Recycled Roman bits.........
There's nothing much to see of Roman Sorrento, even though it was a very popular holiday destination for the rich. Although they built their own villas (of course), many were destroyed in the earthquake and subsequent Vesuvian eruption. However, the gridded Roman street plan (itself thought to be based on the original Greek settlement) is still followed by the existing streets in the 'Medieval' centro storico.
Re-using already-carved stone makes perfect sense, of course. Why waste energy creating new if you can find old? So you'll see Roman columns, and sundry chunks of masonry (some with inscriptions) incorporated into the base of the Medieval bell-tower. It's worth a closer look for that reason alone.
Overpriced, mediocre w/house wine trap
The food is OK, not special and is overpriced. The gnocchi were particularly ordinary at any price. The house price trap is when you order a "house wine" (which is most ordinary), it costs $29 for 750 ml thereby significantly increasing your total bill to the quite overpriced range. You can get a bottle of this quality wine at the Strada supermarket for $3-$4.
Unless having an excess of personal money is your problem of yours, there is little point eating here. It is just food, not a dining experience.
Also, the sitting/table space is cramped and the atmosphere quite noisy.
Incidentally, the credit card dinged up as "Caruso"s", a notoriously overpriced Sorrento restaurant. None.
Chiostro di San Francesco
The "Chiostro" is a very ancient monastry just outside "Villa Comunale". You can admire the wonderful architecture and the different styles of the arches built in different times.
In summertime usually you can enjoy classical music concerts "al fresco".
Sorrento is a good base for exploring the wonderful Amalfi Coast. We went to Positano by bus, from there to Amalfi by boat, and all the way back to Sorrento by bus. The bus journey is much cheaper but also a little scary, as the bus wobbles its way from side to side along the coast road.
Don't really know which stops are where - the maps, at best, are again sketchy and vague.
I was in a frenzy trying to locate Soggiorno Gloria once we got there, but we needn't have bothered. It's the only campsite there, and, apparently, very famous.
"Home to Us"
Sorrento is a place for the rich, which is why this is probably the best bet for budget travellers.
Of course, you have to compromise a little on creature comforts like a bathroom within easy visible access.
It was good that we chose this place as the base for travel to the various places.
It's easily accessible by boat, train and bus to most of the coast further south, and pretty cheaply too.
But Sorrento on its own is not a very exciting place.
Nor excessively beautiful.