Sorrento, Italy

The 10 top things to do in Sorrento

The 10 top things to do in Sorrento

Is there anywhere better to be than in Sorrento during spring?

With pleasant temperatures, and the fragrant blossoms of wisteria, mimosa and citrus orchards wafting on a gentle breeze, finding a more perfect vacation destination would be difficult.

Perched on the hillside, with spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is a great place to relax and unwind soaking up this unique Italian atmosphere.

10. Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna

Bagni della Regina Giovanna

Bagni della Regina Giovanna ('bathes of Queen Johanna') is an archaeological site on the Sorrento Coast.

Here you can find the ruins of a ‘domus marittima’, a patrician villa from the first century BC, with a beautiful natural harbor.

This stunning historical place is surrounded by beautiful landscape and offers the possibility to take a bath in a lovely setting and in a wonderful sea.

9. Marina Grande and Marina Piccola

Marina Grande and Marina Piccola

Confused about the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola?

Contrary to the names, the Marina Piccola is the larger marina and offers cruises which should be booked ahead of time to ensure a place.

Marina Grande is a lovely fishing village on the opposite side of Sorrento.

8. Basilica di Sant'Antonino

Basilica di Sant'Antonino

When visiting the Marina Piccola, you're only a stone's throw from the Basilica di Sant'Antonino.

Go inside and feel a sense of peaceful serenity descend upon you.

Take in the painted ceilings and the mix of architectural styles.

Head downstairs where you'll learn about the miracles associated with St. Antonino.

7. Church and Cloister of San Francesco

Church and Cloister of San Francesco

Ensure you see the Church and Cloister of San Francesco while visiting Sorrento.

Surrounding a center courtyard, bougainvillea and other colorful plants cascade down creating a beautiful and tranquil place to reflect.

6. Villa Comunale

Villa Comunale

Although many places in Sorrento boast about the 'best view of the area', the vista from the Villa Comunale is dramatic.

This public garden area is perched at the sheer cliff edge and its far reaching views encompass, Mount Vesuvius, marinas, beaches and of course the ships as they enter the Gulf of Naples.

5. Museo Correale di Terranova

Museo Correale

Museo Correale is a must see when visiting Sorrento.

Spread across three floors, the museum houses a variety of paintings, artifacts, ceramics and even watches.

Some are archaeological finds and others are art pieces from the Napoleonic era.

Housed in a villa of two brothers who are the last in the family line, who accumulated these treasures.

The museum is surrounded by a citrus orchard and has sweeping views of the bay from the balcony.

4. Piazza Torquato Tasso

Piazza Torquato Tasso

Near the Palazzo Correale, you'll see the Piazza Torquato Tasso. This is the busy town square which has a statue of St. Antonino, the patron saint of the city, erected in this pretty shopping area.

Torquato Tasso was a native of Sorrento and a much admired poet having written several famous pieces.

3. Valley of the Mills

Valley of the Mills

A forgotten icon of history, the Valley of the Mills is interesting if not a little spooky.

The gorge was formed by a volcanic eruption nearly 40,000 years ago and as streams carved their way through the limestone, this left an ideal place for mills.

The ruins are all which remain now of the flour mill and saw mill which served this area.

With nearby construction of the Piazza Tasso and the humid environment, a micro climate developed and damp took over. This led to an aggressive, albeit rare, type of fern which engulfed the mills giving it the eerie appeal you see today.

2. Sorrento Cathredral

Sorrento Cathredral

The facade of the Sorrento Cathredral belies the internal beauty of this Duomo.

During a stay, one should make a point of visiting whether you are catholic or not.

It is strikingly beautiful with its inlaid woodwork and marble.

The artwork on the ceiling is a painted canvas which is suspended.

1. Corso Italia

Corso Italia

For a bit of shopping head to the Corso Italia, the main street in Sorrento.

A little bit crazy, and busy but it has a vibrancy only found in Italy.

Take an evening stroll through this shopping area, as many stores are open late.