My wife and I will be staying at the Hotel Prestige in Sorrento for 3 days. We see a lot of things to do AROUND Sorrento like Positano and Capri, etc but not much stating what to do IN Sorrento. My wife and I like to wander through shops and markets and touristy attractions - I guess we like to do it all. :) So does anyone have a suggested day or half day walk through the town, what to see, what to do, where to get a gelato or some lunch? We like off the beaten path, see where the locals live in the town, the local market and docks, etc. Your suggestions are appreciated!
If you like to wander through shops and markets Sorrento is perfect for you. Try lunch at il Giardiniello where you will get a warm greeting from Franco, as well as delicious food at reasonable prices.
Rick Steves has a self-guided walk in his guidebook. Worth taking, and then just wander the streets!
Well you cant much beat Rick Steves now can you but ill try and put in some cool ideas. Yes Sorrento is nice...anything along the Corso Italia will give you shops and eats and a place to stroll to your hearts desire. The dead center of town where the hussle and bussle is basically at the Corso Italia and Viale Enrico Caruso...you wont need to look for it...youll know it by the goings on. There you can stroll in a number of diffdrent directions even down to the marina docks. Youll have a nice time overall in Sorrento. As for the suggestions for eats from the previous post...its probably true- id go for it! As for additional adventure that is hard to beat...SCOOTERS TO AMALFI VIA THE AMALFITANA...ITS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!! Dont know your disposition character or physical abilities...but if your open...you and your wife will love it. Just take the via Capo from Sorrento and follow signs for Amalfi.
You can stop in the sea side towns of Positano Laurito and Praiano if you wish along the way. If your wife doesnt ride then just get a scooter for the both of ya. Approx 90min to Amalfi with no stops...itll feel like 5. Id stop and visit towns tho. Scooters are available anywhere in Sorrento and cheap. Lastly...for the ultimate shopping, cafe hopping, people watching experience in the area...visit Capri. When u arrive take the funicula to the top of the island to Ana Capri...there youll find an exxageration of shops, stands, eats, people, and views! Dont forget the blue grotto on the far side of the island if u can do it...sometimes crowded but very cool! If u wanna skip the ferry to Capri...i rent my own boat from a little shop in the marina in Sorrento. Its all very easy...simple boat...and u go where u want when want and how u want! Porting in Capri is hugely easy! Just a thot if you really want to go all out. Its pretty cheap to. I know u were all about Sorrento and so am I...just thot id add those extras. Ill be doing all of the above again in about a month. EK
Just returned from a 16 day trip to Italy and spent 4 nights in Sorrento. Had been here before and it enjoyed it again. There are plenty of streets to wander with shopping galore! Limoncello tasting, limoncello soap, Lemon everything and ceramics. Yep! It is all here in Sorrento. The passagiata down Corso Italia is packed! Took the hydrofoil to Capri again and skipped the Blue Grotto this time. Took the chair lift in AnaCapri up Mt. Solare. Beautiful views. We tried to avoid using the buses on Amalfi Coast so another day we took a boat from Sorrento to Amalfi town, via Positano. Had been to Positano before so didn't care that we didn't have time here. Got great pictures from the boat. The church in Amalfi is really nice. Could have taken a bus from Amalfi up to Ravello but decided just to spend our time in Amalfi and have lunch and shop. Buon Viaggio!!
You might want to check our the tourism websites for Sorrento, Capri, etc. Have some useful info such as boat schedules, bus schedules, etc.
Take a stroll down to Sorrento's fishing harbour, Marina Grande, go for lunch at one of the several restos down there. Take the route that goes along the sea front side of town through Piazza Vittoria Veneto rather than the main roadway that goes from the junction of Corso Italia and Via Capo. You will walk through an ancient Greek town gate to the harbour. Here is a map of Sorrento showing the main sights. http://www.sorrentotourism.com/_downloads/1438-Italiano-pianta-sorrentos.agnello.gif If you are in Sorrento before the end of September you will be able to visit an exhibition of the works of Salvador Dali being held in the Villa Fiorentino on Corso Italia. There are also monumental works by him located around the town. Be aware that a lot of the shops, apart from some out and out tourist places, close from 1pm to 4.30/5.00pm so plan your day accordingly.
OH WOW! The information is so great! Thanks to everyone! We have a car as we are driving down from Venice, into the Tuscany region, Sorrento and back up to Rome for the final leg. Can't wait! Thank you again SO MUCH! Michael & Sherry
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