Things to do in
Sorrento

Sample the delights of this coastal town, including Limoncello, breathtaking views, and traditional crafts.

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From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

1. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

After pickup from your hotel, your boat tour will depart at 9:00 AM. First, you'll sail around Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens is said to have been set. Then your boat will head to the Ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi where you'll enjoy 4 hours of free time to explore the town. Don't miss seeing the main local attractions such as the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Enjoy some time on the pebble beach, tanning and swimming in the azure waters. You may also want to shop for local products like the world-famous Amalfi Coast lemons and limoncello.  Next, sail towards Positano, where you'll also have about 1.5 hours to yourself. Admire the picturesque Furore and the beautiful old town of Praiano. On the return trip, you'll find the Fjord of Crapolla and the enchanting Islet d'Isca that belongs to Eduardo de Filippo. Finally, arrive back at the port at about 5:15 PM to catch your shuttle back to your accommodations.

Sorrento: Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Optional Blue Grotto

2. Sorrento: Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Optional Blue Grotto

In the morning you will either be picked up from your hotel in the Sorrento area, or will make your own way to the Marina Lobra port in Massa Lubrense. Board your comfortable boat that accommodates up to 12 people and start cruising along the Sorrento coastline. Admire views of the Marciano Waterfall, before heading out to sea and towards the Island of Capri. If you select the early morning option including the Blue Grotto, you will arrive there right as it opens, avoiding the long queues. Board a small rowboat to marvel at the intense blue color of this unique sea cave, formed over thousands of years by erosion. Next, circumnavigate Capri to admire the dramatic coastal scenery of the island. See the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Faraglioni rocks, a natural arch, and the lighthouse of Punta Carena. Your guide will explain the wonders of Capri and its surroundings as you go. The boat will make stops at 2 different coves to go snorkeling and admire the rich marine life of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy a light lunch consisting of a Caprese sandwich or salad and your choice of drinks. The boat will then drop you off on Capri, where you will have 4 hours to discover this beautiful island at your own pace. You could do some shopping and have a drink in the charming town, or take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro and hike back down. Meet back at the boat and start the return journey back to the port. En route, enjoy a tasting of Limoncello, the traditional Neapolitan liqueur. Your trip will end either at the port in Massa Lubrense, or with a drop-off at your hotel, depending on the option selected.

From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

3. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for 1 hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get an hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, get 1.5 hours of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

4. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

Tour the beautiful Amalfi coast by boat with stops in Amalfi and Positano. Enjoy a light lunch on board with free time to explore the towns and to swim and snorkel. Relax on the boat while taking in the dramatic views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board the boat for a cruise around the Bay of Salerno to Amalfi. During the cruise, pass Nerano, the Emeraldo Grotto, and Li Galli Island. Sunbathe on the decks and beaches, or swim and snorkel in the shimmering waters. Arrive at the port of Amalfi and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town. Then head towards the next stop, Positano the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Admire its famous pink and white houses and see the domed cathedral.

From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

5. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO-protected Amalfi coast on this tour from Sorrento. Travel along the road known as the Amalfitana and admire the stretch of coastline famous for its natural beauty and charming towns. See the Li Galli islands and the isle of Capri in the distance. Spend 2 hours exploring the enchanting town of Positano before heading to Amalfi, passing through picturesque Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini. In Amalfi, visit of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and enjoy the beach or a boat trip at additional cost. In Ravello take in the amazing views from Villa Rufolo. Depart for Sorrento, driving back along the Amalfi Coast.

From Sorrento: Capri Guided Boat Tour & Ieranto Natural Park

6. From Sorrento: Capri Guided Boat Tour & Ieranto Natural Park

Embark on a round-trip boat transfer to Capri and explore this paradisical island at your own pace. Be picked up directly from your accommodation and enjoy a hassle-free transfer. After pickup, board the boat at Marina del Cantone in Nerano for a fast, 30-minute trip to the coast of Capri Island. While on board, get recommendations on things to do in Capri from your host and learn about the history and legends of the island. Disembark on Capri and see the island at your own pace. Choose to visit the world-famous Piazzetta, browse the luxury shops, or soak up the views from the Tiberio Gardens and Monte Solaro. Follow the quieter alleys of Anacapri or make your way to the Blue Grotto. After, take the scenic route back to the mainland. Admire highlights as you sail Capri full circle, including the Green Grotto, the lighthouse at Punta Carena, the Faraglioni (a natural arch overlooking the sea), and the White Cave. Then enter Ieranto Bay, the marine protected natural reserve, a pristine inlet located directly across from Capri and guarded by two Saracen Towers. It holds such beauty that, according to one legend, the Sirens chose it for their home. Return to Nerano in the evening.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

7. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and enjoy some free time to wander around Pompeii town. Choose the lunch option for a two-course meal consisting of a main course, a dessert, and one drink followed by a round of Limoncello tasting Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano.  From there, enjoy a 30-minute walk to the crater’s edge, where you’ll have some free time to explore. Take the opportunity to savor and photograph unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples from here. Look out for the official alpine guides at the summit who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you.  The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

From Naples: Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour

8. From Naples: Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the island of Capri and visit highlights, including the Blue Grotto and Mamma Mia Road. Take the jetfoil to the island and ride the funicular to the Piazzetta. Meet your guide at the port of Naples or Sorrento and head by jetfoil to the beautiful island of Capri. Arrive at the island's main port, the picturesque Marina Grande. Visit the Blue Grotto if weather permits and follow the breathtaking Mamma Mia Road to the second-largest center on the island, Anacapri. Soak up the views and explore its narrow streets and charming piazzas.  Next, travel to the main town of Capri and La Piazetta, the vibrant center of the island. Pass bustling hotels, restaurants, and open-air cafes before finding a spot to sit and relax in the warm sunshine. Continue to the Augustus botanical gardens and get views overlooking one of Capri's best-known landmarks, the legendary Faraglioni limestone rocks. Enjoy some time to explore on your own before returning to the Marina Grande.

From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

9. From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast and all its must-see sights on a day trip from either Naples or Sorrento. See the coast’s colorful cliff towns, including visits to Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi itself. Join your guide at your meeting point in either Naples or Sorrento before your scenic drive to your first stop. Venture into the cliffside village of Positano with your guide, who will drop you in the center and give you a quick introduction. Enjoy an hour to yourself to explore Positano's pebble beaches, narrow café-lined streets, and perhaps even go for a swim. Then, continue your journey, passing through the fishing village of Praiano. Take in panoramic coastal views of the village and sea below. Personalize your 2 hours in the town of Amalfi with options including a boat trip along the coast. Select the lunch option and choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches with 1 bottle of water. Alternatively, take time to explore the historical town on your own. If exploring by yourself, don’t miss the iconic Sant'Andrea Cathedral, home to eclectic Byzantine, Norman, and Moorish architectural styles. Finally, visit the beautiful town of Ravello, with its pretty streets and gelato shops. Enjoy an hour at your leisure for sights like the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its picturesque gardens overlooking the sea, before your journey back to Sorrento or Naples.

Pompeii: Half-Day Excursion from Naples or Sorrento

10. Pompeii: Half-Day Excursion from Naples or Sorrento

You’ll be picked up at your designated point of departure and travel by comfortable minibus or van to Pompeii on this half-day excursion to explore the ancient ruins of this famous Roman town. Ever since the ancient Greeks settled the area in the 8th century B.C. the region around Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted wealthy vacationers who came for the sun and the stunning scenery. By the turn of the first century A.D. the town of Pompeii, located about 5 miles from Mount Vesuvius, was a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens. Elegant houses and elaborate villas lined the paved streets. Tourists, townspeople and slaves bustled in and out of small factories and artisan shops, taverns and cafés and brothels and bathhouses. People gathered in the 20,000-seat arena and lounged in the open-air squares and marketplaces. Your tour guide will show you the most interesting places, such as the Forum, the thermal baths, the luxurious House of the Vettii and the Lupanar, or a famous brothel. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the site on your own before your return trip, with an anticipated arrival time of 1:40 PM.

Frequently asked questions about Sorrento

What top attractions are a must-see in Sorrento?

Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Sorrento?

    Sample a limoncello or a drink that favors the citrus flavor of a Sorrento lemon. The region has some succulent lemon trees. We also recommend trying the local olive oil while you're sightseeing in Sorrento.

  • How to get around Sorrento?

    Sorrento on foot is very scenic but if your feet hurt hop onto a city bus or train. You can also hire a taxi. To take a day trip, we recommend the trains and buses, though renting a car could be a fun way to see more of the landscape.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Sun-kissed summer days in Sorrento are the best days to vacation in Italy. When you plan a visit for June through August you'll find warm temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, and plenty of daylight.

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What people are saying about Sorrento

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,155 reviews

Wow what a day and what a way to see the Amalfi cost. Boat was lovely, crew were fantastic and met some great people, all topped off by stopping off in Amalfi and Positano, the perfect day and great value for money. 100% recommend !!

Value for money day excursion...the only bad thing was the relatively small minivan,that was noisy at the rear ( a noise derived from a plastic cover on the left rear side of the roof )

Our driver meet us on time, which is a big plus for us. He was friendly and told us interesting facts along the way!

Lia was an excellent guide. Patient, thorough, interesting and energetic. A full day but worth it!

Transportation was wonderful. Guides were organized and well informed