Things to do in Sorrento

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

Our most recommended things to do in Sorrento

From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

1. From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Discover the Amalfi Coast on a guided day trip from Naples or Sorrento and explore the secluded cliffside towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Take a speedboat to Amalfi from Positano (or a bus, during winter season) and enhance your day with optional light lunch and boat tour. Join your guide at your meeting point in either Naples or Sorrento before boarding a small bus to your first stop, Positano. Venture into this secluded village with your guide, who will drop you in the centrally-located Amerigo Vespucci Square with views of the beach. After an introduction from your guide, enjoy an hour to yourself to explore Positano's pebble beaches, narrow café-lined streets, and colorful shops. Take in the stunning views of this cliffside town from the shores before embarking on a panoramic speedboat ride to Amalfi. In winter season, due to sea conditions, instead of the boat transfer you will enjoy a comfortable ride to Amalfi by bus. Personalize your 2 hours in the town of Amalfi with options including a boat trip along the coast. Select the lunch option and choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches with 1 bottle of water. Alternatively, take time to explore the historical town on your own. If exploring by yourself, don’t miss the iconic Sant'Andrea Cathedral, home to eclectic Byzantine, Norman, and Moorish architectural styles. Finally, visit the beautiful town of Ravello, with its pretty streets and gelato shops. Enjoy an hour at your leisure for sights like the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its picturesque gardens overlooking the sea, before your journey back to Sorrento or Naples.

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

2. 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 up to an hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get approximately one 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, enjoy up to an hour and a half of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Sharing Tour from Sorrento

3. Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Sharing Tour from Sorrento

PROGRAM:Pickup from your hotel by Mercedes van and enjoy the Amalfi Coast drive which is arguably the world's most beautiful and thrilling sightseeing road. Your English-speaking driver, along the journey, will give you general information including how to spend your free time for each of the 3 stops programmed: Positano is a true paradise, developed vertically within a tangled overlay of streets, alleys, and shops that expose the colorful Positano fashions well-known all around the world.  In the town center is the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta which shows up with its large dome, tiled in majolica, and sheltering some precious works like polychrome marble altars. It’s nice to get lost in Positano. To fully embrace the beauty of the town it is probably better to walk without a precise destination. You will be able to enjoy the streets, the little shops, the restaurants, the monuments, the churches, and the beaches. Amalfi, a picturesque interlacing of alleys and stairways overlooks the sea with all its extraordinary colors reflecting the enchanting landscape of Amalfi, the town whose name blesses the entire coast. Dominated by the majestic Cathedral dedicated to Sant'Andrea (St. Andrew), Amalfi proffers innumerable testimonies of its glorious past as the Maritime Republic. Ravello, another pearl of the coast, is an elegant and refined village, dipped in green and characterized by luxurious villas.  Ravello is famous all around the world for its festival, in the garden of Villa Rufolo, where an evocative setting and the emotion of listening to great music create an experience of extraordinary intensity.  The heart of Ravello is represented by Piazza Vescovado, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the Cathedral with its magnificent portal (the first ever made with this innovative mold technique) and 10-feet-high bell tower. Return to the hotel at about 4:30 PM.

From Naples: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

4. From Naples: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Join this tour to explore the famous and dramatic Amalfi Coast. See the coastline of indescribable beauty, visit Ravello with its elegant buildings, and see Amalfi with its dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs. Head out on a tour by bus, van, or car depending on the group size selected. Take the opportunity to explore the scenic coastline and its charming surroundings, accompanied by a multi-lingual assistant. Experience southern Italy - its romance, fashion, and laid-back lifestyle. A land of beauty, passion, and myths that inspires poets and artists from around the whole world, southern Italy awaits you. Visit Amalfi and Ravello, spending time in each location, and enjoy a short photo stop at Sorrento and Positano. Halfway through the tour, guests head to a restaurant with breathtaking views to enjoy a light lunch of mixed salad and a main course with spaghetti, aubergine, mozzarella, and tomato. After more exploration along the coast, return in the late afternoon.

From Sorrento: Capri Boat Tour with visit to the Blue Grotto

5. From Sorrento: Capri Boat Tour with visit to the Blue Grotto

Sail along the Sorrento coastline to see the quaint fishing village of Marina Grande and an ancient Roman villa dating back the first century BC. Discover the beauties of Capri like the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, the Green Grotto, the Blue Grotto, the White Grotto, and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena. Swim in the famous crystal-clear blue waters. Explore the island at your own leisure and enjoy three hours of free time to visit the city center. Return to Sorrento at around 3:30 PM.

From Sorrento/Nerano: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

6. From Sorrento/Nerano: 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 3 - 3.5 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 - 2 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.

From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

7. From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

Join a guided day trip from Sorrento and see iconic places like Mount Vesuvius, the Roman city of Pompeii, and more. Travel back in time and know about the history of this Unesco World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide.  Upon arrival at Pompeii, your expert guide will take you on a tour through the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Hear stories about The Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, Greek Theater, and plaster casts of the bodies of Pompeii people. Following a typical Naples lunch of pizza at one of Pompeii’s cafés, you will then be driven close to the summit of the mountain that destroyed it. From there, it's just a walk to the lip of the crater. The only active volcano in continental Europe, Vesuvius has erupted many times, but it was the destruction of Pompeii and its surrounding towns that made it the most famous. Climb to the top, and walk around the crater, taking in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Sorrento, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, the cruise ship, or the railway station.

From Naples: Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour

8. From Naples: Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the island of Capri and visit highlights, including the Blue Grotto and Mamma Mia Road. Meet your guide at the port of Naples and head by fast ferry to the beautiful island of Capri. Arrive at the island's main port, the picturesque Marina Grande. Visit the Blue Grotto if weather permits and follow the breathtaking Mamma Mia Road to the second-largest center on the island, Anacapri. Soak up the views and explore its narrow streets and charming piazzas.  Next, travel to the main town of Capri and La Piazetta, the vibrant center of the island. Pass bustling hotels, restaurants, and open-air cafes before finding a spot to sit and relax in the warm sunshine. Enjoy some time to explore on your own before returning to the Marina Grande.

Sorrento: Authentic Local Cooking Class and Meal

9. Sorrento: Authentic Local Cooking Class and Meal

Take part in an interactive cooking lesson for two to ten participants. Learn how to prepare traditional family recipes based on fresh, seasonal produce and herbs from the garden. Start with a welcome prosecco cocktail with a tasting of a large choice of local cheeses and meats. Then follows a complete lesson in preparing and cooking a pasta course and a dessert. During the class, you can sample the ingredients used to prepare the dishes to understand and experience the importance of their quality. Then enjoy the meal you cooked as a group, paired with local wine. The classes are perfect for the whole family, and kids are welcome too. They will be made to feel comfortable and welcome in the kitchen.

From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

10. From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

Explore the ruins of Pompeii with skip-the-line entrance tickets and learn about life there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. See what remains of the markets, Forum, thermal baths, and more. Choose from a list of designated pickup points of departure and travel by a comfortable vehicle to Pompeii on this half-day tour. Explore the ancient ruins of this famous Roman town. Once at the archaeological site, skip the lines and follow your tour guide to the most interesting places, such as the Forum, the thermal baths, the luxurious House of the Vettii and the Lupanar, or a famous brothel. Learn about the settlement of the ancient Greeks in the area in the 8th century B.C. and how Pompeii became a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens, with elegant houses and elaborate villas lining the paved streets. See the ruins of the factories and artisan shops, taverns, cafés, and bathhouses where tourists and townspeople once bustled in and out of, along with the 20,000-seat arena and open-air marketplaces. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the Archaeological Park of Pompeii on your own before your return trip to Sorrento or Naples.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Sorrento?

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What people are saying about Sorrento

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17,642 reviews

It was a lovely experience with a really knowledgeable tour guide! The drive to Pompeii didn’t take long at all and it was nice to have all the logistics taken care of. My partner and I decided that, after the tour, we wouldn’t take the bus back and would instead take the train from Pompeii to Sorrento which was very easy and no problem at all for the tour people. It was a great way to spend a day outside of Naples! Highly recommend!

I stayed for three nights in Naples, before my penultimate day I took a vip tour, I did the most beautiful and well-known coasts, It was absolutely fabulous. I had a great time with a very nice, very kind and friendly tourist guide.

My friends and I loved it. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Lunch was also fantastic!! Just wish we could’ve stayed longer :(( it’s a 10/10 for me

Spent a lovely day in these 3 cities. The time in the cities was sufficient and the lunch excellent.

Great time with naturally hospitable tour guide - Gabriel d great