Visit Naples without stay in Sorrento is impossible. Sorrento is one of the best places near Napoli. It is a cheap trip to the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento has been for ages the inspiring place for many artists. Instead, to base yourself into the expensive Amalfi Coast, you can choose your accommodation in Sorrento. Discover the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento is easy, here you can enjoy all the best Southern Italy’s best sights. This a full list of Day trips from Sorrento places like Positano, the Gulf Islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida. Some of the best Sorrento day trips are also Pompeii and the Vesuvius.
Sorrento is the best place to plan your perfect Amalfi Coast Itinerary. Starting from Sorrento you can visit the Sorrentino Coast and the Amalfi Coast. The ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the clear blue seas are just out of your door.
Day trips from Sorrento Italy
- Naples – Italy day trips
- Sorrento to Capri day trip
- Visit Positano from Sorrento
- The Jewels of Amalfi Coast
- The Ruins of Herculaneum and MAV Museum
- Hike the Vesuvius on top of Naples
- Visit the ruins of Pompeii
- Stroll on the Salerno’s Seaside – Salerno Christmas Lights
- Ice cream in Vico Equense
- Day trip to Amalfi – Visit hidden gems: Maiori, Cetara, Vietri and Atrani.
Base your Amalfi Coast Visit in Sorrento
The Amalfi Coast is huge, it is also one of the most magical places in Europe and in the World. We are coming from Naples and used to see the amazing landscapes of the Amalfi Coast. Every time somebody asks us where to stay in the Amalfi Coast, we answer to find accommodation in Sorrento.
This is the cheapest way to enjoy the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is really in the middle of Amalfi Coast and Sorrentino Coast. It is the perfect harbor for your next holidays. Spend a weekend in Sorrento, and enjoy the best of the Amalfi Coast will be relaxing and clever at the same time.
From Sorrento, you can reach Positano, Amalfi and all the hidden gems of the Amalfi coast easy. From Napoli to Sorrento by train is just 1 hour with the Circumvesuviana Train.
How to spend one day in Sorrento
Sorrento is on the top of our list for a charming One day trip in Italy. It is touristic, but definitely less crowded than Amalfi or Positano. There are many beaches around the city centre, that can be reached by public transport easily.
Sorrento is worth one day visit. Strolling around the little alleys rich in culture and history, stop by one of the many souvenirs shops, and eat a fantastic gelato in Sorrento are the best way to enjoy the coast.
From Napoli to Sorrento will take you an hour by train, and will cost less than a panini. From the train station of Sorrento is easy to reach the centre. Assume the city center as Piazza Tasso, where you can find one of the best bars in the city. The Fauno is an amazing bar with tables outside, enjoy the sunshine with a typical “Granita”.
The Perfect Sorrento one day Itinerary
Despite common thinking, Sorrento is quiet cheapest compared to the other locations of Amalfi Coast. The average cost of an Hotel in Sorrento in off-Peak season is around 50 euro for night. Sorrento has got some of the highest top hotels in the Region. The view from many hotels in Sorrento is stunning. If you are willing for an Hostel there are many options from a little 15 euro for night right in the centre.
Breakfast in Sorrento at Bar D’Anton
The perfect spot to start well a day discovering Sorrento is the Bar D’Anton. A typical Italian bar that will serve early in the morning, freshly baked croissants and fresh orange juice. A classic way to enjoy the breakfast is also asking for a Graffa, a kind of sweet handmade product really tasty. The typical Neapolitan product as frolla and riccia, are available here as well. Wake up with a nice coffee, that will push you for a great day in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. A full day in Sorrento need the best breakfast, but now is time to move on. If you are willing for a Private Tour or Free Tour of Sorrento, there are many and the meeting point of all is in Piazza Tasso.
Shopping around the narrow street of old Sorrento
Just a few minutes away from the main square of Sorrento, in Pizza Tasso, you can reach some of the narrow streets of Sorrento. Point your GPS to Via S.Cesareo, and visit the shops around the old part of Sorrento. Just going down this hallway, you will face the Sedil Dominova. This stunning building in the Centre of Sorrento is now a Restaurant. Up to the street, there is Sorrento Cathedral, visit this church and get into Italian life. The entrance is free.
Sorrento Beach Time at Marina Grande
Down the main square, Piazza Tasso there is the main beach and harbor of Sorrento. There are small stairs, really suggestive that will take you down. From the top to the beach will take you around 15 minutes walking. At Marina Grande, you will find a lot of spots where to eat.
Lunch at one of the many restaurants in Marina Grande
It is almost time to eat, I will bet that you are starving. Marina Grande offers many spots where to eat, and really there are many really good. Everywhere the fish dishes are fresh and made following the Italian recipes. This is part of your free time in Sorrento, out of our guided tour of the city.
Gelato in Sorrento at Gelateria Primavera
Are you looking for a gelato spot in Sorrento, or are you asking where to find a good gelato in Sorrento? Here we go. The Gelateria Primavera is a must do in your Sorrento Itinerary. You can’t miss a nice gelato in Sorrento. This Gelateria is the top in Italy as a gelato maker. The shop is in Corso Italia, 2 minutes walking from Piazza Tasso. It is not a proper day tour of Sorrento without a gelato. So don’t skip this step.
Art Gallery at Villa Fiorentino
Not many people know that in Sorrento there are many Arts Galleries taking place during the year. This city and the coast has inspired a lot of Artists, it is nice to attend a gallery or visit an iconic building. Villa Fiorentino is best known for the many interactive galleries. Just two minutes walking from the Cathedral of Sorrento there is this stunning building. Check the scheduled events that are taking place soon.
Evening Shopping in Sorrento at Corso Italia
It is almost time to say bye to Sorrento. Going back to catch your next train to Napoli from Sorrento, relax in one of the many boutiques on Corso Italia. Sorrento is a good place where find bargains. Some of the boutiques are handmade places where shopping. Take your next unique souvenirs. Remember also to take your bottle of Limoncello, a typical liquor of Sorrento.
Things to do in Amalfi Coast
You can see Amalfi in a Day, but for sure if you are planning an Eurotrip that will include the Amalfi Coast, it will take you to stay longer. Positano is obviously one of the most suggestive locations in the Amalfi Coast, you can visit Positano in One day.
Other than Amalfi, on the coast, you can visit small villages. They are becoming popular, thanks to many tourists that get to towns as Cetara, Furore, Maiori, and Minori. Those places are becoming the part most Instagram worthy of Amalfi Coast. Floreal windows and facades, blue clear sea and temperature on the average making it the best location to spend summer and Spring. During Summer there are many events taking place on the Amalfi Coast.
Day trip to Capri from Sorrento. Visit also Napoli’s Islands of Ischia and Procida
If you are wondering about day trips from Sorrento, Capri island needs to be your first choice. The Gulf of Naples has got three amazing Islands. Natural landscapes and clear blue seas. Ischia, Capri, and Procida are the three islands. A one day trip to Capri from Sorrento will be the perfect escape. For us, this was a Sorrento Couple getaway, a romantic place where enjoy the beaches and the calm island life. The colors of Capri are amazing, blue water in the middle of Gulf of Naples.
The other two islands close to Naples, Italy, are Procida and Ischia. Both Islands are amazing and completely different compared to Capri, more about high standard lifestyle and posh bars and restaurants.
Day trips from Sorrento to Capri
Capri is most known as the nest for rich people. For years has been the place of the Italian Dolce Vita. Film stars, famous and rich people use to come here every time during the year. Capri was well known as well in the ancient Roman Empire, there is still up to the house of the Roman Emperor Tiberio.
Attract here from the view, the clear blue water, and the short boat track from Napoli, Capri is absolutely a gem of the Gulf of Naples. The beautiful island has two main harbors, in the two opposite part of the Island. On the front, with the face to Napoli, there is Capri Town, the lively center of the island. On the opposite side of the small land is Anacapri, the place of the most beautiful cafè, restaurant, and trendy boutiques.
Instagrammable scenarios of Capri Island
Capri is Instagram worthy. As it is the last tendency of the Travel Market, we will confirm you that Capri is worth to be photographed. There are three specific places that make Capri Instagrammable. From the top of the Monte Solaro, you will have a complete 360 view on Capri.
This is the highest point of the Island. Worth to be visited is the Grotta Azzurra. It’s a cave in the rock with clear blue water, the Blue Grotto of Capri is only accessible by the sea. With a tiny boat, you will get inside this natural beauty. The third most instagrammable place in Capri is the Faraglioni. Two highest Rocks in the middle of the sea. This is the icon of the Gulf of Naples. But Capri is not only that, for a full guide, we will take you to an entire Capri itinerary.
Day trips from Sorrento to Positano
Imagine lemon trees, green forests and high cliff. Blue seas, white rocks and little cute villages lively and pastel colored. It seems a dream, it is not. It exists in Southern Italy. This little village that comes from the rock directly to the clear blue seas is Positano. It is one of the most Instagrammed places in Italy. Yes, Positano is Instagrammable.
Plan your day trip to Positano from Sorrento. It is easy to reach the little town by public transport, but like Amalfi, we will suggest you a suggestive boat ride along the Amalfi coastline. The ferry from Sorrento to Positano is the best way to reach Positano in the summer period.
Tours from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast
There are many tours from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast. As we have said before for a full-day Amalfi Coast boat tours from Sorrento, you can head to the harbor of Sorrento. It is just following the alley down the stairs of Piazza Tasso. The Tours to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento are not just boat rides and tour bus to Amalfi.
There are many activities to do linked to tours. You can have swimming trips to Positano or snorkeling itineraries. If you are not really fun of ferry trips from Sorrento, you can go for a minibus tour to Positano and Amalfi Coast, this trip will also take you to Ravello.
We suggest the last, that will get you to arrive at some of the hidden coves of Positano. Hidden beaches are just down the cliff, there is Furore, Praiano or Erchie.
Day trips from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast
Sorrento is part of what everybody knows as Sorrentino Coast but is just the stretches of Coastline of the Amalfi Coast. Going up and down the unique street that is running for the coastline, you will reach Amalfi from Sorrento. There are many awesome landscapes and little towns along the way. This is the Amalfi Coast, pastel-colored villages on the sea, fisherman’s towns, and instagrammable places. Be careful to don’t visit this place during Easter or Summer, the only carriage along the coastline will be extremely busy.
In summer reach Amalfi from Sorrento by Ferry
It is easy to reach Amalfi from Sorrento by public transport, but the best way during the pick time is by boat. From the Sorrento seaport, you can take a ride on the fast boats direct to Positano and Amalfi. Sorrento to Amalfi by boat will cost you 16.50 euro one way. There are two rides a day go and return, in the morning and lunchtime. Return from Amalfi to Sorrento depart in the morning and after 4.00 pm. The company that does the track is Alilauro.
Day trips from Amalfi
Amalfi is not just a place for a day trip from Sorrento, it is also good to plan some day trips from Amalfi. The coastline of Amalfi and Sorrento is really amazing. There are so many hidden beaches, scratch in the rocks that need to be visited. There are more than 13 Villages and little town along the way from Sorrento to Amalfi. Some places that need to be on the top of your list are Ravello and Vietri Sul Mare.
Check out also for the Sentiero Degli Dei, one of the most incredible hikes on the Amalfi Coast. The Path of the Gods, as translation is a long hike of almost 5 miles above Sorrento. Don’t miss also to visit the little hilltop towns of Agerola and Nocelle. Try the amazing food here, like the mozzarella and the Delizia al Limone.
Day trip from Sorrento to Pompeii and Vesuvius
Visit Pompeii is a must do in your vacation in Sorrento. The most known Roman sites in the World is just half an hour away from Sorrento. It is a must-see for any traveler visiting Napoli. The city under the Volcano was covered by layers and layers of ash. That well preserved the city undernet for years, taking it to live again for many tourists.
Pompeii is one of the best attractions of Southern Italy, here you can admire the ancient Roman history well preserved. It is a perfect day trip from Sorrento.
You can reach Pompeii from Sorrento by train, you have to stop at Pompei Scavi with the Vesuviana. The visit to the Ruins of Pompeii could be even a stop from your way from Napoli to Sorrento.
Hike the Vesuvius from Ercolano
The Volcano that erupted in the 79 AD covering Pompeii and Herculaneum, is the Mount Vesuvius. It is a 1200 meters high, covered by snow during winter, that makes the scenario of the Napoli Gulf amazing. The most recent eruption was in 1944, it is also one of the most dangerous volcanoes, that is now sleeping.
On the slopes of the Volcano, you can see a huge metropolitan area where actually living more than 600 thousand people. We suggest hiking the Vesuvius because it is actually a National Park. If you don’t feel, there is a bus tour that takes you to the top of the Crater. Remember, despite most of the people think, is not possible to hike the Vesuvius from Pompeii.
What you can do on the top of the Volcano
From the top of the Volcano, you can enjoy the amazing view on the Gulf and the breathtaking path along the rim, looking down to the heart of the Vesuvius. On the top is hot, a testimony of the activity that is still going on kilometres below. The hikes to the top are not easy, take a jumper with you, because it will be windy and gets cold. Wear comfortable shoes and be careful about the rocks.
If you want to know more about the eruption of the 79 AD, you can visit the MAV. This a new interactive museum. To be accurate the MAV is an Archaeological Museum that shows in 3D what happened, with videos about all the phases of the Eruptions.
How to get to Herculaneum from Sorrento
Everybody knows Pompeii as the place for the best Roman ruins. Many people think about Pompeii as the only place, but thanks to dedicating blogs, Herculaneum is becoming well known.
Direct under the Volcano there are the ruins of another great Roman city. Herculaneum at that time was even more powerful and known than Pompeii. It was destroyed by the same eruption of Pompeii of 79 AD. Ercolano is now the city that is basically on top of the ruins. Those have been for years hidden and forgotten under the ash and the new constructions.
Our suggestion is to visit the Herculaneum Ruins
As you can understand, Herculaneum is just under the Volcano. The center of the eruption was here, so the entire city is under 50 meters below the actual city, more than Pompei. Because it’s a quite new site, Herculaneum Ruins are smaller than Pompeii, but thanks to some private funds, more parts are discovered.
Literally, there are some people living on the edges of the archaeological excavation. The ancient Herculaneum was rich and powerful, there are so many building that is bigger and rich in ornament as mosaics, statues, and tools. The entrance to the site is cheaper than Pompeii, and also you can visit the MAV. This is a museum dedicated to the arts and the Vesuvius, with an interactive 3D film about the eruption.
The Archeological site of Paestum – Visit Paestum
This is another underrated gem of Italy, Paestum is an Ancient Greek temples Site. This is the real proof of the origin of Southern Italy, that is belonging to other cultures before Romans. Paestum is not in the Amalfi Coast, it is more in the south of Campania. Paestum is in the Cilento, an amazing coastline.
It is a less touristic place compared to Pompeii and Herculaneum, but it is not less awesome. The Paestum’s Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a symbol of the southern coast of Campania. The Paestum’s Temple of Neptune is really well preserved, and it is just one of the three Greek temples of the site.
You can visit Paestum from the city centre of Napoli. From the main train station of Naples, Piazza Garibaldi, you can take a direct train to Paestum Ruins. The ride on the Train of Trenitalia will take around 1 hour and a half, it will cost less than 10 euro, depending on the day and peak time.
Visit Salerno – Sorrento day trips
Visiting the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, you can’t miss popping in Salerno. This is the second city of Napoli Region. The long seaside is making Salerno as one of the most attractive places where stay during summer, thanks to the closest beaches and the cultural sites as Paestum.
Salerno becomes really crowded by locals and tourists during Christmas. From a few years now, it is showing an amazing Christmas light around the city center. The atmosphere during Christmas is really amazing and the local Salerno Christmas market is one of the best in Europe.
Visit Vico Equense – Awesome Day trips from Sorrento
This is the most attractive on a place on the coast to visit other than Positano, Sorrento, and Amalfi. Vico Equense is in the Bay of Naples, thanks to the high cliffs are becoming more popular, but it still a quiet place where stay during summer time. We suggest to visit this place and be based here if you are traveling with your family, especially with kids and toddlers.
Vico Equense is on the top of a tuff cliff, that is going up to the mountain, facing the Vesuvius. From Vico Equense you can reach easily Sorrento, by public transport and car, or through the CircumVesuviana Train. The same train that goes from the main train station of Napoli, Piazza Garibaldi, stop by Vico Equense.
Some great day trips from Vico Equense is the hiking of the Monte Faito or Faito Mountain. Try the typical Limoncello, a liquor of lemon really tasty. There is an amazing Pizzeria, try “Da Franco” that is really famous among the locals.
Highly suggested a Sorrento day trips to Amalfi Coast
We hope to have given to you some good tips for your day trips from Sorrento, Italy. This is one of the less crowded places in the Amalfi Coast, but Sorrento is underrated. Give a try to some of our suggestions. Sorrento day trips to Amalfi Coast are just a few of the hundreds of opportunities you have visiting this part of Napoli Coast. Eat, Pray and Love says a movie about Napoli, the same is for Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and many other places on the coast. Feel free to email us, asking for advice, but also for reviews and feedbacks about this trip.