Getting to Sorrento

Getting from Naples to Sorrento

Naples to Sorrento

The closest airport to Sorrento is Naples Capodichino (NAP)

You can easily reach Sorrento from Naples by car, train, ferry, or private transfer. Getting from Naples to Sorrento by driving can be more than a thrill (terrifying for some) since most of the road zigzags on the edge of a cliff!  Even so, if you elect to rent a car, you will be rewarded with stunning vistas and scenery. Other than driving, there are several other options for transportation to Sorrento. Naples to SorrentoI’ve found that the least expensive choice (train) takes the longest time. Furthermore, it could be the most crowded and inconvenient with luggage. I find that the moderately priced option (ferry) is an easy way to go. The fastest and most comfortable (private driver) is the most expensive. In my opinion, there are things worth splurging on, and things worth skimping. Safety, time, and convenience may be worth the splurge for you.

Naples Airport to Sorrento Options:

Sorrento by Car:

From the Capodichino Airport or the Naples Central Train Station start by following signs to Tangenziale-Autostrade. Then take the A3 Highway/Salerno-Reggio Calabria. Continue to Castellammare di Stabia exit. Then take the 145 state street and follow directions to the Penisola Sorrentina. Welcome to Sorrento!

Naples to Sorrento Train

Naples to Sorrento TrainThe least expensive way is to take the train to Sorrento. From the Naples airport, take the free shuttle to Napoli Centrale Garibaldi Train Station. Go to the lower level and take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento which is the last stop. Trains depart every 30/60 minutes and the journey can be up to an hour and a half. Warning: in the summer months the train from Naples to Sorrento is jammed, with standing room only, and not air conditioned! It may be a very unpleasant ride. You can buy your tickets from an automated ticket machine or ticket office.
Tickets: Naples to Sorrento 4.50e each
Important Note: Remember to validate your train ticket before you get on the train! If you don’t, you can be subject to a fine and must purchase another ticket. Also, be aware of pickpockets on the train.

Ferry to SorrentoFerry to Sorrento

The first step is to take the airport shuttle to Naples Beverello Harbor. The shuttle departs every 10 minutes. Once at the harbor, find the Alilauro ticket office to purchase your tickets. The Hydrofoil journey is 40 minutes. Go to Alilauro for ferry times and prices. This is a beautiful way to arrive in Sorrento. Be prepared for a gorgeous view of the cliffs and town above!! Be aware that the ferry pier is on beach level and there is an uphill climb to the hotels. However, if you stay to your left when exiting the marina, you will find an elevator lift to take you up to town (cost 1 euro. Of course, taxis are available or you can walk up and enormous flight of steps.
Note: CASH ONLY! Many people waited on line only to be turned away to find an ATM.
Ferry times: 9am 11am 1pm 3:05pm 5:15pm and 6:25pm – varies during seasons.
Tickets: One way from Naples to Sorrento is 14.10e per person – Luggage is 2.10e per piece.

Private Transfer to Sorrento
Private Transfer to Sorrento

In my opinion, the most hassle-free way is via private car transfer from Naples. If you decide on door to door transport, I highly recommend Renato Como Transfers. They will pick you up at the airport arrivals point, and take you directly to your hotel in Sorrento. In addition, if you want to sightsee for a few hours, you can stop in Pompeii or Herculaneum. Your luggage is safely stored in the vehicle. Furthermore, you can also stop for delightful lunch at a cliffside restaurant.  Anything you desire they will accommodate.Getting to Sorrento

Whatever option you choose, enjoy getting from Naples to Sorrento. Relish the breathtaking views and appreciate the locals! Of course, when you are on the Amalfi Coast, make your way to Capri, Positano, Ravello and Almafi.


Sorrento Hotels

Best Sorrento Hotels from Luxury to Budget 2018

5 Best Hotels in Sorrento

Sorrento’s spectacular location on the Amalfi Coast makes it a popular destination to explore the world’s most loved coastline. When it comes to visiting Sorrento Italy, you can choose from a host of luxury, boutique and budget Sorrento Hotels. Since this is the case, let me help you weed through the array of choices. Here are my 5 best hotels in Sorrento, listed from luxury to budget.

Grand Hotel La Favorita

Sorrento Hotels, La FavoritaLuxury with Pool – In the first place, La Favorita is in an excellent location high atop a cliff. It is perfectly positioned between the sea and center of town. Secondly, it one of the most elegant and beautiful properties in Sorrento. Not to mention, there is nightly rooftop entertainment with dancing and cocktails. Of course, the rooftop pool, as well as the hotel, has stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Address: Via Tasso Angolo, Piazza Vittoria Veneto

Bellevue SyreneSorrento Hotels Bellevue Syrene

Luxury with Pool – This luxury hotel is perched upon a sheer cliff overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for luxury, I highly recommend the elegant Bellevue Syrene.  The building and grounds are gorgeous and of course the service is excellent. Every room faces the sea and you are welcome to use their private beach.
Address: Piazza della Victoria 5, Sorrento

Palazzo MarzialeSorrento Hotels Palazzo Marziale

Boutique Hotel – Palazzo Marziale gives you old world charm in a stunning 15th century palazzo. It is now a family run boutique style hotel with exceptional customer service. There are only a few rooms so book early. Many wedding parties book here and use the beautiful cloister of San Francesco for their venue, which is right across the road. Only a five-minute walk to Piazza Tasso and another short walk to the elevator that brings you to  Sorrento beaches  and the port.
Address: Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo 2, Sorrento

Palazzo StaraceHotels in Sorrento Palazzo Starace

Midrange – Palazzo Starace is located in the heart of Sorrento on a quiet lane just steps from lively Piazza Tasso. Restaurants and shops are at your fingertips. In addition, it is close to the port, bus and train stations and of course the Amalfi Coast Tours pick-up point. The rooms are sparkling clean and lovely. Keep in mind that there is no elevator but the staff will take care of your luggage. Also, the front desk closes at 8pm but this is a reliable choice for a value stay.
Address:
Via Santa Maria della Pieta 9, Sorrento

Piazza Tasso B&BSorrento Hotels Piazza Tasso B&B

Value – Piazza Tasso B&B is located in the most noted square in Sorrento, Piazza Tasso. It is right in the heart of Sorrento where the real substance of Sorrento is captured with its local restaurants, bars, shops, and fun nightlife. It is also convenient for the train, bus and port. Rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. Get a balcony room overlooking the square and enjoy people watching. You can also see concert and festivals from your room. This is a great value hotel if you enjoy staying in a lively area.
Address: Corso Italia 185, Piazza Tasso


Sorrento Night Life

Sorrento Nightlife

Nightlife in Sorrento

Sorrento nightlife includes some fun venues to dance, drink and be entertained.  As in most of Italy, the dance clubs attract a well dressed crowd after midnight. Some clubs outside of Sorrento may offer a shuttle service – check out their website or facebook page. Of course, a low key option is to enjoy the Italian tradition of passeggiata, a stroll along Corso Italia and Piazza Tasso. You will find many cafes, gelato shops and live music to enjoy.

Filou ClubFilou Club Sorrento

Filou Club is so much fun! It’s small but packed with a lively crowd and an entertaining piano man. Sit at the piano bar and have a blast singing solo or with the other guests to popular Italian and American tunes. Filou Club gets an after dinner crowd – enjoy!
Address: Via S.M.Pieta 12

Shot Bar SorrentoSorrento ShotBar

Shot Bar Sorrento is a fun, lively bar with loads of international visitors and locals. It is a small bar but offers outdoor seating. The syringe shot range is extensive with something for everyone. In addition, the cocktails are strong and well priced for Sorrento. Furthermore there is a  wide selection of bottled beers. Lastly, the owners are incredibly friendly and will offer you great shot recommendations. Have fun!
Address: Via Santa Maria Della Pietà, 26

Dance Clubs Sorrento

Fauno Notte ClubFauno Notte Club Sorrento

Fauno Notte in Piazza Tasso is a late night dance club (think after midnight). DJ and dancing fun for a typically young crowd of locals and tourists alike. A great location, right in Piazza Tasso. There can be a cover charge of 10 Euros depending on the time you get there.
Address: Piazza Tasso 14

Sorrento Spicy Bar

 

Head over to Spicy for a great dance night. Enjoy beats pumping late into the wee hours, with a dress to impress 30s crowd. As it’s located a short drive outside the center of Sorrento, Spicy the offers a shuttle service.
Address: Via Capo, 82 Sorrento


Sorrento Restaurants

My Favorite Restaurants in Sorrento

Sorrento Restaurants

Restaurants in Sorrento boast delicious red tomato sauces, homemade pastas, fresh seafood…..yum!  Of course, there is nothing better that great Southern Italian food! There are so many restaurants in Sorrento to choose from! Savor these amazing flavors at some of my favorite restaurants in Sorrento.

We all have priorities in restaurants – for some it’s strictly the food – for others it’s the ambiance and for yet another it’s the service. Some people like to go to a chic scene. My recipe is to mix all these ingredients and suggest the best to you. Bon Appetito!

L’Antica TrattoriaL'Antica Trattoria, Sorrento Restaurants

Fine Dining – Not only will you feel like you are in an enchanted garden, but the food at L’Antica Trattoria is spectacular! Coupled with wonderful service, you will have a dining experience to be remembered for years to come. Every dish here is delicious from beginning to end. Delicious pastas, seafood and top notch zucchini flowers. Buon appetito and enjoy the scrumptious food, gorgeous decor and the wonderful mandolin player!
Address: Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani 33

Ristorante Bagni DelfinoBagni Delfino Sorrento Restaurants

Moderately Priced – This superb restaurant is located in Marina Grande. You have the option of dining over the water since they have a pier jutting out into the marina. Definitely a beautiful setting, but equally important is the outstanding food the chef prepares! The seafood dishes are simply amazing. Daily fresh caught fish can be grilled and then filleted table side. Flavorful pastas are cooked to perfection. In addition, an extensive wine list is offered. Oh, the service is also outstanding.
Address: Via Marina Grande 216

Ristorante L’AbateRistorante L'Abate, Restaurants in Sorrento

Moderately Priced – Ristorante L’Abate has delicious food, outdoor dining and a wonderful singer who sings so many terrific Italian songs. I really love this restaurant! Not only is the food excellent, but I love the atmosphere. I had to go back a second time. Try the shrimp risotto and the meat & cheese cannelloni. Awesome!  Make reservations to sit in the outdoor garden. The waiters are so very friendly. You will have a wonderful dining experience. Mangia!
Address: Piazza Sant’Antonio 24 – Located a few steps off Piazza Tasso.

Lunch at the Beach

Keep in mind, that when you go to the beach, each lido has a restaurant where you can have a nice lunch.

 


Sorrento Beaches

Sorrento Beach Clubs

Sorrento Beaches

In the first place, beaches in Sorrento are unique. Visitors will find Sorento lidos practically floating on water! Long colorful piers jut out into the sea because of limited amounts of sand. From here, enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Bay of Naples. Not to mention crystal clear water!Sorrento Beaches

Sorrento beaches are located in Marina Piccola, which is directly down the steps/lift from town center. All the lidos offer delicious restaurants and bars. In addition, each are fully equipped with showers and offer sunbed/umbrella rentals. If you’re looking for a beach with the most sand, Lido Leonelli is the best beach in Sorrento for you.  Furthermore, there is also a free public beach – remember to bring your own towel.

Sorrento Lidos

Peter’s BeachPeter's Beach Sorrento

Peter’s Beach is the first lido you will encounter of the Sorrento beaches. Great staff and good food. Plenty of changing cabins and a small sandy beach. Prices: Beds @ 15 euros

Marameo BeachMarameo Beach Sorrento

Marameo Beaches has 30 changing cabins, floating sun beds, king size sun beds, leisure zone with giant sofa, chaise lounge and Jacuzzi. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Prices: Beds @ 14 euros, Towels @ 3 euros

Leonelli BeachLeonelli's Beach Sorrento

At Leonellis’ you will find three terraces equipped with deckchairs, sunbeds and umbrellas. There is a cocktail/snack bar and also a restaurant on the beach. In addition, Leonellis’ has the best beach in Sorrento because it is the widest and longest. Prices: Beds @ 14e

Bagni SalvatoreBagni Salvatore, Sorrento

Bagni Salvatore is the last lido you will find. It has over 3 large piers. You are offered beds, umbrellas and chairs. Additionally, there are rentals of pedal boats, canoes and cabins. Of course, there is a delicious restaurant and bar. Prices: Bed @ 13 euro.  Towels @ 2 euro

Bagni Salvatore, Sorrento

In fact, whichever lido you choose, every comfort you might need is available to be enjoyed. All this while sunning, swimming and admiring the Bay of Naples and mountain view.


Sorrento Italy

Sorrento Italy

Explore charming and delightful Sorrento. It rests atop a cliff on one of the most beautiful and loved coastlines in the world. Sorrento Italy guarantees stunning views. You can see the glistening Mediterranean sea below from Mount Vesuvius to Capri – it is truly breathtaking. Certainly it is one of Italy’s most popular vacation destinations since ancient Roman times.Sorrento, ItalySorrento Italia, known for appetizing food and unique lidos, also has beautiful art and architecture. The charming historic center is made up of lovely narrow cobblestone streets. There are many cafes, boutiques and shops catering to your every taste. It is impossible to avoid lemons and delicious limoncello here – it is known as the land of lemons!Sorrento Lemons Not only is Sorrento is a perfect base for visiting the Amalfi Coast Italy, but also nearby islands. A short ferry ride can whisk you away to gorgeous Capri and Ischia. Moreover, if you are historically minded, it is easy to get to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Also, a short 35 minute drive will take you to Positano. Excitement and wonderful possibilities await you on your Sorrento holiday.

Things to do in SorrentoSorrento Wedding

The town itself does not have a great deal of attractions. Therefore it is mainly used as a base from which to explore the surrounding areas. I recommend a two night stay if you are going to visit Capri. Also, It makes for a beautiful wedding backdrop, if you are inclined to tie the knot. On the other hand, it is so sweet to see a lovely bride and groom!

Explore Sorrento

First of all, take a stroll on Corso Italia. It is the main street in town with plenty of stores, hotels and eateries. During the evening, it turns into a lively pedestrian only walkway. Equally important is to explore all the alleys and lanes in this historic town. There are many cafes, shops and boutiques to discover. Sorrento walkwaysDuring your stroll, you will frequently stumble onto sculptures and art randomly mixed into the surroundings. Consequently you may find sweet surprises as you walk around.

 

Sorrento art sculptures

Especially make sure to take a walk to the Villa Comunale Park which is at the edge of the cliff. There you have a spectacular panoramic view  of the sparkling Bay of Naples. By the park you will find a winding walkway carved into the cliff. It leads down to the sea and lidos. The walk is a photographer’s dream – don’t forget your camera. Conversely, there is also a lift to take you up and down for 2 euros.

 

Moreover, here you will find Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th century church. It boasts a gorgeous garden/courtyard with occasional art displays and showings. All are welcome to enjoy the tranquil beauty you will find here.Chiesa di San Francesco, Sorrento

Piazza TassoPiazza Tasso Sorrento Italy

Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento. Live music, horse carriage rides and a mini tourist train are found here. Tasso is the town hub. It is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops. Be sure to order a cafe and enjoy the scene as people go by. During the evening, live musicians perform wonderful Italian music! Additionally, you will find another staircase here that will lead you down to the port and lidos.

Sorrento

 

On the whole, Sorrento is a fun, lively and wonderful town to visit. It is easy to get here from Naples and is a great first stop on the Amalfi Coast. I suggest staying a night or two before heading to Positano, Amalfi or Ravello. Also consider staying on Capri for a night or two.Sorrento

Sorrento BeachesSorrento Beaches

Definitely make time to enjoy a day at the beach. Sorrento has unique lido’s with piers that jut out into the water. Check our my Sorrento Beach page for comprehensive info and rental prices.

Sorrento Restaurants

Of course, there is nothing better that great Southern Italian food! There are so many restaurants in Sorrento to choose from! Savor these amazing flavors at some of my favorite restaurants in Sorrento.

 

Day Trip to CapriCapri Italy

Take a hydrofoil to the gorgeous island of Capri.

Nightlife in Sorrento

Fauno Notte ClubFauno Notte Club Sorrento

Fauno Notte in Piazza Tasso is a late night dance club. DJ and dancing fun.

Filou ClubFilou Club Sorrento

This club is so much fun! Sing with the piano man to great Italian and American tunes. It gets an after dinner crowd.