Sorrento – the world-famous coastal town and holiday resort

Sorrento is the world-famous place, which is sung in opera, but was also performed by painters and writers. Sorrento is a coastal town and holiday resort situated in the Gulf of Naples, Campania, on the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea, 48 km southwest of Naples. It is beautifully situated at the sea on terraces surrounded by orange trees and lemon orchards.

Its location by the sea makes the city a beautiful place to stay. Beaches and coast with a romantic views of Vesuvius are unique and very romantic. History of the place dates back to the 6th – 5th century BC. Already in ancient times the town became famous and popular as a spa resort. And so it is today.

Sorrento, Campania, Italy
Sorrento seen from the Via Capo, looking towards the Monte Vesuvio by Gerry or Gerrit Labrijn

In Sorrento you can walk along the long beaches, along the promenades, the terraces above the sea, or walk through the old town streets. Several monuments are worth seeing, such as the Basilica of San Antonio of 11th century, square Piazza San Antonio with a monument dedicated to a native poet Torquato Tasso, there is also nice town hall at the square.

Marina Grande, Sorrento, Campania, Italy
Marina Grande, Sorrento, Campania by Cutiekatie

Another attraction is the baroque church of San Francesco, with the cloister from the 14th century. Cathedral from 15th century, with a campanile is located in Piazza Tasso, through which leads the Corso Italia, one of the main streets of the city.

Museo Correale di Terranova gathers collections of porcelain and furniture, and also images of Neapolitan painting from the 17th – 19th centuries.

Evening in Sorrento, Campania, Italy
Evening in Sorrento, Campania by Ross Elliott

Places with beautiful views of the bay, sea, Vesuvius mountain and island of Capri are among the most popular places in Sorrento. One of them is, for example, Villa Comunale, or the terraces of the city park.

Sorrento, Harbour, Italy
Sorrento from the Harbour by Spencer McNamara

Trips around Sorrento

From Sorrento you can take a trip by boat or hovercraft on the nearby island of Capri or more remote Ischia. Also trips around neighbourhood, along the roads carved into the rocks are beautiful. Because you not only drive through beautiful countryside, but almost everywhere you can enjoy views of the sea and the bay.

Capri island, Campania, Italy
Capri island, Campania by Fiore Silvestro Barbato

In addition the coast features also stunning panorama of mountains and hills. One of the most famous trips include a boat trip around Amalfi coast, which belongs to one of the most beautiful coasts in Italy.

Due to its world renown, Sorrento provides ample accommodation options, but prices correspond to the reputation of the city.

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