Sorrento Coast, Pompeii & Capri
Discover Italy's Sorrento coast with us on one of our guided holidays to this spectacular region. All of our Sorrento holidays include return flights, half-board accommodation, transfers and our specially selected excursions with expert, local guides – so you can spend your time relaxing instead of planning.
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Set on a spectacular headland, Sorrento boasts wonderful views across the Bay of Naples to Capri and Ischia. The town’s historic quarter radiates from Via San Cesareo, where we’ll find excellent shopping and a host of restaurants and pavement cafés. One of the most iconic images of Sorrento is of its atmospheric Marina Grande, the original fishing village with bright coloured houses built directly into the side of a cliff. On our holidays to Sorrento, we’ll visit all of the town’s highlights including the peaceful cloisters of San Francesco, the town’s Duomo (cathedral), and the Correale Museum.
This idyllic island is home to rare birds, historic churches, magnificent villas, fashionable hotels and breathtaking cliffside views of the sparkling Mediterranean. It’s no wonder Capri has been a playground for film stars and holiday makers for centuries. Capri town is located on a plateau, high over the sea and the town’s pedestrianized maze of small lanes is lined with designer shops and stylish restaurants. On our trips to Capri, we’ll have free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch, a swim in the sea or a visit to the famous Blue Grotto, before returning to our hotel.
The winding road from the Sorrento Peninsula to Amalfi is one of Europe’s most scenic routes, with views over the pretty village of Positano, Capri and the Galli Islands. The former maritime superpower of Amalfi is today a welcoming resort town, with a beautiful cathedral dedicated to Sant’Andrea. On our trips to Sorrento, we’ll take this scenic drive to visit the picture-perfect towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. At each location, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the pastel coloured houses and history sites of this beautiful coastal region.
One of the few active volcanoes left in Europe, Mount Vesuvius offers great hiking trails and spectacular views overlooking the Bay of Naples. Infamous for destroying the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD, it is now a national park and a walker’s paradise. When travelling with us to Sorrento, you’ll have plenty of free time to visit the national park and explore this famous volcano and its still-steaming crater. Just let us know and we can help arrange day trips or transportation.
Not far from Sorrento is one of the most famous excavation sites in all of Italy, the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Simultaneously destroyed and preserved by Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption 2,000 years ago, Pompeii is an incredible window into ancient Roman life. On our trips to Sorrento, we’ll visit the archaeological site of Pompeii with an expert guide to give us the history of the city and its residents. We’ll see homes, fast food restaurants and even people and animals, frozen in time from the volcanic blast that occurred in 79AD.
With its convenient location off the bay of Naples and within driving distance to attractions like Amalfi, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is a fantastic destination for those looking to explore the culture and landscape of Southern Italy. When travelling with us to Sorrento, we’ll stay in perfectly located accommodation on the Sorrento Peninsula, which extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea and provides easy access to stunning coastal towns and beautiful islands. On our Sorrento holidays, we’ll explore the area in detail with day trips to the pastel coloured houses of Amalfi, the charming fishing village of Positano and the chic island of Capri. We’ll also have the opportunity to try some of the area’s spectacular food and produce, including locally-made Limoncello, olive oil, buffalo mozzarella and wine.
While WiFi is free in most restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, it may be confined to the public areas of the hotel only, so do check your hotel facilities in Sorrento. Hotels generally don’t feature entertainment. During the summer season, live music is provided at several bars, cafes and public spaces in Sorrento’s historic and commercial centre.
Travel Department can inform our Sorrento hotels of your dietary requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan foods, when notified in advance. Please note that choices may be limited compared to the offering found in hotels at home.
For restaurants and hotel dining rooms there’s no need to dress up, but we would recommend to avoid wearing “beach wear” attire, such as shorts and flip flops. When visiting churches and holy places, cover up bare flesh; shoulders, chest, legs.
Our guided tours to Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast will involve periods of walking and standing, at times on uneven or cobbled surfaces. There will be steep inclines or steps to negotiate at certain locations and early morning starts for some excursions. A reasonable degree of health and mobility is required. For all our tours we have an activity level guide to help you decide which holiday suits you best. For specific advice regarding our Sorrento Coast tours and to discuss any special needs, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist you.
Pizza was invented in Naples, and for 300 years its people have cherished their Margherita (tomato, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil & basil) and Marinara (tomato, olive oil, garlic & oregano). Pasta or risotto with fresh seafood are also popular and delicious. The Campania region produces excellent wines, including the fruity white Greco di Tufo and the lighter Fiano di Avellino, while red wine lovers will enjoy a glass of Taurasi. A chilled glass of Limoncello, made from juicy local lemons, is a great way to end a meal!
The Sorrento Coast is enjoyable to visit at any time of year. The main tourist season runs from April until October. July and August are the busiest months, with very hot and sunny weather. Well-known places like Capri, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast welcome a large number of visitors throughout the season. In late spring, early summer and autumn you can expect temperatures from 25C to 30C with plenty of sunshine, making this the ideal time for a Sorrento Coast holiday that combines sightseeing with relaxing.
If you’re looking for a wonderful holiday experience in the south of Italy, Sorrento is the perfect place. Facing the legendary Bay of Naples and with a backdrop of green hills covered in olive trees, lemon orchards and vines, the town and villages of this scenic peninsula are buzzing with pavement cafes and pizzerias where you can plunge into the Mediterranean lifestyle. Our Sorrento Coast holidays provide the ideal base for taking excursions in Italy; you’ll visit the idyllic island of Capri, Pompeii’s ancient ruins and the dazzling Amalfi Coast.