Famous for its sea cliffs and vistas across to Ischia, Capri and the Bay of Naples, Sorrento offers newlyweds a choice of gorgeous beaches, ancient archaeological ruins, natural wonders and excellent hiking trails cross the peninsula.
Dating back to the 1st century BC, Sorrento is one of Italy's most well-established resorts, located on a stunning stretch of Italian coastline and within easy driving distance of some of Italy's finest sights, including Pompeii, Naples and Herculaneum – perfect for active honeymoon couples.
Stroll narrow cobbled streets through the heart of the town centre, visiting the beautiful Piazza Tasso and Via Pieta and its collection of medieval buildings.
Pop into the 15th century Duomo, the Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo, then admire the unique collection of decorative art from the 16th to the 19th centuries at the 18th century Museo Correale di Terranova.
And get an insight into the historical craft of marquetry and wood inlay, for which Sorrento is famous, at the Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea.
Hike the green hills above Sorrento, stroll the picturesque lungomare (seafront promenade) and dive or snorkel the marine park at Punta Campanella.
Sunbathe on the small beach of Marina Piccola and Marina Grande; further south lies Sorrento’s best beach at Punto del Capo.
A few kilometres south of Sorrento sits a rocky promontory known as the Punta del Capo, or the Capo di Sorrento.
The site features the ruins of three 1st century AD Roman villas, one of which is believed to have once belonged to Pollio Felice.
Beneath the ruins lies a beautiful cove, known as the Bagni della Regina Giovanna. Here, you may sunbathe on the rocky lido and swim or snorkel the calm turquoise waters.
Although not a sandy beach and without any facilities, the Bagni della Regina Giovanna is a popular swimming and snorkeling spot during summer. It can only be reached via a long staircase, following a 15-minute walk from the parking area at Capo di Sorrento.
Sorrento is 50km south of Naples and 16km from Positano; to the north lies Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum, which are well worth a visit.
Take a step back in time on a stroll down the paved stone streets of one of the world’s most famous ruins. Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years until its accidental rediscovery in 1748.
Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during the catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Explore various houses, public baths, the Forum and the Villa of the Mysteries for an insight into life at the height of the Roman Empire.
Examine well-preserved frescoes, see plaster casts of victims where they fell and wander into the amphitheatre and the palaestra (gymnasium) at this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enter an underground passage that cuts down through 20m of volcanic mud to reveal the excavated site of Herculaneum.
Here you can wander through several excavated buildings, including the so-called Villa of the Papyri, a once-magnificent villa owned by Julius Caesar's father-in-law, which housed the only library to survive intact from antiquity. Scrolls from the villa are now stored at the National Library in Naples.
Admire frescoes in the College of Augustales, coloured mosaics in the House of Neptune and Amphitrite and the mosaic-laid courtyard at the House of the Mosaic Atrium.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was buried under 20m of volcanic ash and mud after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay buried for more than 1600 years. Much is still to be excavated.
Note: For the best mosaics and murals of Pompeii and Herculaneum, tour the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.
Sorrento offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
Location: Piazza Tasso 34, Sorrento
Ave nightly price: AUD824 per room
Description: On a rock overlooking the Bay of Naples, the Vittoria includes 3 historic buildings in a private Mediterranean park. The property's entrance is in Sorrento’s main square. An elevator provides direct access to the harbor. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria's La Serra spa is complete with hot tubs and massage rooms. The outdoor swimming pool with hydro-massage area is on a terrace with free sun umbrellas, lounge chairs and deck chairs. With elegant parquet or tile floors, all rooms come with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking the bay, or the beautiful Mediterranean gardens. There are several top-quality restaurants on site, and an elegant bar with sea views. Entertainment and live music are organized regularly. Breakfast is a varied sweet and savory buffet. The hotel offers free parking with valet service. A pick-up service from Napoli Train Station is available upon request.
Location: Piazza Della Vittoria 5, Sorrento
Ave nightly price: AUD595 per room
Description: Offering panoramic views across the Gulf of Naples, Bellevue Syrene is an elegant choice for your stay in Sorrento. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout. This 18th-century villa combines classic architecture with modern design. Each room is air conditioned and features a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Rooms also come with satellite TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Hotel Bellevue Syrene serves only the highest quality cuisine from the Campania region in its 2 restaurants, 1 of which with a sea-view terrace. The hotel includes a private sunbathing deck and a lounge bar with live piano music. Drinks and snacks are free in the club lounge between the hours of 10:00 and 20:00. Sorrento centre is just a 5-minute walk away. The Circumvesuviana Station is 10 minutes away on foot, from here you can catch the bus along the coast to Positano, or the train to Pompeii and Naples.
Parco dei Principi
Location: Via Rota 44, Sorrento
Ave nightly price: AUD415 per room
Description: The Parco dei Principi is surrounded by a 7-acre park. Set on a cliff just over half a kilometer from the center of Sorrento, it has free Wi-Fi, a free fitness center and panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. The rooms still preserve the original design and contemporary-style décor from the Italian architect Gio Ponti. They have either a balcony or a window offering views of the sea or garden. The designer hotel features a salt-water swimming pool and an elevator to the private beach with free lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Massage are available upon request. The Hotel Parco dei Principi features 2 on-site restaurants that serve Mediterranean and international cuisine. Here, guests enjoy lovely views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The center of Sorrento can be reached with a 20-minute walk or with a free shuttle bus, available upon request on a fixed schedule.
Imperial Hotel Tramontano
Location: Via V. Veneto 1, Sorrento
Ave nightly price: AUD389 per room
Description: The Imperial Hotel Tramontano, in the center of Sorrento, features a terrace with views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It also includes grounds with an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms. The elegant rooms at the Tramontano Hotel have either parquet floors or decorated tiles, and each features a satellite flat-screen TV and minibar. Some rooms also have views of the sea or the garden. The sit-down menu restaurant serves traditional Neapolitan cuisine in a sea-view dining room, and meals are prepared with seasonal ingredients. Drinks and light meals are available at the poolside bar. The grounds also include a 16th-century chapel, and an elevator goes directly to a partner beach. Sorrento Train Station, where guests can catch trains to Naples, is a 5-minute drive from the property. The Amalfi Coast is 30.6 km from the hotel.
Hotel Antiche Mura
Location: Piazza Tasso (Via Fuorimura 7), Sorrento
Ave nightly price: AUD366 per room
Description: Hotel Antiche Mura is set just off Piazza Tasso in the heart of Sorrento. It features a citrus garden with a swimming pool. Wi-Fi access is completely free. The helpful staff at Antiche Mura welcome you as family. They are always there to help. Pick up maps of the area, public transportation schedules, and tourist information at the front desk. A generous buffet breakfast is included in your room price. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, while the rooms also have free wired internet access. Around the pool you will find free lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach towels. There is both a bar and a poolside bar. The property features one of the 4 ancient towers of Sorrento.
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For the best weather, visit Sorrento between June and September. However, to avoid the summer high-season crowds of July and August when temperatures can soar above 30°C (86°F), visit between April and June and from late-September through October when the average daily temperature is 22°C (72°F).
Summer (May to September) sees an average high of 20°C (68°F) in May rising to 24°C (75°F) in June and 27°C (81°F) in July and August.
For more climate info: Amalfi Coast Weather Guide…
Sorrento is perched on a headland on the end of the peninsula, overlooking the Bay of Naples.
The Amalfi Coast sits on the other side of the peninsula. The resort is 50km (31mi) south of Naples and 16km (10mi) from Positano.
The Amalfi Coast stretches along the rugged Sorrentine Peninsula south of Naples on the west coast of southern Italy, and is easily accessible by bus and car from nearby Salerno.
The main town of Amalfi is 31km (19mi) west of Salerno, 15km (9mi) east of Positano and 61km (37mi) south of Naples.
The most convenient route to Sorrento (and the Amalfi Coast) is by air to Naples International Airport (NAP), followed by bus, train or taxi to Amalfi.
Salerno is 1 hour 5 minutes from Naples International Airport (NAP) by bus; and 36 minutes by train from Naples central train station. An hourly bus service operates between Sorrento and Salerno stopping at Amalfi.
By sea, the Metro del Mare offers seasonal-only trips (April to October) from Naples stopping at Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno.
You can also choose to fly into the much larger Rome–Fiumicino International Airport 'Leonardo da Vinci' (FCO), then train or bus to Naples, Salerno or Sorrento.
More about getting to the Amalfi Coast…
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