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A Day Trip to Sorrento - Things to See and Do

Only have one day to visit all of Sorrento? Here's the perfect day trip itinerary!

A Day Trip to Sorrento - Things to See and Do

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Are you on a cruise around Italy and making a shore excursion to Sorrento, or visiting all of the Amalfi Coast and want to dedicate a day to this historic coastal town on the Sorrento Peninsula?

Here are some tips about what to see during a day trip to Sorrento, Italy:

Sights in Sorrento to Visit in a Day

Regardless of whether you arrive by car or train, your starting point will probably be the modern Piazza Lauro. From here, walk down Corso Italia to Piazza Tasso, Sorrento's main piazza. Take a few minutes to walk a few meters up Viale Enrico Caruso, and take in the view over the railing down to the dramatic "Valley of the Mills" in the gorge below.

Piazza Tasso was built above one of the many "valloni", or small gorges, which have been carved out over time by streams rushing from the hills behind Sorrento down to the Mediterranean sea. At the very bottom of the gorge, you can still see the ruins of one of the many water-powered mills that once lined these gorges, with a lumberyard adjacent.

Piazza Tasso is the perfect place to stop for an espresso or cocktail. Grab an outdoor table at one of the many cafés which line the square and spend some time people-watching.

From Piazza Tasso, continue your walk down Corso Italia, the main shopping thoroughfare in the center of Sorrento, where locals go to see and be seen. Along the Corso, stop to visit Sorrento's cathedral, then, at the end of the Corso, turn right and then right again...you'll find yourself in the charming historic lanes of Sorrento's old town.

The Museo della Tarsia Lignea (Inlaid Wood Museum)

You will probably have noticed the breathtaking inlaid wood panels decorating Sorrento's Cathedral. To get a better idea of the history and importance of this local craft, visit the local museum of inlaid wood. The collection includes pieces of furniture crafted over the last century, and a wing dedicated to contemporary pieces of modern design.

Walk along Via San Cesareo, one of the oldest streets in town, until your reach Sedil Dominova. This was once the gathering place for Sorrento's high society, and is now the headquarters of the Società di Mutuo Soccorso. From here, take Via Reginaldo Giuliani down to the entrance to the Villa Comunale park, where you'll find the Church of San Francesco on your right.

Don't miss the lovely cloister here, dating from 1300 and one of the most picturesque spots in town for weddings and photography exhibitions.

Once you've visited the cloister, take a walk through the lovely Villa Comunale, and snap a few pictures of the breathtaking view from here over the Sorrento coastline with Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance. From here, you can walk down to the port and beach clubs in Marina Grande below, or take the elevator.

We suggest, however, continuing your walk to Piazza Vittoria, another beautiful scenic overlook, and then following the road down to the historic fishing village of Marina Grande.

If you would like to join a guided tour to learn about Sorrento's culture and history, book a two-hour walking tour.

Marina Grande is the perfect place to stop for lunch. There are numerous waterfront restaurants here, specialized in local cuisine featuring fresh fish and seafood.

Our favorite restaurants in Marina Grande are:
Da Emilia: traditional cuisine in a family-run restaurant
Bagni Sant'Anna: fish and seafood with a contemporary twist
Bagni Delfino: classic dishes and an unforgettable view

If you don't feel like walking back up the cliffside to Sorrento above after lunch (though, to be honest, it's not that long of a walk), you can take a bus back up to the center of town.

To fill your afternoon, consider:

  • Spending a few hours shopping along the lanes in the old town
  • Visit the Museo Correale di Terranova
  • Relax for a bit on one of Sorrento's beaches

Before bidding farewell to Sorrento, stop for a last cocktail in bustling Piazza Tasso and take in the festive, resort atmosphere that has drawn visitors to this charming Italian town for centuries!

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