5 things to do in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is one of the gateway cities to the beautiful Italian Amalfi coast. I’ve been writing recently about my week long trip to the region – the full itinerary can be found here.

For our trip, we chose Sorrento as our base to explore and were so glad we did. Sorrento is a coastal town which faces the Bay of Naples, perched on top of cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas. I found the historic centre to be picturesque, full of nice restaurants and an interesting warren of narrow alleys which were fun to explore.

We used one day of our week long trip to explore Sorrento itself and here are my top 5 highlights of the city, all do-able in one day.

1. The Marina

One of the prettiest corners of Sorrento, the marina is a lovely area to stroll around. There are lots of restaurants around this area as well, and we ate at both Porta Marina and Bagni Delfino. Both were absolutely delicious.

At the marina

2. I Giardini di Cataldo

A unique spot for a little stroll is a traditional lemon grove which sits in a park just outside the centre of town. There is also a little cafe in the park which sells delicious Limoncello and other lemon goodies.

3. Villa Comunale

This park sits atop of the cliff and provides spectacular views out across to Mount Vesuvius and down to the beaches and marinas of the city. It’s a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a traditional Gelato while watching the world go by.

Views from the park

4. Basilica di Sant’Antonino

Named after Sorrento’s patron saint, the town’s oldest church barely looks like a church from the outside. The interior is stunning though with Roman artefacts, medieval paintings and ornate ceiling. It’s a lovely place to take a moment of contemplation, or just get out of the blazing sun for 15 minutes or so.

5. Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso is the central point of the city, and is named after the poet Torquato Tasso. In the main square is the baroque Church del Carmine, and also lots of yummy ice-cream shops where you can sample traditional Gelato. We also went inside a couple of the churches on the square, and visited a nearby Leonardo da Vinci inventions museum which was interesting.


Sorrento was a beautiful place to have as a base for our Amalfi coast trip, and a full day in the town was enough to do it justice. We combined a visit here with multiple other places on the trip, which you can find the posts for here:

Thank you for reading! Hope you’re all doing OK in continued forms of lockdown across the world. Fingers crossed we can get back to travelling soon. Stay safe and happy travelling!

19 Comments

  1. Some excellent suggestions of things to do in Sorrento. Just wish it was warm enough here to have a lemon tree. Just think how lovely it would be to nip out into the garden and pick one to pop a slice in a drink. Take care, Marion

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    1. Oh it would be so nice, I’d absolutely love to feel the sun on my face right now and make real lemonade from the garden. Bliss! Hope you’re surviving lockdown Marion – hopefully we’re on the way to getting out of it πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely evening.

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  2. The inside of that cathedral is really stunning – did not expect that when I saw the outside 😲. My favourite will probably be to have a sip of Limoncello, while enjoying the spectacular view (with a Gelato in the other hand ☺️).
    Beautiful pictures!

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    1. I was exactly the same, it’s a total shock when you go in and it looks like that! Absolutely – oh to be in that sunshine right now, limoncello in one hand and Gelato in the other….perfect! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely evening πŸ™‚

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  3. I didn’t go to Sorrento when I was in that part of Italy almost 15 years ago, but I would’ve loved to have done so! The only thing I knew about Sorrento was the famous opera song “Come Back to Sorrento,” which I learned on the piano as a kid. It’s a romantic piece, and based on the beauty of Sorrento, I can see why people would be inspired to make music about it! Thanks for sharing, Han!

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  4. There’s always something so calming about being so close to the ocean. We visited Italy nearly a decade ago but didn’t have enough time to visit Sorrento. We’re planning on returning next year (fingers crossed) to attend a friend’s wedding. This seems like a good opportunity to check out the Amalfi coast.

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  5. Great post and fantastic photos. I would love to visit Sorento one day, it’s certainly a beautiful destination to add to my European bucket list. I would explore the sun-drenched piazzas, drink tons of Limoncello and take a ride along the rugged Amalfi Coast. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva πŸ™‚ xxx

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  6. I have never been to the Amalfi coast but I’m sure it is absolutely stunning – like your pictures! It just looks like it comes straight out of a movie! Hope I can visit one day! Thanks for sharing and stay safe 😊

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  7. Sorrento isn’t somewhere I’ve been but it looks like a lovely place to visit. I love that little lemon grove! Would definitely have to get some limoncello too! πŸ™‚

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