Villa Comunale, Sorrento
This public (comunale) park (villa) is right next to Chiesa di San Francesco and provides a drop-dead gorgeous panorama of the Bay of Naples. From your vantage point high above the sea, you can see Marinas Piccola and San Francisco below and Mt. Vesuvius across the bay. In the evening, the lights of Naples and small towns around the mountain twinkle and glow like so many fireflies. I recommend visiting the park at least once during the day and again on your last night in the city - there's no better place for saying arrivederci to Sorrento than from this spot!
Visit Chiesa di San Francesco while you're here, and Basilica di Sant'Antonino (at Piazza Sant'Antonino) to see the crypt of Sorrento's patron saint. You'll pass by the basilica on your way to the park. Remember to dress respectfully if planning to visit the churches - knees and shoulders covered and no T-shirts with slogans or images that could be offensive to others.
For possibly the best views in Sorrento, head to the Villa Comunale. This small park (really little more than a town square) is perched above the Bay of Naples and offers breathtaking views across the bay to the city on its far side, with Vesuvius ever-present above. Almost directly beneath you are the jetties of the Marina San Francesco, and a little to the right those of the Marina Piccola (despite its name, the largest marina in the town) from where the ferries to the islands and to Naples leave. Round the headland on your left is the Marina Grande – see separate tip about this.
On a hot day the park would also make a shady spot in which to take shelter from the sun. Nearby is the baroque Chiesa di San Francesco – we didn’t go in as it seemed too nice a day to miss a moment of the sunshine, but I was taken by the striking modern statue of the saint outside (photo 3)
These are beautiful gardens set on the coast, just a few minutes walk from the town.
They are a great retreat in heat because they are so shaded with all the trees and plants here.
Its a great place to have lunch and relax. The views out along the coast are amazing.
By day and by night, the views of the Sorrentine peninsula are spectacular. Probably the best place to see the peninsula is from the sea, though the viewing platform at the Villa Comunale also offers an excellent panorama.
One of my fondest memories of Sorrento is the beautiful sunsets. The best place to catch them is from Villa Comunale, a small park with a look-out platform over the sea. From here you can also see Vesuvius and Naples.