What is there to do in Sorrento Italy?

Sorrento may be on the smaller size, but it has a big reputation. Nestled at the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy, overlooking the Bay of Naples, this small town is seen as an oasis from the big city smoke of Rome. Sorrento is mostly famous for its lemons and limoncello, but regardless of whether you’re looking for a relaxing break amongst the stunning scenery or a more upbeat adventure, Sorrento has you covered.

History of Sorrento

Sorrento has a colourful history, being ruled by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, French, and Spanish in it’s past. Inhabited by the Greeks between 474 and 420 BC. The Greek historian Diodorus Siculus stated that Sorrento was founded by Liparus, the son of Ausonus, who was the king of the Ausoni and the son of Ulysses and Circe. During Ancient Roman times, Sorrento’s name was Surrentum.

What to do there in Sorrento?

Food and Wine

In the heart of Sorrento lies Piazza Tasso. A buzzing hub bursting with an array of restaurants and bars. Head here anytime of the day to guarantee a delicious meal and wine to pair it with. If your craving seafood why not try the sandy stretch of Marina Grande? Try out the local seafood cuisines as you venture to one of these charming shops.

Old Sorrento

The old section of Sorrento is a place filled with narrow stone streets and colourful shops. It is a historic area, with ancient buildings scattering the paths. Learn about the town’s past as you wander through these incredible historic landmarks. Pop into some vintage shops filling the section, home to many mysterious treasures’ selling for dirt cheap. Finish the day at one of the many local restaurants or wine bars lining the cobble-stone streets.


The Cloisters of San Francisco is both a historic and romantic destination to visit. The magical place bursting with an array of stunning plants and flowers, covering ancient architectural walls of the late-13th-century cloister. Nestled in the Old Sorrento section, this fairylike world will be well worth the visit.


Although it may not have the typical white sandy beaches your use to, Sorrento can still provide a fun-filled beach day. Both Marina Grande and Marina Piccola have long concrete piers with sun beds and umbrellas for all. For a bit more of a hike, travel out to the Regina Giovanna pools, the unique natural pools of Sorrento. With a fantastic view of sapphire seas alongside some incredible ancient Roman ruins, this is truly an unforgettable adventure. Simply head to Marina di Puola, a small beach is filled with shallow waters and restaurants galore.

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