Sorrento is a charming little town in the southern part of Italy, looking out over the Bay of Naples. Its location on the popular Amalfi Coast makes it the perfect day trip from one of its bigger and more famous neighboring cities like Naples or Pompeii. In this article, you will learn about the most important things you have to do or see if you have 24 hours in Sorrento. We also offer a few suggestions on where to stay in Sorrento for the best experience!
Transportation in Sorrento
Sorrento can easily be accessed by train. There is a direct line, Campania Express, connecting Naples and Sorrento. This one was specially made for tourists and it is much safer and faster than their old line, the Circumvesuviana. There are also ferries and hydrofoils for those looking for a more unique means of transportation.
Sightseeing in Sorrento
Luckily for you, the whole area of this bustling little town measures just 9 square kilometers (about 3.5 square miles). This means that you can get anywhere you want on foot. What’s even better is that the main attractions are situated close to each other. This means that your 24 hours in Sorrento should be just enough to admire all the beautiful sights this place has to offer.
You can start your trip from the Centro Storico. Here is where you will find all the shops, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. It is charming with old buildings and cobbled stone roads.
Continue your itinerary with a visit to the oldest church in town, Basilica di Sant’Antonino. The church was named after the city’s patron saint, who was loved during his lifetime, especially for his miracles.
Other notable sightseeing spots are Villa Fiorentino, a neoclassical venue where one can admire temporary art or listen to concerts and Casa di Cornelia Tasso, a mansion belonging to the sister of Torquato Tasso—the famous Italian poet.
Also, you should not miss Il Vallone dei Mulino—the last of the three deep gorges of Sorrento and Museo Correale di Terranova, a museum carrying some of the most famous pieces of Italian marquetry, as well as international artifacts such as a piece of an Egyptian carving.
Last but not least, don’t forget about Marina Grande, an isolated former fishing village, with colorful little houses and the closest thing to a beach that you can find around there.
Food for the Soul
It is said that the road to one’s heart is through the stomach. What better way to discover this endearing little city and its customs than through a quintessential and authentic Mediterranean feast.
During your 24 hours in Sorrento, you can check out O'Puledrone if you are craving some seafood or La Cantinaccia del Popolo for a Neapolitan gastronomic delight. Gelateria Raki is great if you are looking for a refreshing, yet authentic and organic dessert and Terrazza Bellavista or Terrazza Vittoria could be on your list if you want to end the day sipping on some great cocktails while enjoying some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see over the Gulf of Naples. And if you are at it, do not forget to try their Limoncello, a digestif type of drink made with lemons sourced locally.
All in all, if you find yourself in the Southern part of Italy with 24 hours to spare, then Sorrento makes for a great day trip. For more ideas on traveling in Italy, see these articles by Wander writers.
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