Hidden gems in Sorrento, Italy

June 28, 2011

Off to Sorrento, Italy on Saturday. Any recommendations for hidden gems, bars and restaurants? Looking for places off the beaten track and frequented by locals.

World  •  Italy  •  Sorrento
June 30, 2011

Hi there! 

A trip to Sorrento sounds really nice! As you requested I've looked up a few great places to visit and some nice bars and restaurants in or near the city that are popular with locals and not too touristy

Sorrento, Italy (Source: Stuart Pinkney) 

Things to See

There is a lot to see in Sorrento. The top picks are:

1. Marina Grande (Recommended)

Although the city lacks a long stretch of beachfront, there are a number of beaches around Sorrento's marinas, such as both the Marina Piccola and Marina Grande.The Marina Grande is the larger of the two and is just a stone's throw from the Piazza della Vittoria.Many tourists find that a visit to the Marina Grande is a real highlight of their holiday, away from the traffic and almost resembling a small fishing village in its character. This is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat, with some sumptuous harbour front views.

Marina Grande (Source: Walter Rodriguez)

In summer, when the sun lingers longer before surrendering its place to the moon, there is nothing more pleasant than to wander through the Marina Grande fishing village; especially if the path allows you to merge into this timeless world with its own pace and traditions. It seems almost to be a small universe of its own, not easily allowing itself to be touched by the often frenetic development animating nearby areas. Here life has its own rhythm, the strongly united community tenaciously anchored to its family principles and working and religious traditions; it loves the sea and lives in symbiosis with it, here time seems to move more slowly than anywhere else!

(Source:Marina Grande Sorrento)

Hours: daily - 24 hours

Admission: None

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2. Sorrento Catherdal (Recommended)

One of the oldest landmarks in the city is without doubt the Duomo (Cathedral), which dominates the Sorrento skyline and stands proudly along the Corso Italia. The simple exterior of Sorrento Cathedral really bears no correlation with the exuberance found inside, where visitors discover some wonderful historic frescoes created by local Neapolitan artists.

Sedil Dominova (Source: John Brennan)

Also inside is a dramatic Crucifixion, which stands high above the altar. Supported by a rather grand archway and three classical Italianate columns, the triple-tiered bell tower is another important element. Walking on the elegant Corso italia until the Largo Arcivescovado, the Duomo (cathedral) opens up, which has beeen rearranged several times during the centuries. In romanic style it dates to the XVth century; the site door is from the same period (1474) and in Renaissance style. In its interior some valuable paintings by artists from the Neapolitan school of the 1700s. An archibishops throne in fine marbles (1573) and a wooden marquetry work of Sorrentine craftsmen of the beginning of the 19th century

(Source: Sorrento Cathedral (Duomo)

Hours: Open daily - 07:30 to 12:00, 16:30 to 20:30

Admission: free, donations suggested

3. Museo Correale di Terranova

The Museo Correale di Terranova at the Palazzo Correale is especially popular in Sorrento and also features some rather beautiful gardens, while the ancient Etruscan treasures within the Antiquarium Aequano are a real treat and date back to before the 1st century.After exploring the historic artifacts head outside and you will find some attractive landscaped gardens, along with tantalizing views across the Gulf of Naples. The Museo Correale di Terranova is located in the Palazzo Correale, a former palace, which was once the home of a family of wealthy counts.

Museum (Source: Alex T.)

Porcelain, paintings, objects of a furnishing nature and local handmade products belonging to the Correale family, provide a free display to its visitors.

The building which houses the museum has one of the most enchanting panoramic terraces ever, overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento split into 3 levels with 24 halls where the antique furniture, porcelain and paintings of Italian and international origin of the 18th century are displayed.

(Source: The Museo Correale di Terranova)

Address: Via Correale, 50 - 80067 Sorrento (NA)

Contact: 081.878.18.46

Hours: Wednesday to Monday - 09:00 to 14:00

Admission: 6 Euros

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There's plenty of good restaurants & cafe's in Sorrento.  So here is a few suggestion on places to flatter your apetite.

1. La Fenice (Recommended)

Near the fishing suburb and ancient walls of the old city, La Fenice is the place where it is possible to taste the excellent fresh fish which arrive each morning at the Marina Grande. The restaurant offers excellent seafood specialties as well as a genuine neapolitan pizza for lunch. 

The cooking of mediterranean tradition, with its genuine tastes, is excellent and offers a very large menu among which mixed sea hors-doeuvre  la mode du chef, Black noodles with courgette flowers and shrimps, La Fenice king prawns (Grilled) (delizia al limone lemon delight); some first plates are cooked with (home-made fresh pasta) and products only picked in the (sorrentine peninsula). The restaurant, moreover, offers excellent seafood specialities as well as the genuine neapolitan pizza also for lunch.

 (Source: mygola - Guide Site) 

Address: La Fenice - Via degli Aranci, 11 - 80067 Sorrento (NA) Italy - Ph. +39-081-8781652 Fax

Contact: +39-081-5324154

Timings : Closed on Mondays

Reservations are advised

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2. La Lanterna Due (2) (Recommended)

A quiet spot in the heart of Sorrento where one can experience many unforgettable moments and taste an incomparable local cuisine.

Restaurant La Lanterna2 . (Source:  La Lanterna2 Sorrent.)

The buffet is wide and appetizing, prepared with taste by the chef. Here, in this gastronomical paradise, pleasantness and impeccable service live well together.In our restaurant we only use our own grown produce, we also have selected some farms, which thanks to the qualitative and organoleptic characteristics of their products, can guarantee the excellence of our dishes.

 (Source: Restaurant La Lanterna Sorrento,.) 

Address: 80067 Sorrento (NA) - Via SM. delle Grazie, 28/30

Contact: +39 0818074521 | e-mail: lalanternadue@lalanternarestaurantsorrento.com

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3. A'Paranzi

Located between Ravello and Positano, Atrani is a cute little town, "a secret gem," with sort of vintage 1950s feel. For outdoor dining, Departures recommends this restaurant. "The very authentic A'Paranzi in Atrani serves simply cooked seafood that is always fresh off the boat."

Aqua Pazza con Branzini (Source: Naotake Murayama) 

Address: 1/2 Via Dragone , Atrani 

Phone: 39 089 871 840


The narrow streets of Sorrento's centro storico are alive with cafes, clubs, and restaurants, which become quite crowded during the sweet nights of summer. Locals as well as newcomers love sitting on the terrace for an aperitivo (aperitif) and people-watching till late into the evening. Popular venues for pre and post-dinner drinks are, of course, the romantic terraces of the  many historic hotels. So here are few picks from bars in Sorrento

1. Bar Fauno (Recommended)

Bar Fauno is a good place right in the centre of the Piazza Tasso which is Sorrento's main square. Slightly more expensive but a great place to people watch. Over the road is a smaller place called Bar Erculo which is cheaper and just as good a spot. Bars tend to shut at 2am but  Bar Fauno remains open  till well after 3  as they don't hurry to get rid of you.

Fireside in a corner of the bar (Source: Chad Miller) 

The location makes it a great place from which to watch the world go by, and the food is very, very goodThe Fauno Bar is extemely busy, but also very efficient. Our service was not personal or friendly (the waiter didn't have time), but it was professional and efficient. Every need we expressed during the meal was instantly met. We were not rushed or pressured in any way, and very much enjoyed watching Piazza Tasso come alive as the sun went down.

When we go back to Sorrento this will be one of the restaurants to which we will return. Highly recommended.

 (Source: Fauno Bar Restaurant Reviews,) 

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  • Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Outdoor seating
  • Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, After-hours, Dessert

Address: Corso Italia | Piazza Tasso, 80067 Sorrento, Italy

Contact: 081 878 1135

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2. Bar Aurora (Pizzeria Aurora)

Bar Aurora is another popular local watering hole. It is located in the Piazza Tasso. It is also a great place to enjoy some delicious Italian cuisine along with your drinks. The pizza is especially highly regarded as the among the best you can get (even among Italians!) The only real down side of course, is the price, which is rather steep.

On the advice of a friend of Sorrento we went to dine at this restaurant in the city center. We were happy for the speedy and efficient service, although the restaurant full of customers. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina were well prepared. We also tasted good pizza. Rich assortment of wines and desserts. The environment is friendly even if the owner has a few words. Satisfactory value for money.


Address: Piazza Tasso, 10/11 - 80067 Sorrento (Na) - Italia

Contact: 081 8781248 


Sorrento offers a mild and temperate climate. The best time to visit for hot weather and sea life lovers is from May to September. Since you are going in July the weather would be a little hot with temperatures at least in the high twenties (Celsius) and possibly nudging the early thirties. It is fairly humid being on the coast.

Thanks to its more exposed coastal position, Sorrento is often slightly cooler by day, and a bit more so in the evenings, but otherwise not hugely different. Certainly hotter and more humid than July in England, but a little less so than Sri Lanka in Dec/Jan!

In July, temperatures range between 27 - 34 Celsius in the daytime, perhaps a few degrees cooler in the evenings. It will mainly be humid and sunny with the very occasional thunderstorm or brief downpour.

 (Source: Weather in Sorrento-July ) 

Well those are all of my suggestions for you. If you would like more information or would like to ask a question on any other topic, feel free to write back. I would be more than happy to help you out.



Answered by I love to travel and explore new places meet new people and would love to help someone who feels the same passion for traveling. Debanjana Haldar

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