Sorrento: Getting Your Bearings

Where should you book a hotel in Sorrento... in the historic center, the surrounding hills, or along the coast?
Here are some tips and a map to help you choose your best place to stay in Sorrento.

Where is Sorrento?
Sorrento is located in southeast Italy, just south of Naples. Along with Capri and the Amalfi Coast - is a spectacular destination in the region of Campania and is set on the Sorrentine Peninsula overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Sorrento and the other towns on the Sorrentine Peninsula (Sant'Agnello, Piano and 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.

Is Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast?
Sorrento is not geographically part of the Amalfi Coast, but instead is located on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Regardless, getting to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento is very easy.

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 di Sorrento

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 di Sorrento

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 Sorrento Hills

Casarlano, Priora, Colli, and Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi are the hilltop villages outside the center, 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 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 Coast, like Sant'Agnello, Piano, or Meta.

Accommodations

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3 stars - Massa Lubrense

Hotel La Certosa

From € 109
Breakfast included

A bed on the beach (well, almost!)

  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
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B&B and Homes - Sorrento

Marina Piccola 73

From € 160
Breakfast included

Your boutique B&B with a view of the Bay of Naples

  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
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Villas - Massa Lubrense

Relais Villarena

A superb position in the heart of Nerano

  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.
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B&B and Homes - Massa Lubrense

Casa Clementina

Where you can find peace again...

A B&B in the most pristine countryside of the Sorrentine Peninsula
Guest rooms newly renovated in 2017
A patio overlooking the sea to relax while watching the sunset

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Farmhouse Holidays - Piano di Sorrento

Agriturismo Antico Casale

Are you ready to discover the authentic countryside along the coast?

A working farm holiday halfway between Sorrento and Positano
Local specialties made by Nonna Luisa
The warm hospitality of the Persico family

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Historical Residences - Sorrento

Maison Tofani

A modern luxury retreat with a timeless beauty

  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
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You Know! - Amalfi Coast boat tour from Sorrento Bestsellers Verified

Departure from: Sorrento

Amalfi Coast boat tour from Sorrento

€ 114 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • Discover the Amalfi coast in one day
  • Small-group tours of maximum 12 people on board
  • Stops in Positano and Amalfi to visit the towns by land
Excellent (1869)

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano

Privato Pompeii and HerculaneumTour with Wine Tasting

From € 400 Per car | Max 7 passengers

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • Discover the beauty of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • A private tour with an English-speaking driver
  • Stop at a winery on Mt. Vesuvius to sample wine and local specialties
Excellent (28)

Departure from: Sorrento

Bike Tour: Sorrento to Amalfi (60km)

€ 99 per guest

Duration 5 hours

Free cancellation

  • Bike tour with an expert guide and short stop in Amalfi. Round-trip hotel transfers included.
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Iamme Ia by Travel ETC - Capri and Anacapri Minicruise Guided Tour from Sorrento Bestsellers Verified

Departure from: Sorrento

Capri and Anacapri Minicruise Guided Tour from Sorrento

€ 89 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • Guided Walking Tour in Capri and Anacapri
  • Free time to explore the island and its surroundings at a leisurely pace
  • Minicruise around the island
Excellent (743)

Departure from: Sorrento, Positano

Paestum and Amalfi Coast Private Tour

From € 520 Per vehicle | Max 8 passengers € 580 -10%

Duration 8 hours

  • Private driving tour from Sorrento o Positano to Paestum and Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano on the Amalfi Coast.
Excellent (624)

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano

Amalfi Coast Driving Tour

From € 347 Per vehicle |Max 18 passengers € 400 -13%

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • Visit the highlights of the Amalfi Coast in a single day
  • A friendly knowledgeable driver with tips about the location
  • Relax in a luxury Mercedes van or sedan
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