Updated: Jun 20, 2019
If you are planning a visit to Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast, there is plenty to see and do. Buses and ferries run multiple times a day between Sorrento and various ports along the Amalfi Coast (depending on the time of year) and you can also easily take a train from Sorrento to go and explore Pompeii.
If I'm being honest, Sorrento wasn't our favourite place, purely because we had just come from Positano, which is so full of character and charm that it is definitely a hard act to follow. Having said that, we did have a few stand-out favourite things about Sorrento.
Our highlights for Sorrento:
On our first day in Sorrento, we came across a restaurant, Ristorante Parrucchiano Garden, along the main strip that looked interesting. We were reading the menu when a British couple walked out and told us that we absolutely had to go in and try the food! We took their advice and we are definitely glad that we did. Not only was the food incredible, the venue was beautiful!
Stepping inside the restaurant, you climb up two flights of stairs, past some indoor tables, and come out to this incredible alfresco style garden-meets-restaurant. There were lemon trees everywhere and the atmosphere was perfect.
The food itself was next level delicious. I had a seafood risotto with beautiful, fresh seafood, and Tom had an authentic Italian ragu.
We booked a room through Airbnb in a heritage villa on top of a hill overlooking Sorrento and the Bay of Naples, and our accommodation was just perfect. I actually spotted our accommodation from our ferry coming in to Sorrento, but I wasn’t sure it I was right or not, because the house looked so grand and beautiful! Our host picked us up from the port, which was lovely of him, and drove us up the hill to the home. Arriving, we drove down a long driveway and the house appeared in front of us. I tell you what; it felt like a proper Italian experience! I highly recommend staying in a home in at least one part of your trip, as it feels so much more authentic than just hotels.
Being elevated above the town of Sorrento, we were treated to beautiful views from our bedroom, the living room, and we even were privileged enough to be taken to the rooftop where we had the most incredible panoramic views over the Bay of Naples. The home had been in the one family for many years, and it felt really special to be able to stay there.
One of my favourite things about Sorrento was the surrounding view of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Having studied Ancient Roman history, actually seeing Mount Vesuvius towering over the Bay in real life was an experience.
If you’ve been to Sorrento, what were your favourite things?