10 Best Day Trips from Sorrento You Must Do!

Sorrento is the perfect place to base yourself while you explore Campania, one of Italy’s beautiful southern regions. Sorrento is well connected by bus and ferry with all of the places of import in the region, so it is easy and convenient to do day trips by public transport while staying in Sorrento. Read on to discover the 10 best day trips from Sorrento you must do!

From the wildly picturesque Amalfi Coast to the enchanting Isle of Capri and historic sites like Pompeii, there is much to see around Sorrento. Campania was colonized by the ancient Greeks before the Romans. In Latin, campania felix means “happy countryside,” and, true to its name, the region is both beautiful and fertile. Whether you are looking for natural beauty and ocean views, history and culture, art and architecture, or great food and photo spots, Campania delivers in spades. So get ready to be captivated with these ten day excursions from Sorrento!

10 BEST DAY TRIPS FROM SORRENTO, ITALY

We love to stay in Sorrento when we visit Campania. The city is central enough that none of the more touristic destinations is too far away, but it still retains an old world fishing village charm that is very appealing. Outside of Piazza Tasso, the main square, you can still find relative quiet even in the day. At the same time, Sorrento is home to a number of very luxurious hotels and fabulous restaurants, so you can spoil yourself as much as you want.

You must stay longer than one or two days in Sorrento, because the day trip destinations from Sorrento are so attractive that it would be a pity to not visit at least some of them while you are here. So, if you can tear yourself away from the charms of the city, here are the 10 best Sorrento day trips to consider for your next visit to Campania:

#1 The Isle of Capri: Swoon-worthy views and gorgeous grottoes

The sirens that lived on the shores of Capri are long gone, but the island still manages to reel you in with its spectacular beauty. One of the best day trips you can do from Sorrento, the Isle of Capri includes glamorous Capri Town and the charming town of Anacapri higher up on the hill. Make sure you visit both towns! If you start early, in one day in Capri, you can enjoy the best of the island.

Capri Harbor Italy

The picturesque harbor at Capri

In Capri Town, you must spend some time at La Piazzetta, but also make the time to move away from the more touristy main square to beautiful viewpoints along walkways that overlook the water and take you past the glamorous villas in town. Browse the little shops in the side streets, where you may find handmade sandals at a fraction of the price in the boutiques near the main square.

A day trip to Capri from Sorrento must include a boat tour around the island! You’ll go through the Faraglioni, the massive rocks that lie off the coast, and perhaps even get to swim in a grotto with turquoise or green waters. If the Blue Grotto is important to you, add it to your itinerary, but know that the wait to enter the famous grotto may kill quite a bit of your precious one day in Capri.

Boat Tour Capri Italy

A boat tour takes you through the Faraglioni!

In Anacapri, take the chair lift to to the top of Mt. Solaro for gorgeous views over the region. Wander the streets of the pretty town. Sit in a square, people watch, and enjoy a slice of Torta Caprese.

View from Isle of Capri, Italy

A stunning view of the Faraglioni

If you would like a structured tour of both Capri and Anacapri, sign up for a guided tour that checks many of the highlights. All you need to do is show up on the island!

Getting from Sorrento TO CAPRI using public transport

Use the ferry to get to Capri’s Marina Grande from Sorrento’s Marina Piccola. The crossing takes about 25 minutes. Ferries run several times during the day in both directions. Once you disembark, you can take the funicular up to Capri Town or the bus up to Anacapri. Try to get the earliest Sorrento to Capri ferry you can, both to avoid long lines for the funicular or bus, and to make the most of your one day in Capri. Book online in advance, especially if you plan to visit in high season.

Prefer a guided tour?

This tour includes both Capri and Anacapri, with a boat tour that includes the Blue Grotto, weather permitting, a tour of Villa San Michele, and the opportunity to ride the chair lift to the top of Mt. Solaro.

READ MORE: One Day in Capri — What to See and Do!

#2 The Isle of Ischia: A relaxed vibe and a historic castle

Laid-back and a lovely place to relax, Ischia is another wonderful day trip from Sorrento to put on your list. Ischia is a volcanic island, located in the northern part of the Bay of Naples. It has a long and rich history, having been populated since the 8th century B.C.

The Castello Aragonese is the top attraction on Ischia. Its location on top of a rock reminded me of the Chiesa di San Pietro on Portovenere. A stone bridge connects the rock to the island of Ischia. You can access it the old way via a tunnel, or use the lift. After your tour of the castle, enjoy some beach time at the Spiaggia dei Pescatori.

Castello Aragonese Ischia Italy

The Castello Aragonese is a must-see on Ischia!

If you enjoy gardens, your next stop should be the Giardini della Mortella in Forio-San Francesco. Laid out by a British garden designer in the mid 20th century, the gardens house a variety of mature tropical and Mediterranean plants. Plus, you can enjoy fabulous views over Forio Harbor. While in the town of Forio, pop into the Chiesa del Soccorso, with its stunning location high on a cliff. Inside, you can still see remnants of its beautiful tiled floor and stunning art work.

Ischia Italy

Looking down at the port

For more beautiful water views, take the bus around the island. The bus is a fun way to get a quick panorama of the island. There are actually six towns on the island! Or you can opt for a guided private tour by boat or taxi.

Finally, visit the beautiful village of Sant’Angelo. Walk the winding path to Le Fumarole Beach, where you can see spouts of steam arising from the sand! The sand is so hot in some places that it functions as a natural oven for cooking. There are three thermal parks here, and a mud bath is definitely the way to end your day in Ischia! You will leave with your senses soothed and your skin rejuvenated by the volcanic clays.

Getting from Sorrento TO ISCHIA using public transport

You can only get to Ischia by boat. The high speed ferry between Sorrento and Ischia takes one hour. Make sure you book in advance because there are a limited number of ferries in each direction.

Prefer a guided tour?

This tour takes you to both Ischia and Procida, another beautiful island nearby. You have the opportunity to swim or snorkel, and tour both islands both from the water and land. Or try this tour, which takes you to Ischia for the full day and includes a leisurely tour of the famous Mortella Gardens.

#3 The Amalfi Coast drive: Views for miles and picture-perfect towns
The Amalfi Coast drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world: one you must experience when you visit Sorrento! The spectacular road winds along the cliff edge high above the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Picture postcard villages line the coast like jewels strung on a necklace. You could spend many days exploring the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in depth, but even in one day, you can get a good taste of its astonishing beauty.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The stunningly beautiful Costiera Amalfitana

Stop in pretty Positano to take photos of the little pastel-colored houses clinging to the cliffs above the deep blue sea. Watch the boats zip across the water far below, leaving a trail of white in their wake. Wander the pretty cobbled streets and explore the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Take a little walk along the Spiaggia Grande before heading out to your next stop.

Praiano is a small town famous for its Baroque cathedral and beautiful water views. Less glitzy than Positano, its laid-back vibe will charm you. Next, watch out for Furore, the “town that isn’t.” Here you will find the only fjord in the region, and a few houses on the cliffs. In the town of Amalfi, head to the main square to explore the stunning Duomo. Then walk out on to the pier for beautiful views of the town.

Town of Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Panoramic view of Amalfi Town from the pier

Just outside Amalfi, you will pass the tiny town of Atrani, a fishing village that looks like a picture postcard. Further east, you must take the small detour to go up to the mountainside town of Ravello. Spend a little time wandering the gardens of the Villa Rufolo, with its beautiful water views. You can choose to end your day here, spending a little more time at each of the towns I have listed so far, and then return along the Amalfi Coast road to Sorrento, or you can continue on eastwards.

Going further east, you will come to Minori and Maiori, the two towns you can see from Ravello. Maiori has a lovely beach, possibly the most beautiful beach along the Amalfi Coast. Next, Cetara will entice you with its pretty white houses and scented citrus groves. Finally, you will reach Vietri sul Mare, where the pretty majolica dome of the Church of St. Giovanni Battista rises above the pastel houses in the fishing village. Vietri sul Mare is famous for its ceramics, and has a Ceramics Museum as well.

Should you drive THE AMALFI COAST or do a private tour?

The drive from Sorrento to Vietri sul Mare is about 33 miles, and takes about 2 hours without traffic issues and with no stops. Since you must definitely stop at various points along the way, the one-way drive will take you the better part of a long day. You can also end at Salerno rather than Vietri sul Mare. You can return the same way or take the inland road back to Sorrento. The inland road (A3 and SS145) takes just about one hour without traffic.

Amalfi Coast Italy

The color of the Tyrrhenian Sea on a sunny day is surreal!

The Amalfi Coast drive is not a drive I recommend you do yourself, for two main reasons. First, the drive is not easy. The road is very narrow, very winding, and perched way up in the cliffs with sheer drops in many places. Plus, it’s almost always crowded, and large buses traverse the road, along with locals that want to show off their driving prowess. You have to have limitless patience and nerves of steel to drive this road. Second, you’re in one of the most scenic parts of the world, and you want to be enjoying the views as you drive the coast. Whoever is driving will most certainly not be enjoying the views.

My recommendation is to splurge on a car and driver for the day, for an agreed-upon itinerary and stops.

DOING THE AMALFI COAST DRIVE USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

You can take the SITA bus, which goes all the way along the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento to Salerno. You will cover less with a bus, but you should still be able to stop at 3-4 places along the coast, and enjoy the views along the road.

 

You can also view the Amalfi Coast on a boat tour, which will take you along the shoreline and allows for time to explore Positano and Amalfi.

#4 Ravello: Romantic gardens and fabulous views

Although you should carve out some time on your Amalfi Coast drive to taste the charms of the romantic town of Ravello, you should really spend a day and explore it in greater depth.

View from Ravello Italy

Magnificent view of the water from Ravello

Set high above the Amalfi Coast on a mountaintop, Ravello boasts superb views of the water and the coast down below. The water views are so legendary that  Its cobblestone streets, scented lemon groves, and beautiful villas and gardens make Ravello a must-do day trip from Sorrento.

Start your day in Ravello with a tour of the beautiful gardens of the Villa Rufolo. Built in the 13th century, Villa Rufolo was one of the most expensive estates on the Amalfi Coast. Its terraced gardens are a joy to wander around, all the while taking in the magnificent vistas of the coast.

Villa Rufolo Gardens Ravello Italy

The gardens of the Villa Rufolo are gorgeous!

Next, walk to the equally magnificent Villa Cimbrone, where you can stroll another set of gorgeous gardens. Tour the lovely cloister and crypt, and finish with a stroll along the Belvedere, with its famous row of marble busts overlooking the water.

Villa Cimbrone Ravello Italy

Walking the Belvedere is a must when you visit the Villa Cimbrone!

Return to the main square and visit Ravello’s simple but charming Duomo, a mix of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Then wander the streets of the town, pausing to browse the ceramics stores near the piazza and admiring the beautiful architecture everywhere. There are a number of smaller villas and churches to explore, and for a touch of the contemporary, visit the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, the concert hall built for the city of music.

Getting from Sorrento TO RAVELLO using public transport

From Sorrento, you can either take the ferry to the town of Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast and then a local SITA bus from Amalfi to Ravello, or you can take the SITA bus from Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast road to the town of Amalfi and then the local SITA bus from Amalfi up to Ravello.

I would take the bus, because there are several departures from Sorrento relatively early in the day, and many return buses. The ferry will limit your time in Ravello, but without a doubt, it’s a picturesque way to travel in the region. Book tickets in advance if you plan to travel during the busier times of the year, and be prepared for traffic snafus along the Amalfi Coast road.

PREFER A GROUP TOUR OR PRIVATE TRANSFER?

This group tour combines Amalfi and Ravello. Or you can opt for a private transfer between Sorrento and Ravello to enjoy a full day in Ravello.

#5 Positano: Picturesque streets and beautiful beaches

Positano is a glittering jewel on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. You will probably stop and explore a little bit of this lovely town if you drive the Amalfi Coast, but it is very worthwhile doing a full day trip to Positano from Sorrento.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

A view of pretty Positano

Start your day in pretty Positano by just wandering the streets. Stop at a cafe and enjoy a drink on a bougainvillea-fringed terrace while you watch the boats racing across the blue water far below and sea birds gliding over it. Browse the boutique stores, pop into art galleries, and just soak in the joy of being in this beautiful place. If you are in the market for a pair of sandals, you can get one made to order for pick-up before you leave!

Positano Amalfi Coast Italy

Browsing the stalls and cafes in Positano is a must!

Have lunch on a terrace overlooking the water. In this land of lemons, you will almost certainly be offered a taste of limoncello, a liqueur made from local lemons, with your meal.

Walk down to the Spiaggia Grande, the famous pebbled strip of beach in Positano, where colorful umbrellas and red and blue boats pulled up on the beach make for a pretty picture. Take lots of photos while you walk the beach! Climb the steps to the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta with its yellow, green, and blue majolica dome and the Byzantine icon of the Madonna inside. Do a boat excursion to see Positano from the water and to explore the beautiful grottoes nearby.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy is one of the most amazing day trips from Sorrento to do!

Positano from the water on a gorgeous day

If you want more beach time, walk over to Fornillo Beach: there’s a path leading to it from the Spiaggia Grande. A lot less crowded than the Spiaggia Grande, Fornillo Beach offers the same colorful umbrellas and beautiful water views. If you enjoy active water activities, you can paddleboard or kayak, and even snorkel or scuba dive!

Getting from Sorrento TO POSITANO by public transport

You can take the ferry that runs between Sorrento and Positano. The trip takes 40 minutes one way. Book your tickets in advance to be assured of a seat. You can also take the SITA bus both ways. There are numerous departures each day in both directions, starting early in the day.

Prefer a tour OR PRIVATE TRANSFER?

This tour will take you by coach from Sorrento to Positano, where you will have 3 hours to explore, before they return you to Sorrento. Or choose this private transfer service: you can choose your departure and return times and get lots more time in Positano! Any way you do it, you will love your day trip from Sorrento to Positano!

#6 Herculaneum: Historic remains of a Roman town
Smaller than the more popular Pompeii, Herculaneum is a sister Roman town that was destroyed by the same eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that decimated Pompeii in AD 79. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that includes the archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata, Herculaneum is yet to be fully uncovered.

If you are a history buff, you will definitely want to include a day trip to Herculaneum on your Sorrento itinerary. The town is relatively easier to explore when compared to Pompeii, and much less overwhelming. Plus, the destruction that occurred at Herculaneum was different from Pompeii. The town was buried much deeper in ash, with the result that archaeologists uncovered even things like bread, fruit, and wooden objects, preserved through the centuries by the protective coating that enveloped it.

Archaeological site of Herculaneum, Italy

The beautifully preserved Herculaneum site

The Herculaneum site is made up of a grid of streets, so you can start at one end and work your way through the site. Don’t miss the Hall of the Augustales, where you can see frescoes from the time Herculaneum was a flourishing town, the House of the Wooden Screen, where once a rich resident of the town lived, the baths, fountains, and shops. It is fascinating insight into life as it existed back then.

Mural Herculaneum Italy

Isn’t that mural stunning?

If you finish your exploration of Herculaneum with time to spare, consider visiting Villa Oplontis on the same day. The Villa was partially destroyed in the same eruption, and is located under the Naples suburb of Torre Annunziata. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Villa is large and opulent, and likely belonged to someone wealthy or influential or both. The art work that can still be seen is stunning, as are the columns, pool, and gardens.

GETTING FROM SORRENTO TO HERCULANEUM AND VILLA OPLONTIS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

If you are wondering how to get to Herculaneum from Sorrento using public transport, the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento towards Naples is your best option. Get off at the Ercolano Scavi stop, about 40 minutes from Sorrento. From the station you can walk down the hill along Via 4 Novembre, to the entrance to the Herculaneum archaeological site. The walk is about 0.3 mile.

Get a guide at the site!

If you take the train and arrive on your own at Herculaneum, you can still do a guided tour of the site. A guided tour will allow you to learn more about what you are seeing and efficiently take you through the highlights, given that your time at the site is limited.

Buy tickets!

You can also buy tickets to the Herculaneum site in advance.

Prefer a guided tour from Sorrento?

You can also choose to do a guided tour of Herculaneum that includes transportation from Sorrento. Group tours generally combine a couple of area sites, such as Pompeii and Herculaneum, or Vesuvius and Herculaneum. You can also splurge on a private transfer with guide to Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Villa Oplontis is also on the Circumvesuviana train line. Take the train from Ercolano Scavi going back towards Sorrento, and alight at the Torre Annunziata stop.

#7 Paestum: The ancient Greek city of temples

Paestum is one of Campania’s most beautiful archaeological complexes, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Paestum is definitely one of the best day trips from Sorrento you must do!

An ancient Greek city built as Poseidonia in honor of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, Paestum later came under Roman control. Once the Roman Empire fell, residents of the city fell prey to raids by Saracen invaders and diseases like malaria. They eventually fled Paestum in the Middle Ages, leaving it to fall to ruins.

The Paestum archaeological site in Campania, Italy, is a must-do day trip from Sorrento!

A view of part of the archaeological site at Paestum

The Paestum archaeological site includes three beautiful Greek temples, some of the best preserved ancient Greek temples you can see anywhere on the planet. They are typical of the Doric order, and are dedicated to Hera and Athena, goddesses in Greek mythology. The largest temple at Paestum was earlier believed to be dedicated to Poseidon, but is now believed to also possibly have been dedicated to Hera. There are other smaller temples at the site, but these are not as well preserved.

Paestum Greek Temple, Campania, Italy

The beautifully preserved second temple of Hera

You can still see the footprint of the ancient city and its surrounding protective wall, even though many parts of the site were stripped of stone in later times. You can see the Roman Forum in the center, and the amphitheater nearby. The tan of the stone looks gorgeous on a blue sky day. Make sure you pack your camera when you go!

Don’t miss the museum, where you can see lots of old frescoes, terracotta pieces, pottery, and other artifacts unearthed at the site. The paintings from Paestum’s painted tombs are housed in the museum, including the famous Tomb of the Diver.

Tomb of the Diver Fresco at Paestum Museum in Campania, Italy

The lovely Tomb of the Diver fresco

Getting from Sorrento TO PAESTUM USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Getting from Sorrento to Paestum by public transport is a little difficult, but doable. You have several options. You can take the SITA bus from Sorrento to Salerno, and then the local bus from Salerno to Paestum, or a train from Salerno to Paestum.

Another option is to take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Pompeii (about 20-35 minutes) and then a train from Pompeii to Paestum (about an hour). You will need to take a taxi from the Pompeii Scavi station to the Pompeii F.S. main station. The site is a 10-15 minute walk from the Paestum station.

Get a guide and buy an entrance ticket!

Once at Paestum, enjoy a guided tour of the site, which also includes the entrance fee.

PREFER A GUIDED TOUR?

This group guided tour from Sorrento combines Paestum with the coastal city of Salerno. And this tour combines a tour of Paestum with a visit to a buffalo farm for a mozzarella tasting!

#8 Pompeii: Ruins of a city lost to Nature’s fury

For many visitors to the area, a visit to the ruins of Pompeii is a must. And Pompeii does make for a fascinating, if poignant, day trip from Sorrento. Pompeii is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that also includes Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata.

Pompeii, Campania, Italy

The ruins of Pompeii

A large ancient Roman city near Naples, Pompeii and those of its hapless citizens who couldn’t escape were buried in several feet of volcanic ash when Mt. Vesuvius unleashed its fury in AD 79. Pompeii was actually a coastal city in ancient times, and overlooked the sea.

Pompeii was looted after the eruption, but otherwise remained largely undisturbed for centuries until it was discovered in 1748 by a Spanish military engineer looking for old sites after the accidental discovery of Herculaneum. Excavations continued for many years thereafter. Plaster was introduced into spaces left by decomposed human bodies, to recreate the forms we see today.

Pompeii Campania Italy

Pompeii was beautifully preserved by volcanic ash

Many of the artifacts discovered at Pompeii have been moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, so if you are interested in the history and life in Pompeii all those centuries ago, you should also visit the museum. Sadly, Pompeii is deteriorating after being exposed to the elements, although it had remained well preserved for centuries when buried in ash. Some parts of the site are now closed to visitors, and excavation has stopped.

Ruins at Pompeii in Campania, Italy

The ancient city of Pompeii is a UNESCO site

The part of Pompeii that is still open for viewing is large and can be overwhelming. While you can wander around on your own, I highly, highly recommend a guide. You can hire one at the site if you arrive at Pompeii on your own. A guided tour will help you navigate the site efficiently and learn about the place, which will enhance your visit exponentially.

Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and shades, and drinking water. Pompeii can be uncomfortably hot in the summer, so time your visit for spring or early to mid fall.

GETTING FROM SORRENTO TO POMPEII USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Sorrento to Pompeii train route is served by the Circumvesuviana train. Take the Circumvesuviana from Sorrento towards Naples, and alight at the Pompeii Scavi station (about 20-35 minutes). The entrance to the site is directly opposite the station.

Get a guide at the site!

Once you arrive in Pompeii independently, get a guide to show you around the site!

Buy tickets!

You can buy tickets for the Pompeii site in advance and skip the line. Buy a ticket with an audio guide if you prefer to explore on your own.

PREFER A GUIDED TOUR?

A guided day trip to Pompeii from Sorrento makes a lot of sense if you want to maximize your time. This small group tour from Sorrento to Pompeii combines a visit to the ruins with a visit to Mt. Vesuvius, while this tour combines Pompeii and Herculaneum. You can also splurge on a private transfer with guide to Pompeii and Herculaneum.

#9 Mt. Vesuvius: Walking on a volcano and enjoying the views

Mt. Vesuvius, located just a few miles from Pompeii and Naples, can be easily visited as a day trip if you enjoy nature and hiking. Vesuvius National Park was created in 1995 to protect local flora and fauna and local culture. The park offers nine walking trails. The most popular trail, Route 5, offers fabulous views of the mountain and the crater.

Mount Vesuvius in Campania, Italy

The brooding form of Mt. Vesuvius rises above the Bay of Naples

Mt. Vesuvius is one of the more active volcanoes on the planet. The last eruption was in 1944. Brief tours by local guides are included with the price of admission, and offer some insight into the geology of the place. The landscape is lunar, and reminded me of Mt. Haleakala on Maui.

Landscape on Mt. Vesuvius in Campania, Italy

The lunar landscape on the volcano

If you visit on a clear day, you will be awestruck by the panoramic views from Mt. Vesuvius. The blue Bay of Naples and the city of Naples lie below, making for stunning photo ops.

View from Mt. Vesuvius, Campania, Italy

Panorama from the top of Mt. Vesuvius

You can combine a visit to Mt. Vesuvius with a tour of one or more vineyards in the area to savor a glass of the famous Lacryma Christi wine, produced from a grape variety unique to the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.

Remember to wear proper walking attire and closed-toe walking shoes. Although the climb is not long, it is steep, and you will need to be in decent shape to make the climb.

GETTING FROM SORRENTO TO MT. VESUVIUS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento going towards Naples, and alight at the Ercolano Scavi station. From the station, take the Vesuvio Express, which will take you to the visitor arrival area about 3,450 feet above sea level. The bus fare includes the entrance to the park.

You can also take the bus to the top of Mt. Vesuvius from Pompeii. Take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento and alight at the Pompeii Villa dei Misteri station. Take the Busvia del Vesuvio to the National Park entrance. Transfer to the small eco-bus, which will bring you to the visitor arrival area. The bus fare includes the entrance to the park.

PREFER A GUIDED TOUR?

If you prefer a guided excursion, you can opt for a small group tour from Sorrento that combines a visit to Mt. Vesuvius with Pompeii or one that combines Mt. Vesuvius with Herculaneum. Or choose a small group tour that takes you to a winery for a tasting and lunch after your visit to Mt. Vesuvius.

#10 Naples:  Castles, catacombs, and pizza!

Travelers either love Naples or hate it. There is no doubt it’s gritty and grimy. Like you would in any large city in the world, you have to stay alert and keep your wits about you. But Naples is also a treasure house of architectural sights and must-see museums. It’s also the birthplace of pizza, so on a day trip from Sorrento to Naples, you can taste the iconic food in the place where it originated!

Naples Italy

A view of Naples

Obviously a day is not enough to explore everything there is to see and do in Naples, but in one day, you can get in a good sampler of the city’s multi-faceted offerings.

Start with a visit to the Cathedral of Naples, then walk the historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set aside at least a couple of hours to tour the Naples National Archaeological Museum, where you can see artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum. The mosaics from Pompeii are stunning.

Interior of Il Duomo in Naples, Italy

The stunning interior of the Naples Cathedral

A visit to the Cappella Sansevero is a must in any Naples itinerary. Here you can see Giuseppe Sanmartino’s Veiled Christ. The rest of the interior is also worth exploring. A couple of castles are also worth visiting: the Castel dell’Ovo, the old castle from the 12th century located right by the edge of the sea, and Castel Nuovo with its massive round towers, built in the 13th century.

Castel dell'Ovo, Naples, Italy

Castel dell’Ovo in Naples on the edge of the water

Naples, like other cities in the region, is built on top of older cities. A tour of underground Naples is a fascinating way to relive the history of the city. Pick either Napoli sotterannea (Naples Underground), where you can see the Greek-Roman aqueduct and a maze of underground chambers from Naples’ past, or the Catacombs of San Gennaro, a much-revered old Christian burial site.

For some of the best pizza in Naples, stop by L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele near the historic center. Plan to arrive a few minutes before it opens to conserve time, or you may have to wait in line.

GETTING FROM SORRENTO TO NAPLES USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

A high speed ferry connects Sorrento and Naples, and the ride is about 40 minutes one way. The route is operational year round and deposits you in downtown Naples at the Piazza Municipio. The ferry is the option I would recommend if you plan to use public transport to travel between Sorrento and Naples.

The Circumvesuviana train connects Sorrento and Naples. There are frequent departures in both directions and it is inexpensive. On the flip side, the Circumvesuviana is often crowded and stops often, with a one-way journey taking about 75 minutes. Keep your belongings close if you choose to take it, because pickpockets are known to frequent these trains.

GET A GUIDE!

Once in Naples, enjoy a walking tour with a guide to maximize your time in the city! Or discover local foods on a food tour of Naples!

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So there you have it: my suggestions for 10 absolutely amazing day trips from Sorrento you must add to your itinerary! They are guaranteed to make you fall in love with Campania so you will want to return again and again to explore more of this beautiful part of southern Italy.

Have you visited Campania? If you have, I’d love your recommendations for other great day trips from Sorrento. If you haven’t yet, plan to visit the next time you visit Italy!

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From the spectacular Amalfi Coast Drive to the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia, and from the historic city of Naples to the archaeological wonders of Pompeii and Herculaneum, discover the best day trips from Sorrento to add to your itinerary! #sorrento #italytravel #daytrips

 

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Dhara is passionate about travel, photography, and writing. Her travel interests are eclectic, spanning everything from natural beauty to art and architecture. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire you to seek, and savor, sublime travel moments.

4 comments on “10 Best Day Trips from Sorrento You Must Do!

  1. Wow, what a lot of information, thanks for sharing. We couldn’t visit the Amalfi Coast as we were in our motorhome and we were not allowed to drive through the narrow roads. However I’d love to go back and see this area (I think I’ll hire a Fiat 500).

    • Each of the two islands is spectacular in its own way, so you will enjoy both. I hope you get to return soon to this beautiful region of Italy!

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