An unashamed resort, Sorrento is still a civilized old town. Even the souvenirs are a cut above the norm, with plenty of fine old shops selling ceramics, lacework and intarsio (marquetry items) – famously produced here. The main drawback is the lack of a proper beach; the town straddles the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius.
Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area: to the south, the best of the peninsula’s unspoilt countryside and, to the east, the Amalfi Coast; to the north, Pompeii and the archaeological sites; offshore, the fabled island of Capri.
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Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip from Naples
Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private full-day excursion from Naples. You'll discover Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, four of the most beautiful villages in the south of Italy.
Naples Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi
Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private full-day shore excursion from Naples. Departing from Naples Port, your private tour visits the beautiful southern towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.