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A pretty clifftop town with rolling hills and gorgeous views
The gorgeous town of Sorrento is perched atop rocky cliffs on a beautiful headland and boasts breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Breathe in the fresh fragrant air that drifts across rolling hills from the clusters of orange and lemon groves and explore the old town's winding maze of narrow cobbled alleyways.
Best time to visit Sorrento
April to October is the ideal time to visit Sorrento as the days are brighter and enjoy more sunshine. From November to June many outdoor swimming pools are closed and from November to May a number of beaches are not accessible. We advise checking with your Personal Travel Expert before travel to avoid disappointment.
Sorrento holiday highlights
Sitting pretty at the top of a cliff and overlooking the Bay of Naples is the popular town of Sorrento. A number of resorts run along the southern tip of Sorrento’s peninsular and this popular town is famous for its scenic beauty, tempting seafood and fine wine. It is also a great base from which to explore the surrounding regions and sights such as Pompeii and the UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast.
Explore the delightful Old Town with its winding medieval lanes and the cloister of the Church of St Francis. Admire the stunning wood inlay, historic frescoes and antique columns at the 15th-Century cathedral; sip capuccinos at one of the many bustling pavement cafés; or relax on one of the natural terraces and drink in the sensational views over the panoramic bay. The pretty park of Villa Comunale is blooming with colourful flowers and offers spectacular coastal views.
Sorrento is a hot spot for cultural events, with everything from sausage, grape and jazz festivals to antique fairs and art exhibitions. The acclaimed Sorrento Film Festival attracts thousands of film fans every November, while in the summer months classical concerts are held in the evocative Cloister of San Francesco.
Although there are not many beaches here you can access the waters of Mediterranean via bathing platforms that sit at the base of the cliff. The cafés and restaurants here are a delight and there is nothing quite like just dining al fresco under the Italian sun. Ferries to the island of Capri also operate from Sorrento making for a fantastic day or overnight trip.
Don't miss a visit to nearby Pompeii, the famous Roman town destroyed by Vesuvius in AD 79 which has been remarkably preserved and is just a 50-minute drive away.