Sorrento in southern Italy is a small charming seaside town situated high on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples. The resort is a popular holiday choice
for many people and attracts lots of British visitors. There are ferry departures to Capri and Naples, the town makes a good base for exploring the surrounding sights and the Amalfi Coast. You can get time-tables for local transport, maps and leaflets from the Tourist Office which is situated just off the Piazza San Antonino in the pretty old town.
The Piazza Tasso is Sorrento’s central square built over a gorge that runs through the centre of the town, behind Tasso Square is an unusual sight, The Deep Valley of the Mills. As you explore bustling Sorrento through the old streets you will find plenty of tourist shops selling local crafts and Sorrento’s speciality inlaid woodwork, fashion boutiques etc. There is a good weekly market where you can purchase many things you may want to barter and pick up a bargain!
The Museo Correale di Terranova might be of interest, you will see some good examples of inlaid woodwork as well as paintings and various archaeological finds. Other sights you might like to visit include the Sedi Dominova which lies in the bell tower at the side of Sorrento Cathedral. To learn more about the town’s history visit the Museo Correale located near the station, the medieval cloisters of San Francesco, and the Basilica of Saint Antonino is rich in history and treasures.
Sorrento has no large beaches in the town area; you have the choice of the Marina Piccola and the narrow beach of Marina Grande. Both these beaches get very busy in the high season, there is a daily charge for using the beaches plus a charge for sun bed/parasols rental. Many of you will be staying in hotels with swimming pools and some hotels have private strips of beach also. Sea access is in the main via bathing platforms.
If you prefer to get away from the crowded areas in Sorrento you can take a short bus ride from Piazza Tasso, or for the more energetic a twenty-thirty minute walk will bring you to a couple of other beaches one is the sea faring village of Marina Puolo.
In a small bay between Capo di Sorrento and Capo di Massa, Marina Puolo’s stretch of beach is lined with fishing boats, there are bars, restaurants and places to bathe, the houses are built right on the sea front, it is a lovely place to relax and unwind for awhile.
If you would like to see some breathtaking landscapes you should take an organized boat tour where you will see beautiful bays and grottos, there are various nautical excursions on offer so you can choose which would suit you. Well worth doing.
A visit to The Giardini di Cataldo is interesting and enjoyable, an orange and lemon grove where you get to taste and buy some of the local delicious liqueurs.
There are plenty of café/bars including a disco bar, and nightclubs for your evening entertainment and no shortage of restaurants to suit all pockets. For something more leisurely why not join the locals and take a traditional stroll or passegiata through the old town and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.
Sorrento is a lovely holiday destination in its own right and a good starting off point for visiting the surrounding sights many people prefer to visit Naples on a day sightseeing trip. If you are looking for a beach, sun, sea and sand type of holiday only, this resort may not suit you. Sorrento is a beautifully situated city with spectacular views average temperatures for June-July is around 29 degrees.