Charming balcony with a view at the Gulf of Naples
Located on a plateau of tuff stone and surrounded by impressive rocks of the limestone mountains, Sorrento juts out of the Gulf of Naples.
The charming small town is like a terrace with a view of the Gulf of Naples and the islands of Ischia and Procida; it is particularly impressing when approaching the steep cliffs from the sea.
The famous orange and lemon gardens of Sorrento are attractive to visitors. The big lemons growing there and at the Amalfi coast are used to produce, for example, limoncello, lemon chocolate or lemon soap, all of which are typical for the area.
Besides these small green gems right in the heart of town, you are attracted by a lively town centre as well as museums and churches rich in treasures of art. Last but not least, it is Sorrento’s convenient location which makes it so popular with tourists: All the important sights around Naples, such as Pompeii and Herculaneum, are easily reached by means of the regional train „Circumvesuviana“. From the ferry port of „Marina Piccola“, there are also regularly scheduled speed boats to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.
Lively town centre
In spite of the numbers of visitors attracted to Sorrento each year, the small town has preserved its charm. The heart of the town beats at Piazza Tasso. The square is adorned by the statues of S. Antonino, the patron saint, and Torquato Tasso, a 16th century poet and the town’s most famous son.
A place to stop by in the centre is the Museo Correale, where antique architectural fragments, vedute, majolica and the intarsia works typical for Sorrento are exposed. The later can also be admired in the beautiful cathedral of Santi Filippo e Giacomo, which is located at the former Roman forum. What you should not miss out on visiting either is the church of San Francesco with the adjacent charming cloister.
The picturesque fishing harbour of Marina Grande is accessible via stairways. There, you can enjoy meals at delicious sea food restaurants and let the evening fade away backed up by an idyllic setting.
Those who want to take a swim in the sea will find a narrow stretch of sand below the town, along the foot of the steep coast. A beautiful alternative to the northwest of town is the bathing area at Punta del Capo, which is easily reached by bus.