Things To Do In Sorrento, Italy

Things to do in Sorrento Italy

There’s No Shortage of Things to do in Sorrento, Italy

If you’re looking for things to do in Sorrento, Italy, then here’s a partial list of activities. When you’re done exploring the Amalfi coast line and boating off to Capri, settle down in serene Sorrento for some relaxation, people watching and shopping.

IMG_4783 mount vesuvius bay of naples sorrento italyGaze at Mount Vesuvius Across The Bay of Naples

The natives seem to keep a watchful eye on Vesuvio (the Italian name) and there’s no wonder. It’s considered to be the most dangerous volcano in the world since the next big eruption could potentially wipe out about 3 million people living nearby.

Marvel at the Tile Artwork

The Italians produce some of the most beautiful tiles in the world and they can be found most everywhere in Sorrento.

Look for Shrines to Mary

Shrines to Mary are scattered throughout Sorrento and you’ll stumble upon them unexpectedly. They’re all unique, special and charming.

Avoid Traffic Jams on the Amalfi Coast Highway

IMG_5055 traffic jam almalfi coast highway sorrento italyWhile walking on the sidewalk I witnessed a tour bus challenging a mobile home for passing room on the narrow cliffside highway. As the drivers attempted to negotiate how to get past each other, impatient cyclists (both motorized and non-motorized) were zooming through the gap between the vehicles at a high rate of speed. Apparently these jam-ups are commonplace.  Continue reading

Delicious Dining – Restaurants in Sorrento, Italy

l'antica trattoria sorrento

L’Antica Trattoria, Sorrento, Italy

One of the most marvelous things about Italy is the quality of the food and the restaurants in Sorrento do not disappoint. Of course, traditional pasta and pizza abound for the tourist crowd looking for the basics, but fine dining and special treats are also available in abundance. Here is a (very) short list of restaurants we tried while visiting Sorrento. Admittedly, much research was done on beforehand so we didn’t just stumble upon these places by accident.

While most restaurants in Sorrento open by noon, be aware you’ll most likely be dining in an empty room until 1pm or after. Italians eat lunch (and dinner) a bit later than Americans.  Continue reading

Denver To Sorrento, The Long Way!

first cocktail and aperitivo hotel belair sorrento

On New Year’s Eve, we discovered round trip airfare in mid-April from Newark International to Milan, Italy for about $500 per person, so we booked the tickets without an actual travel plan. We just knew we wanted to go to Italy in April.

When March arrived, it was time to begin planning our trip in earnest.  A few years ago, we spent a very enjoyable week in Milan and wanted to revisit the city; however, we also wanted to see more of Italy. Since we were flying into Milan in the north, we researched Lake Como and Venice which are relatively nearby via train.  But we’d also heard about the Amalfi coast and, after a long winter in Colorado, were ready for some sun and the ocean.

For several full days I read hotel and restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor and prepared a spreadsheet with options and estimated costs for each possible destination within Italy.

After much research on the internet and watching several travel shows on Italy (Rick Steves and Rudy Maxa), we finally settled on spending most of our 10 day vacation in Sorrento. Flying to Rome or Naples would have been logistically better, but we decided a high-speed train ride across the country would be fun. The last few days of the trip would be spent in Milan revisiting the city we previously enjoyed so much. Initially, we had thought we could visit more locations, but several experienced friends warned us we were just trying to see too much in one trip. I’m very glad I listened to their advice. After all, one very important goal of this vacation was simply to relax. Continue reading