Around Town and Beyond
All work and no play – no way!
When you’re ready to explore Europe at its best, you’ll find the Amalfi Coast incredible! Check out Old Sorrento and discover colorful shops, quaint trattorias and the true essence of Sorrento. Visit the Basilica of Sant’Antonino, the complex of San Francesco and the Cathedral of Sorrento (Duomo). Shop for the latest in Italian fashion from the most famous designers. See the sights from Marina Grande for a truly memorable view of the city. Sip a cappuccino and enjoy a snack in the Piazza Tasso, alive with restaurants, tavernas and ice cream shops. Just make sure you save room for a taste of real Italian pizza!
Dining the Italian Way
Italians are renowned for their cuisine. Here in Sorrento, you’ll find lively street markets overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, family-run trattorias, and bustling pizzerias. Abundant eateries offer a range of cuisines, from Italian to seafood to Mediterranean. Enjoy the Sorrento lemons in the form of gelato or a refreshing granita. Whether you feel like indulging in an espresso with a cornetto (Italian croissant), savoring pasta tossed with fresh clams, or sharing slices of pizza, Sorrento satisfies your appetite, big-time.
Shopping — Now That’s Italian!
Italy is the fashion capital of the world (just ask any Italian), and the Amalfi Coast is known as a supreme shopping destination, from designer fashions to jewelry and handmade leather goods. Sorrento’s historic center is the ideal place for shopping. From the seafront to the narrow cross streets, leading to the main Corso Italia, an abundance of unique boutiques can be found. You can peruse the famous open-air market for traditional Italian goods, from clothing to jewelry as well as shoes.
Nightlife Italian Style
At night, you will have the opportunity to take part in one of Italy’s most popular pastimes, the passeggiata. Socialize and build friendships while you enjoy the fun and excitement of Italian nightlife. Many popular hangouts are located in Sorrento’s historic city center, and the welcoming crowd of lively locals and international visitors creates an unforgettable energy! The narrow streets of Sorrento's centro storico are alive with cafés, clubs and restaurants, which become positively crowded during the sweet nights of summer. If you want to watch the world go by, sit down at a trendy café in a bustling square to people-watch and enjoy the strolling musicians and street performers.
The History and Culture of Sorrento
Discover paintings by 18th century artists, inlaid furniture, and Capodimonte majolica and porcelain ceramics at the Correale di Terranova Museum. Marvel over the magnificent majolica-tiled dome at the Sedile Dominova while soaking up the history of this building where the city fathers gathered to make laws and decide on economic and administrative matters.
If You Love the Great Outdoors
Fans of fresh air and wide-open spaces will be in heaven when they visit the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is famous for its dazzling summer sunshine, gorgeous seafront and pristine Mediterranean waters. Stretch out on the pebbled beach, strap on some Rollerblades, or take a jog. If you love green spaces, check out Villa Comunale, Sorrento’s largest public garden. Sitting on a cliff top, this garden commands stunning views across the Bay of Naples to Mt. Vesuvius. This landscaped park houses tropical plants, palm trees and statues. For the more adventurous, take a walk down the zigzag stairs to Sorrento’s main harbor, Marina Piccola. Discover the many scenic marvels of this natural balcony over the Bay of Naples while you hike along the trails of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Along these 150 miles of trails, you can discover enchanting places rich in history, vistas, ancient farmhouses, and lemon and olive groves. The Sorrentine Peninsula and its beaches are famous for their crystal clear waters. Along the coast, explore coves set between cliffs, where you can relax and catch some rays.
Sorrento Summer of Music
With their love of dining, dancing, music and fashion, the people here know how to enjoy life to the fullest throughout the year. Their warmth and charm are renowned around the world, and people are quick to call Sorrento one of the friendliest cities in Europe. July’s annual Summer of Music Festival takes place against the attractive backdrop of the Saint Francis cloisters. Legendary names from the international music scene perform alongside emerging talent. This citywide celebration of classical, chamber, jazz music and more brings an extra dose of energy to a place that already knows how to have a good time.