Luxury Sorrento Villas

A popular spot along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, the town of Sorrento offers unrivalled views of the Bay of Naples and spectacular crystalline waters. Known worldwide for its lemons (being the home of Limoncello) and A-list visitors, Sorrento is both a foodie and culture haven, with a bustling Old Town and tons of local restaurants to discover. 

Within close reach of nearby Naples, Rome, and Florence, Sorrento has a unique romantic appeal that has been luring tourists since the 19th Century. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly spots for swimming or lively bars and nightlife, Sorrento is a versatile and dynamic destination.

Looking for somewhere to rest your head? We have a wonderful selection of Sorrento villas to choose from, including villas with a beach nearby, within walking distance to the town, and near walkng/hiking paths too.      

Why visit?

  • Foodies will be eager to try the sweet local drink, Limoncello, and also the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina - made with Sorrento mozzarella!
  • While Sorrento is often combined with a day trip to Capri, there’s more than enough to explore in the town alone - history, culture, art, you name it!
  • Be the envy of all your Instagram followers as you snap your way across the famed viewpoints in Sorrento.

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Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked villas in the Sorrento have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas, chateaux and holiday cottages in Sorrento that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly, and have the ‘wow’ factor.  

Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.    

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Luxury Villas in Sorrento: Our Top Picks

Why visit Sorrento

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.   


Things to do

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!  

Best beaches

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.

Food and drink

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.

Why it's perfect for families

  • Good for babies: The gentle waters across the Sorrento area are ideal for little ones experiencing their first time in the sea. The small size of the town means it’s not too overwhelming for a young family on holiday, yet there’s still loads to do.
  • Good for kids: We love Sorrento for a family holiday, thanks to the epic water activities (including snorkelling and diving) and inviting Italian culture. Slightly less busy than nearby Naples and Capri, Sorrento makes for a carefree and relaxing trip.
  • Good for teens: The museums and old town are great for older kids looking to discover more about the history or treat them to an evening at Teatro Tasso Sorrento, a two-hour celebration of the music and culture of the region.    

Top tips

  • Shopping: Head to the bustling street of Corso Italia for all your souvenirs, including a bottle of the delicious locally made Limoncello.
  • Take it slow: Like most Italian towns, Sorrento has a thriving cafe culture. Sink into the slower pace of life and spend the afternoon people-watching with a coffee.
  • Epic views: Take a cable car up Monte Faito for the most incredible views across the entire Sorrento Peninsula and all along the Amalfi coastline.

Oliver's hidden gem

Marina Grande (not to be confused with the marina in Capri) is Sorrento’s fishing village and is also home to one of the towns free sandy beaches. Enjoy a fresh fish dish from one of the local restaurants alongside other Sorrentine cuisine.

Sorrento travel: Getting there and around

Sorrento's small size mean it is best explored by foot. There's nothing more satisfying than wandering the narrow streets and people watching in the square. However it's also easy to access Sorrento via car, train and ferry, meaning you can embark on day trips around the Amalfi coast.

By plane

The nearest airport to Sorrento is Naples, which has regular flights from most UK airports and takes just over two hours from London. From the airport, Sorrento is around an hours drive - rent a car or chat with our concierge team to arrange a private transfer.

By train

Sorrento has its own train station, which is ideal if you’re looking to explore more of the Campania region. Trains run regularly to Naples and along the Amalfi coast - an easy and affordable day trip.

By ferry

There’s also a ferry that runs between Sorrento and Naples’ port, taking just 35 minutes and avoiding that busy city-centre traffic. You can also easily visit other gems along the Amalfi, including Positano, Salerno, and Capri.

By taxi

Taxis are available but will be expensive and busy, especially during the summer months. We recommend renting a car if you’re planning to visit somewhere slightly less accessible.



Top tips

  • Sorrento can be easily explored on foot, and if you’re a keen walker, many of the beaches and coastal gems are also within hiking distance too. Perfect if you’re visiting during autumn.
  • There is limited free parking spaces in the centre of Sorrento, though they are plenty of parking lots and garages if you are arriving by car.

  • Just remember that the historic centre of the town is closed each evening from 7:30 pm to traffic, and all day on Sunday!

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