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- This is a very charming place with an amazing view of the ocean. Lots of cozy restaurants and store. Also very safe.Written August 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- You have a lovely view overlooking the sea, this is the main area for catching boats to the Isle of Capri, it is a long walk from the town of Sorrento to get to.Written July 20, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- .The cloisters of San Francesco can be entered through an opening on the right just before you enter the Villa Comunale gardens. You walk from the hustle and bustle of Sorrento into an oasis of calm and if you are lucky like we were, you will have them to yourselves for a period of time.
Then I also would currently recommend following the signs to the art gallery on the second floor. At the moment there is an exhibition of black and white photography by the Sorrento born Raffaele Celentano which is 5Euros to see and gives a brilliant pictorial display of the street life of ordinary people in Southern Italy. Then beyond the gallery is the viewing platform with its splendid tree and swing and I defy anyone to not try and re-enact Celentano’s iconic photograph of the Nuns playing on the swing.Written June 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Corsa Italia is the main road through the centre of Sorrento. The most interesting part is the pedestrian section from its start at Via Capo east until you reach Piazzo Tasso. Home to a multitude of shops , bars and restaurants it is the main tourist street and home to the mock UK pubs such as Chaplins and the English Inn, tourist restaurants that I would not necessarily recommend (with the exception of O’Parrucchiano La Favorita which is worth it for its unique setting) and some historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Porto.
It’s always lively and always busy and yes if you want to catch some sport whilst you are away then the Irish pubs are perfect for this purpose. But we found ourselves exploring it on the first day in town, then using it as the quickest route to get to the good stuff for the rest of the time. Better shops and more traditional bars can be found in the narrow old town streets that can be accessed off Corsa Italia and it shouldn’t surprise you that the top restaurants in Sorrento (on Trip advisor) are not on Corsa Italia. Again for these you need to make your way into the lanes, or down to Marina Grande if you like seafood.Written June 9, 2022
- A beautiful church located in the centre of Sorrento. A must see if visiting here, it was a very moving experience for me.Written July 4, 2022
- Was closed so could only view from the bridge but worth going to as it’s right in the city centre and is quite unique sitting between the cliffs. Viewing at night can give an eerie feel.Written October 2, 2021
- Sorrento Cathedral lies on the pedestrianised section of Corso Italia and is a short walk from Piazza Tasso. Do not set your expectations on something akin to the Cathedrals in Milan or Florence for example. This is a fairly plain building from the outside which is easily walked past without realising it is there. In fact we did before going back and finding the entrance. And inside it’s a decent decorated church but nothing to elevate it above others.
However, originally constructed in the 11th century before undergoing a transformation into its current design roughly 400 years later, there are a couple of internal features that make it worth a visit. One of these is the central ceiling, entirely painted on cloth with paintings depicting martyrs of Sorrento, saints and bishop among angels. The polychrome marble altar is impressive too, but the feature I found most stunning was the wooden carved 3D nativity scene in the Neapolitan tradition of the eighteenth century which is behind glass to the left front of the church by the main entrance. A truly amazing piece of carving which has you wondering how many man hours that must have taken.
Another interesting feature of the church is its Bell Tower. This striking tower can be seen along Corso Italia but doesn't actually form part of the main cathedral building.Written June 6, 2022
- Just a perfect day with lovely people. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful day in the Sorrento mountains with a absolutely amazing local farmer family, where we learned how it is to be an Italian farmer. Vineyards, animals and almost every fruit/vegetables you could dream of was a part of the trip together with cheese- and pizza making.
A must do trip if you love to learn about cultural differences and for my girlfriend and I who lives a “big city life” normally, we loved this.Written August 12, 2022
- We walked to the beach from Sorrento using a route in the Sunflower book. The walk took about an hour each way.
Access to the beach is down a steep slope (which you will also need to climb back up again when you leave).
The beach is very busy, so you will need to turn up early to claim your spot. On the sandy part of the beach there are sun loungers and umbrellas which can be hired out. On the rocky part of the beach, no payment is required and there is still easy access to the sea.
When the tide is going out, the beach is very clean. We even had a quick chat to a local who was picking up litter. They really seem to have respect for the area. However, incoming tide also brings in litter from the sea.
There are also plenty of restaurants and hotels on the beach, although we didn't get around to trying any of them.Written September 15, 2018
- We went to see 2 exibitions under one roof.
Both were fabulous and really worthwhile experiences.
The Photographic display of the career of Sofia Loren was ( for me) excellent.
It is not a huge collection but it is enough to allow you to appreciate one of the world most beautiful women.
The second photografic exibition that you can see there is caller "The Land of Sirens"
This is a mesmorising display of very artistic photograpghs of inlets and grottos of presumably Italy. Indispersed in these magnificent works of art are naked models that are blended into the the forground and background in the most artistc manner that one does not relat to the naked body but sees the magnificence of mother nature.
Entrace fee is minimal and well worth this small amount to to emboss these images on your memory. - Dont miss this double displayWritten June 23, 2022
- Pizza della Vittoria is situated between the two main marinas in Sorrento, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola and a short distance from the more well known Villa Comunale di Sorrento.
In the middle of the square there's a very pleasant garden which provides a respite from the sun with plenty of benches to sit on in the shade of the trees of the square. And then the terrace provides great views over the Bay of Naples and of the Beach clubs in the harbour below.Written June 21, 2022
- Located on the corner of a busy alley near the clock tower and Piazzo Tasso sits this gorgeous building with it breath-taking colorful frescoes. On certain days you will find some elderly gentlemen sitting at the various tables playing cards.
A MUST SEE!Written November 12, 2018
- Visit this lovely house and go down to the basement where you will meet the charming Mario. He will amaze and entertain you with his marvellous collection of antique musical boxes. He made the cabinets of many of them himself! Simply the most memorable experience you will have in Sorrento.Written December 17, 2019
- Bust square a short walk from Villa Communiale and just up from Marina Piccolo. There is a lovely statue of St Antonino Abbate on the square and the Basilica is worth a visit.Written June 16, 2018
- I visited the Marina Grande "on spec", after a busy Saturday morning visiting Pompei.
I'm glad that I did, because I had the opportunity to see a "touching" Italian Wedding and the beautiful, small church that it was being held in.
I visited it another day also - as I didn't want to intrude on the privacy of a wedding.
The church is definitely worth a visit when in Marina Grande. The ceiling paintings and the inside architecture are wonderful.
A quiet spot - for contemplation - amongst the business and commercialism of the Marina.
Recommended.Written September 25, 2019
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