Sorrento Tourist Information and Tourism

(Sorrento, Campania, Italy)

Sorrento coastal photo, showing Mount Vesuvius in the distanceA hugely popular Italian resort enjoying an enviable coastal situation, Sorrento manages to cope will with the influx of tourists each summer, remaining surprisingly genteel and tranquil. Sorrento is very much a sophisticated city and this is even reflected in the quality of the tourism related merchandise sold in the local gift shops, with most souvenirs tending to be of a fairly high standard.

The Piazza Tasso is very much central to life in Sorrento and many leading sights surround this spacious square. The city's tourist information outlet lies close to the Piazza Tasso and to the north, along the Via Tasso and next to the Piazza San Antonio.

Aerial image of the coast

Sorrento Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Although the city lacks a long stretch of beachfront, there are a number of beaches around Sorrento's marinas, such as both the Marina Piccola and Marina Grande. However, there are plenty of glorious beaches close by and the views across the Bay of Naples are outstanding, with even Mount Vesuvius being visible in the distance. For some of the very best coastal views imaginable, take a stroll along the Via San Francesco until you reach the Villa Comunale Park. Alternatively, you can always take a bus trip along the very scenic Amalfi Coast, or enjoy a family orientated sightseeing 'City Train' ride, which comes complete with multi-language audio guides. More information about Sorrento Tourist Attractions.

Beachfront view, showing summer parasolsOne of the oldest landmarks in the city is without doubt the Duomo (Cathedral), which dominates the Sorrento skyline and stands proudly along the Corso Italia. Located on the Piazza San Antonio, the Basilica di San Antonino is another eye-catcher, as is the 15th-century Sedil Dominova, and the Villa Comunale's Chiesa di San Francesco, which is famed for its resplendent 14th-century cloisters. Alternatively, pay a visit to the Piazza della Vittoria, which is close to the Marina Grande and whilst the views of Sorrento's bayfront here may not quite rival those from the Villa Comunale, they are still rather special and well worth savouring. More information about Sorrento Tourist Landmarks and Monuments.

View of the Marina GrandeAlthough tourists may not really come to Sorrento for any other reason than its accessible beaches and coastline, the city is home to some rather noteworthy museums, offering information about a number of different subject matters, including geology, archaeology and general history. The Museo Correale di Terranova at the Palazzo Correale is especially popular in Sorrento and also features some rather beautiful gardens, while the ancient Etruscan treasures within the Antiquarium Aequano are a real treat and date back to before the 1st century. However, for top quality art galleries, you are really best heading to nearby Naples, where you will be far from disappointed. More information about Sorrento Museums and Sorrento Art Galleries.

Picture of the Piazza TassoMany tourists holidaying in Sorrento choose to take day trips to the innumerable attractions, which lie close by. In the summer, the Marina Piccola turns into a hub of maritime activities, with both hydrofoils and ferries speeding off to coastal destinations such as Amalfi, Naples, Positano, and the islands of Capri and Ischia. For something quite different to the beachfront attractions around Sorrento, do put a trip to the historic remains of Pompeii at the very top of your sightseeing itinerary. Pompeii is a spectacular attraction and around every corner you will find temples, theatres, Roman baths and much more besides, all of which were well preserved in the ashes of Mount Vesuvius when it erupted over Pompeii almost 2,000 years ago. More information about Sorrento Attractions Nearby.

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