Sorrento, with its remarkable natural beauty, is one of Europe’s top vacation spots. It offers an abundance of recreational opportunities, beaches, fine restaurants, eclectic shops, and cultural attractions. This popular town is also the gateway to many world famous sites, some of which are listed below. Helpful information for visitors, provided by the Sorrento Tourist Board, may be found here. You can search online for companies that offer full day/half day trips, guided tours, and other activities from Sorrento.
The Amalfi Coast: A trip along the stunning Costiera Amalfitana, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, either by road or boat, is a highly recommended activity for Sorrento visitors. Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi itself are just three of the many jewels on this magnificent stretch of the Mediterranean seaboard that should not be missed.
Capri: This legendary “Isle of the Sirens” of Greek mythology, described by Homer in The Odyssey, was a popular resort of ancient Roman emperors. Boats leave roughly twice every hour from Sorrento to Capri and the ride takes about thirty minutes. Of course, no trip to Capri is complete without experiencing the incredible Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) so try to include that in your trip if you can.
Ischia: This large volcanic island offers spectacular beaches, thermal springs, spas, hiking trails, superb restaurants, a gorgeous landscape dotted by quaint villages, and stunning panoramic views. It is best suited for a full day trip. A hydrofoil ferry service operates from Sorrento once a day, leaving at 9:30 am and returning at 6:25 pm. The trip takes an hour each way.
The Ruins of Pompeii: This famous Roman city, destroyed in 79 A. D. by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts more than 2.5 million visitors each year. It is conveniently accessed from Sorrento by road or rail, and is ideal for a half- or full-day trip.
The Ruins of Herculaneum: This historic town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was consumed by the same Vesuvius eruption that destroyed much of Pompeii. It is slightly farther away than Pompeii from Sorrento but still close enough for a half- or full-day trip.
Mount Vesuvius: This is reputed to be the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and it last erupted in 1944. Its most notorious eruption, of course, was in 79 A. D. and resulted in the destruction of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other nearby settlements. Some visitors choose to go up the mountain, and even hike to the top of the crater, for breathtaking panoramic views of Naples, the Bay, and nearby towns. You can find many online sites that provide information on climbing Mount Vesuvius including this one.
Other Activities: If you wish to explore the Sorrento area by kayak, rentals are available here. If you wish to go on a deep sea fishing expedition, a fisherman’s co-op that operates the popular O’Puledrone Restaurant on the waterfront offers fishing tours. The fishing trip takes about four hours and includes a meal with wine upon return. If you catch anything, they will cook it for you.