The Perfect 1, 2 or 3 Days in Sorrento Itinerary

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by Olivia Ellis

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Planning out a 1, 2 or 3 days in Sorrento itinerary is a highlight when visiting Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast. Known to many as the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast” and situated atop a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples, the town of Sorrento is rich in vibrant culture, outstanding scenery, food, and important history.

From charming piazzas and colorful streets to fresh seafood and limoncello, time seems to stop in Sorrento as you enjoy the best parts of the southern Italian coast and it’s an essential stop on any trip to Southern Italy.

Regardless of whether you’re choosing to visit to soak up the Mediterranean sun, have an affordable base on the Amalfi Coast, or explore the town’s culture and history, this itinerary is for anyone.

How Many Days in Sorrento?

With all that said, how many days are adequate to do justice to the Campanian town of Sorrento?

If you’re taking a tour of the Amalfi Coast and stopping briefly in Sorrento or perhaps you’re visiting Naples and want to do a day trip, it’s fair to say that 1 day in Sorrento is enough to see the main sights. Sorrento is quite a small town so this also wouldn’t be too rushed and would still make for an enjoyable day.

Moreover, if you’re looking to dig deeper into the culture, nature, and food scene of the town, I’d suggest spending 2 days in Sorrento. With 2 days, you’ll be able to move at a much more leisurely pace while exploring further than you’d be able to with simply seeing Sorrento in one day.

For those hoping to use Sorrento as a base while exploring the Amalfi Coast further on a day trip, or you’d like to spend more time taking in the striking natural scenery of the area, 3 days is ideal.

Sorrento coastline
Sorrento coastline

Getting To & Around Sorrento

Since Sorrento is the bridge connecting Naples to the Amalfi Coast, it’s an easy destination to reach.

If you’re arriving from other European destinations or even other Italian cities, the Naples Capodichino Airport is located a short distance from the Naples city center to then continue onwards to Sorrento.

For arrival by train from other Italian cities, Napoli Centrale train station is easily accessible by both high-speed rail connections as well as local and regional routes, depending on your departure point and budget. You can view train schedules here.

From Naples, you have a few different options for how to reach Sorrento.

If you’re arriving at the Naples airport, the easiest way to reach Sorrento is by shuttle bus directly to Sorrento from the airport terminal. In around an hour and 15 minutes, you’ll arrive in the heart of the sunny southern Italian oasis. There are also private transfers available.

Another option is to reach Sorrento by bus from Naples Central Station. Although this is probably one of the easiest methods of transport from Naples, it’s also one of the most expensive.

If you want to take the train to Sorrento from Naples Central Station, you’ll have the most affordable option to reach Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana train line in an hour and a half.

In my opinion, the most scenic, and one of the most affordable methods of reaching the Sorrento peninsula from Naples is by ferry. From Beverello, the Naples port, you’ll make your way to the port of Sorrento along the Bay of Naples in 45 minutes. Keep in mind that this route only runs in the summer months and not year-round. You can view ferry schedules here.

If you’re hoping to reach nearby Amalfi towns like Positano from Sorrento, the SITA bus system and ferry routes from Sorrento are easy and quick ways to hop around the Amalfi Coast.

As for getting around Sorrento, the town itself is quite small, making it an ideal destination to get around on foot. Leisurely wandering around Sorrento through its winding streets and endearing waterfront is the best way to get to know the town.

If you’re unable to solely walk around Sorrento, you’ll find that it has an efficient public transport system conveniently bringing you from place to place.

For day trips and flexibility, it can be a good idea to rent a car, however, you certainly don’t need one in the city itself. It can be helpful to have your own vehicle if you want to go on a day trip independently without being beholden to erratic public transportation schedules. You can browse options on

Sorrento Harbour
Sorrento Harbour

1, 2, or 3-Day Sorrento Itinerary

For the first two days of this itinerary, you’ll discover the historic center of this alluring Campanian town along with stunning views, tasty delights, and unique historical landmarks.

If you’re staying in Sorrento for 3 days, your third day will consist of an adventure into the breathtaking natural scenery of Sorrento or a day trip to a nearby area.

If you’re hoping to explore the Amalfi Coast and don’t want to spend too much on accommodation, Sorrento is a great town to base yourself in as it’s drastically more affordable than the Amalfi towns, as well as convenient to get around.

Day 1 – Sorrento Historic Center

The first day focuses on the historical center of Sorrento. To learn more about the city with a guide, you can take a walking tour, which can be one of the best things to do in Sorrento.

Piazza Tasso

With quaint shops, narrow alleys, cafes, colourful buildings, and traditional restaurants,
Sorrento’s historic center is a wonderful way to get to know to quite literally get to know the “heart of the city”.

To begin your time exploring Sorrento, I recommend first heading to the town’s main square, Piazza Tasso, named after the famous Italian poet born in Sorrento in the 16th century.

Piazza Tasso is a vibrant and exciting central hub for local life in Sorrento with historic buildings, restaurants, hotels, and cafes. Grab a coffee, watch the local life, and prepare for your first day in Sorrento.

If you just have one day in the city, Piazza Tasso is also the quintessential center of the city, giving you a quick opportunity to understand your surroundings.

Cathedral of Sorrento

The Cathedral of Sorrento or the “Cathedral of Saints Philip and James” is located just a few minutes walk from Piazza Tasso and is an integral part of the historical landmark of Sorrento.

Dating back to the 11th century, the church is a true example of Romanesque architecture and features a gorgeous Baroque facade and bell tower. Inside the church, you’ll be treated to more stunning works of art and classic Italian frescoes.

Sorrento Cathedral
Sorrento Cathedral

Corso Italia

Connecting the areas of the Sorrento Cathedral and Piazza Tasso is what’s most likely the town’s main street, Corso Italia.

Corso Italia is a lively and fun street running through the center of the town that’s full of restaurants, shops, and more specifically, artisanal shops with locals selling handmade goods of all sorts and it’s perfect to walk along.

This is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a souvenir to take home to remember your time in sunny Sorrento.

Marina Grande

If you continue onwards from Corso Italia down the steep hill connecting the city center to the sea, you’ll wander upon one of the most picturesque parts of Sorrento, Marina Grande.

Marina Grande is the perfect place to get away from the busy areas of Sorrento and enjoy the slower pace of southern Italian life. With an atmosphere of quaint fishing houses, sparkling blue seas, and deliciously fresh seafood, you’ll find a truly enjoyable time at Marina Grande, easily relaxing while hours pass.

If you’re hoping to swim this is a perfect part of Sorrento to do it in — there’s a rocky area near the docks where locals like to take a dip in the Mediterranean water. If you prefer to just relax on land, find a spot at a local restaurant and savour the delicious, local Sorrentine food.

Day 2 – Exploring Sorrentine Culture

Lemon Grove Tour & Limoncello Tasting

Your second day will begin diving into what Sorrento is likely most known for, its lemons and limoncello.

Sorrento lemons are a specific variety only grown in the Sorrento region on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Known for their large size, juicy flesh, and acidic skin, the lemons are the perfect component for the world-famous limoncello.

A great way to delve further into this important part of Sorrento’s culture is to head to a lemon grove and learn more about this tasty tart fruit, explore the groves where the limoncello process begins, and even try different types and varieties of Sorrento Limoncello.

There are plenty of tours offering tours of local lemon groves and limoncello tastings such as this half-day tour, taking the guesswork away for you to just enjoy this Campanian treasure.

If you prefer to explore independently, I suggest heading to I Giardini di Cataldo, a lemon grove and limoncello producer in the center of Sorrento, offering guided tours as well as limoncello tastings.

The grounds will make you feel as if you’ve been whisked off to a far-off Italian villa, surrounded by luscious lemon trees.

Lemon trees in Sorrento
Lemon trees in Sorrento

Cloister of San Francesco

For a peaceful retreat from the busy center of Sorrento and an airy escape from the blistering Mediterranean summer heat, I suggest heading to the Cloister of San Francesco, one of the oldest monuments in the city.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by a truly tranquil oasis, with lush greenery, palm trees, and the best part, orange trees spreading their tantalising scent throughout the cloister.

Built in the 14th century on the ruins of a 7th-century monastery dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, the cloister consists of a courtyard with a serene garden surrounded by an arched, columned walkway and is a unique site to head to in Sorrento.

The cloisters are open to the public daily with free admission. The cloister also hosts various concerts and exhibitions throughout the year so plan in advance as this makes an even more unique experience.

Sunset at Sorrento Lift

For outstanding panoramic views of the town and the Bay of Naples, the Sorrento Lifts are a convenient way to reach the Marina Piccola and the sea from the center. While these lifts are technically a “tourist attraction”, they have become a unique part of Sorrento’s infrastructure and sites.

Take the “Sant’Anna Lift” up to a panoramic terrace around sunset to witness stunning views of Sorrento’s coastline and the surrounding areas while the sky is painted in dream-worthy pinks and oranges.

I’m pretty sure there’s no better way to watch the sunset or get a sea view in Sorrento, as well as an affordable way, with tickets for the lift only costing €2 return.

Sunset in Sorrento
Sunset in Sorrento

Aperitivo at Bar Bellevue Syrene

To continue the enchanting, sunset views of the Sorrento coast, I recommend heading to the bar at the Hotel Bellevue Syrene to enjoy the fresh Mediterranean night breeze with a tasty drink and snacks.

With outstanding views, delicious snacks, and great drinks, the Bar Bellevue Syrene is the perfect place to wind down after a long day of sightseeing under the strong Mediterranean sun.

While the Hotel Bellevue Syrene is quite expensive and exclusive, the bar is open to the public and is one of the best secrets for outstanding views.

Day 3 – Sorrento Nature or Day Trip

If your trip spans three days, this day is the perfect opportunity to explore deeper into the special nature surrounding the city — or to take a day trip to a surrounding area or island — before heading back to Sorrento for the evening.

Boat Tour

For those particularly keen to get into the turquoise blue water of the Gulf of Naples surrounding Sorrento, a great option is to head on a boat tour.

Whether you’re specifically interested in getting into the sea for a special sunset, or you’d like to be taken out for the day to swim deeper into the water, heading out on a boat tour is a perfect option. There are several options such as this small-boat tour or this full-day tour.

Hike the Path of the Gods

For hiking enthusiasts, one of the most famous hiking paths, the Path of the Gods or “Sentiero degli Dei” is located just a short distance from Sorrento.

The Path of the Gods is famous for good reason, with the path leading along the rugged mountainous Amalfi coast offering jaw-dropping views of the coastline, ruins, and vistas of the Mediterranean Sea.

While there are various routes and alternatives to the hike, the best way to reach the trail from Sorrento is to take the local SITA Bus in the direction of Amalfi. You can also go on a guided tour.

Once in Amalfi, you’ll transfer to the Amalfi/Agerola line and then get off at Bomerano to follow the signs leading to the trail. The trail is moderately difficult but you can do as much of the hike as you’d like, making it a trip of just a few hours, or the entire day.

You can walk the Path of the Gods when staying in Positano or Amalfi, as well, but it’s just as doable from Sorrento.

Path of the Gods Hike
Path of the Gods Hike

Day Trip to Capri

It’s not worth mentioning day trips from Sorrento without including a day trip to the cosmopolitan island of Capri, located in the Gulf of Naples.

Once home to Ancient Greeks and Romans, Capri is now one of the top international destinations for the rich and famous searching for a glamorous Italian seaside vacation.

Although it’s famous for its visitors, there’s much more to Capri. Make sure to head to the famous Blue Grotto, a natural sea cave illuminated by a striking blue light. You must enter with a group, so make sure to visit early to avoid long queues for visits.

It’s also worth visiting a few of the many ancient ruins left by the Greeks and Romans, as well as heading to the other, less swanky western side of Capri, Anacapri, a charming area known for its traditional architecture, charming fishing villages, lush countryside, and homemade sandals. Of course, you could also spend your day trip to Capri simply lounging on the beach.

You can visit Capri by a guided tour such as on this small group tour if you’re looking to get away and enjoy the island of Capri without planning, or you can head there independently as ferries run often from Sorrento to Capri.

Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius National Park

Another wonderful contender for a day trip from Sorrento if you’re interested in history and the nature making up the Campanian region, is Mount Vesuvius National Park.

Mount Vesuvius is the famous volcano that once annihilated the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, along with surrounding areas, and to this day is still active.

During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to hike to the center of the crater to witness breathtaking views of the crater, its smoking landscape, and the stunning surrounding countryside.

It’s easy to visit Mount Vesuvius independently from Sorrento by taking the SITA bus from Sorrento to Pompeii and then transferring to the Vesuvio Express bus, which will take you up to the entrance of Mount Vesuvius National Park.

Another option is to visit with a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide to make the most of your time at Mount Vesuvius. These tours typically pick up from Sorrento as well as drop off at the end of the day.

To make for a complete day exploring the area, I also recommend heading to nearby Pompeii to fully paint the image of how important this area is both culturally and historically to southern Italy.

Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background
Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background

Where to Stay in Sorrento

Hotel Leone – If you’re looking to not break the bank on your visit to Sorrento and are travelling on a mid-range budget, then this 3-star hotel is a great option. They are well-located for exploring the city, have a swimming pool and bar on site and there are several rooms to choose from.

Magi House Relais – If you want to have a luxury experience when visiting Sorrento then you will love this sophisticated and opulent hotel. Located in an 18th-century building, you can easily reach the beach and there is a choice of rooms and suites suitable for couples and families.

Corso Italia Suites – If you want to be able to make some of your own meals in Sorrento and would prefer a flat while staying in Sorrento then these fully-furnished apartments are a great choice. They offer studio, one and two-bedroom options, are pet-friendly and are located in the centre of the city.

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Sorrento is more than just a stunning town overlooking the Gulf of Naples, it’s a town that boasts a rich history, interesting culture, delicious food, and friendly locals. While you may only plan to stay for a few days, don’t find yourself surprised if you find yourself longing to return for more.

Are you planning to visit Sorrento? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Olivia is a writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from Michigan, USA, she is currently living in Athens, Greece exploring Europe and filmmaking. When she’s not travelling or writing, Olivia can be found cooking delicious new recipes from around the world, reading, and spending time outdoors.

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