TOP 10 Sorrento Things to do + Amazing Restaurants & beaches

Sorrento Things to do

TOP 10 Sorrento Things to do + Restaurants & beaches. – The charm of Sorrento and the Sorrento Coast is genuinely unique; a strip of land south of the Gulf of Naples, stretching between land and sea, a small natural paradise with its overhanging cliffs, small bays, and sloping terraces where orange, olive trees, vines but above all lemons are grown. In spring, the intoxicating scent of lemons immediately strikes the visitor.

Sorrento stands on a tuff plain overlooking the sea and offers one of the most intense views of the region between lush vegetation and the cobalt-blue sea.

Man has always felt the charm of Sorrento: the ancients thought that this sea was the home of the Sirens, and legend has it that the ancient Surrentum was born in a place dedicated to the worship of these creatures. In the eighteenth century, Sorrento became one of the favorite destinations of the Grand Tour.

TOP 10 Sorrento Things to do

What are the top things to do in Sorrento? Here are some excellent ideas for the case do and see in Sorrento. 

Sorrento Things to do:

  1. Villa Comunale Sorrento
  2. The center of Sorrento with all the beautiful shops
  3. Marina Grande
  4. The baths of Queen Giovanna
  5. The bathing establishments of Sorrento and Roman ruins
  6. The Mills Vallum
  7. Marina Piccola
  8. Piazza Della Vittoria or Victory Square
  9. Correale Museum
  10. Sorrento Experience Museum

Other things to visit:

  • Wood Inlay Workshop Museum

Let’s see together some of these places.

Villa Comunale Sorrento

The first thing we can mention among things to do and see in Sorrento is the Villa Comunale. The Villa Comunale di Sorrento is a municipal park that acts as a terrace overlooking the sea. Access to this municipal park is free and free and from here, the view is magnificent: in front of us, we have the sea and the Vesuvius, below us, we can see the beaches of Sorrento with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Sorrento has small beaches and for this reason, the bathing beaches also extend to the sea. In fact, the sunbeds and umbrellas are placed not only on the beaches but also on the wooden walkways raised over the sea and on the piers always covered with wood and placed on the rocks.

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In summer, the conformation of the beaches is very beautiful and colorful, especially when viewed from the top of the Villa Comunale. In addition to the colors of the umbrellas, the cabins have different colors for each bathing establishment.

The image of these bathing establishments placed on stilts will mark Sorrento and will leave you with a unique and characteristic memory of this place. In winter, however, this view loses a bit of its magic as the bathing facilities and wooden walkways are partially disassembled, but even in winter, we cannot help but go here to the Villa Comunale to enjoy the beautiful view of the Sorrento Peninsula in a peace you cannot enjoy in the summer.

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The view from the Villa Comunale becomes even more beautiful at sunset. This is why it is an excellent idea to come to the bar of the Villa Comunale for an evening aperitif or use the Villa Comunale as a beautiful scenic meeting place before dinner.

Watch the following video where you see the view from the Villa Comunale in summer.

TOP 10 Sorrento Things to do: Villa Comunale

Here at the Villa Comunale, the most frequent visitors are perhaps the seagulls, who appreciate it particularly. In any case, it is nice to admire them; they are an additional attraction you can find in this municipal park.

The center of Sorrento

Sorrento is undoubtedly the sea and the Sorrento coast, but not only. The center of Sorrento is also very beautiful to see and is also one of the free things to do in Sorrento. In fact, it is pleasant to walk through the streets of the center, looking at the shops, discovering flavors and characteristic corners.

The center of Sorrento is made up of main streets connected and intersected with other secondary streets in which it is nice to walk and observe what surrounds us. If you want to explore the center of Sorrento, you could start from Piazza Tasso and then “get lost” in the streets of the center.

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In the center of Sorrento, you will also find excellent ice cream parlors and restaurants to be discovered and tried.

Center of Sorrento in winter

In winter, the center of Sorrento and, in particular, Piazza Tasso lights up for the party: an incredible sparkle of lights becomes the protagonist of the center of Sorrento and one of the main subjects to photograph.

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Marina Grande

Marina Grande is part of Sorrento but it can be said that it is a small world apart. Marina Grande has the appearance of a small fishing village and is an area of ​​Sorrento that still retains an authentic aspect and that’s why visiting Marina Grande is one of the best things to do in Sorrento.

To get to Marina Grande from Piazza Della Vittoria, you have to go down a street, via Marina Grande precisely, which at a certain point becomes narrower. 

Marina Grande Sorrento Italy. Sorrento Things to do. Sorrento Beaches.

The road is downhill because Marina Grande is at sea level, while the rest of Sorrento is on the cliff. 

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So to reach Marina Grande, you have to go down to sea level.

The Greek Gate

At the end of Via Marina Grande, you will find the Greek Gate in front of you. Every year thousands of visitors heading to Marina Grande probably pass through this door without even realizing its historical importance for the city of Sorrento.

The Greek gate is one of the original gates of the Greek city of Sorrento, built even in the 4th century BC, which served as access from the port to the city of Sorrento. Marina Grande was, for centuries, the first defense outpost for Sorrento against the invasions of the Mediterranean peoples.

Welcome to Marina Grande

A “Welcome to Marina Grande” sign welcomes you to the small village of Marina Grande. At this point, you are almost at the level of the beach and you only need to walk a staircase that acts as a panoramic balcony on Marina Grande. Before continuing, it is worth observing Marina Grande from here.

Sorrento thing to do Marina Grande Sorrento at the sunset time
Sorrento thing to do Marina Grande Sorrento at the sunset time

The first things we notice are the colorful houses lined up in front of the beach, the bathing establishments and the restaurants not on the sea, but even above the sea placed on stilts, and the grandeur of the Sorrento coast that we see right in front of us.

Films shot in Marina Grande

Going down the steps that take us to the beach, we can see some signs that remind us that a very famous Italian film was shot in part right here in Marina Grande.

This movie is “Pane Amore e…” or according to the English title “Scandal in Sorrento”, a 1955 film with Sophia Loren, and Vittorio De Sica, directed by Dino Risi.

Movie with Sophia Loren Scandal in Sorrento Film listed to Marina Grande Sorrento
Movie with Sophia Loren Scandal in Sorrento Film listed to Marina Grande Sorrento

Marina Grande beach

Marina Grande is a Sorrento landmark for those who want to relax on the beach. In fact, here in Marina Grande, we have a good portion of the beach compared to other areas of Sorrento.

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The beach has sun beds, umbrellas, and other services such as pedal boat rental.

Restaurants

Here in Marina Grande, there are some excellent restaurants among which we want to cite to give examples the Delfino which despite being a bathing establishment is refined and elegant and the Taverna Azzurra which is usually open also in winter.

To see the images of the restaurants, you can scroll down this page and go to the specific section dedicated to restaurants.

Sunset from Marina Grande

It is very nice to see the sunset here from Marina Grande in the summer, especially if you dine in one of the restaurants overlooking the sea. In fact, from here, you can truly admire the sunset over the sea.

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Marina Grande in the evening

Marina Grande is quaint, lively, and colorful by day but just as beautiful in the evening when the lights come on and Marina Grande lights up.

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Here are some pictures of Marina Grande in Sorrento in the evening.

Marina Grande by night in summer
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Marina Grande by night in winter
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Marina Grande in winter

In summer Marina Grande is lively and crowded with tourists who come to the sea to swim or simply those who want to admire the beauty of this village.

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In winter Marina Grande is undoubtedly less crowded as the bathing establishments are closed and the swimming season is over. It is precisely in this period of quiet that Marina Grande fully regains its authenticity, and in which you can enjoy this place in complete relaxation.

The baths of Queen Giovanna

The Baths of Queen Giovanna are a very special place to swim but not only! In fact, it is nice to come to the Bagni Della Regina Giovanna even just to admire this place as it is unique and spectacular.

The Baths of Queen Giovanna are a natural pool formed by rocks connected to the sea only by a small passage.

TOP 10 Sorrento Things to do: The baths of Queen Giovanna

The Baths of Queen Giovanna are just outside Sorrento but easily reachable by bus and then on foot following a paved path.

You could get to the Baths of Queen Giovanna even on foot, as it is about 2 km from Sorrento, but I do not recommend doing it. In fact, I think that although the distance is not very long, it is still a long walk to do on foot, and in some places, it is a bit dangerous because the road does not have a sidewalk or a pedestrian area for the whole route.

As the Baths of Queen Giovanna are such a particular and beautiful place to swim, if you go in August, you have to arrive very early to find a place: it is not very big so it gets crowded quickly.

The bathing establishments of Sorrento and Roman ruins

One of the most characteristic things of Sorrento are the bathing establishments located partly on the beach of Sorrento and partly on the typical stilts that go into the sea. In this way, you can sunbathe directly up to the sea and go down the stairs to swim.

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Sorrento beach. The bathing establishments of Sorrento and Roman ruins

These bathing establishments are also very characteristic of colorful cabins that have different colors depending on which bathing establishment they belong to.

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Among the various bathing establishments we have:

An additional peculiarity of the Bagni Salvatore is that they are located right next to the Roman ruins of the remains of the Villa of Agrippa Postumo. So, in addition to enjoying the sun and the sea, you can also see part of the remains of the Roman villa.

The Mills Vallum

The Mills Vallum is close to the city center and, therefore, easily reachable on foot from the center of Sorrento.

The Mills Vallum is visible by passing over the bridge between Viale Enrico Caruso and Via Fuorimura: from this bridge, you can see the valley from top to bottom as the valley is located right in the area below the bridge.

The area is free; to see the Mills Vallum, you don’t need an entrance ticket, so it’s free.

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What is the Mills Vallum?

The valley is generally a narrow and deep valley or a depression in the mountainous areas, with a narrow furrow and almost sheer walls. This definition well describes the Mills Vallum, which looks like a deep gorge carved into the rock or, to be more precise, in this case, the tufaceous plain.

How was the Mills Vallum formed?

As we read on the sign right next to the valley, the Mills Vallum originated and was dug by the waters from the river, rain, or torrential waters that, flowing on rocks and sloping land, exert an erosive action.

These flowing waters have, in fact, dug into the tufaceous plain deposited about 37,000 years ago following a catastrophic eruption of the Phlegraean Fields. The Phlegraean Fields are a large area located in the Gulf of Pozzuoli, west of Naples. The area has been well known since ancient times for its volcanic activity.

As you can see in the image, the Mills Vallum area is rich in vegetation, in fact, it constitutes the ideal habitat for the spontaneous growth of ferns due to the high humidity present.

Why is it called Mills Vallum?

Mills Vallum takes its name from the abandoned buildings you see in the middle of the vegetation.

You must know that this area that we see today completely abandoned was actually, in the past, a used and frequented area. It was then used as a tuff quarry, suitable for removing blocks, and then used for constructing new buildings in Sorrento.

One of these abandoned buildings was a mill which gives the valley its name. This mill dates back to around 1600 and used the river stream flow in the valley to grind the grain, which was then sold to the sawmill, the remains of which we can still see near the mill. Another ruin present is that of the public washhouse.

Why is the Mills Vallum abandoned today?

After a few centuries, the Mills area fell into disuse due to the abandonment of the infrastructure present in the area and the construction of Piazza Tasso during the nineteenth century. The construction of Piazza Tasso caused an accumulation of torrential water, resulting in flooding up to the humid microclimate present today, which favors the growth of ferns.

Marina Piccola

Marina Piccola is the area of ​​Sorrento, which includes the tourist port and some bars and restaurants where you can have breakfast or eat with the beautiful view of the sea of ​​Sorrento.

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But what I like most about Marina Piccola is that from here you can see very well from the bottom up the suggestive cliff and the shores of Sorrento. Really very beautiful and unique.

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Another thing you see from Marina Piccola is the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. This hotel is part of the Sorrento skyline and stands out, being quite colorful and built on the rock. It certainly does not go unnoticed.

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You can also take the boat from Marina Grande to other places in the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. From Marina Piccola, for example, you can go to Capri in both summer and winter. You can also take the boat to Positano and Amalfi from here, but not in winter because the service is suspended.

How to get off at Marina Piccola?

There are 2 main ways to get to Marina Piccola.

  • From the Villa Comunale
  • From Via Luigi De Maio

From the Villa Comunale

From the Villa Comunale di Sorrento, you can go down the stairs or, in any case, go down the descent that takes you to the shores of Sorrento, and then pass behind the shores and reach Marina Piccola on foot.

If you do not want to use the stairs, you can use the elevator, which for a fee, takes you down from the Villa Comunale to the Lidos of Sorrento.

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Sorrento Italy lift at the Villa Comunale

However, this option is not always valid in winter, in fact, we happened to find the area of ​​the lidos and bathing establishments closed and therefore, it was not possible to go to Marina Piccola.

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From Via Luigi De Maio

The best way to get to Marina Piccola from Sorrento’s center is via Luigi De Maio. This way, it is possible to get to Marina Piccola on foot or by car. If you go down to Marina Piccola on foot at a certain point, you will also find stairs that allow you to reach Marina Piccola more quickly.

Video Marina Piccola Sorrento

Watch the following video:

Sorrento Things to do: Marina Piccola

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The charm of Sorrento and the Sorrento Coast is genuinely unique. Sorrento stands on a tuff plain overlooking the sea and offers one of the most intense views of the region between lush vegetation and the cobalt-blue sea. From the Villa Comunale, you can in fact enjoy a unique panorama, especially at sunset.

There are several things you can do in Sorrento and one of them is definitely to go to Marina Piccola where you can find some restaurants and relax directly by the sea. However, the main reason to go to Marina Piccola is to board one of the motor ships.
If you are in Sorrento, you will undoubtedly want to see the other places on the Amalfi Coast as well.

From Sorrento, you can easily reach Capri and Positano, for example. The boarding of the motor ships is right here in Marina Piccola, which is on the opposite side of Marina Grande if we take the center of Sorrento as a reference point. From the boat, you can admire the beauty and uniqueness of Sorrento from the sea and you can recognize Marina Grande thanks to the colorful houses directly overlooking the sea.

Marina Piccola Sorrento how to get there?

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There are 2 main ways to get to Marina Piccola:
1. From the Villa Comunale: from the Villa Comunale you can go down the stairs or in any case the descent that takes you to the shores of Sorrento and then go behind the shores and reach Marina Piccola on foot. 
If you do not want to use the stairs, you can use the lift that takes you from the Villa Comunale to the Lidos of Sorrento for a fee. 
However, this option is not always valid in winter.

2. From Via Luigi De Maio: the best way to get off at Marina Piccola from the center of Sorrento is via Luigi De Maio. 
This way, it is possible to get to Marina Piccola on foot or by car. 
If you go down to Marina Piccola on foot at a certain point, you will also find stairs that allow you to reach Marina Piccola more quickly.

Piazza Della Vittoria or Victory Square

Piazza Della Vittoria is not only one of the squares of Sorrento but is also a fantastic balcony overlooking the sea that offers a magnificent view of the Gulf of Naples.

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Correale Museum

The Correale Museum is fascinating for 2 reasons:

  • it is an art museum
  • the museum is located inside an 18th-century villa

The exhibited works are great examples of figurative art dating back to the period from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century.

The museum is arranged in 24 exhibition rooms, spread over the four floors of the eighteenth-century residence.

Museum website: https://www.museocorreale.it/

Sorrento Experience Museum

Multimedia museum with the aim of making you discover the myths and legends of the Sorrento Peninsula, the history, culture, and centuries-old traditions of Sorrento.

Wood Inlay Workshop Museum

The Wood Inlay Workshop Museum is a museum where you will find numerous antique pieces of furniture decorated with traditional Sorrento wood inlays.

Best Day trips from Sorrento: things to do near Sorrento

Sorrento things to do? Till now, we’ve seen the thing to do in Sorrento but Sorrento is not only a beautiful place in itself because it is also a great starting point to see other beautiful places. Here are the main ones:

  1. Capri
  2. Pompeii
  3. Positano
  4. Amalfi
  5. Herculaneum
  6. Punta Campanella
  7. Naples

Train and bus timetables and tickets

If you are in Sorrento and are thinking of using buses or trains to visit other nearby places, I suggest you download the “Unico Campania” app. This app is an excellent tool for seeing bus and train timetables. It also allows you to buy tickets directly from the app.

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Sorrento Italy Train and bus timetables and tickets

Capri

Capri is located just in front of Sorrento and Sorrento is the best place from which to depart for Capri. In fact, boats leave for Capri from Marina Piccola in Sorrento in both summer and winter.

See: TOP 10 Amazing Things to do in Capri Amalfi Coast Italy

Pompeii

Pompeii is unique in the world and is a must-visit. From Sorrento, it is very convenient to go to Pompeii as you can go by car and train. In fact, you can also get to Pompeii by train without making changes in about 35 minutes.

Positano

Positano is probably the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast and if you are in Sorrento, you should take the opportunity to visit it.

You can go from Sorrento to Positano in several ways:

  • by car
  • on the bus. You can take the bus in front of the Sorrento train station
  • by boat from Marina Piccola to Sorrento, but the winter service is suspended.

See: Positano Italy: 10 unforgettable Things to do in Positano & Positano beach

Amalfi

Amalfi is the queen of the Amalfi Coast and an international tourist destination. Taking Sorrento as a reference point, it is located after Positano and Praiano, so it takes a little longer to reach it if you leave from Sorrento.

You can go from Sorrento to Amalfi in several ways:

  • by car
  • on the bus. You can take the bus in front of the Sorrento train station
  • by boat from Marina Piccola to Sorrento, but the winter service is suspended.

See: TOP 10 Things to do in Amalfi Italy

Herculaneum

Herculaneum is an extremely interesting archaeological site to visit. It is not as famous or as big as Pompeii but it is no less beautiful. Indeed many people prefer Herculaneum to Pompeii.

You can go from Sorrento to Herculaneum by car or by train. It takes about 1 hour by train from Sorrento but it is convenient as the train is direct.

Punta Campanella

Punta Campanella is the extreme point of the Sorrento peninsula and in front of it is the sea and Capri.

For those who love walking in Punta Campanella, it is possible to take a path.

If, on the other hand, you just want to enjoy the beauty of the extreme Sorrentine point, you can also take the boat and head towards the Amalfi Coast, in this way, you will pass in front of the most extreme point on the coast, the most westerly point: Punta Campanella.

As we said above, Punta Campanella is located right in front of the island of Capri and as you pass in front of it you have Punta Campanella on one side and the island of Capri on the other. Watching the following video, we focus for now on this beautiful rocky point of the Sorrento Coast. Watch the video!

Punta Campanella Sorrento Things to do

You can also admire Punta Campanella from Monte Solaro in Capri. On clear days the spectacle is incredible!

Sorrento Things to do: See the Punta Campanello from Capri

Naples

Naples is a city that offers many things to see as well as great food. To go to Naples from Sorrento, the best option is the train. In fact, in about 1 and 20 you can get to Naples from Sorrento by train.

Sorrento beach

Here are the 3 best options to enjoy the sea if you are in Sorrento. The main beaches of Sorrento are the following:

  1. The bathing establishments of Sorrento
  2. The Marina Grande beach
  3. The baths of Queen Giovanna
  4. The public beach of Sorrento

The public beach of Sorrento and the bathing establishments of Sorrento

Sorrento is characterized by many things but surely the beaches of Sorrento are one of those things that remain with you in Sorrento. In fact, in Sorrento we do not have large beaches but this does not prevent you from sunbathing and swimming.

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Sorrento Italy beach and sea. Sorrento Things to do

The seaside resorts of Sorrento, with their typical stilt houses, provide a valid alternative to relax and enjoy the sea. Surely you will not be able to build many sand castles but the seaside resorts of Sorrento provide a slightly different summer experience by the sea.

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Sorrento Italy beach. Sorrento Things to do

Thanks to the stilts you can sunbathe not only by the sea but also directly on the sea and swim you just need to go down into the water with the appropriate ladders.

In the following video, we see Sorrento’s beach and an overview from above of the bathing establishments of Sorrento with their stilt houses: among the most famous Leonelli’s beach and the Bagni Salvatore.

Sorrento Beach. Sorrento Things to do

In the view from below, we have Leonelli’s beach in front of us, while Bagni Salvatore is clearly visible in the shot from above and is located on the opposite side of Leonelli’s beach.

Bagni Salvatore

An additional peculiarity of the Bagni Salvatore is that they are located right next to the Roman ruins of the remains of the Villa of Agrippa Postumo. So, in addition to enjoying the sun and the sea, you can also see part of the remains of the Romani villa.

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The Marina Grande Beach

Marina Grande is part of Sorrento but it can be said that it is a small world apart. Marina Grande has the appearance of a small fishing village and is an area of ​​Sorrento that still retains an authentic aspect.

Therefore, Marina Grande’s beach remains slightly moved from the center of Sorrento. In any case, this area of Sorrento is full of life day and night. During the day, everyone comes here to sunbathe and swim, while in the evening, it is nice to come to Marina Grande to enjoy an excellent dinner in one of the beautiful restaurants on the sea.

To get to Marina Grande from Piazza Della Vittoria, you have to go down a street, via Marina Grande precisely, which at a certain point becomes narrower.

The road is downhill because Marina Grande is at sea level, while the rest of Sorrento is on the cliff. So to reach Marina Grande, you have to go down to sea level.

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Marina Grande is a Sorrento landmark for those who want to relax on the beach. In fact, here in Marina Grande, we have a good portion of the beach compared to other areas of Sorrento.

The beach has sun beds, umbrellas, and other services such as pedal boat rental.

The baths of Queen Giovanna

The baths of Regina Giovanna are located not far from Sorrento. They are a natural pool surrounded by rock walls and are a very special place for swimming. Really very impressive!

Near the baths of Queen Giovanna, there are also the remains of a Roman villa to visit. We, therefore, combine sea, landscape, and archeology.

TOP 10 Sorrento Things to do: The baths of Queen Giovanna

The Regina Giovanna baths are easily reachable by bus. I do not recommend going there on foot because although they are not very far from Sorrento, it is a long walk, and the road in some places does not have a pedestrian area.

If you go in August, you must arrive very early because it is not very big and gets crowded quickly.

San Francesco public beach in Sorrento

The beach of San Francesco is the free beach or the solarium and public beach. An important note regarding the free beach of San Francesco is that a sign indicates that access is allowed only to residents of the Municipality of Sorrento.

Important note regarding the free beach of San Francesco is that a sign indicates that access is allowed only to residents of the Municipality of Sorrento.

Sorrento Restaurants and Food

Here are some restaurants you find in Sorrento.

Sorrento Restaurants with a view

Here are some restaurants where you can not only enjoy good food but where you can also enjoy the beautiful view.

Terrazza Vittoria restaurant in Hotel Continental

In Sorrento, one thing that makes your trip memorable is having a delicious dinner with a glass of good wine and a fantastic view.

There is nothing better than going to the Vittoria Terrace restaurant on the top of the Continental hotel before the sun goes down for an aperitif and watching the change on the horizon. Moreover, in front of us, we have the Vesuvius that characterizes the Sorrento view.

The Vesuvius volcano is clearly visible from Sorrento but not from other nearby locations. In fact, Vesuvius is not visible from the towns of the Amalfi Coast, such as Positano and Amalfi.

Watch the following video that shows you the beautiful panorama you see from the Terrazza Vittoria restaurant as the sun goes down until the sun gives way to the lights of Sorrento.

Sorrento Things to do: dinner with a view at the Terrazza Vittoria restaurant

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Il delfino restaurant in Marina Grande Sorrento

Il Delfino restaurant is located in Marina Grande in Sorrento. Il Delfino restaurant also has a connected beach where you can sunbathe, located on one of the characteristic wooden docks. The Bagni Delfino Restaurant, despite having an area for sunbathing, still maintains an elegant atmosphere.

Savoring good fish dishes directly on the sea is a beautiful experience. The atmosphere at sunset is unique: you can see the sunset over the sea and observe Marina Grande, which dresses up as a lively seaside resort in the evening by turning on the lights. So on one side, you have the beautiful sunset and Marina Grande in all its authenticity on the other.

View from Il Delfino Restaurant

The following video shows you the view of Marina Grande illuminated just after sunset from the Il Delfino restaurant.

Sorrento Things to do: Marina Grande Sorrento by night

In the following video instead, you can see the sunset from the Il Delfino restaurant.

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Taverna Azzurra in Marina Grande

The Taverna Azzurra is located on the Marina Grande seafront and the outdoor area is right next to the beach. The Taverna Azzurra restaurant is generally open also in winter and also in winter, it is possible to eat in the outdoor area thanks to the fact that it is covered.

The atmosphere at the Taverna Azzurra is familiar and not refined; this is also reflected in the dishes, which are not particularly refined but good and abundant.

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Bagni Salvatore

In the summer you want the sea and you want to enjoy it fully. If you find yourself in a seaside resort in Sorrento, you will probably want to try its culinary proposals. So we did it too with I Bagni Salvatore.

At Bagni Salvatore, the dishes offered are pretty good for what we ate but what we liked most is the atmosphere and the view of the colorful cabins.

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Restaurants in the Center of Sorrento

Here are some restaurants you find in the center of Sorrento. They do not have a beautiful sea view, but some of these restaurants have truly unique interior rooms.

Zi Ntonio Restaurant

At the Zi Ntonio restaurant, you can enjoy well-prepared and served traditional pasta, risotto, and fish dishes. In addition to these dishes, there are also some pizzas on the menu.

The food and the dishes on offer are very good and the location is unique.

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O’Parrucchiano La Favorita

Beautiful and spacious restaurant, very particular inside, in the historical center of Sorrento. This restaurant looks good on the outside but the real surprise is on the inside.

Inside, the O’Parrucchiano La Favorita restaurant is waiting to be discovered. In fact, entering gradually, you discover a spectacular location where at specific points, you wonder if you are in a restaurant room or if you are in the beautiful garden of Sorrento. The rooms are, in fact, surrounded by lemon groves, which are the tradition of Sorrento and allow you to fully savor the Sorrento atmosphere even in winter.

The restaurant as a whole is elegant as the elements combine in harmony. The cuisine and dishes are good.

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Pubs and Sandwich shops

If, more than a restaurant, you are looking for a pub or sandwich shop to eat something tasty and not too demanding, here are some ideas of where to go.

A’Marenna Sorrento Bakery & Bistrot

A Marenna is our favorite place when we want to eat something good but we prefer not to go to a restaurant. Here you can find super sandwiches or better “panuozzi”, as the sandwiches are called here, with very good ingredients. You can, in fact, choose between the panuozzo or the ciabatta, but the “panuozzo” is unsurpassed. Absolutely to try.

Some of our favorite flavors that we find inside the panuozzi are:

  • Smoked salmon topped with drops of Sorrento lemon
  • Apulian burrata and black truffle patè
  • Raw Parma ham, Sorrentine ricotta, fig jam, and chopped hazelnuts
  • Country bacon, Sorrentine braid, mushrooms
  • Mortadella, Apulian stacciatella and pistachio cream
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Star Pub

Star Pub is a pub where you can enjoy good burgers and for those who don’t like burgers, there are also some restaurant dishes such as appetizers, first courses, main courses, and salads.

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Sorrento Italy in winter

Sorrento is an excellent place to stay also in winter. Most of the shops are also open in winter and from Sorrento, you can do a lot o day trips. Here are a few examples.

  1. Capri by boat you can get here in Sorrento at Marina Grande.
  2. Naples by train. From the Sorrento train station.
  3. Pompeii by train. From the Sorrento train station.
  4. Positano by bus. In front of the Sorrento train station, you can get the bus for all the Amalfi Coast.
  5. Amalfi by bus. In front of the Sorrento train station, you can get the bus for all the Amalfi Coast.
  6. Herculaneum by train. From the Sorrento train station.
  7. Praiano and Furore by bus. In front of the Sorrento train station, you can get the bus for all the Amalfi Coast.

Video Sorrento Italy in winter

How is Sorrento in winter? In this video, “Sorrento Italy in Winter vs Summer,” we see the main parts of Sorrento in winter. We also see the same areas in summer when people swim in the sea and relax under the sun. Watch the video!

Sorrento Italy in winter vs summer

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What are the top things to do in Sorrento? Here are some excellent ideas for the case do and see in Sorrento. 

1. Villa Comunale Sorrento
2. The center of Sorrento with all the beautiful shops
3. Marina Grande
4. The baths of Queen Giovanna
5. The bathing establishments of Sorrento and Roman ruins
6. The Mills Vallum
7. Marina Piccola
8. Piazza Della Vittoria or Victory Square
9. Wood Inlay Workshop Museum
10. Sorrento Experience Museum

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Top 10 amazing things to do on Amalfi Coast in winter & weather

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Where to stay on Amalfi Coast in winter weather and things to do – We always love the Amalfi Coast and it’s always appreciated by many people coming from different parts of the earth. We love coming to the Amalfi Coast in summer when we can enjoy the beaches and sea fully. We also love coming here in spring when the Amalfi Coast offers us mild temperatures. What about the Amalfi Coast in winter? What are the Amalfi Coast weather and temperatures in winter? Where to stay? What are the top things to do?

Amalfi Coast in Winter Yes or No?

Is it worth visiting the Amalfi Coast in winter? Yes, it is. There is always a good reason to visit the Amalfi Coast. Although the temperatures don’t allow you to swim and stay on the beach, the weather is milder than in other Italian places. The Amalfi Coast is very known not only for the sea but also for beautiful views, good food, and history.

Of course, you have to decide wisely where to stay on the Amalfi Coast in Winter. That’s why we are going to ask the following question: Where to stay on Amalfi Coast in Winter?

Where to stay on Amalfi Coast in Winter?

Where to stay on Amalfi Coast in Winter? As we explained in the post “Where to stay in Amalfi Coast“, some of the Amalfi Coast Towns are very seasonable. That’s true for Positano, for example. That’s why staying in a bigger city such as Sorrento is better.

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Amalfi Coast in winter: Sorrento Italy

Sorrento, it’s perfect for your Amalfi Coast vacation in winter because it always offers good services and transportation. Sorrento has a train station, buses for the Amalfi Coast Towns, and a tourist port with ferry boats with different destinations.

How to travel Amalfi Coast without a car?

On Amalfi Coast, you can easily travel without a car thanks to the App “Unico Campania” which contains all the transportation times for busses, trains, and metros not only of the Amalfi Coast but also of Naples.

That’s why I suggest you download the “Unico Campania” app on your smartphone, which is a valid help for local transportation.

It helps you not only to find the time of the busses but you can also buy the tickets directly in the app.

You can calculate your route by clicking on the “CALCULATE ROUTE” button and you have the following screen.

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Amalfi Coast transportation App Unico Campania

Click now on the button “Where do you want…” and you have the following screen where you can insert your destination and your current position.

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Amalfi Coast transportation guide bus schedule App Unico Campania

Click on “Search solutions”. As you can see in the following image, you can choose your best option and see the ticket price. You can also buy the ticket by clicking on your chosen option.

As you can see in the following images, you can select the number of tickets you need and then buy the tickets that will be saved in your App account.

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Amalfi Coast transportation guide bus schedule App Unico Campania

To buy the tickets after you chose your route is very useful because, in this way, you don’t have any doubts about the validity of your ticket. In fact, the price for the bus from Sorrento to Positano is, for example, different from the price from Sorrento to Amalfi, and when you have the paper tickets many times, you’re not sure where you can arrive with your ticket.

In this way, first of all, you don’t waste time going around Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi looking for a place where you can buy tickets, you can buy when you want only the tickets you need and you always know the times of busses and trains.

You can use the same procedure if you want to check train times and buy tickets, for example, for Naples.

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Amalfi Coast transportation guide train times App Unico Campania

What are the top things to do on the Amalfi Coast in winter?

What are the top things to do on the Amalfi Coast in winter? There are really a lot of things to do on the Amalfi Coast in winter, especially if you stay in Sorrento. Yes, in fact, Sorrento is a lovely town full of cute streets and shops. Walking in these streets, shopping, and tasting delicious food are always enjoyable.

Then Sorrento is also a perfect point to stay if you want to visit nearby towns and tourist places. You can go by train to Napoli for a fantastic pizza, to Pompei or Ercolano for a time travel. You can go to Positano or Amalfi by bus. You can also go to Capri by boat.

To go to Capri by boat from Sorrento it’s enough to go to Sorrento tourist port and buy the tickets directly to the ticket office that you find there. In winter, you usually don’t need to buy boat tickets in advance because the Amalfi Coast is not very crowded.

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Amalfi Coast in Winter: Sorrento tourist port boat ticket office

You have to know that there are fewer boats in winter than in summer. So plan your day tour according to the available boat times. These are, for example, the boat times that were available in winter 2021/2022.

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Amalfi Coast in winter Sorrento Capri boat

Here is a list of the Top 10 places to visit on the Amalfi Coast in winter:

  1. Sorrento
  2. Pompeii
  3. Positano + Nocelle: Path of the gods
  4. Amalfi and the Emerald Grotto
  5. Ravello & Terrace of infinity
  6. Capri
  7. Maiori
  8. Fjord of Furore + Marina di Praia Beach
  9. Naples: Pizza + area of ​​Spaccanapoli + Castel Dell’Ovo + excavations of Piazza Bellini
  10. Herculaneum

Sorrento

Sorrento is a lively town, and spending your time here is enjoyable. Sorrento is full of characteristics corners, streets, and shops. The food is good and the sea view is beautiful.

Sorrento is built on a tuff cliff: under you, there is the sea of beautiful green color and in front of you is the Vulcan called Vesuvio.

Video Sorrento Italy in Winter

How is Sorrento in winter? In this video, “Sorrento Italy in Winter vs Summer,” we see the main parts of Sorrento in winter. We also see the same areas in summer when people swim in the sea and relax under the sun. Watch the video!

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Pompeii

Pompei in winter is even better than in summer because you don’t have to fight against the heat in winter. Pompei is really amazing and unique. It’s original and not rebuilt like other ruins sites in Europe.

You can get to Pompeii by car or by train.

If you chose the car, you can park the car at Pompei Parking,

or any other car park in the area. I mentioned Pompei Parking because we parked the car there and our experience in the car park was good.

Pompeii, how long do you need to visit it?

Pompeii ruins are very extensive so you need the full day to visit the entire archeological site. You can do a shorter visit with a local tour guide who shows you the main points but it is not the best solution.

There are many tour guides in Pompeii; some are very good, but some are less. An excellent option to have more information about what to visit is the app “Discover Pompeii”. While you visit Pompeii you can select on a map what you want more information about and listen to the audio guide. Very cheap and good solution.

Positano Italy in winter

Positano is a magnificent location both in summer and winter. To get to Positano from Sorrento, you can take the bus. In the summertime, you can get here also by boat but in winter the service is discontinued.

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Positano Italy in winter by boat – Amalfi Coast in winter

The Positano beach in winter

Positano in winter is really amazing! It’s not crowded as in summer and you can enjoy its beauty even more. Many people prefer Positano in winter to summer. You can freely walk on the beach that in summer is instead full of sunbeds and umbrellas.

Not all restaurants are open but it’s not a problem to find a place where to eat because, in the beach area, there are restaurants and bars open.

MAR Museum Positano

Something I really recommend you to visit is the MAR Museum. The MAR is the archaeological museum of Positano and is not a common archaeological museum. In fact, this archaeological museum was established with the discovery of a wonderful Roman Villa in Positano near the current church.

The museum is a fantastic testimony of the passage of time and the change of the territory. It is fascinating to see how the history of Positano has been built “layer by layer”.

The MAR archaeological museum of Positano is composed of different levels corresponding to the various eras of Positano. In fact, above, we have the upper Crypt, while below, we have the Roman Villa Positano, of which you can see the frescoes of the triclinium.

The visible portion of Villa Romana is quite limited, but it is particularly beautiful for the colors of its frescoes: Pompeian red, green which is a very rare color to find in Pompeii, and then there is Egyptian blue.

The wall is also decorated with relief stucco monuments. The combination of fresco and stucco monuments is extremely rare to find in a Roman Villa, almost unique. This combination was found, in fact, only in the Campania-Vesuvius area. This is probably due to the origin of the workers. The origin could be Sicilian and Magno Greek or North African.

The floor of the room is also visible and is made up of a large mosaic with black and white tiles, very simple but of fine workmanship.

What you see today of the Roman Villa is only a small part of the Villa that once stood here in Positano. Certainly, in the future other parts of the villa will be visible thanks to the commitment and constant work of the archaeologists.

Sunset and Positano illuminated

I never get tired of seeing the sunset in Positano and then waiting for the lights of the houses and hotels in Positano to be turned on. The view is really amazing and unique. My favorite point in observing this view is in Via Cristoforo Colombo; as a reference of the point, you can consider Via Cristoforo Colombo, 173 Positano.

Video Positano Italy in winter

The following video shows you Positano in winter, starting with a walk in the main street of Positano that takes you to the beach, we walk then on the beach and of course, we see the sunset and Positano by night from Via Cristoforo Colombo. In some parts, we quickly compare Positano in summer vs winter. Positano is always beautiful in summer or winter.

Watch the video!

Amalfi Coast in winter: Positano Italy

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Hi everybody, we are in Positano in winter. Positano is a magnificent location both in summer and in winter.

Clearly in winter, it presents itself in a completely different way than in summer.

For example, we remember well what the beach of Positano is like in summer.

In the summer we were worried if we would find a place on the beach and if there were umbrellas still available. Surely this problem does not exist now!

Our umbrella was right over there!

In Positano, many restaurants are closed in winter, but you have no problem finding the place you like best for lunch. Both for a lunch at the restaurant and for a quick lunch and why not even with a sea view.

Wow, what waves! Right there where in summer we wait for boats to Amalfi, Sorrento or Capri. Clearly, boats do not leave here in winter.

What to visit in Positano in winter? An excellent idea is to visit the very interesting MAR Roman Archaeological Museum, where you can also see part of the remains of an extraordinary Roman Villa. The museum ticket office is located near the church near the beach.

Walking on the beach is also very enjoyable, especially when there is a beautiful sunset.

Let’s now move to via Cristoforo Colombo to admire the beach of Positano and the view from above.

We wait for it to get darker and the lights of the houses to be turned on. I like admiring Positano in the evening.

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Amalfi in winter

Amalfi is known all over the world for its beauty and particularity. What are the most characteristic areas of Amalfi? We certainly have the main square where we see the Cathedral of Amalfi and the port among the many. These two places have also been the set of numerous international films.

Amalfi is an excellent destination for spring-summer when we can enjoy the beaches of Amalfi, the beautiful sea and when we can go shopping as all the shops are open. But what about Amalfi in winter?

Amalfi is an excellent destination to go to even in winter: a walk through the streets of the center, a lunch in one of the excellent restaurants, a stop in the square to admire the Cathedral of Amalfi that you can also visit inside, and for super delicious ice cream also in winter thanks at the mild temperature of Amalfi.

The sunset is not to be missed on the Amalfi Coast in winter. In winter, we have more opportunities to admire magnificent sunsets. In this video, we are mainly located near the tourist port of Amalfi. On one side is the illuminated Amalfi seafront and on the other a magnificent sunset.

Amalfi Coast in winter: Amalfi Italy

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