Sorrento is a small city in the southern part of Italy. It features wonderful hills, deep valleys, and beautiful mountains. Here you will find small local villages nearby, prestigious hotels, camping, or the opportunity to work local farm land if you so choose. This village has a lot of cultural traditions so it seems as though there is always something going on within the community. Moreover, Sorrento makes a good starting point for numerous excursions to nearby city and islands.
- Hostel Prices: Dorm rooms cost $32 per night while private hostel room with a shared bath costs around $80.
- Budget Hotel Prices: Budget hotel prices begin at $60 but generally cost between $95-110 for something in the city center.
- Average Cost of Food: A simple meal of a pizza will cost about $10. A two course meal including a half liter of house wine, a bottle of mineral water and coffee will cost about $25. Cooking your food will cost about $50 USD per week. There are many ways to eat cheap in the city.
- Transportation Costs: With connections between all the major cities on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and Salerno, the buses that run along the Amalfi Coast offer visitors an excellent way to travel between cities at an inexpensive price. (From $4-10 USD depending on the type of ticket.) Before hopping on the bus, don’t forget to buy your tickets at most tabacchi shops or bars where you see a SITA sign.
Top Things to Do
- Head to Capri – Located a quick ferry ride off the coast, the island of Capri is a popular day trip from Sorrento. On Capri, you’ll be able to find beautiful beaches, great seafood, small villages, and some hiking. Make sure you go to the famous blue grotto, a small cave where the light turns the water a neon blue. Try to stay the night and avoid the day trippers. Once they leave, the island gets a lot better!
- Visit Ischia – Just like the island of Capri but without all the tourists. It’s cheaper and though it lacks the blue grotto, in my opinion, it’s a better island to visit because of the fewer people.
- See the Cathedral – Mostly made of intarsia wood, the cathedral overlooks the main street of the town, Corso Italia. The church is where Torquato Tasso was baptized and was built at the beginning of the 15th century. It has been restored several times and contains a great number of paintings of the Neapolitan School.
- See the Covent di San Francesco – It is formed by three buildings: the church, the convent, and the very famous cloister. It preserves important works in wood, representing Saint Francis. The building has a rich variety of architectonic styles melted together to form one work, an ideal setting of the art exhibitions, festivals, concerts and events.
- Sorrento Cape - Here you can see famous beaches and the archaeological site of the villa of Pollio Felice.
- Marina Puolo – This picturesque seaside village has only about 150 inhabitants and a territory divided into Sorrento and Massa Lubrense. There is also Punta Campanella, a protected area notable for its biodiversity.
- Explore the Duomo – Found on Corso Italia, one shouldn’t let the seemingly simple exterior of this sight detour them from the grandeur that resides inside. The interior is lined with beautiful, original furnishings, including wooden choir stalls and the marblebishop’s throne.
- Wander the Museo Correale – This is the main museum in Sorrento. The collection here is very extensive, and includes Japanese, Chinese, Neapolitan, and European art dating from the 17th – 19th centuries. There are also some old furnishings, ceramics and clocks on display alongside various Roman and Greek artifacts.
- Go Swimming – The beaches here are beautiful but not all are ideal for swimming. Marina Grande and Marina Piccola are decent spots but may cost $7-13 USD for an entrance fee. While that includes seating and an umbrella, you’re better off heading to Bagni Regina Giovanna. The swimming is great, it’s free, and the locals also tend to go here.