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Welcome to Sorrento

The town of Sorrento sits on the Sorrentine Peninsula overlooking the Bay of Naples, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea, with Naples to the north and the Amalfi Coast to the south. It's a popular vacation destination and cruise port, and is similar to picturesque cliffside towns such as Positano and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast proper. The city also serves as a practical base from which to explore the region, with multiple transportation connections and many tours using it as a hub. A walking or bus tour of Naples is available from Sorrento, and a boat tour to the nearby island of Capri—where you’ll find the iridescent Blue Grotto among other sights—is a must-do. The famous excavation at Pompeii is also close by; and you can learn more about Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that looms large over the landscape and that buried that ancient city, on a tour of the Unesco World Heritage Site. Another less visited ancient city also buried by the eruption, Herculaneum, is nearby; and tours to the two sites are often combined. Sorrento itself is well known for its pedestrian-friendly city center, where streets are lined with boutiques and restaurants and well-suited to a walking tour. Note that the citrus that grows so well in this area is put to good use in the delicious limoncello that is sold nearly everywhere in the city, and a food tour will introduce you to the liqueur and other tastes of the region.

Top attractions in Sorrento for Spring

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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

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One of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Italy's Sorrento coast, the Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna) is set along the rocky cliffs of Capo di Sorrento near a dramatic natural stone arch and the ancient ruins of a Roman villa. This stretch of coastline and its natural pool are accessible only by foot or private boat.More
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Ravello

Ravello

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Tiny Ravello, an idyllic village along the Amalfi Coast, has a long history and vibrant cultural life. Founded by Romans in the sixth century, this picturesque clifftop town is today a haven for travelers drawn to its views, villas, and gardens. Home to Villa Rufolo, which has hosted luminaries from Richard Wagner to Jacqueline Kennedy, and Villa Cimbrone, known for its panoramic views, Ravello is an elegant respite from the crowds along the coast.More
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Marina Grande

Marina Grande

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Sorrento's tiny fishing village of Marina Grande is known for its colorful wooden boats bobbing in the harbor, and local fishermen still mend their nets by hand just steps from sunbathers along the beach. At the heart of Marina Grande is the Church of Sant’Anna, dedicated to the town’s patron saint, and a shore lined with small, family-run restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood.More
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Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso

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Sitting astride the steep gorge that once divided the cliff-top center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso is the pulsating heart of one of Italy’s most popular seaside resort towns. This bustling, café-lined main square is where locals and visitors alike come to see and be seen, and to admire the square’s baroque church and 18th-century palace.More
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Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

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Tucked beneath the famous highway that skirts Italy's Amalfi Coast, the Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is one of the most popular attractions on this iconic stretch of coastline. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, this marine cave is known for the turquoise water that fills the cavern with an emerald-green light when the sun’s rays filter up through a fissure beneath its surface. It’s covered with limestone stalagmites and stalactites more commonly associated with inland karstic caves and is popular among travelers to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.More
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Spaggia Grande Beach

Spaggia Grande Beach

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There is no better stretch of beach in Positano to take a dip or work on your tan than Spiaggia Grande, next to the Marina Grande port. At this well-provisioned beach you can rent a sun lounger and umbrella, stroll the beach walk, grab a meal at a beachfront restaurant, or hop on a ferry to other coastal destinations or the islands.More
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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most famous coastlines, renowned for its scenic cliffside highway, postcard-perfect seaside villages, balmy Mediterranean climate, and chic “dolce vita” vibe. There are 13 towns in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello are by far the most popular. Though there are a few historic and cultural sights to visit, the main draws of the Amalfi Coast are its traditional cuisine, elegant shopping, and fashionable resort atmosphere.More
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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

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The picturesque Cloister of San Francesco offers a tranquil reprieve from the bustling streets of Sorrento’s historic center. Set between a 7th-century monastery and a late-medieval church—both dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi—the cloister is a showpiece of architectural styles and one of the city’s top attractions.More
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Punta del Capo

Punta del Capo

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Protruding out into the Gulf of Naples, this rocky promontory is an appealing spot for travelers who want to swim, sunbathe, and soak up the coastal scenery away from the crowds of Sorrento town. At this peaceful perch, you’ll find a cliff-surrounded swimming cove separated from the sea by a rocky arch and the remains of a Roman villa.More

Trip ideas

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Sorrento

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Sorrento

How to Spend 2 Days in Sorrento

How to Spend 2 Days in Sorrento

Capri Day Trips From Sorrento

Capri Day Trips From Sorrento

Top activities in Sorrento

Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
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Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento
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Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento

Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento

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Capri Blue Grotto Boat Tour From Sorrento
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Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
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Private Capri Boat Tour Top sellers

Private Capri Boat Tour Top sellers

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Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Trip from Sorrento
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Boat Excursion to Capri Island: Small Group from Sorrento
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Full-Day Capri Island Cruise from Sorrento
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sorrento

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Great great show
Rita_M, May 2022
The Three Tenors in Sorrento
I will recommend this to anyone who has an opportunity to see them in Sorrento
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Cheese, Olive Oil Tasting & Pizza Making Experience
Carolina_G, May 2022
Sorrento Farm Experience Including Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello
It was great to see a local make the different types of cheeses, as well as learn about the olive oil production, and make our own pizza.
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See Sorrento and avoid the busy streets
Andrew_M, Apr 2022
Secrets Walks of Sorrento, Street food by Locals
This was a great way to see Sorrento and avoid the busy tourist streets.
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Amazing
Danielle_S, Apr 2022
Sorrento Farm and Food Experience including Olive Oil, Limoncello, Wine tasting
The hosts were very welcoming to their farm house and it was amazing to see how much work and care goes into everything they do!
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Giulia was a great tour...
Tanya_B, Mar 2022
Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento
we highly recommend this tour if you want to see the highlights in Sorrento.
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Fantastic trip!!
Sean_C, May 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
This trip was a perfect way to visit all the main towns in one day and we’re so glad we picked this one, highly recommend!!!
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We loved it. Thank you. Highly recommended.
Adam_H, May 2022
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
What a beautiful way to see the Amalfi coast line for the first time.
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Fabulous way to begin your Sorrento visit!
sph01, Dec 2021
Secrets Walks of Sorrento, Street food by Locals
We met Hugo in the morning and spent the next 2 1/2 hours walking through Sorrento and gaining knowledge of its history while also storing up places to visit later in our trip.
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Stop looking and book this experience!
Erika_D, Oct 2021
Sorrento Farm Experience Including Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello
You should stop wondering what to do in Sorrento and just book this experience!
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Fantastic day with a...
Peter_H, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Sorrento
The perfect way to see and enjoy the Amalfi Coast.
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Great experience
Fabrizio_G, Jul 2021
SUNSET BOAT TOUR - from Sorrento
Took us to a small waterfall and then in front of Sorrento port!
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The stone baked pizza bread!
Andrew_D, Sep 2020
Walking Food Tour in Sorrento with Food Tasting
I would highly recommend this tour, it is a great way to see the city and is brilliant value when you consider everything included.
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Great!
kailing_T, Aug 2020
Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento
My guide took the extra effort to explain the history to me since I’m the only English speaking person.
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Vesuvius, Pompeii and Wine Farm
Philip_F, Feb 2020
Private Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii with Lunch and Wine Farm Experience
Vincenzo spoke good English and chatted, providing local information and advice at each stop.
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Awesome Experience
Elina_P, Sep 2019
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
Had plenty of time to visit Amalfi and Positano.
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Sorrento Small-Group Food Walking Tour
rossgang4, Sep 2019
Walking Food Tour in Sorrento with Food Tasting
I would highly recommend adding this to your itinerary on your next Sorrento visit.
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What beautiful scenery!
Dreamer66240338404, Jun 2019
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit this part of Italy.
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Sorrent Canta Napoli Villa Fiorentino
isabella_R, Jun 2019
L’Oro di Napoli - Opera Arias and Neapolitan Songs
Wonderful voices and songs from Napoli and operas like Norma and La Traviata, also Tarantella Songs in beautiful surroundings in the Villa Fiorentina, it was very nice evening, two great Voices (tenor and sopran) and instruments like mandolin, piano and violine, it is a must have to visit in Sorrento!
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This was a totally fun evening. Not...
Sharon F, Apr 2018
Quanto Basta Cooking School in Sorrento
We've made the chicken cacciatore and summer sauce several times since we came home.
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Plenty of time to see Positano...
Dean W, Apr 2018
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Plenty of time to see Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, guided by Giovanna, pick-up at Sorrento hotel,|and phone-call to confirm times.
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