If you're considering a trip to Italy's Amalfi Coast during the winter holidays, your best option is to stay in Sorrento. This is the coastal town where most holiday events and activities take place and where hotels and restaurants tend to stay open through the New Year. The town center is especially beautiful during the Christmas holidays when the streets are lit with fairy lights and towering evergreens are decorated in the center of Piazza Tasso. Special holiday events and concerts are scheduled each weekend from the end of November through the entire month of December, and street artists and buskers entertain visitors young and old alike!
The best time to visit
This year, Sorrento's Christmas events program begins on November 24th, coinciding with Black Friday. The lighting of the large Christmas tree is scheduled for November 25th at 6pm, so try to be in Piazza Tasso to enjoy the moment! The lights will remain on until early January.
For the end-of-the-year holidays, Sorrento's city hall has organized the 15th edition of M'illumino d'Inverno, a Christmas-themed series of (mostly free!) concerts, movies, shows, living nativity scenes, workshops for children, and more. There's a very full calendar of events that runs until the end of January 2024. To view the schedule of events and learn more, visit the local Facebook page.
Christmas Village at Villa Fiorentino
From December 3-26, 2023, the traditional Christmas Village will return to Villa Fiorentino with shows, workshops and many activities for the young and young at heart! At the Christmas village visitors can meet Santa Claus in person!
Getting to Sorrento by train
The easiest way to reach Sorrento during the holidays is by Circumvesuviana train. The final train leaving Sorrento for Naples is at 9:39 pm.
Getting to Sorrento by car
It's also possible to reach Sorrento by car, but try to visit in the early hours of the day as traffic becomes jammed on Saturdays and Sundays starting from 5 pm-on. The most convenient parking is Correale, just beneath Piazza Lauro. Parking costs 2 euros per hour here and in all the parking lots in Sorrento.