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Sorrento Guide

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Perched atop the rugged cliffs at the end of the peninsula east of Naples in beautiful Italy, is the lively resort town of Sorrento. This has long been one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. Car rentals are always considered the easiest way to explore Sorrento and its Italian surrounding countryside. If this appeals to you then please prebook your car hire in Sorrento here today, before you travel, to ensure you have secured a car. Avoid the hustle and bustle of large tour groups and hire a car so you can just get in and go.

Explore Sorrento

The small beaches of Marina Piccola and Marina Grande are the focus of most tourists visiting the resort. There is a wide range of watersports on hand, with swimming, pedal-boating, and windsurfing all catered to. There are more beach options to the west, with the beaches at Ruderi Villa Romana Pollio and Marina Puolo being the pick of the bunch.

The town itself has little in the way of outstanding examples of historic architecture, although the quaint San Francesco church is worth a visit. Also in the town is the atmospheric Piazza Tasso and beautiful Villa Communale gardens, both rewarding places to take a refreshing morning or afternoon stroll. The interesting Museo Correale di Terranova houses fine examples of local inlaid woodwork and paintings.

Sorrento has a wide range of quality accommodation, and excellent, reasonably priced restaurants. The nightlife is vibrant and exciting, centered round the numerous trattorias, cafes, bars, clubs and pubs.

Nearby are the ancient sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, or alternatively take time to discover the charms of the Amalfi coast. Outdoor enthusiasts can try scaling the challenging peak of Vesuvius for some stunning panoramas of the surrounding coast, while offshore are the enchanting islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.

Transport

By air
Naples’ International Airport is served by major European carriers, however it is often more convenient to connect via Rome International. From Naples there are a variety of transportation options to Sorrento.

The airport nearest to Sorrento, Capodichino, is only 50kms away. It is linked to the main Italian and European towns by many different airlines. From the airport, there are several ways to get to Sorrento; the most comfortable and the cheapest method is the bus service by Curreri.

By bus
Buses are located directly outside of the arrivals area and take passengers to the main square, Piazza Tasso, in one hour. An alternative, but more costly option, is to take a taxi. From the airport, there are also buses, taxis and shuttles to the Circumvesuviana rail station, where travellers can take local trains to Sorrento, which operate every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train to Beverello, where you catch a ferry or hydrofoil to Sorrento.

By car
By car to Sorrento, regardless of which direction you are coming from, you will need to take the highway to Naples. From here travel towards the Sorrentine Peninsula along the A3, and take the exit at Castellamare di Stabia. From here travel along the main road for about 23kms, and you will reach Sorrento. The state road can be busy during the height of the tourist season, from June to September, and it may sometimes take more than an hour to drive the 23kms from Castellamare to Sorrento.

By train
Circumvesuviana trains run to and from Sorrento and Napoli Centrale Piazza Garibaldi train station in Naples. On arrival to Napoli Centrale take the stairs to the underground where you will find the Circumvesuviana train station. From Naples it will take approximately 1hr, and is usually comfortable. Trains are a cheap and fast way to get around the area, however, they can get very crowded during peak seasons.

By boat
If you are in the town centre of Naples, it can be fun to reach Sorrento by sea. There are different ferries and hydrofoils linking Naples to Sorrento, and, depending which service you choose, it should take about 40 minutes to get to there. The journey is more comfortable than the train but also about double the price. The hydrofoils and the ferries take you to the port of Sorrento, which is 500m from the town centre; to complete your journey, you can take a shuttle bus from the small square by the port.

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