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Holidays in Sorrento
Perched on a cliff along a beautiful stretch of blue coastline lies one of Italy’s favourite resorts. Sorrento is made up of low valleys, high mountains and hillsides, with groves of colourful fruit to explore. For a taste of traditional Italian life, head to the restaurants, museums and market streets of the town centre.
April is usually peaceful and sunny, with an average temperature of around 20°C.
Naples, 54km north of the resort.
Explore medieval churches, shop for handcrafted souvenirs and dine on freshly-made pasta when you book your holiday to Sorrento with Thomas Cook.
Sorrento’s cobbled streets are dotted with little shops and cafes, perfect for a leisurely breakfast and a bit of souvenir shopping. The town’s medieval churches are a must-see, many with classical works of art and colourful frescos. The scent of oranges and lemons fill the air as you wander through the local groves. Take a stroll down to the harbour and find a traditional Italian restaurant where you can dine on fresh seafood. Wash it all down with a glass or two of locally-made limoncello.
Sorrento is a great base for exploring the nearby towns. Take a walk down to the harbour and jump on a hoverfoil or ferry to explore the island of Capri, just 20 minutes away. Catch the speedy Circumvesuviana metro train to visit the famous relics of Pompeii – you’ll need a good three hours to explore the area’s fascinating Roman relics. Hiking along the trails of the Sorrentine Peninsula is one of the best things to do in Sorrento. On your way up the sheer cliffs, stop to admire the azure blue Bay of Naples.
With piazzas filled with restaurants, the town centre is one of the best places in Sorrento to enjoy authentic Italian food. Sit yourself on an outdoor terrace, perfect for watching the locals go by. You’ll find fish fresh off the boat, rich and creamy cheeses, and plump olives on the menus here. Tuck into handmade pastas with fresh tomato sauce, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try the local dish of octopus stew. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dessert. Go for a local favourite, like fruity sorbetto or limoncello-flavoured gelato.
Wander through the narrow streets and along the seafront to find some of the best shopping. You’ll come across everything from ceramics to hand-stitched table cloths. Locally-crafted goods such as silk scarves, jewellery, and leather shoes make great souvenirs. Sorrento is well known for its wooden furniture and decorations, often with a geometric mosaic pattern. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the local delicatessens for freshly-made orange pastries, homemade gelato, and best of all, zesty limoncello liqueurs.
Best for art lovers: Feast your eyes on the beautiful frescos in Sorrento’s medieval churches.
Best for walkers: Hike along the trails of the Sorrentine Peninsula for great views of the Bay of Naples.
Best for shoppers: Find all sorts of shopping treats in Sorrento, from wooden decorations to handcrafted leather shoes.
Language: The language spoken in Sorrento is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Sorrento is Euro (€)
Local time: Sorrento is 1hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Naples, 54km north of the resort
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Tourist information: Further Sorrento tourist information can be found at www.sorrentotourism.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Sorrento.
Temperature: Low single digits up to 13 (°C) in the winter, while summer can see temperatures from between 22 and 29 (°C).
Best time to visit: April is usually peaceful and sunny, with an average temperature of around 20°C.
Great all-year round, Sorrento is blessed with mild winters and warm summers, helped by the cooling sea breeze. Springtime is usually pleasantly warm.
By foot: Discover Sorrento’s narrow streets on foot, from the seafront down to the main street area.
By bus: Hop on a bus to the pretty beach at Punto del Capo or stay on for Positano or Amalfi.
By train: Take the hour-long Circumvesuviana train to Naples or stop half-way to visit Pompeii.
Culture lovers: Watch world-class concerts in the beautiful Chiesa di San Francesco at the Sorrento Music Festival during July and September.
Al fresco diners: Dine outdoors at the Sagra della Salsiccia e Ceppone (Sausage and Bonfire Fair) in December. Feast on juicy sausages, barbecued over a blazing bonfire.