Things to do in Sorrento

Sorrento is a popular town on the northern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. It features beautiful architecture, many cafes and restaurants, and boutique shops that cater for tourists. It is an ideal base for visiting the surrounding World Heritage Sites, islands and pretty villages. There is also plenty in Sorrento itself to keep you entertained and the tourist focal point must be Piazza Tasso, which is the central square that has been built over a gorge. Other attractions include the many lemon terraces, Marina Piccola, the Puntacampanella natural reserve, the Villa Pollio Roman ruins in Capo di Sorrento, the Archeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Duomo and the Basilica di Sant'Antonino.

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the possible tours and day trips from the city of Sorrento.

Pompeii and Herculaneum
The city of Pompeii is close to the Bay of Naples and is notable because of the fascinating glance it gives back in time. In 79 AD a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius covered and destroyed Pompeii, covering the city in a thick coating of ash, which preserved the city and its inhabitants. The city was lost for 1500 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1E250A76-E876-44B1-8682-D83436C168E9 and it is now considered to be a rare example of an ancient city preserved in detail.

Herculaneum (Italian: Ercolano) is a resort famous for its manufacture of leather goods, handmade glass and the wine known as Lacryma Christi (Tear of Christ). Herculaneum was submerged in lava and mud during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD and, like Pompeii, it gives the modern world a captivating look back to ancient times.

Mount Vesuvius
Speaking of Mount Vesuvius, a visit to this active volcano makes for a thrilling experience on your visit to Sorrento. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting or expected to do so. We offer a range of Mount Vesuvius tours to suit a range of activity levels, including tours that take you up 1000 metres by bus. Mount Vesuvius provides some breath-taking views of the Bay of Naples and a tour here is surely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The islands of Capri and Ischia
The islands of Capri and Ischia are so idyllic that it is almost difficult to capture their beauty with words. If you are holidaying in Sorrento then we highly recommend a day trip to one or both of these islands.

Capri is surely one of the most beautiful islands in the world and has served as a muse for many famous and celebrated artists. It can be easily reached by a fast, hydrofoil boat from the port of Sorrento and takes just 20 minutes. On the island, you can enjoy Anacapri, which is a well-known retreat and inspirational village for artists, where you’ll find Villa San Michele. Here, you can also take the chair lift to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. There is also the Piazzetta, the Gardens of Augustus and the famous Blue Grotto cave.

Ischia is an island nestled in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is formed from volcanic rocks. It is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples and is mostly mountainous, affording splendid natural scenery for its visitors. The highest peak on the island is Monte Epomeo, which is some 788 metres high and surrounded by several volcanic vents, and the main settlement is Ischia Porto. The island is a popular location thanks to its volcanic-heated thermal spas and ancient ruins, such as Castello Aragonese, which is a medieval castle owned by the Ferrandino Family, who still live on Ischia. Ischia also boasts some beautiful beaches, including Maronti Beach and Citara Beach.

Naples is known for its art, culture, music, gastronomy, architecture and rich history, and it can be reached easily and affordably by boat from Sorrento. Due to its vast artistic heritage, the historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination and Palazzo Reale, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umbero I, Castel Nuovo (the fortress protecting the port), the Duomo, Basilica Santa Restituta, Church of San Francesco di Paola and Museo Archeologico Nazionale are all worth a visit, perhaps as part of a CitySightseeing bus tour. Since Naples is the birthplace of pizza, we highly recommend grabbing a slice at a local pizzeria!

The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline south of Naples. It is renowned for its extraordinary beauty and its iconic medieval cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages, including Positano, Praiano, Furore, Amalfi, Ravello, Maiori and Cetara. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas and whitewashed villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon, making it a truly breath-taking location and the ideal photo stop!

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