Things to Do in Sorrento
As you’d expect from all Italian holidays, many an hour can be whiled away at neighbourhood cafés, sampling the delicious local wines, eating pasta and watching the world go by. The social heart of Sorrento is at Piazzo Tasso - relaxing by day and vibrant by night as the locals arrive on their Vespas to sample the late night bars. If it gets a little too busy here, just head for the ‘Drains’; don’t be put off by the unusual name, as this is actually a maze of medieval alleys hiding tantalising trattorias, trendy art galleries and craft shops selling locally made inlaid wood souvenirs.
The local limoncello has to be sampled whilst in Sorrento; it’s a locally produced liqueur, traditionally made from the rind of Sorrento lemons which you will see growing in back gardens all over the town. Pizza is also a local specialty, having been invented in the nearby city of Naples.
Although there is plenty to see and do in the town, many tourists use Sorrento as a base from which to explore the Neapolitan Riviera with Capri, Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompeii and the famous Amalfi Drive all within easy reach. The island of Capri is a perfect day trip – hop on a ferry and follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous that have travelled here since ancient times. Emperors Augustus and Tiberius made their homes here and visitors can explore Roman ruins, visit the Blue Grotto sea cave and enjoy a glass of wine at a seaside café before heading back to Sorrento for the evening. Watch the setting sun cast golden light over the cliffs of the Amalfi coast and you will wish your holiday in Sorrento never had to end.