The charm of Sorrento is that it still functions as a fishing village, where traditional methods are still used and fishermen arrive at sundown in wooden fishing boats packed with the catch of the day. The hub for this activity is the Marina Grande, a pretty bay packed with fishing boats. Explore an authentic slice of rural Italian life, and then try the freshest fish you have ever tasted at one of the restaurants nearby.Ferries and Hydrofoils to Naples, Amalfi, Positano
The main way to travel in this part of Italy is by ferry, and it is easy to explore the surrounding area while taking in its beauty. Ferries along the Amalfi coast can take you to Amalfi, Positano and the spectacular pastel paintbox of Naples from your base in Sorrento. 20 daily ferries from Sorrento can take you to the island of Capri, dotted with ancient Roman ruins, beaches and the Belvedere of Tragara promenade, a walk around the top of the island that provides panoramic views.
Things To DoDay Trip to Pompeii
On a fateful day in AD 79, 20,000 inhabitants of the Ancient town of Pompeii were hit by a volcanic eruption from the mighty Mount Vesuvius. Excavations in Pompeii means that the town remains preserved at the moment the natural disaster struck, including the famous shapes of bodies preserved in the ash. Day trips to Pompeii leave regularly from Sorrento and are a must-do for those visiting the area for the first time.Villa Communale
One of the best views in Italy can be found at Villa Communale - the public gardens in Sorrento. The gardens are well kept and perfect for a stroll, and the view from the terrace at the top of the gardens is a photographers’ dream. Covering the gulf of Naples, the Sorrento harbour and the infamous Mount Vesuvius, the view is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps.
Where to Stay
Sorrento is dotted with fabulous Italian villas that now run as luxury “Grande Dame” hotels. The Bellevue Syrene has been open for nearly 200 years and has a fantastic clifftop location. The spa, pool and a private deck by the sea means you won’t want to leave. For travellers on a budget, the Seven hostel in the neighbouring village of Sant’Agnello has everything you need to rest up before exploring at a very reasonable price. Holiday villas, apartments and townhouse rentals are also very popular for those looking for a cheaper base in Sorrento.