Sorrento Holidays

Lemons, leather and limoncello; holidays to Sorrento put you high above the sea inside the ancient walls of an utterly pretty medieval town.

There are floating sun decks at the edge of volcanic sands, Michelin starred dining in the stone vault of a former monk’s cellar and the scent of leather and lemons along the ancient cobblestoned streets of Via San Cesareo. This tiny town, flooded with jasmine, wisteria and mimosa is the place to come if you fancy a perch high above the sea dipping in and out sun-drenched pools, meandering through a labyrinth of Roman alleyways and following splendid walking trails through the Lattari mountains.

Holidays to Sorrento are all about ditching the plan, stopping here or there for limoncello or gelato and darting in and out of cathedrals and museums steeped in Roman Empire history. We love the sleepy fishing village feel of Marina Grande - whose famous seafood lunches are outstanding - the secret cove of Baia di Ieranto and the shallow, family friendly waters of Puolo. We also love cliff top cocktails overlooking the Bay of Naples, the steep sloping lemon and orange grove terraces as you drive the Amalfi Coast Road and the old town’s charming cathedral and historic lanes filled with lacework and intarsio. It’s all fairytale pretty and otherworldly, bustling with family-run restaurants, old artisanal workshops and Villa Communale’s grand Mount Vesuvius views: and all just a hydrofoil away from the Naples and Capri.

Following in the company of greats including Goethe, Byron and Wagner whose holidays to Sorrento where long and frequent, you’re perfectly placed for alfresco Champagne dinners, hotels decked out in age-old frescoes, wooden jetties suspended on stilts over the Tyrrhenian Sea and the captivating remains of ancient walls.

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Sorrento Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Sorrento

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

The striking views over the water and Mount Vesuvius make this hotel a real Neapolitan Riviera ge...

Grand Hotel Ambasciatori

Perched high on a clifftop with spellbinding views of the Neapolitan Riviera.

Grand Hotel de la Ville

This friendly hotel offers Italian elegance, good facilities and high standards of service and cu...

Grand Hotel Royal

Surrounded by gardens, this elegant hotel is an oasis in the heart of Sorrento.

Hilton Sorrento Palace

A firm favourite, this popular hotel has a large multi-tiered pool and glorious views.

Hotel Corallo

An historic hotel with a tranquil setting and panoramic terraces overlooking the Bay of Naples.

Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento

This contemporary hotel offers incredible panoramic views over the Bay of Naples from its excepti...

Grand Hotel Cocumella

Grand Hotel Cocumella is a refined retreat with spectacular views over the Gulf of Sorrento.

Grand Hotel President

With an exceptional hilltop position, this friendly hotel has extraordinary views over Sorrento a...

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Historical Pompeii

Fascinating Pompeii is an ancient city where a moment was frozen in time. For over a century and a half, the Roman settlement was buried under four to six metres of ash and pumice following the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius as well as subsequent eruptions hundreds of years later. During a two-hour guided tour of the public monuments and private homes, you’ll learn about the 18th-Century excavations, the lives of subjects of the Roman Empire and secrets that they continue to uncover to this day.

• Duration: half day
• Time: 9am to 1pm
• Departs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
• Operates May to October
• Group experience

Good to know
Includes transfers and entrance fee to Pompeii ruins. Please bring ID with you. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties.

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The Preservation of Pompeii & Herculaneum

On this insightful day trip, a local guide will introduce you to the astonishing archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You’ll soon understand why these are must-visit destinations from Sorrento. Once prime Roman cities, Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted back in 79 AD – both places are well-preserved, but you’ll get to understand how the eruption affected them differently. After a guided visit of Pompeii’s main public monuments and ruined homes, you’ll stop for a delicious Neapolitan lunch at a local restaurant before travelling on to Herculaneum to see parts of houses and even household objects that have been remarkably preserved.

• Duration: full day
• Time: 9am to 5pm
• Departing Monday, Thursday and Sunday from Sorrento
• Operates May – October
• Group experience

Good to know
Includes transfers, entrance fees in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and lunch. Please bring ID with you. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties.

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Cruise the Sorrento Coast & Capri

You’ll sail to Capri along the Sorrento Coast from the port of Piano di Sorrento. Along the way, admire the colourful fishermen's village of Marina Grande, the ruins of a Roman villa near Bagni della Regina Giovanna, and a natural waterfall. When you reach the shores of Capri, you’ll tour the island by boat, stopping to visit the Marvellous Grotto, the White Grotto, and the Green Grotto. Admire the Natural Arch, Villa Curzio Malaparte, the coastal stacks known as the Faraglioni rocks, and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena. There’s a chance to swim and snorkel, with snacks and drinks offered on board before some free time to explore the island at your own pace. You’ll depart Capri and enjoy a limoncello tasting on your way back to Sorrento.

• Duration: full day
• 9am to 4pm
• Daily departures
• Operates April to May
• Group experience

Good to know
Includes transfers, snacks and drinks. Entrance fees not included. A visit to the Blue Grotto is not included in this experience.

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Get to know Sorrento and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT +1 hour




Naples: 2¾ hours


Christianity (Roman Catholic)



Where is Sorrento?
On the north coast of southern Italy overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a small resort town just under an hour away from Pompeii.

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Explore the delightful Old Town with its winding medieval lanes and the cloister of the Church of St Francis, and in the summer look out for classic concerts held in the evocative Cloister of San Francesco. The bay side park of Villa Comunale sits on a cliff top and is worth visiting not only for its colourful blooms but also spectacular coastal views over the entire Bay of Naples. The Museo Correale di Terranova sits inside a palatial villa with four floors of fine art, antiquities and precious glass from the Correale houses Naples and Sorrento and is one of the best provincial museums in Italy.  

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Getting around
Sorrento is a small town that’s easily navigated by foot, but both the EAV and Sita buses will take you up and down the hillside too. Tickets need to be purchased in advance from a tabaccaio shop and can’t be bought on board. Sita buses will also take you to Positano and Amalfi. If you are hiring a car you can easily drive along the Amalfi Coast or on to Pompeii, or take the local Circumvesuviana train, which is just a 30-minute journey to Pompeii. Ferries also depart from Sorrento to both Capri and Naples.

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Food & drink
It’s all about a love of lemons in Sorrento. And depending on which type of lemon is used you’ll always experience a different taste. Expect delicious seafood laced with lemon, speciality risotto al limone and for desert, torte al limone. You’ll also find Michelin-starred restaurants, farm-to-table dining, Neapolitan classics and charming water’s edge eateries. There are lots of restaurants found down the maze of alleyways leading off the main historical square offering everything from kid-friendly pizza and pastas to typically Sorrentine cuisine. There are also plenty of bars to enjoy a cappuccino, lemon granita or sunset spritz, and a few chic late night cocktail lounges.

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Outdoor living
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. If you fancy a scenic walk, there are plenty of signposted trails around the peninsula as far as Positano. The trails are not strenuous and offer great natural rewards, as well as tiny cafes and restaurants along the way. Ferries to the island of Capri operate from Sorrento, making for a fantastic day or overnight trip and don’t miss a visit to nearby Pompeii, which is just a 50-minute drive away.

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Sorrento Weather

Apr - Oct