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Sorrento: Getting Your Bearings

Sorrento and the other towns on the Sorrentine Peninsula (Sant'Agnello, Piano e Meta) are all located on a clifftop that stands about 100 meters above the sea. The beaches and ports are located at sea level, far from the centers of these cliff towns.

The center of Sorrento

The center of Sorrento is laid out in a grid pattern that centers around Piazza Tasso, the city's main square which is lined with cafès and restaurants along all four sides. The main thoroughfare is Corso Italia, in particular the stretch between Piazza Angelina Lauro and the hospital. The town's most fashionable stores and boutiques are all clustered here, but parallel to Corso Italia the picturesque lanes of the historic center are crowded with artisanal workshops and charming local restaurants and cafès, If you take these narrow streets down, you will reach the Villa Comunale gardens overlooking the sea.

Marina Grande

Marina Grande was once the fisherman's wharf, and today is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the city. You can easily reach this waterfront stretch on foot, but there is also a bus line which runs from the center of Sorrento above to Marina Grande below.

Marina Piccola

This is where Sorrento's port is located, where ferries to Capri and Naples depart. There are a few small beach clubs next to the port built on platforms above the water. You can reach Marina Piccola with the public elevator from Villa Comunale, by bus, or by the stairs which lead down from Piazza Tasso.

The Hills

Casarlano, Priora, Colli, and Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi are the hilltop villages outside the center of Sorrento, and can be reached by local bus.

Sant'Agnello

This quiet village outside Sorrento has a relaxed, authentic atmosphere and beautiful views over the sea. It is well-connected to Sorrento by bus and the Circumvesuviana train line, or you can walk into town.

Where to Book Your Hotel

If you want to be centrally located, choose a hotel within 100 meters of Piazza Tasso. From here, you can easily reach all the sights, the port, and the station.

For a Sea View

The city's historic hotels, opened during the century of the Grand Tour, are all located on the cliff's edge directly above the water. Some also offer private access to the beach or cliffs below. These are all luxury hotels, so if you are looking for a more affordable option that offers sea views, you can opt for a hotel located in the surrounding hills. Most of these accommodations offer shuttle services to the center of Sorrento.

Planning on Taking Day Trips?

The neighborhood surrounding Piazza Angelina Lauro is just a few minutes from the train station, bus terminal, and port.

Near the Beach

Sorrento does not have a sand or pebble beach, but has a number of platforms with beach clubs on the water's edge. If you have your heart set on a beach vacation, you may want to opt to stay in Massa Lubrense or Positano, which have proper beaches.

Budget Options

There has been an explosion of B&B, private room, and holiday apartment accommodations in Sorrento's historic center. Often, these are very clean, comfortable, and even stylish options that offer a fun alternative that won't break the bank! To stay in your travel budget, you can also find lodging in the other towns on the Sorrento Peninsula, like Sant'Agnello, Piano, or Meta.

Hotels and B&Bs

Relais Villarena
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Relais Villarena

Villas, Nerano - Massa Lubrense

  1. The historic residence of the marquis of Villarena, in the center of Nerano.
  2. The flavorsome cuisine of the Amalfi Coast served in the Dolce far Niente restaurant.
  3. The view of Li Galli from the elegant apartments.
Top 10
Excellent 5 Excellent
From € 84 Per night
Hotel La Certosa
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Hotel La Certosa

3 stars, Nerano - Massa Lubrense

  1. Just three steps and you're on the beach of Marina del Cantone
  2. A delicious fish supper at the "Pappone"' restaurant
  3. The spectacular views of the sea surrounding Nerano
Top 10
Excellent 4.5 Excellent
From € 84 Per night
Maison Tofani

Maison Tofani

Historical Residences, Sorrento

  1. Have a leisurely cocktail in the "Europa" lounge, hung with 18th century works of art
  2. Relax on the sundeck overlooking the rooftops of Sorrento
  3. Visit the wine grotto with wines from across Italy
Excellent 5 Excellent
From € 219 Per night
Marina Piccola 73

Marina Piccola 73

Bed & Breakfast, Sorrento

  1. A seaside B&B within steps of the beaches of Sorrento
  2. The atmosphere of a typical Mediterranean home
  3. The combination of traditional architectural features and modern decor
Top 10
Excellent 4.5 Excellent
From € 110 Per night
Grand Hotel Cocumella
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Grand Hotel Cocumella

5 stars, Sorrento

  1. A historic hotel in the heart of Sorrento right above the sea
  2. Three restaurants featuring the finest Neapolitan cuisine
  3. A spectacular sailboat with which to explore the Bay of Naples
Excellent 4.5 Excellent
From € 415 Per night
Grand Hotel La Medusa

Grand Hotel La Medusa

4 stars, Castellammare di Stabia

  1. The strikingly beautiful historic gardens
  2. The Eden: the hotel's exclusive Spa
  3. Luxury banquets for your unforgettable wedding ceremony
Top 10
Excellent 4.5 Excellent
From € 160 Per night
Relais Correale

Relais Correale

Villas, Sorrento

  1. A vast estate for relaxing in peace and quiet
  2. A sunny furnished terrace perfect for a leisurely afternoon
  3. The lovely private outdoor patio of the junior suite
Excellent 4.5 Excellent
From € 139 Per night
Hotel & Spa Bellavista Francischiello

Hotel & Spa Bellavista Francischiello

3 stars, Massa Lubrense

  1. The view of Capri from your room
  2. The Spa: paradise...in paradise
  3. The flavors of Sorrento served with a view
Very good 4 Very good
From € 119 Per night
Masseria Astapiana Villa Giusso

Masseria Astapiana Villa Giusso

Historical Residences, Vico Equense

  1. An ancient monastery in the coastal countryside of the Sorrento Peninsula
  2. Cooking lessons featuring local dishes and fresh bread
  3. Discover rural traditions in the garden and farm
Excellent 5 Excellent
Villa dei D'Armiento

Villa dei D'Armiento

Villas, Sant'Agnello, Sorrento

  1. An aristocratic Art Nouveau-style villa on the Sorrentine Peninsula
  2. The pool immersed in the splendid Mediterranean garden
  3. Family style hospitality and the services of a grand hotel
Excellent 5 Excellent
Palazzo Marziale

Palazzo Marziale

Small Boutique Hotels, Sorrento

  1. A historic residence with all the modern comforts
  2. Hold your exclusive private party in the cloister of San Francesco
  3. Experience the vibrant center of Sorrento
Excellent 5 Excellent
From € 199 Per night
Relais Don Alfonso 1890
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Relais Don Alfonso 1890

5 stars, Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi

  1. Alfonso Iaccarino's spectacular Mediterranean cuisine
  2. Exclusive gourmet getaways on the Sorrentine Peninsula
  3. A bite-size luxury hotel in the peaceful town of Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi
Excellent 5 Excellent
From € 281 Per night