Along the dreamy Amalfi Coast, you will find the beautiful city of Sorrento. An underrated seaside town full of life and colour. Forty minutes outside Naples, this destination is an easy day trip and is definitely worth the visit. Sorrento’s Mediterranean landscape provides views of not only the sea and cliffs, but also Mount Vesuvius, near Pompeii, and the Island of Capri. A triple win!
Sorrento offers numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, but also one of a kind cabins and water parks. I stayed at Bleu Village in Meta and it did not disappoint. The view from my cabin was beyond stunning. Whether you’re traveling with a group or solo Sorrento has tons to offer. You could easily spend 4-5 days in this area. Not to mention the day trips across the peninsula!
What to See and Do in Sorrento:
1) Start your day by visiting Piazza Tasso, a busy but fun market square surrounded by shops and restaurants. This is considered the core of the town and a major tourist spot. From here all other activities are within close range.
2) Right behind the piazza holds Sorrento’s most hidden treasure. I am not joking when I say hidden. The Old Mill Ruins are located south of Fauno Bar off of Via Enrico Caruso on the right hand side if you are having trouble finding it look for tons of people leaning over roads ledge. Take a peek down and transport yourself back in time with this abandoned flour mill dating to early 20th century. It was left abandoned with the construction of Piazza Tasso. It’s worth a visit if you are in the downtown area.
3) Take a walk towards the sea and find St. Francis Church and Convent which features a Chiostro with gorgeous gardens. A serious place of silence and relaxation, dating to 16th century.
4) Behind follows Villa Comunale which supplies stunning views of the bay of Naples. This the largest public square in the city and offers the best photo ops. Many shops and restaurants linger by making it more than easier to spend a few hours here.
5) Another must-see in Sorrento is Bagni della Regina Giovanna, around a 45-minute walk or a 10-minute drive from downtown. The Baths of Queen Giovanna provide spectacular views of the coast and Capri. It can be quite a walk from the (free) parking lot as most of it is cobblestone going down hill. Nevertheless, it is worth the short walk as it leads you out to ancient Roman ruins dating from the 1st century B.C, an American restaurant/ bar, and a secluded bathing hole.
Sorrento was definitely one of my favourite cities in Italy. It had a different vibe than Rome or Milan as it is more laid back and relaxing. I could actually picture myself living in this beach side town! The atmosphere, food, and people were so amazing that I will definitely be heading back. Over to you! Have you ever been to Sorrento? If so, what do you recommend? Or is Sorrento on your Italian bucket list?