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Holidays in Sorrento bring you the delights of small-town coastal Italy in close proximity to the bustling city of Naples. Breathing in the lemon scented air in the cliff top surroundings of the town, you can gaze across the Bay of Naples to the city with Mount Vesuvius in the background. Couples can enjoy the small town feel of Sorrento, while getting lost in the backstreets, and trying out local specialities including pizza and limoncello in street side restaurants and cafés. Families can enjoy the beaches, ferry rides to Naples and explore the nearby Amalfi Coast. The more adventurous can hike up to the summit of Vesuvius or spend time in vibrant Naples.

Sorrento is a heady mix of tourist friendly resort and a still traditional Italian coastal town. It has all the amenities you could wish for, as well as catering for families, couples and the more adventurous. It retains its artisanal crafts, and is filled with small shops specialising in ceramics, limoncello and leather goods. The aromas of fresh pasta, pizza, lemons and tomatoes permeate the air as you stroll around the quaint streets filled with restaurants and cafés.

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With Citalia, you will discover the best that Sorrento holidays and its surroundings have to offer.  Visit romantic spots such as the Regina Giovanna, a lagoon nestling between the cliffs where you can go for a late afternoon swim and dive into the turquoise waters. Visit the Marina Grande, where you'll find a beach perfect for relaxation, or pay a visit to Nonna Emilia's café perched on the seafront and grab a limoncello or glass of local wine and relax as you take in the views. After a day of exploration, visit the clifftop park known as Villa Comunale, where you can find a bench and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views as the sun sets over the tranquil Bay of Naples.

Sorrento is still a lively fishing port and no visit here would be complete without eating at least one seafood meal. The best place to do this is one of the restaurants owned by the fishermen's cooperative which can be found dotted around the harbour. Here, you can be assured of the freshest seafood while also benefiting the local community as you dine in beautiful surroundings along the harbour.

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Things to do in Sorrento

Sorrento is, in many ways, a typical Italian coastal town and has the charm you would expect from such an idyllic location. It’s the perfect place to use as a base for exploration, with so much to see and do around Sorrento.

Ferries depart from Sorrento to the famous island of Capri daily. The journey takes around 25 minutes and will take you to an island made famous by the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius.  The equally famous Amalfi Coast, with its thirteen picturesque towns, is only a short journey away. For a lively city full of culture, take a trip into the heart of the city of Naples. Trains leave Sorrento every twenty minutes or so, and the journey takes around 45 minutes.

The more adventurous can take a hike up Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which famously destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. The two cities are located less than an hour from Sorrento by train. Alternatively, hire a car and explore the beautiful Campanian countryside with its mountains, cliffs and citrus orchards.

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Erin Bridewell

Italy Expert
O Parrucchiano restaurant in Sorrento is a beautiful place to dine, either indoors or al fresco among the lemon trees and fairy lights. I would highly recommend the cannelloni, which was actually invented there – the owners will be more than happy to tell you the story.
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Flight Information

The closest airport to Sorrento is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Sorrento. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

When To Go

Most people head to Sorrento in summer, when July and August offer very warm temperatures. Hotel room and flight availability can be limited, so we recommend booking early if you can. You’ll also get pleasant weather and plenty of sunshine in spring and autumn – plus you’ll find fewer crowds. Some hotels in Sorrento stay open in the winter too, as the weather is relatively mild.

Sorrento Specialities

Everyone loves Italian food, and often one of the first things we think of is pizza. The city of Naples is credited with being the birthplace of this famous dish, with references to pizza going back as far as the 10th Century. What better place to enjoy a freshly baked, thin crust pizza than its home area?  Perfect dough smothered in rich tomato sauce, authentic Mozzarella and herbs baked in a hot, wood-fired oven and eaten al fresco is a must in this part of the world.

Limoncello is synonymous with Sorrento. It is a liqueur made from the zest of Sorrento lemons which is steeped in alcohol, usually grappa, until the oils are released from the zest. This yellow liquid is then mixed with syrup to produce limoncello, and is typically served as an after-dinner drink. In other areas, such as the nearby Amalfi coast, it is also served chilled.

Being on the coast means that Sorrento is justifiably proud of its seafood. One of the local specialities is the Frittura di Paranza. This is a dish combining small fish, such as anchovies, with medium sized fish, like cod or hake, and shrimp, which are then deep fried in olive oil. The shrimps are cooked whole, including heads, and the delicious, crispy fish is served in a basket with lemon wedges and a sprinkle of salt. Washed down with a glass or two of the local wine, nothing says 'Sorrento' more than this dish.

History

This seaside town is a land of mysteries, traditions and legends. Many civilisations have lived in Sorrento, from the Etruscans to the Greeks, dating the town back over 2,000 years. Its origins are Roman, although the Greek influences are still visible today. In 79 AD, Sorrento was damaged by an earthquake caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This was the same volcano that destroyed the nearby city of Pompeii.

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Excursions in and around Sorrento

Pompeii & Herculaneum

A full-day tour that takes you around the remains of the Roman towns buried by Vesuvius.

Herculaneum

A guided tour of the well-preserved archaeological ruins of Herculaneum.

Pompeii & Vesuvius

Visit the ruined city of Pompeii, then climb its destroyer, Mount Vesuvius.

Amalfi Drive With Lunch

A guided tour along Italy’s most famous coastline, with free time in its prettiest towns.

Pompeii Excursion

Half-day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii.

Herculaneum & Vesuvius

Guided tour of Herculaneum’s well-preserved ruins and a trip up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Capri & Anacapri

A full-day trip to Capri, with guided tours and free time to explore.

Capri Day & Night

Experience Capri after the crowds have gone with this evening trip to the glamorous isle.

Ischia

Tour the lush island of Ischia and explore its famous Mortella Gardens.

Naples Street Food

Discover the different foods Naples has to offer.

Ice cream class

Spend an hour learning how to make authentic Italian gelato

Pizza making class in Sorrento

Learn to make the Italian dish - Pizza!
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