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Sorrento Highlights

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     Beautiful town with some nice shops and fantastic views 

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     Overly Touristic 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great place to relax on your otherwise crazy Italian getaway! 

Sorrento Things to Do

  • Marina Grande

    Beaches are a rarity near Sorrento because of the cliffs But there are a few, the best by far is at Marina Grande, a small fishing village that has now become a part of Sorrento. There are some nice Shops, bars and Restaraunts there and it's a lovely place to take a stroll or relax in a bar and take in the Lovely views or watch the local fishermen.

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  • Capri

    Capri is a lovely, small resort island with an interesting town that has a lowr marina part and an upper part on the hills above. It has beaches for swimming, etc., and has been a resort destination since Roman times, when Emperor Tiberius, in particular, built pleasure villas on the island, the most significant of which was the Villa Jovis, the...

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  • Beaches

    Sorrento is not noted for its beaches. It sits on a clifftop, above the shore. The nearest sandy beach to the harbour is the small Marina Piccola, which is reached by steps or a lift. The other sandy beach is Marina Grande, around 15 minutes' walk from the town centre. The most attractive beach is Punto del Capo further south. It is reached from...

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Sorrento Restaurants

  • Ristorante Bagni Delfino

    On the last day of our Holiday we visited Marina Grande and whished we had visited on the first day, This great Cafe, bar and Restaraunt is a great place to do just about anything you want to, you can have a drink, a snack or a fantastic meal and you can spend all day there sunbathing and swimming from their Bathing platform. The views over the bay...

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  • Fauno Bar

    The food and service were superb; coupled with an open-air ambience that enabled us to enjoy the cool night air coming off of the Bay of Sorrento. The Pappardelle ai porcini was perfect and rosemary accented potatoes and escarole were a perfect compliment to the meal.

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  • Bar Ercolano

    Bar Ercolano couldn't get more central. It is located right in the heart of Piazza Tasso which is Sorrento's busiest piazza. It is always busy as it serves splendid coffee and ice-cream. You can also enjoy beer, wine or have a snack. It is great for people-watching since practically everyone passes by this bar. We had coffee fredo which was...

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Sorrento Nightlife

  • Only real pub open at march

    There was only one "real"pub open at Sorrento at second week of march. Some bars had beer on tap, but they were more like a cafe than a pub.The staff (I guess a married coupple) here was friendly anyway, and had some special beers (not quite so many) and mostly the music was o.k. (Allthough when some American girls came here, they wanted them to...

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  • If you are a Finn, you might have fun...

    This wasn´t even open outside the season, but I just wanted to put this photo here for fun to Finnish speaking people.. The name of the bar has a meaning in Finnish languge. ;) Would have been fun to see how it looks inside. -

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  • Piazza Tasso - center of Sorrento

    The heart of Sorrento is Piazza Tasso. From here, you can walk to Via San Cesareo, the main shopping street of Sorrento where you can find handicrafts such as inlaid works, artistic ceramics and scented wax, or delicacies like "limoncello" sweets, "rosolio" liqueur, jams and preserved vegetables, or silver jewels, corals and cameos, valuable...

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Sorrento Transportation

  • Sorrento Train Station

    Sorrento's train station is centrally located in Piazza Angelina Lauro in making connections to hotels and attractions relatively easy. Sorrento is connected to Naples by a commuter rail service called the Circumvesuviana rail line. Train tickets can be bought downstairs in the two story station building which also sells snacks. A grocery store can...

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  • Easy to reach from Naples

    Going to Sorrento from Napoli you need to take Circumvesuviana Railroad . From Garibaldi Train Station go down by the scalators, take you left and go straight until practically the end of hallway.The entrance to the " binarios" ( platforms) is on your left side.Tickets can be bought upstairs or next to the binários entrance.All trains to Sorrento...

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  • The Circumvesuviana

    The Circumveuviana train is more like a Metro/subway train than an overground long-distance train, although it does travel overground for most of its route.It's an excellent way of accessing Sorrento from Naples, and also of accessing the various ancient sites in between the two settlements: Pompeii, Herculaneum (at Ercolano), Oplontis (at Torre...

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Sorrento Shopping

  • Via Cesareo: Main Shopping Street

    Via Cesareo is the main shopping street in Sorrento. The best place to start a walk down the street is where it intersects the Plaza Tasso. The street narrows to a group of small shops and stalls selling a diverse group of products. Lemon products, walnuts, olive oil and a wide selection of candies are just a few items offered. There are also some...

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  • Jewellery in Sorrento - Buyer Beware!

    This store had some very lovely jewellery. But that being said, save your money and don't risk getting ripped off. We truly enjoyed all the shopping in Sorrento. Bought lovely scarves for 8-10 euros, beautiful lemon soap shops, inlaid wood and the rest. Very disappointed to purchase a pendant from this particular jewellery store only to find out...

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  • Limon candies

    almost any shop you can find the lemon candies. They are packed in small transparent bags.They are kind of yellow hard little balls . They not too sour when you start to absorb it flavor but then, a very small amount of limon juice comes out of it. Very good to my taste.I brought 2 bags home but I wish I had brought more. About 2 euros for one...

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Sorrento Local Customs

  • Respecting Traditional Funerals

    It's nearly midday in downtown Sorrento. A funeral procession of mourners walking through town proceeds up to the Piazza Tasso. As they proceed several tourists step out on the street to take pictures of the mourners. Other more impatient ones walk directly through the mourners to get to the other side of the street. Admittedly I took a picture of...

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  • Puttanesca pasta

    320g linguine, 300g small tomatoes, 60g black olives, 30g capers, 30g anchovies, 15 ml extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, chopped parsley, Red Chillisalt Method:Fry garlic and ret hot pepper in Olice oil, add anchovies and melt at low heat. Add chopped tomatoes and cook rapidly at high heat, mix with pitted olives and capers. Boil linguine...

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  • Neapolitan Lasagna

    Ingredients:This recipe is for 10 servings in order to get the best results as it's a traditional dish that is commonly prepared for festivals. 600-700g pasta for lasagna, 450g meat balls, 500g ricotta cheese, 450g Buffelo Mozzerela patted dry or fior di latte cheese, 500g "cervellatine" (thin sausages), A good ragu sauce250g parmesan and or...

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Sorrento Warnings and Dangers

  • Beaches

    The coast is really beautiful, but if you are thinking about beaches... you'd better search somewhere else. There are a few spots with some centimeters of sand, you'll see people diving from the rocks or the piers, but conventional beaches is something to forget.

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  • Queues for the bus...

    Having only visited well out of season before, with hardly any people queuing for the buses, I was astonished to see the mid-October queues for the Sorrento>Amalfi bus (see photo). Most people did not get on the first bus which arrived and had to wait, by which time the queue was just as long again. I felt sorry for those with suitcases, clearly...

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  • It's a long way down...

    Taking the ferry or hydrofoil from Sorrento to Capri is a popular trip. But you should be aware that Sorrento lies high above the sea, and it's a long walk down to (or up from) the dock.Going down isn't too bad. You can follow the road (as in the photo) or take the long series of steps which leads off Via San Francesco. Coming up is much more of an...

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Sorrento Tourist Traps

  • Pompeii - Unannounced closures.

    Advertised opening hours at Pompeii are 08:30 to 19:30 April- October. We arrived at around 10:15 on a Tuesday to find notices on all gates saying closed until 11:30 for a "Staff Meeting". We interpreted this to mean industrial action by employees.When the gates eventually opened a little after the time the notices advised many coaches had arrived...

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  • Trip to the hills in a 50's style tram

    We thought this trip into the country would make a change from the bustle of Sorrento. It was in a bus done up as a 50's style tram and the idea was that you went up to a village in the hills, enjoyed the panoramic view and came back ten minutes later or waited for the next bus to come along. We thought we would have a drink up there and enjoy the...

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  • Taxi's - Rip off

    Taxis in Sorrento and the rest of Italy are a rip off, It cost's 12 to 15 euro for a short journey of about 1 mile. (a 10 minute walk ) my mother had to use them as she is disabled and if anything that put the price up because they could tell that she had no choice. She got a Taxi back from Piazza Tasso to Via Cocumela in St Agnello at 23:50 and it...

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Sorrento What to Pack

  • Cold Feet!

    Light slippers - if travelling outside of the hottest months, a pair of slippers are welcome, as the floors are all tiled and become very cold. Flasholight or torch - for darkly lit churches, etc. so that one can see the art. Also useful on archaelogical sites.

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  • My recommended Packing List

    Soft, durable, and light weight Luggage with retractable handle on wheels. Sized for carryon and Maybe one for checkin.Small light weight backpack is also preferred.Easy to carry hand free. Clothes for a week stay. Laundry can be done during down times.Men 3-5 Shirts and pants for weather conditions during your stay.Good pair of comfortable...

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Sorrento Off The Beaten Path

  • Get Over to Capri

    Sitting just a few minutes off the coast of Sorrento, Capri beckons as a special place that has been enjoyed since before the Roman civilization. Sorrento happens to be the place where you can access Capri the most quickly with trips being as short as twenty minutes.Basically two options exist to get you from the docks of Sorrento to Capri. The...

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  • Punta del Capo

    Most of Sorrento's city beaches are small and just piers extending into the water. West of the city is one of the best beaches of Sorrento: Punta del Capo. It can be reached from Sorrento by following the main street Corso Italia and then up the hill along Via del Capo.

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  • Find a Roman Villa

    We wandered down the cliff path from the lookout by the church of St Francis to the seafront, which was totally deserted. We walked over and under the boardwalks to the left as far as we could go and then cut into the cliff face we found this Roman Villa.And not just any villa, this was Roman Emperor stuff.

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Sorrento Sports & Outdoors

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    Sorrento Beach

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    The beach at Sorrento is the place to do beach activities: sunbathe, water sports, boating, swimming, etc. Your choice... Have fun and relax!

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  • Sorrento

    Sorrento- a famous town in Campania. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri.The Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorrento and Amalfi) is a...

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  • Amazing place, very friendly, very...

    It s just pay, pay, pay, First time we went down to the private Boardwalk swimming areas, as these were owned exclusively by the Hotels on the cliffs, we were charged 30 euros per day for 2 loungers. By the end of the 9 day break after frequenting the beaches were were charged 19 euros.Think the ticket woman sees your face and decides on a...

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  • Getting lost in the back streets

    Via Fuoro runs through the old town parallel and just a few yards from Corso Italia. They could not be more different. Via Fuoro is lined with little shops selling just about everything and little cafes. But keep going along Via Fuoro and you will end up at the far end of town, just where you think the alley cannot possibly get any narrower and...

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