Sorrento holidays

Perched on a cliff along a beautiful stretch of blue coastline lies one of Italy’s most exclusive holiday resorts. Sorrento is made up of low valleys, high mountains and hillsides, with groves of colourful fruit to explore. Here, you can get a taste of traditional Italian life by heading to the restaurants for some authentic Campanian cuisine, look at ancient and medieval relics at the museums, and wander through the market streets of the historic town centre. Explore medieval churches, shop for handcrafted souvenirs, and dine on freshly-made pasta when you book your holidays in Sorrento with Thomas Cook.

Things to do

Visit the Museum Correale, an art museum housed in a magnificent 18th century villa, then head the 14th century Chiesa di San Francesco church. Take a break and have a coffee at one of the delightful cafes in the Piazza Tasso square, then set off to the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Its stunning resorts, overlooked by mountains, have long been popular with celebrities, and unlike many other European seaside destinations, they have not been spoilt by modern developments.

Visit Positano, the most exclusive resort, and wander through its steep streets with elegant boutiques and romantic restaurants. See the town's Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, a 13th century church with an impressive 1920s dome, or take a ferry to the striking Greek ruins of Paestum if you're here in the summer. You could also visit the coastal town of Amalfi, best known for its 10th century cathedral, and great souvenir shops.

You can reach these resorts by bus or by car, although bear in mind that the road is windy and can be very busy during the peak of the summer holidays in Sorrento. The most luxurious, albeit more expensive, mode of transport is to do a boat excursion of Positano, Ravello, Praiano, Atrani, Minori and Maiori. If you're interested in venturing further afield, then visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, which will take you at least a full day to explore but is certainly worth the time and effort!

Excellent beaches

Sorrento is not a traditional beach resort as there are only a handful of small manmade sandy shores, instead you’ll find wooden or stone bathing public platforms built over the sea. These are great for lounging in the sunshine and often have cafes in easy reach of the promenade. A lot of coastal hotels will have their own private platforms with a safe section of the sea to enjoy swimming in.

History and culture

It was the Greeks who first founded Sorrento in the 6th century BC and later became apart of the Roman Empire in the 4th century BC. Today Sorrento is a popular holiday resort etched into the cliff side with a maze of cobbled streets, traditional buildings and striking rocky landscapes. Down the narrow alleyways are quaint cafes, restaurants and shops that sell locally crafted goods such as jewellery, leather shoes and cloths. When visiting Sorrento you will see decorated murals, bell towers and remains of 16th century defence walls, as the city tried to create a better defence system against attacks from pirates.

Nightlife

Sorrento’s evening entertainment revolves around eating and socialising so you wont find many clubs in the area. There are, however, lots of great bars and restaurants that stay open late and often host shows such as live bands, cabaret and dance performances. Enjoy a fruity cocktail in the relaxed environment, or sit outdoors and enjoy the spectacular scenery, whilst sampling some authentic Italian food.

Map of Sorrento

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April is usually peaceful and sunny, with an average temperature of around 20°C.

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Naples, 54km north of the resort.

Sorrento is best for...

Best for art and history lovers: Feast your eyes on the beautiful frescos in Sorrento’s medieval churches, the ancient sites of Pompeii and Paestum, and the stunning resorts of Amalfi and Positano.

Best for walkers: Hike along the trails of the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast for great views of the Bay of Naples.

Best for shoppers: Find all sorts of shopping treats here, from wooden decorations to handcrafted leather shoes.

Fast facts for Sorrento

Language: The language spoken in Sorrento is Italian. You'll find English is spoken in almost all hotels and visitor attractions during your holidays in Sorrento, and most people working in shops, restaurants and bars will have a basic command of the language. However, you can always carry an Italian phrasebook or download an app so you can practice with the locals.

Currency: The currency used in here is Euro (€).

Local time: Sorrento is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Naples International Airport. The transfer time to Sorrento is 1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Sorrento is 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further Sorrento tourist information can be found at https://www.sorrentotourism.com/en/.

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Getting around Sorrento

By foot: Discover the 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.

By car: Hiring a car can be a great way to explore the area independently during your holidays in Sorrento. However, bear in mind that roads can be very busy in high summer, when it can also be difficult to find parking spaces.

Events in Sorrento

Culture lovers: Watch world-class concerts in the beautiful Chiesa di San Francesco at the Sorrento Music Festival during July and September. Book ahead so you don't miss out.

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. An unforgettable experience for Sorrento holidays in the low season.

Sorrento safety and security

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.

Sorrento weather

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.

This area enjoys one of the best climates in Europe. That's because it’s blessed with mild winters, and warm summers that are tempered by the cooling sea breeze. In summer, you can expect daytime temperatures to peak in the late 20s or low 30s (°C), and sea temperatures in the mid-20s (°C) by August. At night, it rarely dips below 19°C from around late June to late August, which means you can enjoy the great outdoors well after sunset during your Sorrento holidays.

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