Things to do in Sorrento, Italy
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
by Kiara Alger
The gentle sway of waves, smells of authentic Italian pizza, and the taste of local, delicious wine; these are just a few of the beautiful things that make Sorrento, a stunning coastal town in Southern Italy, so lovely. I have been living in this beautiful city for the last few months, and I would love to share some of the best reasons why you should explore Sorrento.
Italy is well known for being, truly, a country of its own. The language, food, and culture are all incredibly unique. Italy refuses to change. Their culture withholds the massive amounts of tourism every year, yet still holds true to their history and culture. Anywhere you go in this beautiful country is bound to be full of romance, stunning countryside, and the best food you will ever taste. So, amongst all of the cities in Italy that you can go to, why Sorrento?
Sorrento is a quaint city away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country. If you would love to wake up to the sounds of birds, walk out on a balcony and see a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Vesuvius, then you need not look any further. Sorrento boasts of being one of the best cities to view Mount Vesuvius from, and for good reason. From nearly all points of the city, you can see the once destructive volcano with Naples and Pompeii nestled beneath it. When it is very clear out, you can see snow-capped mountains in the distance behind Vesuvius.
Spring & Summer are beautiful times of the year in Sorrento as gardens with flowers bloom and add even more color to the already vibrant city. Looking for some places to sit and enjoy the views? Here are some suggestions
Piazza della Vittoria
This is one of my favorite places to sit and look at the view. Beware, because it can get very busy and quite packed in the area, but it is well worth the view. Make sure to bring your camera, you’ll want to take a few pictures!
This is one of the highlights of Sorrento because this marina is right alongside the water. You can either kick off your shoes and walk along the beach or stay on the cobblestone. Restaurants line the side, and some of them even have beautifully decorated docks that you can sit down at and eat an elegant dinner.
This marina’s name doesn’t really make any sense, because piccola means “small,” but Marina Piccola is actually bigger than Marina Grande! This marina is also a port for the ferries that go to Capri, so if you want to catch a view and a boat – you have the best of both worlds in this location.
Bagni della Regina Giovanni
This location is not nearly as popular as the locations listed above. About 1.5 miles away from Sorrento, this beautiful, ruined, ancient villa is full of history and stunning views. This is a favorite location of my friends and I. We love to pack a bottle of wine, some snacks, and a speaker to play some chill vibes playlists. There is a cove where you can swim peacefully in the crystal clear blue water, and then sunbathe on the rocks, listen to chill music, and drinks some wine. I always love to read a book as well. This is by far the best location to watch the sunset. Below you will find pictures to illustrate the beauty of this location.
Easy Accessibility to the Charms of Southern Italy
Sorrento is a wonderful home base to explore the surrounding areas by train, bus, ferry, or taxi. Transportation is easy to navigate, especially with the help of the kind locals, and very inexpensive as well (except for the taxi which we all know are expensive no matter where you are). Some of my favorite places to go to are:
This is my favorite coastal city to spend a beach day. The city is very small, and quite literally a beach town. All of the few buildings of the city are right along the coast. The water is beautiful, the people kind, and the sunshine bright. There are a lot of great places to eat as well! Locals come to this place to chill and eat some great food, so you know it has to b good.
This historical city is truly one to make time to see. You can easily spend an entire day there, and with the easy accessibility of the train to get there (only about a 30-minute ride) it is very easy to do in a day trip.
If you like to hike and have a limoncello from a local who has won numerous awards all over the world for his drinks, then search no further than the beautiful city of Termini. This city boasts of a gorgeous view of Capri, and if you’re willing to hike to a church on top of one of the steepest hills in the area, then you can see a 360-degree view of the stunning southern Italian countryside.
The Amalfi Coast
I will be writing about this famous and wonderful location in another blog post because it deserves a full-length post on its own. However, a bus from Sorrento makes it easy to explore Positano and Amalfi in a day trip or a weekend trip.
The Locals, Places to Stay, and the Fantastic Food
I know I have said this before, but honestly, the locals here are so kind. I have spent a lot of time with the kind Italians here, and never once have they been rude or unkind. They are always wanting to help and have great conversations & connections with people.
In addition, Sorrento is full of places to find accommodations at. Hotels, hostels, Airbnb’s, and private houses & resorts fill the city. The best part about this? 99.9% of them have great views.
You cannot really go wrong with places to eat here. However, try to stay away from the main restaurants on Corso Italia, the main tourist trap street. The best restaurants are the ones down the less popular alleys, and away from the tourist areas.
Coming to Italy was a big decision as far as nutrition and eating went because I am lactose intolerant. Everyone told me that dairy was in everything in Italy and it would probably just be better if I didn’t go. However, I would like to let all those that have food allergies know, it is very easy to not be sick during your trip. Many restaurants are sensitive to dairy and gluten intolerances – just ask your waiter. Many of the dishes here in Sorrento don’t even have dairy including several seafood dishes and additionally, for the pizza lovers, you can get a marinara which is a pizza with olive oil, garlic, and oregano – my favorite dish. Don’t let your food intolerances scare you away from this lovely area.
Other Places to Go
Cathedral of Sorrento
Even if you are not religious, any of the churches in Sorrento are beautiful and worth admiring the art and architecture.
Walk down the streets and window shop
I am not much of a shopper, but even I like to explore the cute, locally owned shops all displaying their own handy-work.
Look at the view from Piazza Tasso
Here you can find the beautiful canal, like the opening to the sea, and Marina Piccola. Just look for the flags!
Basilica of Sant’Antonino
You will surely not regret coming to this lovely city, trust me. As someone who has lived here for a few months and still falls more in love every day, I can assure you it is well worth your time and euros.