Sorrento is the perfect base when you want to explore nearby cities in the South of Italy. I went back and forth deciding whether or not I wanted to stay in a good home base or go further south into the Amalfi Coast and stay in one of the towns but having to drag my luggage around. I am so glad I went with the former and stayed in Sorrento as it makes the perfect base for a trouble-free way to explore these coastal towns with gorgeous sea views. Sorrento is a charming, colorful town with plenty of lodging, restaurants, and shops all accessible by walking. Additionally, Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, and Pompeii are all a short ride away making Sorrento an ideal starting point for great day trips to the surrounding cities. Once we arrived at the Napoli Centrale train station, we easily transferred to the Circumvesuviana regional train (under 5 euros one way) and took a nice scenic one-hour ride to Sorrento. If you’re like me, time is so valuable when traveling and a well planned itinerary can make all the difference in the world. That said, check out my essential quick travel guide to Sorrento on where to stay, eat, and and explore.
1. Explore the views of Sorrento
In the heart of Sorrento, nearly everything is within walking distance. When traversing through narrow alleys, you will pass by plenty of restaurants, gelato cafes, and souvenir shops. What you’ll notice walking through the town are colorful shades of yellow where each store sells Sorrento’s famed lemon products varying from limoncellos, soaps, and cookies. Sorrento boasts a beautiful sea view if you walk towards the Marina Grande which is a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Sorrento town centre. Above is a view overlooking the fishing port and harbor with picturesque homes and restaurants and dozens of colorful fishing boats.
Sorrento is a city for romance. Here, a lovely and inspiring quote: You’ll never walk alone.
2. Stay in the heart of Sorrento
Palazzo Abagnale Boutique Hotel
Convenience and location are my top two when looking for a place to stay in Sorrento. The lodging must be walking distance from the circumvesuviana train as to make it easier to carry our luggages. Luckily Palazzo Abagnale was a quick 5 minute walk away from the train station. We were greeted by a modern, sleek, spacious suite that is reasonably priced and centrally located in Sorrento. It being located on one of the busier streets of the area is actually a plus as you’ll find a Supermercati Deco and other small shops only a few steps away.
Speaking of the bathroom, it was very contemporary. The shower/bath has its own retractable showerhead system and that meant getting very clean was a breeze. It is also a spacious bathroom too that included a Samsung TV with a lot of channels available!
For two, it is almost too much space as you’ll even have a couch to lounge on and a queen size bed. The sheets and bedding themselves were spotless and comfortable.
One thing I really liked was the ability to open the window that has a small balcony facing the hustle and bustle of the street of Corso Italia. A great people-watching opportunity. Best thing is once the window is closed, you barely hear the noise and commotion. That said, I slept very well.
Location: Corso Italia 164 | 80067 Sorrento (Napoli) – Italy
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Palazzo Abagnale offers free breakfast which includes various packaged cookies, warm pastries, fruits, hard boiled eggs, and sliced meats. You’ll even have blood orange juice and you can have the waitress fix you up an espresso. What I also noticed at breakfast is the amount of tourists that come to Palazzo Abagnale. The hotel’s welcoming nature and comfortable amenities keeps travelers coming back. Plus the location really is fantastic. If you’re looking for something more sleek, hip, and colorful than the run-of-the-mill cramped hotels or hostels, I think Palazzo Abagnale and their suites and reasonable rates is your cup of tea.
3. Eat Seafood with a View
Since most days we were out on day trips to other towns, we had one night in Sorrento to have a nice sit down dinner. We had our hotel call to make reservations at Ristorante Bagni Delfino. It is in the heart of Marina Grande adorned by fisherman boats and seafood restaurants next to the water. Since we got back from our tour post sunset, the ocean views were dark save for a few lanterns. However, it was still a nice atmosphere where we got to sit right out on the patio next to the water creating a relaxing atmosphere. We started off with a delicious appetizer of fried seafood goods: sardines, shrimp, squid, octopus with fresh lemon. Everything was fresh, crispy, and tender.
From bottom to top: “Calamarata Delfino” a delicious pasta with muscles, shrimp, and zucchini and a spaghetti dish with muscles and clams. The calamarata was a highlight for me because of the perfectly al dente pasta in this delicious creamy light sauce toppled with fresh seafood. The clams in the spaghetti were great and it had a lighter sauce seasoning. Everything was very tasty but I must say we got a little thirsty towards the end realizing they used a lot of salt in their sauces! Fortunately, they provide complimentary limoncello at the end of your meal.
Ristorante Bagni Delfino
Location: Via Marina Grande, 216, 80067 Sorrento, Italy
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Hours: Daily, 11:30am – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 11pm
Contact: Phone:+39 081 878 2038
Tip: Come during sunset if you can to truly enjoy the ocean views and make reservations in advance!
4. Always eat Gelato
Yes, always eat gelato. But not just any gelato, a nice creamy gelato made fresh daily with innovative and delectable flavors.
Location: Via San Cesareo 48, 80067 Sorrento Italy
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You can’t buy joy, but you can buy gelato!
Raki gelato was hands down the best gelato in Sorrento. They used specially sourced ingredients that are hand made in small batches with no artificial flavors. It is perfectly creamy and smooth! It was so good we had to come back twice. We tried out David gelateria but it did not even compare.
5. Take Day Trips to other towns
Now go on and cross off Sorrento off your bucket list and book your trip to the beautiful South of Italy!