By Plane: The closest airport to Sorrento is the Naples International Airport, located roughly 30 miles from the city center. Travelers can also elect to fly to Rome, often a more affordable option because the airport is larger. You`ll just need to travel the rest of the way (about 180 miles) by bus, car or train.
By Bus, Taxi or Train: If you`re traveling to Sorrento by land, you have a few different options. There is a daily bus service that runs directly from the Naples airport to Sorrento; the rate is about €10, and you can pay the driver in cash upon boarding. This isn`t necessarily the fastest option, though, as the journey typically takes around two hours. Rather, the most economical and convenient option for most travelers is to take the train from Naples. You can take an airport bus directly to the train station; trains to Sorrento run approximately every 30 minutes. Hiring a taxi is likely the fastest and most expensive mode of land transportation.
By Ferry: Travelers can take a ferry to Sorrento from the port in Naples. This is a more expensive, though faster, option. In addition, you`ll get to enjoy the beautiful scenery during the boat ride. From the port, take the bus or hire a taxi to get to Piazza Municipio near the port, and from there you can purchase tickets for the ferry. Once you`re on board, the ride takes about 35 minutes.
After you arrive by bus or train, you will exit to the modern park Piazza Lauro. From there, you can walk, take the local bus services, or take a taxi.
The center of Sorrento is quite small and can be easily explored on foot. The areas around Marina Piccola and Marina Grande are located beneath the center, so it`s more convenient to take a bus to get up the hillside to the center. Both these areas are linked to the center by EAV and Cooperativa Tasso buses.
The public buses, EAV, are red and orange, and are a smaller size than the Sita buses. EAV buses run between Sorrento and Meta, Piano, Sant`Agnello, and Massa Lubrense. Tickets cost about €1.20 and can be purchased at tobacco shops (`tabaccaio`) or at the Circumvesuviana train station. Note: Tickets cannot be purchased on board.
Usually buses running to and from Sorrento are relatively on time and run about every 20 minutes, but they can get off schedule due to heavy traffic.
There are a number of routes:
-Linea A: Meta - Massa Lubrense
-Linea B: Sorrento, port of Sorrento, Sant'Agnello
-Linea C: Sorrento, port of Sorrento, Piano
-Linea D: Sorrento, Marina Grande
-Linea E: Sorrento - upper part of Sorrento
To travel between the towns on the Sorrentine Peninsula, you can take the Cooperativa Tasso bus line that runs from Meta to Sorrento Porto and is a convenient way to catch the ferry for Capri. They are the white buses, and tickets can be purchased on board.
The Circumvesuviana is the local rail line that links the towns in the province of Naples. It is a commuter line, much like a subway in a large city though above ground. There is limited seating and you can`t reserve a seat. There is no luggage storage and you may find that you have to travel standing up. Regardless, trains generally run on time and this is the best way to get to Pompeii from Sorrento. It takes less than 30 minutes since there is no traffic and the Pompei Villa dei Misteri stop is directly across from the entrance to Pompeii.
Ticket prices vary according to your route. Tickets for Pompeii cost around €2 and for Naples around €3.50.
Sita buses link Sorrento to Positano, Amalfi, and the other towns along the Amalfi Coast. The terminal for Sita buses is located at the Circumvesuviana station in Sorrento. If possible, it`s best to board the bus here since it will be easier to find a seat, especially near the window. Sit on the right side of the bus for the best views of the coast along the route.
There is a ticket booth for purchasing bus tickets. You can purchase either a single ride or a daily pass.
The ride between Sorrento and Amalfi is quite long (over an hour) and the road is very curvy. In summer, the bus and be crowded and there can be heavy traffic along the road. Keep this in mind if you suffer from motion sickness!
Ferries depart from Sorrento for Capri and Naples all year long. During the summer, there are also routes for Ischia and the Amalfi Coast.
Travelling by ferry is by far the most relaxing and convenient way to visit the area surrounding Sorrento, with the only drawback being the rather high ticket prices. There are also a number of ferry companies that organize boat tours and mini-cruises.
Driving is an excellent way to explore many areas of Italy`s Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula which are not well-served by public transportation, including the rolling countryside. You can also easily drive to Positano (there is rarely traffic along the road between Sorrento and Positano), as long as you are willing to pay about €4/hour for parking. We do not recommend driving to Pompeii or Naples, however, as it is much faster to go by train.
Parking in Sorrento: There are a number of parking options in the center of town, though there is no free parking. There are very limited free public parking spaces (those marked by white lines) where you can leave your car all day, and finding one unoccupied can prove to be challenging.
If you are arriving in Sorrento by car, remember that the historic center of town is closed to traffic each evening after 7:30 pm and all day Sunday. The parking options listed below are always accessible, even when the downtown is closed to motor vehicles.
Here are the few places you can find free street parking, marked in white paint:
-Via Rota (quite far from the center)
-Via Parsano (just steps from Corso Italia)
In the rest of the town center, parking is marked in blue paint, which means that you must pay. There are parking meters near the parking spaces where you can insert coins to pay for a set time period; take the printed ticket with the end time of your paid parking period from the meter and display it on your dashboard.
Blue Paid Public Parking Costs about €1 for 30 minutes and €2 for an hour or each subsequent hour after that.
Parking Lots and Garages are available as well, many located next to the central piazza`s, these cost about €24 per day.
Marina Piccola is the area around the port, where ferries depart and where there are a number of small beaches.
On foot from Piazza Tasso, take the staircase down about 100 steps to the port. It takes about 10 minutes. If you are reasonably fit, you can also walk up without any problems.
By bus: Cooperativa Tasso and EAV buses run between the center and the port. Tickets cost aobut €1 and can be purchased directly on board. Buses stop at Piazza Lauro, Piazza Sant`Antonino, and the train station. Some routes also go to Sant`Agnello, and the EAV C line goes to Piano di Sorrento.
By elevator: at Sorrento`s Villa Comunale, there is an elevator which will take you down to the area near the beach clubs, just a few steps from the port.
Marina Grande is Sorrento`s fishing village, and is a favorite spot for both tourists and locals to take a walk along the water`s edge and stop for lunch or dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants.
By foot from Piazza della Vittoria, take the lane that skirts the Bellevue Syrene hotel, and follow it until you arrive at the stairs which pass beneath Sorrento's historic city gate leading to Marina Grande.
By bus: the center of Sorrento is served by the EAV D line bus, which stops in Piazza Lauro and Piazza Tasso. There is also a Cooperativa Tasso minibus which runs between Piazza Tasso and Marina Grande every 30 minutes from 7:15am to 7:30pm. Tickets cost about €1.20.
The currency used in Italy is the Euro, US dollars are not accepted.What is the weather like? When is the best time to visit?
If you`re planning a trip to Sorrento and the rest of the Amalfi Coast, consider going between the months of April and October. Temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, so you`ll be able to soak up the scenery without worrying about inclement weather.I don`t speak Italian. Will many people speak English?
Italian is the language of Sorrento, however many of the locals do speak some English, especially the younger generation. Although many residents do speak English to some degree, we suggest you get a good English-Italian guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.What are the seaside towns on the Amalfi Coast?
Below is the list of the 13 seaside towns on the Amalfi Coast, from the East to the West. To reach these towns by car, drive the route of Highway 163 (Strada Statale 163) along the coastline between the towns of Positano and Vietri Sul Mare.
1. Vietri sul Mare
10. Conca dei Marini
The See that Sorrento is located on is the Tyrrhenian Sea. The peninsula is named after its main town, Sorrento, which is located on the north (Gulf of Naples) coast. The Amalfi Coast is located on the southern side. The Lattari Mountains form the geographical backbone of the peninsula. The island of Capri lies off the western tip of the peninsula in the Tyrrhenian Sea.What is the market day in Sorrento?
The colorful weekly street market in Sorrento takes place every Tuesday in Via San Renato. Held from 8 am to 2 pm, this is an open-air market where you can buy a range of goods, from clothes to household items to food.Is Sorrento a safe place to visit?
Sorrento is very safe to visit. In Italy, scams and pick pocketing are common dangers you`ll face, although it`s not overly common in Sorrento.
Always trust your gut instinct. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID.
The narrow streets of Sorrento`s historic center are active with cafes, clubs, and restaurants, which become very crowded during the nights of summer. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the lively terraces for an aperitivio and people-watching late into the evening. The historic hotels of Sorrento also offer a great venue to enjoy out offering romantic terraes to enjoy dinner or post dinner drinks.
Spring and summer are a great time to be in Sorrento, as music festivals and other musical programs are staged in venues throughout town. Some of the most popular are the concerts at the Grand Hotel Cocumella, Via Cocumella 7, Sant'Agnello (www.cocumella.com), and those in the cloister of San Francesco, Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo.
Piazza Tasso has many cafés with outdoor tables for coffee, a drink and people-watching. You will also find several waterfront restaurants at Marina Grade offering up local cuisine, fresh fish and seafood.
Some popular dishes you`ll find consistently throughout the Sorrento area:
-Gnocchi alla Sorrentina - potato gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella baked to perfection.
-The Pastiera a typical cake that is produced in the area.
-The excellent olive oil produced in Penisola Sorrentina, this product to be prized in many events.
-The artichoke or aubergines parmigiana is a typical dish that is made with tomatoes and cheese.
-There are a number of excellent gelaterias (ice cream parlor) in the city, many that incorporate fresh local flavors.
-Limoncello di Sorrento, a strong liquor made from lemon rind. Also try other similar liquors such as Crema al Limone (like Limoncello but cream-based and less strong), and local wines like Falanghina, Lachryma Christi.
-Amaro di Capo di Sorrento - a liqueur made from bitter herbs. There is more to Sorrento than limoncello.
Corso Italia is the main shopping street in the center of Sorrento. Specialty shopping includes the bounty from local farms and groves (lemons and lemon products, walnuts, olive oil, and wine), as well as local crafts such as lace, embroideries, and wood intarsia. One of the top souvenirs from the area is limoncello , the signature lemon liqueur.
There is a weekly street market every Tuesday morning in the parking lot on Via San Renato. This is a perfect place to pick up anything from crockery to swimming suites, and everything in between.
Note: VAT (Value Added Tax) is 22%. Travelers from outside the EU can claim back sales tax on purchases over 155 euros.
Emergency, dial 112
Ambulance, dial 118
You'll find a pharmacy (tel. 081-8781226) on Corso Italia 131. The hospital (tel. 081-5331111) is on Corso Italia 1. You can call the police at tel. 112, 113, or 081-8075311; and you can reach the fire department at tel. 115.