Sorrento Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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Look one way from Sorrento and you can see Vesuvius looming up next to Naples. Look the other and you’ll see the dramatic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, one of Italy’s most beautiful and visited areas. This explains why Sorrento itself is rather crowded and full of tourist shops. But it’s worth putting up with this for its proximity to beaches, villages and history.

DAY 1 Explore the Coast

The bus trip from Sorrento to Salerno is one of the world’s most breathtaking – and not for the nervous. A winding cliff road gives you spectacular views of the cliffs and the Bay of Naples. Along the way you’ll pass through lemon groves clinging to mountainsides, and gorgeous little towns such as Positano, Ravello and Amalfi.

If you prefer to get closer to nature, there are lovely walks to take. From Positano you can walk to Praiano along the famous Path of the Gods – it’s steep, rocky and a little wild and takes about six hours. Or walk from Amalfi to Positano, or take the gentle Ravello to Amalfi path which is downhill all the way. Within Sorrento, you can zigzag down the stone steps to Marina Grande, a lovely fishing village. There are paths crisscrossing all over the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast and maps readily available.

DAY 2 Visit History

Sorrento is well positioned for setting off to explore some of Italy’s most astonishing historic sites. First on the list is Pompeii, located just outside Naples. It’s only a thirty-minute train ride from Sorrento to Pompeii’s entrance and you’ll probably want to spend most of the day exploring the city stopped in time when Mt Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

Nearby Herculaneum was also buried in the volcano. Smaller but wealthier, it has large well-preserved Roman buildings. South of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is also rich in history, its fishing villages having been invaded and pillaged countless times over the centuries. There are churches to explore and lovely old towns of winding, narrow streets.

The jewel, though, is beyond Salerno: Paestum, founded in the 6th century BC, has a wealth of UNESCO-listed Greek temples.

DAY 3 Islands and Beaches

It’s important to spend at least some of your time in southern Italy just soaking up the sun. The Amalfi Coast is dotted with small beaches and coves. The pick at Positano are Spaggia Grande and Fornillo, or Spaggia di Lauriot, a short boat ride away. At Praiano head for Marina di Praia located at the mouth of a wild valley, where you’ll find great scuba diving.

In the evening there’s a nightclub located in the caves sunk into the cliffs. Or hop on a ferry and visit the islands, Capri and Ischia. Recover with a concert at Ravello’s famous Annual Festival if you’re there at the right time of year. Don’t forget to sample some limoncello, the region’s famous lemon liqueur made from all those lemons you’ll see (and smell) clinging to the cliffs.

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Capri Day Cruise from Sorrento

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On this day trip from Sorrento, set off to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Capri, known for its colorful harbors, whitewashed lanes, chic boutiques and ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Naples City and Pompeii Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Sorrento

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See southern Italy's highlights in one day on a combined Naples city tour and visit to the world-famous site of Pompeii. This guided tour is the best way to ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Mt Vesuvius 4x4 Tour from Sorrento Including Hike, Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Venture to the top of legendary Mt Vesuvius on this half-day tour from Sorrento. Board an all-terrain 4x4 vehicle for a fun, rugged ride through Vesuvius ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Sorrento Farm Experience Including Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello

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Discover the ins and outs of Italy’s classic culinary delights on this gastronomic tour from Sorrento. Go behind the scenes of a family-owned farm, cheese ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.39

Sorrento Small-Group Food Walking Tour

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Taste your way through the charming Italian city of Sorrento on this small-group food tour. On a leisurely walk with a local guide, visit eight popular local ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.08

Amalfi Coast Day Trip from Sorrento

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Fall in love with one of the most scenic coastal landscapes in Europe on this full-day tour of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento. The UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.24

Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

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Visit the fascinating archeological ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this leisurely paced day trip from Sorrento. Hear about the infamous eruption of Mt ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Amalfi Coast and Capri Cruise

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Explore the Amalfi Coast and Capri on a private full-day cruise, the most scenic way to experience these stunning parts of southern Italy. Aboard an elegant ...  Read more

Location: Amalfi, Italy
Duration: Flexible: 6-7 hours

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Private Tour: Sorrento to Capri Cruise

See Italy’s most glamorous island on a private full-day boat trip from Sorrento to Capri. Travel by speedboat or in a traditional wooden vessel with your own ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 6 to 7 hours

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Private Tour: Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Sorrento

Experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast from the best vantage point on this full-day cruise from Sorrento. Choose your ride — a speedboat or a classic ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 6-7 hours

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