On the southwest coast of Italy, an hour outside of Naples, is Sorrento, a seaside city of beautiful architecture, beaches, and boats. The water is an alluring blue and the houses scattered up the hillside add a pop of color to the rocky cliffs. It’s a popular tourist stop for travelers passing through the Campania region of Italy. There are lots of restaurants and cafes for stopping and enjoying delicious Italian cuisine while taking in the captivating view of the sea.
The best time of year to visit Sorrento depends on personal preference. If you’re looking to enjoy the warm sunshine and beach, visit in the summer. It’s crowded during the peak months of July and August, and June through early September can be uncomfortably hot. The official swimming season runs from mid-May through October, and visiting in late September and October can be a great time to have good weather and fewer crowds. The winter is a good time to find good deals on accommodation and have peace and quiet, but it’s too cold to enjoy the sea or work on your tan. While the Amalfi Coast and some surrounding towns shut down completely in the winter months, Sorrento does stay open.
To get to Sorrento, the easiest way is to fly into the Naples airport. From here there is a bus that departs for Sorrento several times daily.
The most popular thing to do while in Sorrento is to rent a boat. Chartered cruises, boat tours, fishing tours, dive trips, and yachts are popular choices for water experiences in Sorrento.
The coastline of Sorrento is dazzling, and seeing it from the perspective of the water on a boat is an experience you’ll never forget. Sunbathe in the Italian sun while you cruise past the cliffs, sea caves, coves, and grottos.
Fishing charters leaving from Sorrento are another popular excursion choice for tourists. You'll be with an experienced guide who can provide all fishing experiences. Deep sea, trolling and casual drifting makes for a wonderful day in search of a big catch.
Speaking of grottos, the famous Blue Grotto is a boating experience you must have while spending time in Sorrento. It’s an unforgettable day trip to take on a boat from Sorrento. You’ll explore these captivating caves in a small rowboat with an experienced guide. Many people report it as being one of their favorite experiences they had while exploring this part of Italy. The water in the sea cave glows sapphire blue and the enclosed, intimate setting of the cave will leave you in awe.
Dive trips leave daily from the harbor in Sorrento and offer a pleasant experience for divers of all backgrounds. If you want to pursue your PADI certification, you can do it in Sorrento with experienced dive instructors. You’ll see colorful fish and sea life, as well as underwater gardens created by different statues.
If you don't want to rent a private boat but want to spend a little time on the water, catch a ferry to nearby Capri. It's a tiny island off the coast of Sorrento worth exploring for a day.
The annual Regatta of the Maritime Republics is an annual event that takes place in the waters of Italy near Sorrento. It's a competition of 8-oared galleon boats with crews from Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, and Venice. The location changes annually but occasionally it takes place on the Amalfi Coast, very close to Sorrento. It’s a fantastic boating tradition of this region.
Sorrento is the birthplace of Limoncello, so for foodies, a limoncello tasting and tour is an experience you must have while here!
If you spend a day wandering around the city, be sure to visit Piazza Tasso, the central square in Sorrento. The surrounding architecture is stunning and there are lots of shops and restaurants in this area. If you are in Sorrento on a rainy day or want to dive deeper into the history and culture of this area, check out the Sorrento Cathedral and Museum Correale.
While in Sorrento, take a day trip to some of the surrounding cities and points of interest. Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius are fascinating ancient sights to see. You’ll be transported back in time and get an idea of what it was like on the day that the infamous volcano erupted. Nearby Naples and the Amalfi Coast are additional great spots for stopping in during your time in Sorrento. On a tour or on your own with a rented car, you can start to dig deeper into the rich history and beauty of this part of Italy.
If you like being active while on vacation, definitely take a day to hike across the peninsula. There are a variety of excellent hiking trails in this area.
There are a few marinas in Sorrento located around the harbor. Marina Grande, Port of Sorrento, and Porto Turistico are the primary locations for moored boats in Sorrento. They are within walking distance to restaurants and shops, offer beautiful seaside views of the boats moored up or sailing close to the port.
When in Sorrento, you can’t miss an opportunity to get out on the water. This coastline of Italy is absolutely stunning, and seeing it from the perspective of a boat on a day cruise trip is a must. You can rent a boat in Sorrento for as cheap as $38/hour.
Sorrento is not known for having great beaches. Instead, people looking to swim and sunbathe typically do a boat tour from Sorrento and stop at snorkeling and swimming spots. The best nearby beaches from Sorrento are Punto del Capo, which you can drive or take a boat to from Sorrento.
Sorrento is very hot in August, with temperatures on average 24°C but it can be much hotter during the peak sun hours of the day. You’ll want to get out on the sea to cool down if you’re visiting Sorrento in August.
The boat journey from Sorrento to Capri takes about 25 minutes on a direct boat transfer. If you want to rent a boat for a day, you can make other stops around Sorrento and Capri, with a local boat captain to show you around this gorgeous region of the Italian coast.
Sal was a great skipper! He took us to many interesting and beautiful spots and then also to a great restaurant in Capri with a shuttle. We didn’t go to the blue grotto because there was a long line, but Sal took us to several other beautiful caves. Overall amazing experience and I’d recommend to anyone looking for a private boat experience!
We had such a great time! They were attentive, fun and created the perfect itinerary for our group. Thank you for making it such a great day! Hope y’all get some great use outs of the drone footage we took
Beautiful boat, excellent skippers, a misunderstanding between Pietro and I was handled very professionally and everything went off without a hitch. It was a memorable day just as we wanted.
Fantastic experience from start to finish. Communication was great throughout the rental process and the day of everything went as planned and promised! Highly recommend.
Great rental, staff was very nice and super helpful. 10/10 would recommend renting from this location, the views along the coast were spectacular
Leo and Daniella were AMAZING! We had the time of our lives. They were knowledgeable of the area, friendly and extremely hospitable. Daniella took amazing pictures for us! We brought some meats and cheeses and they did a great job making us a beautiful lunch. Our glasses were never empty! It was our honeymoon and they surprised us with a bottle of beautiful champagne! We went swimming in the beautiful emerald sea and stopped in many beautiful caves. We enjoyed a fabulous sunset off the island of Capri! Leo was a superb captain! We would highly recommend them. Thank you so much Leo and Daniella! Cheers, Pete and Gina.
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