Postcard views of Sorrento often concentrate on the impressive cliffs of volcanic rock (tufa) that run down along the coast in this area and plunge perilously into the sea. These cliffs and the wonderfully rich volcanic soils of the area provide wonderful opportunities for spectacular views from panoramic gardens which feature in this area of Italy.
The physical location of Sorrento makes it a perfect holiday destination for family groups or groups wanting a vacation of exploring the culture of Italy and visiting it's most respected historical and touristic sites.
From Sorrento one is able to leap off to visit Naples, the Isle of Capri, Pompei, Hercolaneum, the Vesuvius Volcano, Amalfi, Positano and Ischia Island, or within a few minutes visit the quaint villages and fishing ports of the hinterland of the Sorrento Peninsula where, for lack of large scale resorts and hotels, tourism hasn't yet had its impact on the local lifestyle and atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the town of Sorrento itself is a buzzing tourist centre with a lively 'passeggiata', day and night markets, wonderful restaurants, gardens, an old centre and many historical and artistic treasures.
+ It is handy to all major cultural, historical and tourist attractions
+ It is picturesque and well serviced
- Sorrento is a busy town and not recommended for those who wish to relax in a quiet environment (we'd recommend a rental villa or apartment in the hinterland at Massalubrense, Nerano or Sant'Agata)
- The traffic in summer can be very busy between Naples and Sorrento
Villa rental holidays
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To do in Sorrento
- Visit the Villa Comunale public gardens along the seafront
- Do the passeggiata in the main Piazza Tasso and via Tasso (closed to traffic during the evening)
- Explore the city walls and for the more intrepid, the cities antique drainage system
- Explore Sorrento's churches - Saint Antonino and the Chiostro di San Francesco
- Visit the night market in the old part of the town or explore the small lanes during the day
- Sample the Limoncello
- Visit the small fishermans port at the end of town (and eat at one of the waterside trattorias)
- Take a dip in the sea - it's very clean despite its proximity to the marina
- Explore (and take a dip at) the Bagno della Regina Giovanna (Queen Giovannas baths)
- Visit Pompei, Hercolaneum and Oplontis (Vesuviana train or tour)
- Visit the Vesuvius volcano (tour)
- Take the world famous busride to Positano
- Take a ferry to Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Ischia island or Naples
- Catch a bus to Termini in the hinterland and walk up to the church at Monte san Costanzo
- Visit the Massalubrense, Nerano and Sant'agata areas
- Visit the little island of Procida and particularly the fishing village of Corricella