Citalia's guide to Sorrento

If you are looking for picture-perfect postcard Italy, then you've found it. Sorrento is one of the most beautiful, quintessential towns in Italy and with so much to explore both in the town itself and nearby it is the perfect base for an authentic Italian escape. Read on to find out Citalia's favourite things about Sorrento...
If you are ready to start planning your Sorrento getaway, you can easily book online today to enjoy fantastic offers on our resorts. We look forward to bringing you the real Italy.

Where to go in Sorrento


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In Sorrento...

Like many Italian towns, much of Sorrento's charm is found in its cobbled side streets, where you can spend the day browsing the hidden boutique shops. Around every corner you will find lemon-themed memorabilia, restaurants and lemon gardens that fill the air with their scent. End your day at Marina Grande for a cocktail and fresh seafood dish as you watch the sunset over the glistening sea.

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Along the coast...

One of the best things to do while visiting Sorrento, is to take a boat trip along the Sorrentine Peninsula. See the beautiful town from this unique perspective as you travel along the stunning coastline! If you are looking to explore further, Sorrento is very well-connected so you can head on a ferry to visit nearby islands such as Capri, or the spectacular towns of the Amalfi Coast.

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Sorrento is the perfect base to explore, and one of our top recommendations would be to hop on a train to Pompeii. This preserved Roman town had a population of around 20,000 and now you can amble the ancient stone streets that used to thrive back in the day. You have the choice to take a guided tour or wander around the site at your own leisure. It is a truly fascinating place, and with 170 acres of land to explore you won't want to miss out.

Things to do in Sorrento


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Explore the Old Town

Wander through the Centro Storico, Old Town, and be amazed by the secrets you’ll find hidden in Sorrento’s streets. From charming shops and local markets to picturesque squares and authentic trattorie, you’re in for a treat no matter which route you take. Characterised by narrow, winding streets, the Old Town is the heart of Sorrento and showcases the cultural and commercial life beautifully.

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Visit Sorrento Cathedral

The Cattedrale dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo is a must for anyone looking to explore the rich cultural heritage of Sorrento. Built in the 11th century, this beautiful cathedral highlights exquisite and intricate architectural details that provide a glimpse into the past. Step inside and marvel at the grand interior adorned with religious art pieces and marble. Head to the bell tower to be rewarded with panoramic views across Sorrento and the coastline.

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Wander through the Lemon Groves

A quintessential Italian experience, wandering through the lemon groves in Sorrento is a feast for the senses. Breathe in the fragrant aroma of lemons as you stroll through the lush green groves. The sweet scent of citrus fills the air while you learn about the traditional harvesting and cultivation of this famous fruit. You can also enjoy a tasting of homemade Limoncello and other lemon flavoured treats.

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Soak up the Sunshine on the Beach

Enjoy the clear blue Mediterranean waters while you soak up the sunshine on Sorrento’s beaches. Marina Grande and Marina Piccola are the two main areas. The former is a traditional fishing village oozing with colourful buildings and a warm atmosphere, while Marina Piccola is tucked away between cliffs offering wonderful views across the Gulf of Naples. Whichever you choose, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of Sorrento, with its breathtaking scenery.

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Take a Boat Tour

For a captivating experience, enjoy a boat tour from Sorrento, which allows you to feel the magic of the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Naples. You can choose to head to the islands of Capri and Ischia or cruise along the picturesque coastline, feeling the sea breeze in your hair and the sun on your skin. Enjoy swimming in hidden coves, or simply unwind, taking in the coastal charm. Enjoy the beauty of Sorrento from a different perspective and take to the crystal-clear waters on your next Italian adventure.

What is there to eat in Sorrento?


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You can't leave Sorrento without trying the local speciality of Frittura di Paranza.  Assorted fried seafood is hugely popular in this region, and along the seaside it will always include crustaceans and mollusks, as well as very small whole fish such as fresh anchovies or sardines.
With Sorrento being so close to Naples, you will also find plenty of pizza. Perfect dough smothered in tomato sauce, mozzarella and herbs is a must in this area.
Typically served as an after-dinner drink, Limoncello is synonymous with Sorrento. The liquor was born at the beginning of 1900 and is an excellent digestif after indulging in Sorrentine cuisine. 

Where should I stay in Sorrento?


Grand Hotel President
In peaceful surroundings above Sorrento and the Bay of Naples, the Grand Hotel President has some of the best views on the coast and is surrounded by attractive gardens. A highlight is the contemporary lounge bar that leads onto a lovely terrace looking out over the terracotta rooftops of Sorrento town. 
Grand Hotel Capodimonte
Perched on the side of a cliff, Grand Hotel Capodimonte fuses seamlessly with its surroundings. This elegant and prestigious hotel is built in traditional Mediterranean style, and enjoys gorgeous views of the Bay of Naples. Take a dip in its cascading swimming pool, and dine with beautiful views on the hotel's terrace.

Tips from the Experts

Sorrento is a great place to use as a base for visiting all the world-famous sites like the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Herculaneum

Head to Villa Comunale in Sorrento for wonderful sunset views over the Bay and Naples. From here, there is also a lift that goes to Sorrento’s bathing platforms and the port. 

If you are ready to start planning your Sorrento adventure, you can easily book online today to enjoy fantastic offers at our resorts. We look forward to bringing you the real Italy.

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