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Holidays in Sorrento

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.

29 °C

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

2 hours 30 minutes

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.

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Sea Club Conca Azzurra Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the water's edge
  • Rooftop sun terrace
  • Friendly and informal atmosphere

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Conca Azzurra on the Cliff

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Sky Bar with views across to Capri
  • Rooftop sun terrace
  • Use of facilities at sister hotel

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Mar Hotel Alimuri & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
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  • Beachfront location
  • Relaxing spa
  • Wedding packages available

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Grand Hotel Capodimonte

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Panoramic clifftop location
  • Two restaurants
  • Five cascading swimming pools

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Grand Hotel De La Ville

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Centrally located in Sorrento
  • Rooftop terrace with whirlpool
  • Excellent service

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Art Hotel Gran Paradiso

7 Nights, Half Board
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  • Contemporary art throughout the hotel
  • Views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius
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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!

While families and couples from all over the world enjoy Sorrento holidays each year, the resort is not really renowned for being a beach destination. However, you can find a small beach at Marina Piccola, which is accessible via a lift or steps, although it's better to take a bus to the pretty beach of Punto del Capo, just to the south of the resort. Beaches in this area of Italy and along the Amalfi Coast tend to be very busy in July and August, so it's a good idea to arrive early in the day before the crowds arrive.

This area is a foodie's paradise and is perhaps best known for its sweet lemons, which make the perfect limoncello. This is also the home of buffalo mozzarella and wood-fired pizza, which you can enjoy in restaurants throughout the Amalfi Coast. You'll find the fantastic food and wines here one of the highlights of your holidays in Sorrento.

The boat excursion also includes a visit to the grottos of Amalfi and the island of Capri, and you'll even be able to go for a swim straight from the boat. Or, go on a trip to the Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve, which is home to waterfalls, ruined mills, and scenic woodlands. It can be reached by taking a bus to Scala or Ravello then walking to Pontone and hiking back to Amalfi, although ambitious hikers can start from Amalfi if they prefer.

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

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: It’s one hour 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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.


GETTING AROUND

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

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.


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