Skip menu

Sorrento

Overview

Sorrento: jewel of the Gulf of Naples

Perched on a high cliff overlooking the sea, at the centre of its peninsula, Sorrento embraces the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and has Ischia and Procida on the horizon.

All around, the green gardens of the villas and citrus groves; in the centre alleyways and squares full of historic buildings, including the house where the poet Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) was born, museums and workshops.
At its feet are the beaches of Marina Piccola and Marina Grande and the ports. There are about a hundred hotels and some can boast 200 years of history.

 

10 things to see in Sorrento 

Torna a Surriento, one of the great classics of Neapolitan song, is a hymn to the beauty of the Sorrento sea and the scent of flowers "of the land of love". There is no more compelling invitation to visit this town and the Sorrento coast, and then extend, if you have time, to the well-known, neighbouring Amalfi coast.

You can easily get to Sorrento with the Circumvesuviana train from Naples: just a few steps from the station you’re on Corso Italia, the main street leading to Piazza Tasso, the city's living room, with a statue of the illustrious poet who only lived a few years in Sorrento.

The Santa Maria della Pietà alley, one of the most charming, should be explored. Some of the oldest buildings overlook it: Palazzo Veniero (13th century) in late Byzantine style; Palazzo Correale (14th century), in Catalan style; and Loggia di vico Galantariaro (15th century), from the Aragonese period.

If you walk along Viale Enrico Caruso, you can look out over the Vallone dei mulini, what remains of the wide valleys that surrounded Sorrento in ancient times and where the mills were located.

Not to be missed, in the centre of Sorrento, along Via San Cesareo, is the Sedil Dominova (from1500), theonly one remaining in Campania of the ancient sedili, the building where the nobility met, with its characteristic yellow and green tiled dome.

There are three churches to see in Sorrento: the Cathedral of Saints Philip and James, with important paintings by painters of the 18th-century Neapolitan school and the wooden choir with inlays by Sorrentine craftsmen; the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with a remarkable majolica floor; and the church of San Francesco, with its delightful cloister used for outdoor weddings.

The villa Comunale, where they often organise exhibitions, is beautiful, with a panoramic garden: from here you can take the lift down to the beach of Marina Piccola and the port.

 

Three museums of art, archaeology and handicrafts

There are at least three museums to visit in Sorrento: the Correale di Terranova museum, housed in an 18th-century villa surrounded by citrus trees with a terrace overlooking the sea, displaying more than 10,000 pieces of furniture, inlaid wood objects from Sorrento, majolica, clocks, Neapolitan crib statues and the library that holds original writings by the poet Torquato Tasso in 24 rooms.

The recently restored Georges Vallet archaeological museum is housed in the 19th-century villa Fondi de Sangro in a park open to the public overlooking the Marina di Cassano. Its collection of artefacts comes from excavation campaigns carried out on the Sorrento peninsula and documents everything from prehistoric to Roman times. There is also a model of the villa of Pollio Felice, the remains of which can be seen on the tip of the Capo di Sorrento and where the famous natural pool known as the Bagni della Regina Giovanna is located. On the ground floor is a marble statue of a female figure from a villa of the Imperial age found in Sorrento in 1971.

Exquisitely Sorrentine is the museum-workshop of wooden marquetryin the Pomarici Santomasi palace, which exhibits a collection of furniture made with the particular decorative cabinet-making technique that is still widespread in Sorrento.      

 

When to go to Sorrento

The magnificent coastal climate makes it possible to visit Sorrento at any time of the year, but the days when the atmosphere is truly magical are those of Holy Week: during the Easter period, the orange blossoms are in bloom and in the city preparations are in full swing for the evocative religious processions, with processions of hooded men held on the evenings of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, accompanied by torches and thuribles with incense. 

Sorrento

80067 Sorrento NA, Italia

Related articles

Islands
Procida: a crossroads of experiences for all the senses

Procida: a crossroads of experiences for all the senses

Villages
Procida

Procida: the enchanted island of watercolour houses and turquoise sea

Accommodation
green agritourisms  in campania

7 green agritourisms in Campania for the perfect combination of eco-sustainability and food

Islands
The Paths of Ischia

The Paths of Ischia

Islands
Le Fumarole

Le Fumarole: the steaming beach of Ischia, what a spectacle

Relax and wellness
The Thermal Parks of Ischia

The Thermal Parks of Ischia

Sea
4 reasons to choose the Amalfi Coast in winter

The Amalfi Coast in winter: 4 excellent reasons to visit

Sea
Punta Campanella bewitched by the sirens of Ulysses

Punta Campanella bewitched by the sirens of Ulysses

UNESCO
614626686

The Amalfi Coast: a hypnotic view of the cobalt blue sea

Historical sites
At the Queen Giovanna Baths for a dip in a corner of paradise

At the Queen Giovanna Baths for a dip in a corner of paradise

Sport
Campania: exciting panoramic flights over the Paestum archaeological park or Mount Vesuvius

Campania: exciting panoramic flights over the Paestum archaeological park or Mount Vesuvius

Art and culture
Campania: postcard-perfect sea and dizzying flavours

Campania: postcard-perfect sea and dizzying flavours

UNESCO
Cilento, between unspoilt beaches, wild nature and charming hamlets

Cilento, between unspoilt beaches, wild nature and charming hamlets

Cultural cities
Procida: an island of culture

Procida: an island of culture

Islands
Capri, island of dreams

Capri, island of dreams

Nature
Campania Parks: sustainable tourism in the region's protected areas

Campania Parks: sustainable tourism in the region's protected areas

Mountain
View of Naples and Vesuvius from above

Travelling to the mountains from Naples: here's where to go

Tours and experiences
palace of caserta seen from above

Naples-Caserta, travel like a king

Cultural cities
Naples, an enchanting city of sea and culture

Naples, an enchanting city of sea and culture

Cultural cities
A 10.000-step itinerary around the centre of Naples

A 10.000-step itinerary around the centre of Naples

Ops! An error occurred while sharing your content. Please accept profiling cookies to share the page.