This small town is often overshadowed by other big hitters along the Amalfi Coast, having to compete with likes of Capri and Naples for its turn in the limelight. However, recent years (and a dazzling endorsement from a-list celebrities) have seen Sorrento really develop when it comes to tourism, while still retaining its unique original culture.
From people-watching in Piazzo Tasso to stepping back in time at Museo Correale, wandering through Sorrento is like diving into southern Italy’s dynamic past. Speaking of diving - take the waters and discover the submerged statue of the Madonna off the nearby Vervece Island. A truly impressive sight!
Sorrento is packed to the brim with pretty gems and wonderful things to do. Our villas to rent in Sorrento make the perfect base to explore for the ultimate family holiday, group getaway, or romantic escape. Stay by the beach, walk into town, or chill out with your very own private hot tub.
Get your bearings and start off your holiday in Sorrento with a self-guided walking tour of the town. Pass through Sorrento’s main square, Piazzo Tasso, named after the Italian poet who was born in this coastal town. See a nativity scene from the 1700s outside the town’s main cathedral before wandering down Via San Cesareo, one of Sorrento’s historic streets.
Spot newlyweds at the romantic Church of San Francesco, a popular wedding venue built in the 14th century. Then discover more about the local area and commerce at the Museo Correale and Museo Mata, the second being a great centre to witness impressive woodcraft.
Water lover? You’re in luck! Sorrento is close to one of the most spectacular diving sites off the island of Vervece, where a giant statue of the Madonna has been submerged to protect those looking to explore the coral-rich area.
Another popular swimming spot lies just a 40-minute walk from Sorrento town. Regina Giovanna was once a lavish Roman villa, and the remaining sea baths boast clear aquamarine waters among rocky patches. Perfect for a relaxing day before heading back to your Sorrento villa to unwind!
The Amalfi coast isn’t generally known for its wide stretches of beach, but there are some gems near Sorrento that are worth checking out. Marina Piccola is near to the port, and offers a small strip of volcanic sand that is backed by beach clubs and a free public beach. Similarly, Marina Grande also has volcanic sand, and the entire beach is free.
Puolo is loved by locals and tourists alike (so can get quite crowded in the summer months) but there is a large stretch of beach here and the water is pleasant and shallow. Choose from a private beach club or enjoy the free public section of the beach.
Head to Nerano and Marina del Cantone for a large pebbly beach, recommended by natives. The shore is lined with restaurants serving up the local speciality, spaghetti alla Nerano - made with courgette and provolone del Monaco cheese.
You don’t have to spend more than five minutes wandering around the town to discover what Sorrento is famed for - lemons! Grown and harvested on the steep, rocky slopes of the Sorrento Peninsula, you’ll find the tart fruit throughout dishes in every restaurant in Sorrento. Wash down your meal with a refreshing glass of limoncello, the true taste of southern Italy.
Being a fishing town, Sorrento also has an abundance of seafood restaurants. Locally sourced, you can really taste the freshness of these dishes. We recommend sampling Sorrento’s crowning jewel - shellfish - and ordering Spaghetti e Vongole (spaghetti with clams).
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is another must-try, and you’ll find this at most traditional restaurants in Sorrento. Delicious gnocchi is smothered with tomato sauce and fresh Treccia cheese - yum!
The aforementioned Treccia cheese is actually a local variation of the traditional mozzarella, woven into a plait and often enjoyed with bread, salami and pasta, a regional treat.