From its magnificent cliff top position, Sorrento looks out across the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. As a beach destination, harbour hotspots like Marina Piccola and Marina Grande are popular for some shoreside tanning and for anyone who ventures a few minutes down the Amalfi coast, beaches like Nerano deserve their reputation for secluded beauty.
For something a little more adventurous on your Sorrento holidays, visitors can head to the Futuro Mare diving centre. Divers of all abilities are catered for and, once a week, the centre organises a night dive to show off the underwater world of the Neopolitan Riviera after sunset.
Sorrento makes a great base for exploring the surrounding area. To the north of the town there are the sobering yet fascinating sights of Pompeii, while out in the bay you’ll find the island of Capri, just a 20-minute ferry ride away.
In the town itself, venture to the town’s historical centre to get the best of the shopping and dining. This runs from the seafront through narrow streets to the main commercial area. Pick your way through beautiful handmade sandals, tablecloths and pottery. Meanwhile, there are also plenty of gastronomic delights on offer, including almond and lemon cakes, jams and localgelato.
In terms of nightlife, the street cafés and bars of the old town come alive in the evening, and there are plenty of terrace bars and romantic piazzas to choose from. Popular options include The Kiosk Bar and Guarracino Fruit Bar, as well as the Tarantella shows (Italian folk music and dancing) at the Fauno Notte Club.
Thanks to its location, Sorrento enjoys plenty of warm sunshine. From as early as April, spring is underway and even at other times of year holidaymakers can enjoy days that have a high-summer feel. What’s more, booking outside of the midsummer season can save budget-conscious travellers quite a bit of cash. Whenever you go, this coastal town is well worth checking out.