Sorrento: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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The small town of Sorrento, built overlooking the sea, is one of the favorite destinations for both Italian and international tourism. Chosen for its beauty and the convenience of connections to other destinations in Campania, it is always particularly crowded at any time of the year.
Influenced over the centuries by Greeks, Romans, Normans and Aragonese, all the peoples who followed one another in the domination of Sorrento have left tangible proofs of their passage. Among the colors and scents of the sea, the thousand steps and the luxuriant vegetation, it is in fact possible to admire important monuments and archaeological sites, which give the tourist the possibility to choose between history, culture, beach, relaxation and good food.


  1. 10 things to see in Sorrento in a weekend
  2. What to see in Sorrento in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Sorrento: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Sorrento
  5. Plan your stay in Sorrento: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Sorrento in a weekend

1 - Corso Italia and Piazza Tasso

Bars, restaurants, shops and always a lot of people, because Sorrento is not just a seaside resort, but a city to be enjoyed all year round. In this stretch of the urban route, everyone shows off, from the shops to those who frequent them or those who simply come to stroll. In short: the classic good living room.

  • from the Sorrento Centrale railway station, take via degli Aranci and in about 6 minutes on foot you will arrive at the beginning of Corso Italia. The center of Sorrento is almost entirely pedestrianized and being very small it can be visited on foot without problem - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Cathedral of Saints Philip and James

In the historic center of Sorrento and finished to restore in the 20s, it has a baroque style interior with works of great value. We find paintings by Giacomo del Po ', marble statues, the wooden choir in the presbytery and the large organ. The bell tower with its 700th century ceramic clock rises imposingly on Corso Italia.

  • in via Santa Maria della Pietà, in the heart of the historic center, is 650 meters from the station, which can be reached on foot in 8 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Basilica of Sant'Antonino Abate

Built in the th century, the facade is in Romanesque style and internally has a Latin cross shape. The crypt and the sacristy are very beautiful, but also the marble interiors, the monumental altar and the statue of Sant'Antonino completely in silver.

  • in Piazza Sant'Antonino, very close to the Duomo, you arrive from the station in 7 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Villa Comunale and Cloister of San Francesco

With a breathtaking view, the Villa Comunale in Sorrento is a stone's throw from Piazza Tasso. Small and tidy, it has the possibility of reaching Marina Piccola via a comfortable lift. The Cloister is attached to the villa and is a must see in Sorrento. It still retains the fourteenth-century architecture along with other decorative motifs added in subsequent centuries. Arcades of crossed arches and round arches resting on magnificent columns.

  • in via San Francesco, is a 9-minute walk from the train station along Corso Italia and Via De Maio - Get directions
  • every day from 8: 00 to 23: 00
  • free

5 - Villa Fiorentino

This beautiful building from the s is managed by the Sorrento Foundation which organizes exhibitions and cultural events. The program of the foundation is always very rich and the events take place both inside and in the beautiful garden outside the villa.

  • from the station it is about 850 meters, 11 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • access times depend on scheduled events
  • the cost of the ticket varies according to the type of event on the bill. Please refer to the official website

6 - Correale di Terranova Museum

From a private bequest to the city, the Correale di Terranova Museum is spread over three floors, with twenty-four rooms, a library and a beautiful garden. Inside are on display precious furniture, Capodimonte porcelain, 600th century paintings, still lifes, many books and other documentary material on the history of the Kingdom of Naples. The garden is beautiful and can also be visited.

  • from the station it is 500 meters on foot for a 6 minute walk - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 18:30 - Sunday from 9:30 to 13:30 - closed on Monday
  • full € 8,00 - reduced € 5,00 - school groups € 3,00 - under 10 free

7 - Vallone dei Mulini

Inside a very narrow valley, in the 900th century, a small "industrial" pole was built which included a large mill, a sawmill, a quarry and cisterns, all functional to the grinding of grain. In it was abandoned and now it is inaccessible but of indisputable charm. It can be admired from the road that cuts through the valley from above.

  • from the station it is only 600 meters walkable in 8 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Dominova seat

The Palazzo del Sedile, or the Seat, is a building, widespread in some cities of southern Italy, where the meetings of the noble council for city administration were held.
Built in the 1877th century as a noble seat for public administration, it became the meeting place of the workers' society in and used for mutual aid. The fresco at the entrance and the majolica dome are beautiful, it is the only testimony of a noble seat in all of Campania.

  • the building is 700 meters from the railway station along Corso Italia for 8 minutes on foot. Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 20:00 - closed on Mondays.
  • free

9 - Baths of Queen Giovanna

Between the city center and Capo di Sorrento lies this picturesque cove which looks like one completely rocky natural pool. The difficult access does not make it a beach suitable for children, but the setting it offers the visitor is perhaps even better than the splendid and crystalline waters that bathe it.

  • in Traversa Punta Capo Sorrento, it is 12 minutes by car following the SS145 or by bus of the EAV and Sita companies at a cost of € 1,20 each way and departing from the train station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Marina Grande and Marina Piccola

Marina Grande is a very small and colorful village, full of clubs, restaurants and bathing establishments, made famous by some films. Very busy and crowded, if you want to come by the sea it is advisable to arrive early.
Marina Piccola is instead the tourist port of Sorrento, not far from the center. From here the ferries that connect the towns of the whole coast leave and arrive.

  • Marina Grande is about a kilometer from the station and can be reached on foot in less than 20 minutes (Get directions). Marina Piccola can be reached from the station by taking Villa Comunale, 9 minutes on foot from the station, then with the lift that goes down directly to the marina. The cost of the ticket is € 1,20 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Sorrento in one day: recommended itinerary

Sorrento is a city that must be visited on foot and slowly, to fully enjoy the colors of the port, the coolness of the gardens and the noise of the historic center.

Morning: an itinerary that manages to touch the main points in the space of a day, can start with the Vallone dei Mulini, which can be reached at the railway station. Access to the valley is forbidden but there are marked pitches from where you can see the ruins from above.
From the valley, take the direction of the historic center, where you arrive in 3 minutes, to visit the Cathedral and the Sedile Dominova building in series, not far from each other, and then continue to Marina Grande.
Once at our destination we will find the same atmosphere of the historic center, accentuated by the noise and colors of the sea, beautiful colored buildings that are reflected in the water and many bars and restaurants that open along the pier. Here it is possible to stop for lunch to enjoy, perhaps, a nice fried fish and fresh fish.

Afternoon: after lunch, you can proceed to the Villa Comunale to admire the view overlooking the sea and the Cloister of San Francesco; if you want, you can go down to Marina Piccola directly from the villa using the lift. The Basilica of Sant'Antonino Abate is only 5 minutes away and another 10 minutes are needed to reach the Correale di Terranova Museum. Here, in addition to visiting the beautiful rooms of the museum, you can relax in the beautiful garden that surrounds it.

Sera: for dinner you can decide to stay in the surroundings, and then throw yourself into the evening confusion of Corso Italia and Piazza Tasso.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast: Pasticceria Monica, a stone's throw from the Vallone dei Mulini, offers exclusively homemade desserts
  2. Deep Valley of the Mills: always accessible - ticket price: free
  3. Cathedral and Sedile Dominova: Duomo hours: always accessible - ticket price: free. Dominova Seat Hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 20:00 - closed on Monday - ticket price: free
  4. Marina Grande: always accessible - ticket price: free
  5. Lunch: Trattoria da Emilia
  6. Villa Comunale and Cloister of San Francesco: every day from 8:00 to 23:00 - ticket price: free
  7. Basilica of Sant'Antonio Abate: always accessible - ticket price: free
  8. Correale Museum: from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 18:30 - Sunday from 9:30 to 13:30 - closed Monday - ticket cost: full € 8,00 - reduced € 5,00 - school groups € 3,00 - under 10 free
  9. Price: Restaurant 100 Grams

Where to eat in Sorrento: the best restaurants

  1. Trattoria da Emilia: on the small harbor two meters from the sea, it offers simple dishes of very fresh fish. Excellent fries and desserts.
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via Marina Grande, 62 (Get directions) - tel: 0818072720
  2. Dear: renowned pizzeria in the city, one of the best, where you can taste the typical Neapolitan pizza. Good selection of beers.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Degli Aranci, 13 (Get directions) - tel: 0818774853
  3. 100 Grams restaurant: restaurant with a modern design but with traditional cuisine. The famous and celebrated "gnocchi alla sorrentina" are excellent.
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: viale Nizza, 45 (Get directions) - tel: 0815339289

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Sorrento

Sorrento is a very popular destination all year round and always manages to satisfy the most varied requests of the people of the night. You can start with the classics aperitifs in Corso Italia, dinners in the most diverse restaurants and continue until late at night in one of the many clubs or discos that offer all kinds of music.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Fauno Notte Club: well-known and popular club, opens at 23pm and dance until 00am. Young but elegant atmosphere, selection at the entrance.
    Address: piazza Tasso, 13 - Get directions / Facebook page
  • Filou Club: elegant setting for live music evenings and excellent cocktails. Opens at 22pm.
    Address: via Santa Maria della Pietà - Get directions / Facebook page
  • shot: great pub to meet from the late afternoon. Good selection of wines and appetizers with abundant appetizers.
    Address: via Santa Maria della Pietà, 26 - Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Sorrento: info and useful tips

How to reach us

  • By plane: the closest airport to Sorrento, only 50 km away, is that of Naples (Capodichino). The airport is connected to the major Italian and European locations by various airlines and from the airport you can reach Sorrento with the Curreri company buses at a cost of € 7,00 - Flights to Naples from € 33,00 -
  • By train: Napoli Centrale station is connected to Sorrento by local Circumvesuviana trains at a cost of about € 3,50. From Rome, to Naples, it takes a minimum of 2 hours and 40 minutes by train at a cost of € 12,75.
  • By car: from any direction you arrive, you have to take the motorway towards Naples and continue along the A3 motorway towards the Sorrento Peninsula and exit at Castellammare di Stabia. From Castellammare di Stabia continue along the state road until the Sorrento exit - Get directions
  • By bus: the Flixbus and Duemari companies connect Naples with the main Italian cities with costs starting from € 29,99 each way.

How to move and where to park

  • Getting around: the best way to get around Sorrento is on foot. The center is very small and all the important places to visit are easily reachable both from the train station and from the Piazza del Duomo. To reach the more distant beaches, such as that of Bagni della Regina Giovanna, it is possible to move with the buses of the Sita company and the EAV company.
  • Where to park: parking is convenient Central Parking, in Corso Italia 319 (Get directions), central and very close to both the station and the historic center. Open 24 hours every day, it offers personalized rates based on the period of parking of the car. Parking Stinga it is instead in via Degli Aranci 25 (Get directions), which is a few minutes' walk from Marina Grande and offers rates from € 2,00 per hour.

Where to sleep and what to see nearby

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: with 20 minutes by car it is possible to arrive on the Amalfi Coast: Positano, Praiano, Maiori, Minori, Amalfi, Ravello and Vietri. Half an hour by circumvesuviana are the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, while Naples is only 1 hour by car. It is also possible to leave by hydrofoil from Marina Piccola to Capri and Anacapri with return in the evening at a minimum cost of € 16,90 each way per person; some hotels organize excursions directly from their reception.

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