Things to do in
Sorrento

Sample the delights of this coastal town, including Limoncello, breathtaking views, and traditional crafts.

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Sorrento: Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Optional Blue Grotto

1. Sorrento: Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Optional Blue Grotto

In the morning you will either be picked up from your hotel in the Sorrento area, or will make your own way to the Marina Lobra port in Massa Lubrense. Board your comfortable boat that accommodates up to 12 people and start cruising along the Sorrento coastline. Admire views of the Marciano Waterfall, before heading out to sea and towards the Island of Capri. If you select the early morning option including the Blue Grotto, you will arrive there right as it opens, avoiding the long queues. Board a small rowboat to marvel at the intense blue color of this unique sea cave, formed over thousands of years by erosion. Next, circumnavigate Capri to admire the dramatic coastal scenery of the island. See the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Faraglioni rocks, a natural arch, and the lighthouse of Punta Carena. Your guide will explain the wonders of Capri and its surroundings as you go. The boat will make stops at 2 different coves to go snorkeling and admire the rich marine life of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy a light lunch consisting of a Caprese sandwich or salad and your choice of drinks. The boat will then drop you off on Capri, where you will have 4 hours to discover this beautiful island at your own pace. You could do some shopping and have a drink in the charming town, or take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro and hike back down. Meet back at the boat and start the return journey back to the port. En route, enjoy a tasting of Limoncello, the traditional Neapolitan liqueur. Your trip will end either at the port in Massa Lubrense, or with a drop-off at your hotel, depending on the option selected.

From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

2. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

After pickup from your hotel, your boat tour will depart at 9:00 AM. First, you'll sail around Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens is said to have been set. Then your boat will head to the Ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi where you'll enjoy 4 hours of free time to explore the town. Don't miss seeing the main local attractions such as the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Enjoy some time on the pebble beach, tanning and swimming in the azure waters. You may also want to shop for local products like the world-famous Amalfi Coast lemons and limoncello.  Next, sail towards Positano, where you'll also have about 1.5 hours to yourself. Admire the picturesque Furore and the beautiful old town of Praiano. On the return trip, you'll find the Fjord of Crapolla and the enchanting Islet d'Isca that belongs to Eduardo de Filippo. Finally, arrive back at the port at about 5:15 PM to catch your shuttle back to your accommodations.

Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

3. Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Visit the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Naples. Take in Sorrento from the sea. Visit Amalfi and Positano, with the option of exploring Ravello too. Admire incredible scenery worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. From the convenient meeting point in Naples, you will transfer to the port of Torre del Greco. From there, set sail to Sorrento, enjoying the amazing Mount Vesuvius in the background and learning about its tragic history from your expert guide. Admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline: the panoramic terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the Protected Sea Area of Punta Campanella. When you arrive at Amalfi, you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the cathedral of Saint Andrew. Depending on the option chosen, you can also visit Ravello, a resort town, where you can see the Villa Rufolo and its serene garden, which offers a breathtaking panorama over the entire Gulf of Salerno. Then you will depart for Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its narrow streets, small shops, and colorful pottery. You will have some free time here to explore before relaxing on board for the journey back to Naples.

Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

4. Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

This full-day tour from Sorrento visits the 2 towns destroyed by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Departing from Sorrento at 09:00, you will head up the motorway to Naples, from where it is a short drive to Herculaneum. A residential coastal town during Roman times, Herculaneum was completely buried by a devastating eruption of the volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was superbly preserved by the volcanic mud throughout the centuries. Its discovery by archaeologists in the 1700s stunned the world. Today, the ruins are among the most important sites in Italy, if not the world. The buildings have been so well preserved, you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival, you will get a 1-hour guided tour of the amazing remains and see original timbers in the buildings, as well as clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. The tour takes in the courtyard of the grand House of the Argus, dwarfed by the hotel across the street. You will also see the public baths, with well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, and the house of carbonized furniture, where a marital bed still remains intact! Following the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a coffee, before departing to nearby Pompeii. The former Roman city remains one the most stunning archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula, and one of the most visited ruins in the world. Experience it much as it existed more than 2,000 years ago, as you wander with your guide through perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, the Forum, and theaters. At the end of this full-day of ancient history, walking in the footsteps of Roman citizens, relax as you are whisked back to Sorrento.

From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

5. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for 1 hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get an hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, get 1.5 hours of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

6. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

Tour the beautiful Amalfi coast by boat with stops in Amalfi and Positano. Enjoy a light lunch on board with free time to explore the towns and to swim and snorkel. Relax on the boat while taking in the dramatic views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board the boat for a cruise around the Bay of Salerno to Amalfi. During the cruise, pass Nerano, the Emeraldo Grotto, and Li Galli Island. Sunbathe on the decks and beaches, or swim and snorkel in the shimmering waters. Arrive at the port of Amalfi and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town. Then head towards the next stop, Positano the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Admire its famous pink and white houses and see the domed cathedral.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

7. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and enjoy some free time to wander around Pompeii town. Choose the lunch option for a two-course meal consisting of a main course, a dessert, and one drink followed by a round of Limoncello tasting Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano.  From there, enjoy a 30-minute walk to the crater’s edge, where you’ll have some free time to explore. Take the opportunity to savor and photograph unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples from here. Look out for the official alpine guides at the summit who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you.  The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

From Sorrento: Capri Guided Boat Tour & Ieranto Natural Park

8. From Sorrento: Capri Guided Boat Tour & Ieranto Natural Park

Embark on a round-trip boat transfer to Capri and explore this paradisical island at your own pace. Be picked up directly from your accommodation and enjoy a hassle-free transfer. After pickup, board the boat at Marina del Cantone in Nerano for a fast, 30-minute trip to the coast of Capri Island. While on board, get recommendations on things to do in Capri from your host and learn about the history and legends of the island. Disembark on Capri and see the island at your own pace. Choose to visit the world-famous Piazzetta, browse the luxury shops, or soak up the views from the Tiberio Gardens and Monte Solaro. Follow the quieter alleys of Anacapri or make your way to the Blue Grotto. After, take the scenic route back to the mainland. Admire highlights as you sail Capri full circle, including the Green Grotto, the lighthouse at Punta Carena, the Faraglioni (a natural arch overlooking the sea), and the White Cave. Then enter Ieranto Bay, the marine protected natural reserve, a pristine inlet located directly across from Capri and guarded by two Saracen Towers. It holds such beauty that, according to one legend, the Sirens chose it for their home. Return to Nerano in the evening.

Positano: Boat Tour of Capri with Drinks and Snacks

9. Positano: Boat Tour of Capri with Drinks and Snacks

Sail to the stunning island of Capri on a full day boat tour from Positano. Snack on a delicious dry snack from the minibar, drink some sparkling Prosecco, and try homemade Limoncello. Choose from a range of boat options that suit a range of group sizes. Start from Positano's main beach where your skipper will welcome you onboard the boat. Cruise around Capri and skirt the Amalfi Coast on this tour. Have the freedom to customize your tour. You can decide to spend a few hours on the island, or find some choice swimming spots. See the three small Li Galli islands where, according to the legends, Ulysses met the sirens. Arrive in Capri where your skipper will show you all the numerous points of interest around the island such as the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, and the Faraglioni Rocks. Purchase a lunch at one of the restaurants just a few steps from the sea. In the late afternoon, sail back to Positano while tasting an unforgettable homemade Limoncello.

From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

10. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO-protected Amalfi coast on this tour from Sorrento. Travel along the road known as the Amalfitana and admire the stretch of coastline famous for its natural beauty and charming towns. See the Li Galli islands and the isle of Capri in the distance. Spend 2 hours exploring the enchanting town of Positano before heading to Amalfi, passing through picturesque Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini. In Amalfi, visit of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and enjoy the beach or a boat trip at additional cost. In Ravello take in the amazing views from Villa Rufolo. Depart for Sorrento, driving back along the Amalfi Coast.

Frequently asked questions about Sorrento

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Sorrento?

    Sample a limoncello or a drink that favors the citrus flavor of a Sorrento lemon. The region has some succulent lemon trees. We also recommend trying the local olive oil while you're sightseeing in Sorrento.

  • How to get around Sorrento?

    Sorrento on foot is very scenic but if your feet hurt hop onto a city bus or train. You can also hire a taxi. To take a day trip, we recommend the trains and buses, though renting a car could be a fun way to see more of the landscape.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Sun-kissed summer days in Sorrento are the best days to vacation in Italy. When you plan a visit for June through August you'll find warm temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, and plenty of daylight.

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What people are saying about Sorrento

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,155 reviews

Wow what a day and what a way to see the Amalfi cost. Boat was lovely, crew were fantastic and met some great people, all topped off by stopping off in Amalfi and Positano, the perfect day and great value for money. 100% recommend !!

Value for money day excursion...the only bad thing was the relatively small minivan,that was noisy at the rear ( a noise derived from a plastic cover on the left rear side of the roof )

Our driver meet us on time, which is a big plus for us. He was friendly and told us interesting facts along the way!

Lia was an excellent guide. Patient, thorough, interesting and energetic. A full day but worth it!

Transportation was wonderful. Guides were organized and well informed