Sheer cliffs and sunny piazzas
From its prime clifftop position, Sorrento has wide-angle views across the Bay of Naples to brooding Mount Vesuvius. Palms and citrus groves cluster around grand villas and elegant hotels, and along the spaghetti-thin lanes of the old town you’ll find tiny trattorias, cafes and a generous helping of souvenir shops (bottles of zesty limoncello, brightly painted ceramics and bespoke sandals are all must-buys).
The main square, Piazza Tasso, is the place to head for a morning espresso, while the waterfront Marina Grande is the ideal spot for a dinner of freshly netted seafood, tossed with olive oil and home-made pasta.
Sorrento’s location also makes it the perfect springboard for exploring more of the Neapolitan Riviera. Amalfi Coast towns like Positano and Ravello are in easy reach, as are the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Hop on a boat, meanwhile, and you can skim over to the islands of Capri and Ischia.
Flights from the UK to Naples (Sorrento's closest airport) take around 2 hours 45 minutes.
Transfer time from Naples airport to Sorrento is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
It will be no surprise that Sorrento’s summer months attract the crowds. It’s not hard to see why, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees – ideal for enjoying its lovely marina and lively al-fresco dining scene. Availability in the town can be limited in the summer months, so we advise booking early. Spring and autumn are equally as lovely, as the temperature cools down and the crowds thin out.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.