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Using Sorrento as a base to visit Pompeii and the Amalfi coast 

Our trip to Sorrento was a last minute one. Freckles’ family had already booked flights and a weeks’ accommodation for the beginning of October and not wanting to miss out, we tagged along. So with a quick search on Skyscanner and AirBnb (some of our favourite websites), we were joining them!

How to get to Sorrento from Naples Airport

Getting to Sorrento is unbelievably easy. We landed at Naples airport and took the Curreri Viaggi shuttle bus, which is parked just outside. Buses leave every hour/ 2 hours depending on the time of day and its costs 10 euros one way. You can view the full timetable on the official website.

For more frequent transport links, you can take a bus into the centre of Naples and then take the train to Sorrento. We didn’t use this option because the shuttle bus times worked out perfectly for us!

Where to stay in Sorrento?

Sorrento is small enough that it doesn’t really matter where you stay. You can walk to restaurants, bars and the train station very easily. We rented a little studio appartment with a rooftop terrace on Corso Italia. We found this option to be much cheaper than staying in a hotel.

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Freckles’ family on the other hand booked into a hotel outside of Sorrento and used the complementary shuttle bus to get into town. It was fairly easy for them, but as the shuttle needed booking in advance, changing plans last minute was not possible.

In the end we didn’t regret our decision to stay in centre of Sorrento, and as always, we would suggest staying in the actual town for more freedom overall.

Visiting Sorrento itself

You don’t need that long to explore Sorrento, but it is definitely worth paying a visit. Head down to the harbour to see the town from below, before exploring the small streets. We also loved spending a bit of time in the old port where there were fewer people.

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Where to eat and drink in Sorrento?

Eating and drinking in Sorrento is not expensive, but prices certainly are higher than in the rest of non-touristy Italy. You can get main courses for around 10-12 euros and a beer will cost you anything from 3 to 6 euros. But as always, you can find a reasonably priced and great place to eat with a little determination.

Great views from the rooftop at Foreigner’s Club

Ok, we throught the same. When Freckles’ mother said that she had heard good things about a place called ‘Foreigner’s Club’ we shook in our boots (ok, we were wearing sandals). Foreigner’s? A club? She had to be joking…

Well they say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and we certainly learnt our lesson here. Turns out it was one of the nicest rooftop bars we have ever been to. Drinks prices are reasonable and if you’re ever planning a wedding on the Amalfi Coast, it would be a great venue.

Dine in a garden at Cafe Latino

We just stumbled upon Cafe Latino on our first night and it was a great find. You go through a small entrance to a huge terrace/patio area in a garden setting. We weren’t expecting it to be so nice!

We both had pasta dishes and they were great. Slightly pricy at 14 euros each, but we would go back tomorrow without hesitation.

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An intimate setting at the old port

The old port was one of our favourite areas in Sorrento. The majority of the restaurants serve the catch of the day, but you can also get traditional pizza and pasta dishes too. There is much less choice than in the centre of Sorrento, but we really liked the intimate atmosphere down there.

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Divina Sorrento pizzeria

On our very last night we went to check out Divina Sorrento on Piazza Sant’Antonio. Until this point we shamefully hadn’t eaten a single pizza and we were determined to make up for lost time. It is a reasonably priced pizzeria with a medium-sized menu. We would only rate it as ‘average’, but everything was homemade and better than you can get at home.

Day tours from Sorrento

Because the amount of things to do in Sorrento are quite limited, we would recommend doing several day trips. Car rental is an option, but we personally don’t think it is worth it because transport links to the top attrations on the Amalfi Coast are very good.

Positano

You can take the public bus to Positano for a couple of euros. It runs about every hour, but check the times at the train station in advance. It takes about an hour and be warned that the road twists and turns around the coast. Bring a bottle of water if you get travel sick, but don’t let this put you off from going. It is worth it!

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An alternative is to take the boat, which is more expensive and only runs about twice a day. We didn’t use this option because the sea was too rough.

Capri

A must-do excursion from Sorrento! There are several ferries that go to Capri, so you are best turning up on the day and seeing which one is the cheapest/which one is leaving first. We ended up using 2 different companies because the times worked our better for us.

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Once at Capri, climb the steps to the top(it is not too difficult) or take the funicular. This is where most things are happening and you can also take the bus to Anacapri. We would recommend taking the bus for a couple of euros, but you could also travel in style in a convertible taxi.

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Pompeii

Getting to Pompeii is also very easy from Sorrento, but this time you will need to use the train. It takes about 40 minutes and you arrive right next to the site entrance. Our biggest piece of advice is to wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking on cobbles. You might also want a bottle of water and some snacks, as well as a hat because there is not much shade.

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The actual site is absolutely enormous and it is so difficult to see everything in one day. Check out the map when you arrive and decide which sections you really want to see.

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There you have it! We only stayed for 3 and a half days so our time was quickly spent at these places. Of course there are many other thngs to see in the area including Vesuvius and Naples. Freckles’ family also went to Ravello and they made sure to brag about how great it was!

Quick facts

Where: Sorrento, Italy

When did we go?: September 2015

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Language: Italian, but English is also spoken well

Have you been anywhere else on the Amalfi coast? Would you recommend diffrent towns to other travellers? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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