What to do in Sorrento

This coastal town is often used as a local base to explore the surrounding areas of southern Italy, but we’re here to let you know that Sorrento is not to be neglected. Just look over this list of the many things to do in Sorrento!

Sorrento is a beautiful town overlooking the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. Set against the majestic cliffs of the Amalfi coast, this wondrous destination welcomes travelers from across the globe to admire its beauty. Though there’s no doubt that this is a picturesque town, shopping is actually first on most people’s lists when visiting Sorrento, before people move onto Pompeii and Capri. Little do they know that this little town has a lot to offer! With its own myths, legends, architecture and sweeping views.

  • Spending Time in Old Sorrento

    Exploring Italy, like anywhere else on earth, is not a full experience without getting an idea of the local lifestyle. Old Sorrento will give you a chance to immerse yourself in the culture Sorrento and its people. Many visitors make a beeline for this district so that they can enjoy the most famous aspect of Sorrento: shopping. Colourful antique shops line the busy alleyways. Anyone who knows Sorrento will agree that Old Sorrento is an excellent representation of the city’s essence. Fortunately, you will find numerous other attractions in the area, including the aforementioned Church of Francesco, which leads us to our next point…

  • Churches of Sorrento

    At the heart of Sorrento, you will find the beautiful Cathedral of Sorrento. Featuring a stunning clock tower that stands out in the Sorrentine skyline, this building is hard to miss. Though the outer walls may appear to be relatively plain and sleek, a step through the magnificent doors will make you feel as if you’re in the Vatican City. Intricate frescoes line the interior and detailed carvings adorn the walls. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to the Church of Francesco while in Sorrento. This lovely building displays marvelous architecture and arches that date back to the 1300’s.

  • Marina Grande

    Down from the Piazza Tasso is the old fishing village right on the waterfront. Unlike other parts of Sorrento, Marine Grande has not yet been tarnished by commercialism, maintaining its rustic charm and laidback fishing tradition. Set around a small bay the harbour looks like something off a vintage postcard. We recommend walking around the boats and watching the fishermen do their thing. Or stop for some of the freshest seafood in Italy at one of the many family-run tavernas placed around the water’s edge. Marina Grande is also the main port for the Island of Capri and is where most visitors depart from. You can either take the bus from there to Anacapri or the funicular to reach the centre of Capri, either way, all the transport information you’ll need can be accessed from the ticket offices at the port.

  • Bay of Ieranto

    Being a city on cliffs long stretches of beach can be hard to come across in Sorrento. But what you can find are little coves or bays tucked away, perfect for a little dip to cool yourself off or a place to sunbathe as the wind is sheltered by the rocks. The best coves are the ones you find by yourself, so we recommend putting on your best walking shoes and going on an adventure, you never know what you might find. However, if you’re wanting a little more guidance and relaxation over adventure then we’ve got the place for you. The Bay of Ieranto is said to be the furthest point on the Sorrentine Peninsular. Often referred to as the “Land of the Sirens” where enchanting creatures once sang sailors to their doom, the bay is not owned by Italy’s National Heritage Trust who organise tours down to the bay. The trail down to the bay is quite long and treacherous at times, but worth it for the refreshing and quiet have at the bottom.

  • Cheese Factory

    After all these activities I’m sure you’ve worked up an appetite, so the next thing on our list is an authentic cheese factory visit! Caseificio Michelangelo is the name of the cheese factory, a family run business who first discovered their own make of cheese in the 1940s. They have been developing and selling their handcrafted cheeses ever since, and in recent years thought of the idea to show visitors the secret behind their success. Located in the town of Piano di Sorrento, Caseificio Michelangelo offer a tasting session for visitors who can receive a first-hand look at how they produce their cheeses, followed by a practical demonstration before finally getting to sample a batch. A great way to experience Sorrento!

  • Chill Out

    There’s no question that exploring a new destination can be quite tiring, and this is certainly true for Sorrento. The busy streets and lively locals can sometimes prove to be a little much. If that’s the case, then the Piazza Tasso is the ideal place for you to visit and relax. Surrounded by shops, cafes and fruit stands, you can take a seat at any number of restaurants for a breather before setting out to explore more of this magnificent destination. If you really are looking for a chance to sit back and enjoy Sorrento on cruise mode, then you can hire one of the numerous horse-drawn carriages and see the city from a new perspective.

Whether you choose to visit Sorrento for its shopping, its buildings, sightseeing or simply to watch the sunset over the Bay of Naples before turning in for the night, you will certainly not be disappointed.

Visit the Sorrento on our 2 Day Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri Tour.