Originally Published: August 25, 2014

This post was written by our marketing intern, Mark Portz.

A beautiful city on the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a fantastic place to find architecture highlighting Italian history or some of the best coastal views the country has to offer. Conveniently located close to Pompeii, Amalfi, Capri and Naples, Sorrento is a great destination to stop and visit or to plan your whole vacation around.

But once you arrive in Sorrento you might be wondering what to do. The following are the top five activities to keep you busy in charming Sorrento.

Piazza Tasso by Berthold Werner

1. Check out Piazza Tasso.

Considered to be the center of the town, this piazza in Sorrento has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a restaurant to eat at, fun nightlife or just a place to sit down and people watch, Pizza Tasso is the place to be in Sorrento. You can even hire horse drawn carriages from here to take a ride around town in.

2. Go on a day trip.

Pompeii, Herculeneum, Capri, Amalfi and other destinations are all a short ride away by bus, train or boat and each of these places offers a unique experience. For a fascinating history lesson, explore the world famous ruins created by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century at Pompeii or Herculeneum. The Amalfi Coast has gorgeous views of cliffs, colored buildings and coastline, which is accessible from Sorrento by a boat or bus. Finally, Capri, accessible by ferry or hydrofoil, is a beautiful island with plenty of its own sites and adventures to check out.

3. Take time to relax and just enjoy the trip.

No vacation to the Sorrento area is complete without just watching the water for a while or snapping some postcard-worthy photographs. Allow yourself a break in the day to let the breathtaking views soak in.

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4. Drink limoncello.

If you are looking to go out at night or just have a casual drink around the city somewhere, limoncello is the must-try drink. It is made from the lemons that grow along this part of the coast. The lemon liqueur is typically served after a meal and has helped to make Sorrento famous.

5. Rent a scooter.

If you are feeling more adventurous and have enough driving experience, my personal favorite Sorrento thing to do is to rent a scooter and drive around the twisting coast. Navigating through the winding roads around the cliffs offers incredible views of the coastline and the surrounding towns.

How to get there:

Don’t let the transportation to Sorrento intimidate you. It is very easy to get to Sorrento from Naples by taking the Circumvesuviana transportation system that leaves from Naples’s central train station. This scenic train ride is available at a low cost and stops at other towns in the Vesuvius area, such as Pompeii. A more comfortable and even more scenic option would be to take a ferry to Sorrento from Naples.

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