Off the beaten track walks
Walk the well indicated footpath trails on the Sorrento peninsular and get splendid views from the Punta Campanella and the other Points jutting out into the Mediterranean.
Punta del Capo is accessible on foot directly from Sorrento. The village of Termini is a good starting point for the others. Termini is easily accessible by bus (destination Nerano)
Get info from the tourist office:
via Luigi De Maio,35
tel 081 8074033
A company called "Vesuviana Mobilita" based in Naples seems to organise all the bus connections to the top of Vesuvius. You can pick up a leaflet with their timetable from the tourist office in via Luigi de Maio, 35.
The best is to get the train to Pompeii Scavi, walk down to the square and catch the bus which stops immediately outside the Pompeii tourist office situated on the "island" in the middle of the square. Despite what is written on the Vesuviana Mobilita leaflet an E3 bus ticket for 1.80Euros (see tourist office leaflet on ticketing) is good for one way. For the return you can buy them anywhere before you go up but I suggest you get them from Andrea de Gregorio's souvenir shop (see my things to do "active volcano" tip)
Vesuviana Mobilita Info-point: 081 963 44 20
There is a feast of things to do in Sorrento, Pompei, Capri, Amalfi etc.
Take a train from Sorrento down the line and get off at any of the small villages along the line and have a beer with the locals. Some of these villages are most picturesque and more interesting than Sorrento. You will have course have purchased your weekly travel pass for unlimited train and bus journeys from your local "Tabac".
Positano - the gem of the divine coast
Positano, also called the "Gem of the divine coast", is probably the most amazing village of the Amalfi Coast and will not fall short of your expectations for its incomparable beauty. It is positioned at the centre of the Gulf, with houses and villas built on terraces, amongst beautiful gardens planted with palm trees, orange and lemon groves.
"Arriving in Sorrento"
We left Rome at 7:00am, climbed Mt. Vesuvious, explored Pompeii and ended up in Sorrento about 6:00pm that same day. After checking into our hotel we just sat on the huge balcony and took in the view. It was simply amazing.
Sorrento is a great town. We stayed for six nights and explored the rest of the coast by day. We took a bus to Positano, a scooter to Amafi and Ravello, the ferry to Capri and rented a boat and skipper on the day our feet needed a rest. This way we could continue to explore with minimal effort.
"Bus to Positano"
The weather was a little iffy so we took a bus to Positano instead of the water ferry, it ended up being a great way to go. The road along the coast is insane. I live right near highway 1 in California and it has nothing on the road we took. If you are thinking of taking a car ride to a town or renting a scooter as we did, I would suggest taking a ride to a town on one of the Sita buses first. This will allow for you to see what the roads are like, how people drive and how to avoid all the buses on this narrow road.
Positano is a nice town. It is built into the hill so there are a lot of stairs, but the bus will take you down pretty close to the water. We got off at the top of the town and walked down. The views were great, the houses were so different and the people were very nice. There are great stores there and the resturants right on the water are great. We ate at the one with the yellow awning and really liked it. It is a bit more expensive, but not to crazy and the food and wine were great, as always.
"Scooter ride to Amalfi and Ravello"
We rented a scooter from Sorrento and took the drive to Amalfi and Ravello. The views were amazing. The road weaves in, out and around. We were able to see the less tourist portion of the interior up close. It was very cool. Amalfi was nice. The Duomo has such amazing detail and the food was decent. Ravello on the other hand was like being in a different world. It is so high up in the hills above amalfi. Driving up there was a bit scary, I would suggest getting there and leaving before dark so that you can navigate the roads easier. As you drive up there are vineyards in the hills around you with huge estates. Once you get to the town you have to park, you can not drive through it like all the others. Ravello seems small, but if you have the time to explore it, you should. The gardens are amazing, the views, the sculptures, the artists who sit and paint, the small stores all tucked away - they are all so enchanting.