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Things to do in Sorrento

Discover the wide choice of things to do in Sorrento. From shopping for beautiful, locally-made handicrafts and taking in the sights, to sampling the wonderful local cuisine – embrace the endless delights of Sorrento.

On holidays in Sorrento, stroll around the town and go shopping for Limoncello or exquisite handcrafted marquetry. Stop to admire the breathtaking artistry in the 15th-century Cathedral. Or unwind on the sands of a secluded cove on the Sorrentine coast. Dine on superb local specialities while overlooking the shimmering Gulf of Naples. Then soak up the evening atmosphere of the Centro Historico, or enjoy an outdoor concert.


Sorrento shopping

Pick up some fantastic bargains at the bustling outdoor market on Via San Renato. Or pop into the quaint shops that line the Via San Cesareo for bottles of Limoncello, handmade accessories and Sorrento’s renowned marquetry. Watch cameos being made at friendly Bimonte, then buy one of these beautiful items.


Sights in Sorrento

Marvel at exquisite work by 19th-century marquetry masters at the Museo-Bottega della Tarsia Lignea. Gaze up at the stunningly ornate ceiling of the Romaneseque Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo. Admire the Basilica of Saint Antonio’s beautiful frescoes. Or take in the atmospheric ruins of the Valley of the Mills.


Eating out in Sorrento

Feast on tantalising traditional dishes while enjoying panoramic sea views at Ristorante Bagni. Or tuck into Campanian cuisine with a twist at Aurora Light. Soak up the atmosphere while you eat at Fauno Bar on Sorrento’s Piazza Tasso. Then choose from the incredible variety of ice cream flavours on offer at Gelateria Zini.


Sorrento nightlife

Listen to ‘O Sole Mio’ crooned in old-fashioned music-hall style at the atmospheric Teatro Tasso. Or people-watch over cocktails on the terrace at Piazza Tasso’s Fauno Bar. Spend balmy spring and summer evenings enjoying an open-air concert or music festival at a variety of venues across Sorrento.


Beaches in Sorrento

While not a traditional beach destination, Sorrento offers a modest selection of beautiful bays. Boasting glorious vistas across the Gulf of Naples, Marina Piccola is just a short stroll from the town. Stretch out on the picturesque shore of Marina Grande. Or bathe in the safe waters of family-friendly Leonelli’s Beach.

Essential Sorrento

Experience the best of Sorrento with these memorable tours


Tour the incredible Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Sorrento. Explore these miraculously well-preserved archaeological sites and learn about the infamous eruption of Mt Vesuvius that buried them in volcanic ash thousands of years ago. Spend the morning at Herculaneum, where your expert guide will lead you on a walking tour of this once-wealthy city. After lunch at an Italian restaurant, you will continue to Pompeii for a 2-hour tour of this UNESCO World-Heritage-listed site

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Discover the secrets to making Italy’s culinary classics. Go behind the scenes of a family-owned farm, cheese factory and pizza restaurant, then enjoy tantalizing tastings. Learn about the traditional techniques used at a local farm before sampling delicious freshly-made products. Watch a demonstration at a cheese factory then taste fresh provolone with salami and a glass of wine. Finally, enjoy a hands-on pizza-making class before tucking into your creation. Complete your gastronomic journey with some Limoncello, the famous Italian liqueur.

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Experience the journey to the top of mighty Mt Vesuvius on this unforgettable tour from Sorrento. Following a scenic journey along the beautiful Sorrentine coast and its terracotta towns, prepare to have your breath taken away by the sight of Mt Vesuvius rising above you. After ascending the volcano in your coach to an altitude of roughly 1,000 metres, have your camera ready to capture the awe-inspiring vistas across the Bay of Naples that will greet you.

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Types of Tie.

See the sights of Naples or visit the world-renowned archaeological site of Pompeii, before enjoying some leisurely shopping time. On this full-day excursion from Sorrento, choose between sightseeing in Naples or a guided tour of Pompeii – the ancient Roman civilisation tragically buried in volcanic ash during the infamous eruption of Mt Vesuvius. Then head to Marcianise for some retail therapy at La Reggia Designer Outlet, a large shopping mall offering discounts of up to 70 per cent on premier brands.

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Get a true taste of southern Italy on this intimate food-lovers’ tour of Sorrento. Your passionate local guide will lead you on leisurely walk around the charming town, revealing its culinary delights and traditions. Your first stop is a pasticceria, where you’ll try local specialities including sfogliatelle (a shell-shaped pastry). You will then visit a family-owned deli market for more delicious fresh Sorrentine produce. Finally, sip wine while tucking into Sorrento’s famous pasta dish at a local trattoria.

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