Why choose a cruise to Sorrento?
On your Sorrento cruise you’ll discover a town of pastel houses perched on craggy cliffs; a maze of cobbled streets, shady piazzas and palatial buildings. It’s the perfect place for a passeggiata or early-evening stroll, when you can watch the sun set over the ocean.
Sorrento has a great location on the Amalfi Coast. Not only is it right next to some beautiful beaches, it’s also close to the fascinating archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
A guide to Sorrento’s hotspots
Stroll through the narrow streets of the Centro Storico, where you will find numerous historic attractions, including the complex of San Francesco, a gorgeous monastery with shaded cloisters.
Some people take a Sorrento cruise for the food alone. The town specialises in fresh fish dishes alongside pizza and pasta. Many of the town’s restaurants line the main square, Piazza Tasso. Sorrento is also renowned for its limoncello, a delicious zesty liqueur produced from the lemons that grow nearby – make sure you try a glass.
Only a short distance from Sorrento you’ll find one of the world’s most important archaeological sites – the ruins of Pompeii. Once a thriving city, Pompeii was buried under a layer of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The site has been excavated to reveal the city’s streets, markets and even plaster casts of petrified remains.
The beaches of the Sorrentine peninsula are striking, their bright blue waters contrasting with the dark volcanic sand. Meta Beach, near Sorrento, is a broad stretch of sand with restaurants, sun-loungers and other amenities. La Cala di Mitigliano, just 8 miles from Sorrento, is the region’s most beautiful beach, accessible only by boat or a 30-minute walking trail through shady olive groves.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Sorrento
The best time to visit Sorrento
Sorrento has a balmy Mediterranean climate. The temperature in July and August averages 24°C. In this weather, you’ll be able to sightsee without getting too hot, but you can also enjoy long sun-soaked days on the beach.
Sorrento also makes for a rewarding Christmas destination. Although the temperature drops to around 9°C, the atmosphere is warm and festive. The outdoor market is full of stalls laden with local delicacies and souvenirs. Inside local churches you’ll find intricate presepi, or nativity scenes, while the piazzas and shopfronts are decorated with brightly coloured lights
Did you know?
- The lemons in Sorrento are considered the world’s best, thanks to the volcanic soil they grow in
- The Romantic poet Byron was enraptured with Sorrento
- According to myth, Sorrento was founded by Liparos, son of Ulysses and Circe, the witch
- It was also supposedly once the home of the Sirens, women who lured sailors to their deaths on the rocks
- Nearby Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe