bright hues, Sorrento is a popular and long-standing resort town with a charming historic heart, atmospheric ruins and a bustling port. The town looks out over the Bay of Naples and is known for its high quality ceramics, lace and marquetry, and its delicious Sorrentine lemons. It's also a very convenient coastal base with easy access to major local destinations. You can drive or get a boat to Positano on the Amalfi Coast, a ferry or hydrofoil to Capri or set off to explore the ruins of Pompeii. Unfortunately, it does get extremely busy in the summer months.

Sorrento makes a convenient base for exploring the Amalfi Coast. Its piazzas are great for morning coffee and people watching. Many properties sit on the cliff edge, with sweeping views over the Bay of Naples.

Italy specialist Caroline

Things to see and do in Sorrento

Piazza Tasso and the old town

The heart of Sorrento is a warren of little streets flanked by numerous churches, beautifully restored 19th-century townhouses and palaces, and quaint trattorias. At its heart is Piazza Tasso, a hub of activity with many lively bars and restaurants lorded over by the elegant Palazzo Correale with its beautiful majolica courtyard. From here you can veer off and explore the narrow alleyways now lined with cafes and boutiques selling local produce, such as limoncello and linen clothing. Don't miss the 14th-century Church of San Francesco, one of Sorrento's most beautiful, with its tranquil cloister showcasing a variety of architectural styles.

Take a boat to Capri Island

Coastal view, CapriThe chic and wonderfully scenic island of Capri is just a 45 minute hydrofoil ride from Sorrento. A popular destination for celebrities, politicians and the wealthy for centuries, Capri is a decidedly glamorous spot and the best place to soak up the atmosphere is with a coffee or an ice cream under the clock tower on the bustling central square or Piazzetta. From here you can wander the narrow streets, enjoy some shopping in the designer boutiques, take in the spectacular views from the Augustus Gardens, go on a coastal hike, or simply sit and have a long lunch in the sunshine.

Uncover the archeological wonders of Pompeii

The ancient Roman city of Pompeii, one of Italy’s most renowned attractions, is less than an hour’s drive from Sorrento. Devastated by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the entire city was covered in 6 m (19.6 feet) of ash, which perfectly preserved the buildings and their remarkable mosaics and frescoes. You can explore numerous grand houses with elaborate decorative details, the main forum with its civic buildings, as well as shops and public baths, all of which display extraordinary fragments of the daily life of those who were unfortunate enough to have lived here at the time.

The ruins in the Valley of the Mills

A short walk from Sorrento's Piazza Tasso, but a world away in atmosphere is the Valley of the Mills, a deep natural ravine blanketed in lush vegetation. Nestled at the bottom is the ruin of Sorrento’s old flour mill, a largely medieval structure, though some elements show the site was in use in Roman times. Standing on street level, you get a perfect view of this beautiful, otherworldly structure now completely overgrown with moss and ferns. The mill supplied flour to Naples until the early 20th century and looks even more magical at night when it is illuminated by spotlights.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Sorrento

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    Accommodation choices for Sorrento

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Sorrento. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Grand Hotel la Favorita, Sorrento

      Grand Hotel la Favorita

      First Class

      Sitting in the historic heart of Sorrento and home to one of the town's best rooftop terraces, the stylish Grand Hotel La Favorita effortlessly earns its name.

    • Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento

      Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

      Deluxe

      A historical landmark, this once privately owned stately home was built in 1834 on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. Today, it stands exquisitely restored within extensive grounds in the heart of bustling Sorrento.

    • Bellevue Syrene 1820, Sorrento

      Bellevue Syrene 1820

      Deluxe

      An outstanding coastal property in the heart of Sorrento, this historic hotel, built in 1820, is subtly elegant, classically Italian and small enough to feel like a welcoming noble home.

    • Hotel Plazo Sorrento, Sorrento

      Hotel Plaza Sorrento

      Medium

      A modern hotel with a rooftop swimming pool and an excellent location near Piazza Tasso, Plaza Sorrento is a friendly and stylish choice.

    • Hotel Minerva, Sorrento

      Hotel Minerva

      Medium

      Just ten minutes’ walk from Sorrento’s main square, Hotel Minerva is a quiet Mediterranean suntrap with a scenic terrace and an enticing rooftop swimming pool. Views from the balconies are second to none, and the rooms are spacious and bright.

    • Hotel Antiche Mura , Sorrento

      Hotel Antiche Mura

      Medium

      Named after the ancient city walls, with direct views of the overgrown ruin of an ancient water mill, the Hotel Antiche Mura is bursting with character as well being just a few steps away from central Piazza Tasso.

    • Hilton Sorrento Palace, Sorrento

      Hilton Sorrento Palace

      First Class

      High on the hill above Sorrento, the Hilton Sorrento Palace has superb views while still being just a five-minute walk from the heart of the city. The Executive Floor, with its rooftop pool and restaurant, makes this an ideal choice for both families and couples.