Sorrento Area

Sorrento Area holidays

It’s all glitz and glam around sun-kissed Sorrento and its famous cliff-lined coastline. This is where charming hillside towns ooze seaside chic and life revolves around long lunches of seafood spaghetti and limoncello as you people-watch behind designer shades. Timeless Sorrento takes centre stage thanks to its buzzy piazzas and vintage bathing platforms, but rural charm and sunshine days in the slow lane await in neighbours like Massa Lubrense. Further south, pastel-coloured lookers Positano and Ravello pull in the A-list crowds for their stylish shopping and sky-high gardens. And if you can tear yourself away from village-hopping, vineyard visits, jet-setter islands and the archaeological phenomenon of Pompeii are all on the menu too. 
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Sant'Agnello, Sorrento Area

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  • Great for local charm
  • Peaceful atmosphere
  • Set in beautiful gardens
  • Family-run hotel
  • Close to the resort centre
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Grand Hotel Moon Valley

Seiano, Sorrento Area

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  • Great value for money
  • Spacious pool area
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to the beach
  • Breathtaking views
  • Set in botanical gardens
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Language

Italian

Currency

euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around 5 euro

3 course meal

around 25 euro

Flight times

3hrs

Picture-perfect towns

The Riviera's star of the show is Sorrento. Home to two lovely marinas and a maze of cute cobbled streets, its understated elegance is nothing short of charming. On the Amalfi Coast, Positano is a vision of pastel-coloured villas with the most superb sea views, while dreamy Ravello boasts sweeping vistas, polished piazzas and sculpted gardens. 

Buon appetito

When it comes to food and drink, this part of Italy is star-spangled – yup, there are lots of Michelin restaurants to try. And you can stir your senses with a taste of Sorrento’s famous lemon liquor, limoncello. The sun-soaked lemons here are so sweet and for the best buffalo mozzarella, you’re in the right place. Try some on a Pizza Margherita, another local creation. Grab a harbourside table for sparkling sea views or head to Piazza Tasso for a buzzy square setting. 

More to explore

The archaeological phenomenon of Pompeii is an absolute must-see on every Sorrento holiday. At this ancient city frozen in time, you’ll be amazed by the well-preserved artefacts on show – plus it’s just a train ride away. Favoured by the rich and famous, the island of Capri oozes glitz and glam. Make like the jet-setters and sail across to this exclusive sun-drenched retreat.

Sorrento Area resorts

Sorrento Centre

A fragrant frame of lush lemon trees and bougainvillea in bloom surround Sorrento’s sophisticated central piazza, cobbled lanes and picturesque parks.

Sant'Agnello Holidays

Sant'Agnello

This clifftop town overlooks the dreamy coastline and turquoise sea.

Massa Lubrense Holidays

Massa Lubrense

This peaceful, picturesque commune lies on the sun-kissed Neapolitan Riviera.

Seiano

Nestled peacefully around 10km from Sorrento lies the little village of Seiano, where a palette of plush greens will welcome you upon arrival.

Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi

The little village enjoys stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. Close to Sorrento, Sant’Agata also boasts an exceptional gourmet restaurant, considered one of Italy’s best eateries.

Castellammare di Stabia

Lying by the coastline close to pebble beaches, Castellammare di Stabia takes in some marvellous mountain and sea views.

Marina del Cantone

Tucked away in a dinky cove 18km south of Sorrento, this small but buzzy bay is where the locals go for a low-key seaside escape.

Beaches

It’s all about poolside lounging and retro bathing platforms in much of this seaside paradise. But if you’re after a traditional stretch of sand to mooch on, the island of Ischia is your best bet. It’s kitted out with one of the largest patches, and most of it’s free, too.

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La Marienella Beach

La Marienella Beach

Sorrento Area

This tiny beach is connected to the La Marinella restaurant and is popular with locals and children, who enjoy splashing around in the shallow waters. A sunbathing deck sits above the beach for dedicated...
Antico Bagno Stabilimento Balneare

Antico Bagno Stabilimento Balneare

Sorrento Area

A delightful bay with a few rocky outcrops and water so clear you can see the bottom as you swim. The beach is private, so you’ll have to pay to access it, though they provide sun loungers and umbrellas. There...

Sights

Over on the island of Capri, the Blue Grotto is an enchanting sight to behold. Head there on a boat and watch as sunlight peeps through the rocks and illuminates this stunning sea cave. Don’t miss out on UNESCO-stamped marvels back inland, for particularly remarkable historic gems.

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Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto

Sorrento Area

Something magical awaits you in Capri – a natural phenomenon and the island’s most famous attraction. Hop on board a small wooden boat and let your skipper guide you into the Blue Grotto. This sea cave has an...
Aqueduct

Aqueduct

Sorrento Area

The aqueduct looks Roman but was built later, in the 16th century, when the village spring dried up. The aqueduct carried water from a source in the hills 550 metres away. It has two tiers of arches made with...

Activities

Hop between villages and hilltop hamlets along the coast. Whether you do this by bus or car, you’ll be blown away by the jaw-dropping scenes on this world-famous cliff-top drive. If that doesn’t pack your camera roll with enough mind-blowing photos, take a trek to mighty Mount Vesuvius.

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Amalfi drive

Amalfi drive

Sorrento Area

Take a drive along the world-famous clifftop of Amalfi, and enjoy Italy’s most scenic stretch of coast. Carved out of the cliffs, and with a 500ft vertical drop, the road produces incredible views. If you...
Pompeii

Pompeii

Sorrento Area

Pompeii lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering it in a layer of burning pumice fragments. In 1748, excavations began, and today at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can see the...

Eating and drinking

Seafood is a staple here, and the focus is on local, fresh and simple. There are plenty of Amalfi Coast delicacies, where fish is gently simmered in water with a simple trio of flavours – tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Pitch up in a traditional eatery and feast for hours.

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Don Alfonso 1890

Don Alfonso 1890

Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, Sorrento Area

Reservations are required for one Italy’s most inspired and well-regarded restaurants. This two-Michelin-star eatery serves food harvested from the chef’s own six-hectare farm and, reflecting the changes in the...
'O Canonico 1898

'O Canonico 1898

Sorrento Centre, Sorrento Area

Sitting in Sorrento's busiest square, Piazza Tasso, 'O Canonico 1898 is something of a legend in the resort, having first opened its doors here more than 100 years ago. Lemony squid, lobster risotto and herby...

Shopping

Souvenir shopping is big business around these parts. If you're after anything lemon-themed, you’re in luck. Delis selling glorious local produce and tiny shops trading in handicrafts line the cobbled streets in every town. Sorrento specialises in ornate wooden furniture, while Capri’s famed for sandals. There are some glamorous labels in fashion, too.

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Anchovy essence

Anchovy essence

Sorrento Area

Since medieval times, the village of Cetera has been famed for its deep-sea tuna, though recently locals have returned to anchovies. At night, they go out in their boats with powerful lamps to fish for...
Antiques shop of the Fratelli Ruocco

Antiques shop of the Fratelli Ruocco

Sorrento Area

If you are looking for a piece of art or a souvenir to take back home with you then you’re in luck. There are some great artisan shops that sell locally made items like the famous linen shirts, handmade...

Nightlife

Evening activities are relatively low-key and get going with late-night al fresco meals with wine. You’ll find some super-chic bars in Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi, where you can indulge in a cocktail or two. You’ll find there are a few options to frequent after the sun goes down.

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Al Piccolo Bar

Al Piccolo Bar

Sorrento Area

The very first bar open in the legendary Piazzetta and arguably the best. It’s long been seen as the centre of evening life on the island and is a favourite of both locals and tourists. They serve food during...
Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

Sorrento Area

The modern Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, named after its Brazilian architect, opened in 2010. It’s open all year and attracts international musicians, artists and performers. The striking design follows the...
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