Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.
While I have written about entire trips to Italy, I must write separately about Sorrento. I think it’s my favorite place in the world. I have been twice, and could live there. The culture, the history, the food and the people are like no other. The locals there are very aware that the tourism is what keeps them thriving, and you couldnt ask for better service.
Day trips to neighboring towns are simple due to the seamless ferry system. Sorrento ferries connect Italy with Gulf of Napoli & Italy with crossings available to Capri, Procida & Ischia (in Gulf of Napoli), Naples, Castellammare di Stabia, Amalfi, Positano, Salerno, Seiano & Maiori (in Italy).
The day trips are enough to walk around the village, shop and eat the most glorious food you have ever tried.
As with many towns in Italy, one of the most charming things to do in Sorrento is to stroll around the old town. Known as the Centro Storico in Italian, this area of the city is characterised by its narrow lanes, cobbled streets, and pedestrianised nature. The shop keepers are friendly and most speak English. You can purchase “made for you” sandals, jewelry and good leather.
And whatever you do, taste Limoncello and bring some home with you! We stayed at the Hilton Sorrento Palace. It is the most beautiful Hilton I have ever stayed in. Our room had a large balcony overlooking the Naples Bay. Every morning I would sip my cappuccino staring at the magnificent beauty around me.