Sorrento: An Ancient Amalfi Coast Treasure

Sorrento

For part two of our Italian adventure, Matt and I traveled from Praiano to beautiful Sorrento for three days in paradise. This memorable stint in our trip was marked by incredible food, unmatched hospitality, and otherworldly views. Keep reading for a breakdown of how we spent our time in Sorrento!

Sorrento: Getting There

An ancient resort town with a rich and mythical history, Sorrento is located on the Sorrentine Peninsula about an hour south of Naples. Thanks to its cliffside location, the city offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius from nearly every angle. We traveled from Praiano to Sorrento by cab — a beautiful, hour-long drive well worth the 80 Euro (+ tip) cost. If Sorrento is on the frontend of your trip, the Campania Express offers direct service from Naples (just 45 minutes) for 8 Euros.

Sorrento: Where to Say

We spent 3 nights at Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento, a stunning property with breathtaking views of Mount Vesuvius and Sorrento Bay. We chose the hotel for its central location, just steps from the beach and walking distance to several great restaurants. Hotel highlights included daily breakfast with panoramic views, a free shuttle into town, and a beautiful pool area. The staff at Hotel Mediterraneo exceeded our every expectation, booking dinner reservations when we had a last minute cancellation and providing incredible recommendations. We spent evenings on our balcony watching the sunset and sipping local wine. Truly a dream hotel in an even dreamier location!

Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento,
Our daily view from breakfast with Mt. Vesuvius in the background
Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento,
One of the favorite parts of the hotel – our balcony
Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento,
We loved the incredible sunsets!

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Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento,
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Sorrento: What to Do

Explore Marina Grande

For a picturesque view of the Bay of Naples, walk 15 minutes to Marina Grande. The town’s main fishing port is home to some of the freshest seafood in the city and the most incredible views of Mount Vesuvius.

sorrento - Marina Grande

Shop Via San Cesareo

The narrow streets of Sorrento are packed with local shops and booths. We spent a day window shopping in the old town and people watching around Piazza Tasso. We had an active few days in Praiano, so we took it slower in Sorrento – sampling gelato and sipping limoncello every chance we could get.

Relax by the Water

Sorrento is the perfect place to relax and unwind at the beach or pool. We spent a day by the Hotel Mediterraneo pool and ventured to the beach for an afternoon swim.

Cloisters of San Francesco

This stunning Sorrento landmark houses a 7th century monastery and a 14th century church.

Sorrento: Where to Eat

Qui Sorrento

  • QUI Sorrento – Managed by 3 friends turned business partners, QUI is a must if you’re traveling to Sorrento. This was our favorite meal in all of Italy and a truly unforgettable experience. Try the lemon cake for dessert if you want your mind blown! Corso Italia, 325, 80067

Trattoria da Emilia

  • Trattoria da Emilia – We had our favorite lunch in Italy at this family-owned restaurant located in Marina Grande. Try the mussels and fried seafood while soaking in stunning views of Mount Vesuvius. Via Marina Grande 62, 80067, Sorrento Italy
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II Buco

  • Il Buco – Rich in history, this Michelin-star restaurant is located in a 16th monastery century wine cellar monastery. If you’re up for an adventure, try the “I Trust You” for an epic tasting menu! 2ª Rampa Marina Piccola, Piazza Sant’Antonino, 5, 80067

L’Antica Trattoria

  • Ristorante L’Antica Trattoria –  If you’re looking for a hybrid menu of both Italian delicacies and modern creations, visit L’Antica. For my fellow lemon lovers, try the signature pasta served in lemon cream sauce. Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani, 33, 80067

Raki

  • Raki – Recommended by our Praiano Airbnb host, Raki is known as the best gelateria in Sorrento. According to some locals, it’s the best in all of Italy! I wanted to try their best-seller to judge for myself, and the pistachio was absolute heaven! Via San Cesareo 48, 80067, Sorrento Italy
sorrento Mussels at Trattoria da Emilia
Mussels at Trattoria da Emilia
sorrento Raki gelaot
The best gelato at Raki – pistachio and lemon!

Overall, our time in Sorrento gifted us some of the very best meals and views of our trip. This colorful town is charming, exceptionally rich in history, and filled with lovely locals with pride and love for their home. If you’re planning an Amalfi Coat adenture, I highly recommend making this magical place a stop in your journey.

From Sorrento, we traveled to Florence for a few days in beautiful Italian wine country. If you’re searching for an incredible Tuscan vineyard, read my review of Poggio Torselli here!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed creating it! If you’re looking for more travel content, check out the archives here!

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