All About Sorrento

Sorrento is a charming holiday resort on Italy’s south coast, not far from Naples, and is quickly becoming a popular favourite for holidaymakers seeking some Mediterranean sunshine.

If you’ve booked a holiday to Sorrento or are thinking about a vacation on Italy’s south coast, here is our guide to the popular hotels, our favourite restaurants and the top attractions in the region.

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Popular Hotels

To make the most of your time in Sorrento, we highly recommend opting for a hotel near the coast as the sea views here are truly lovely – especially if your hotel has a view of Mount Vesuvius, which is an ancient volcano (don’t worry, it’s considered “Green Level”, which means it is not expected to erupt).

 

Grand Hotel Royal

This hotel is, in our opinion, one of the best in Sorrento and is part of the Manniello consortium of hotels. It is a 5-star hotel and features a private beach, a luxury swimming pool, a lovely garden and several restaurants and bars.

The rooms here are flawless and styled with Italian flair, with pretty hand-painted tile floors and high ceilings that give a sense of spaciousness. While the “Classic” rooms have views of either the hotel grounds or town, the sea-view rooms are truly worth the upgrade for their panoramic vistas that are, quite frankly, indescribably beautiful!

 

Hotel Hilton Sorrento Palace

Situated on the north coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula overlooking the city of Sorrento, the Bay of Naples and the unmistakable silhouette of Mount Vesuvius, the Hilton Sorrento Palace hotel certainly offers beautiful views. One of the things we love about this hotel is the quality of its rooms, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows for the best possible views. There is also a rooftop pool, several restaurants and a bar lounge. It’s a great choice for families visiting Sorrento in the summer too as there is a Kids Club between mid-June and mid-September, and the restaurant also serves a children’s menu.

In exchange for its enviable position, it should be noted that the hotel is perched on the cliffs some way from the town centre (about a 10-minute walk on a hill) and so may not be the right hotel for you if you would prefer to be more central.

 

Grand Hotel De La Ville

This is a favourite amongst the Bellarome team thanks to its friendly staff and its prime location that affords sea views in a central location, whilst also maintaining a sense of tranquillity. The interior of this hotel is more classically Italian in comparison to the Hilton, which is more modern. However, we find the inlaid furniture and marble flooring simply charming!

As well as a roof garden, restaurant and two swimming pools, the hotel has regular entertainment, including live music and buffet nights at the restaurant, where you can enjoy a variety of local dishes at a set price. To make the most of your trip, we highly recommend upgrading to a sea-view room if you possibly can as this hotel has lovely scenes of Mount Vesuvius.

 

Our Favourite Restaurants

Since Naples is the birthplace of the famous Italian pizza, Sorrento is a great place to enjoy an authentic wood-fired pizza. Although many hotels have their own restaurant, we would highly recommend going to an authentic pizzeria for the best pizza – there are several in the town centre to enjoy.

 

Pizza.jpgPizzeria Da Franco

This unassuming pizzeria off Sorrento’s main square has, in our opinion, the best pizza in town and is perfect if you’re on a budget. The pizzas are served on metal trays fresh from the wood-fired oven, and come with plastic cutlery, paper napkins and a friendly and fun atmosphere!

 

Ristorante La Basilica

For something a little more refined, we love La Basilica on Via Sant'Antonino close to Teatro Tasso and Piazza Sant’Antonino. It has a quirky interior, with vibrant art adorning the walls, and it also has an outside area, which is lovely in the summer. The restaurant is relaxed and informal and we have always found the staff to be very professional and attentive, making a meal here feel special. They are best known for seafood, but also serve pasta dishes and pizza.

La Basilica also has a sister restaurant called Caruso, which is also on Via Sant'Antonino and is also a good choice; however, the prices at Caruso are a little more expensive.

 

Must-see Attractions

Sorrento is an excellent base in south Italy from which to discover the famous attractions in the area and there is also plenty on offer in the town itself, including theatre performances. Here are some of the attractions you really can’t miss on your vacation in Sorrento.

 

Pompeii & Herculaneum

pompeii-green.jpgPompeii is an ancient city close to Naples that was lost for nearly 1500 years beneath a blanket of ash following a historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption destroyed the city and killed the 2000 inhabitants of the city; however, the ash served to preserve Pompeii and its people, and, today, it is one of Italy’s most important archaeological sites, providing a rare glimpse back in time to how people lived so many years ago.

Herculaneum, meanwhile, was a popular holiday resort in ancient times and was also destroyed by the eruption in 79 AD. Unlike Pompeii, which was buried beneath ash, Herculaneum fell to an avalanche of mud and lava and so provides a very different experience. To make the most of your time, we recommend a guided tour of the archaeological sites – tours of Pompeii or Herculaneum alone are available, as well as tours to both so that you can compare the history of the sites.

 

Capri

capri-view2.jpgThe island of Capri is described locally as “the Pearl of the Mediterranean” thanks to its stunning coastal vistas, natural rock formations, vibrant gardens and charming boutique stores. It is also home to the magical Blue Grotto, which is a natural cave illuminated with sparkling blue light – it can be reached by fishing boat and licensed tours are available from the island.

If you want to visit Capri from Sorrento, you can catch the hydrofoil boat from Sorrento’s main port to Capri’s Marina Grande. You can then take the cable car to the centre of Capri as this drops you right in the Piazetta. There is also a bus that goes to Anacapri, the island’s quaint town, where you can find Villa San Michele. You can also take a chair lift to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. Be warned that Capri is famous for its narrow alleyways and it is very easy to get lost! So, if you would like something a little more structured, we recommend a pre-arranged tour, such as our Sorrento to Capri day tour.

 

Mount Vesuvius

If you’ve always wanted to step foot on an active volcano, then this is your chance as there are a variety of tours that take you from Sorrento to Mount Vesuvius. Most of them take you by bus up to a level of 1000 metres and you can then walk with a mountain guide a further 200 metres to a large crater, where you’ll be rewarded with unbelievable views of the Bay of Naples.

 

Naples

While Naples is perhaps not Italy’s most beautiful city, it is full of charming sights and can be easily reached from Sorrento by boat. To make the most of your time and budget, we recommend taking the CitySightseeing hop-on/hop-off bus, which has a stop close to Naples’ port and has three lines to choose from. Attractions that can be seen on the bus tour lines are Piazza Municipio, Palazzo Reale, the catacombs, Castel Nuovo and Teatro San Carlo.

 

If you’re thinking about visiting Sorrento, perhaps as part of a multi-centre vacation with Rome or another Italian city, why not chat to one of our expert travel advisers who can create a personalised holiday itinerary just for you? You can call us on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or you can browse our Sorrento holidays on our website by clicking here.

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