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Narrow streets twist and turn through this quaint city, which is nestled among rocky cliffs overlooking picturesque beaches. With buildings dating to the 11th century, glorious gardens and panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento exudes Mediterranean romance.

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Overview

Sorrento may have become a jumping-off point for visitors to Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi, but you can find countless reasons to love it for itself. The Sorrentine people are fair-minded and hardworking, bubbling with life and warmth. The tufa cliff on which the town rests is like a great golden pedestal spread over the bay, absorbing the sunlight in deepening shades through the mild days, and orange and lemon trees waft a luscious perfume in spring. In the evening, people fill cafés to nibble, sip, and talk nonstop; then, arms linked, they stroll and browse through the maze of shop-lined lanes.

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The news is usually wonderful for the weather. Sheltered by the Lattari Mountains arcing east to west across the peninsula and inland from the Amalfi Coast, and exposed to cool breezes from two bays, the Sorrentine Peninsula enjoys a climate that is among the mildest in Italy; the temperature rarely falls below 50°F in winter, or climbs above 90°F in summer. In winter many hotels close, from November to March. As for rain, or what the locals call passione de Pasqua ("tears of passion" at Easter), it's rare although weeklong storms can strike.

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Top Experiences

  • "Torna a Surriento" : Sorrento's old town quarter is one of the most romantic places in Italy—be sure to dine in front of the Sedile Dominova, a 16th-century frescoed loggia that is a colorful backdrop for caffé and serenading waiters warbling "Come Back to Sorrento."

  • Shopping along Via San Cesareo : Sorrento's regional trifles are world famous, and this charming street is just the place to find embroideries, inlaid wooden intarsia, music boxes, leather items, and dolls in tarantella costumes.

  • Taking a Stroll : Join the passeggiata (evening strolling ritual) at Piazza Tasso and follow the locals as they make the rounds of Sorrento's historical center to gossip, strut, and see and be seen.

  • Basilica di Sant'Antonino : Gracing Piazza Sant'Antonino and one of the largest churches in Sorrento, the Basilica di Sant'Antonino honors the city's patron saint, St. Anthony the Abbot. The church and the portal on the right side date from the 11th century. Among the paintings, is the one on the nave ceiling signed and dated by Giovan Battista Lama in 1734.

  • Convento di San Francesco : Near the Villa Comunale gardens and sharing its vista over the Bay of Naples, this church is celebrated for its 14th-century cloister. Filled with greenery and flowers, the Moorish-style makes a suitably evocative setting for summer concerts and theatrical presentations—make this a must if you can catch an event.

  • Museo Correale di Terranova : In an 18th-century villa and lovely garden on land given to the patrician Correale family by Queen Joan II of Anjou in 1428, this museum has an excellent private collection amassed by Pompeo and Alfredo Correale, Counts of Terranova. The garden offers an allée of flowers, palms, pine trees, citrus groves, and an esplanade with a panoramic view of the Sorrento coast.

  • Sedile Dominova : Enchanting showpiece of the Largo Dominova—the little square that is the heart of Sorrento's historic quarter—this is a picturesque open loggia with expansive arches, balustrades, and a green-and-yellow-tile cupola that was originally constructed in the 16th century.

  • Villa Comunale : The largest public park in Sorrento, the Villa Comunale sits on a cliff top overlooking the entire Bay of Naples and offers benches, flowers, palms, and people-watching, plus a seamless vista that stretches from Capri to Vesuvius. From here steps lead down to Sorrento's main harbor, the Marina Piccola.

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Activities

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Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Guided Excursion

Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the world-famous archaeological and historical site of Pompeii, the Roman town buried under the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This buried city was rediscovered in the 16th century, but exploration only began in 1748. Work continued systematically through the 19th century up to the most recent excavations, aimed at restoring and attributing the proper value to the ancient city and its exceptional archeological heritage. The archeological area of Pompeii extends over 66 hectares, of which 49 have been excavated and 12 are open to the public. With its excavated area and the preservation state of its buildings, Pompeii can be considered the only archaeological site that gives the real image of a Roman city.

After lunch (own expense), transfer to Mount Vesuvius to discover why the locals have been both fascinated and frightened by Europe’s oldest active volcano for almost 2,000 years. In 79 A.D., Vesuvius stood 3 kilometers high and its last eruption took place in 1944. Visitors can reach Mount Vesuvius by car, but must walk the last 700 meters to reach the crater, standing roughly 1,281 meters high. Your guide will take you on an adventurous hike up this one-of-a-kind attraction to view the surrounding area and the crater beneath your feet. Walk around the edge of the crater and enjoy the fantastic view over the Gulf of Naples.


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Tour Details

Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours


Tour Highlights
  • Pompeii
  • Mount Vesuvius

Tour Inclusion(s)
  • 8-hour round-trip chauffer with uniform, English speaking driver
  • 4-hour authorized and licensed, English speaking private guide
  • Advance purchase entrance tickets and reservations to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: National holidays
Departure Time(s)
  • 9:00a.m.
    Meet in hotel lobby 5 minutes before pick-up time.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel Lobby
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Mercedes Car or Van
Cancellation Policy
  • No penalties for cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to service; cancellations made within 72 hours will be charged 100% penalty. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.
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Pompeii & Herculaneum Guided Excursion

Enjoy a two-hour tour of the world-famous archaeological and historical site of Pompeii, the Roman town buried under the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This buried city was rediscovered in the 16th century, but exploration only began in 1748. Work continued systematically through the 19th century up to the most recent excavations, aimed at restoring and attributing the proper value to the ancient city and its exceptional archeological heritage. The archeological area of Pompeii extends over 66 hectares, of which 49 have been excavated and 12 are open to the public. With its excavated area and the preservation state of its buildings, Pompeii can be considered the only archaeological site that gives the real image of a Roman city.

After a break for lunch (own expense), you’ll continue to the archaeological site of Herculaneum, which, like Pompeii, was buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Today, Herculaneum lays claim as the best-preserved archaeologically excavated site of the entire region. You will be mystified by the preservation of its villas, baths, shops and Forum. Herculaneum portrays a clear idea of what life was like more than 2,000 years ago.


Additional Information

Tour Details

Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours


Tour Highlights
  • Pompeii
  • Herculaneum

Tour Inclusion(s)
  • 8-hour round-trip chauffer with uniform, English speaking driver
  • 4-hour authorized and licensed, English speaking private guide
  • Advance purchase entrance tickets and reservations to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: National holidays
Departure Time(s)
  • 9:00a.m.
    Meet in hotel lobby 5 minutes before pick-up time.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel lobby
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Mercedes Car or Van
Cancellation Policy
  • No penalties for cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to service; cancellations made within 72 hours will be charged 100% penalty. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.
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Towns of the Amalfi Coast - Private Full-Day Tour

Positano: Positano was a port of the Amalfi Republic in medieval times, and prospered in the 16th and 17th centuries. But by the mid-19th century, more than half the population emigrated, primarily to Australia. Positano began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaar, writing: "Positano bites deep .... It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Enjoy this magical coastal village and wander its streets, browsing its artisan boutiques, shore-front stores and gourmet delicatessens.

Amalfi: The town of Amalfi was the capital of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and 1200. In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi was a popular holiday destination mainly for the British upper class and aristocracy. Today, Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, the Costiera Amalfitana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and is an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast. Wander through the streets of this coastal gem, while you visit the highlights and try the coast’s most renowned treat: the infamous Limoncello.

Ravello: Ancient legend still recounts that it was to Ravello, with its breathtaking view of the Mediterranean and the dramatic Amalfi coastline, that Satan transported Jesus during his second temptation to show the beauty of the world's kingdoms. Historically, the town has served as a destination for artists, musicians, and writers, including Richard Wagner, M. C. Escher and Virginia Woolf, all of whom have either written or composed while staying in the town. Choose to take a journey through wonderful gardens, magical churches and arguably the most incredible panoramas in Europe.


Additional Information

Tour Details

Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours


Tour Highlights
  • Positano
  • Amalfi
  • Ravello
Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: National holidays
Departure Time(s)
  • 9:00a.m.
    Meet in hotel lobby 5 minutes before pick-up time.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel lobby
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Mercedes Car or Van
Cancellation Policy
  • No penalties for cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to service; cancellations made within 72 hours will be charged 100% penalty. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.
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Island of Capri Walking Tour - Guided Half-Day Tour

Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri is one of the world’s most exclusive destinations and a favorite among aristocrats, socialites, and VIPs. Enjoy a private tour of the island and visit some of its most famous sites, including the Belvedere of Tragara, the high panoramic promenade lined with magnificent villas; Monte Solaro, the highest viewpoint on the island; and the panoramic terraces of the Augustus Garden, a few minutes’ walk from the main town square. For the adventurous, enjoy a trip to the Blue Grotto or a boat ride out to the Faraglioni Rocks, at an additional cost - the symbol of Capri and world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage - before enjoying a panoramic hydrofoil ride back to your port of arrival.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Average Activity Level IconActivity Level: This tour requires an average level of fitness and mobility.

Tour Duration: Approximately 7 hours, including a 3 hour tour of Capri and transfers

Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: National holidays
Departure Time(s)
  • 9:00a.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel lobby
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Mercedes Car or Van
Cancellation Policy
  • No penalties for cancellations made up to 4 days prior to service; cancellations made within 4 days will be charged 100% penalty. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.
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Island of Capri Walking Tour - Guided Full-Day Tour

Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri is one of the world’s most exclusive destinations and a favorite among aristocrats, socialites, and VIPs. Enjoy a private tour of the island and visit some of its most famous sites, including the Belvedere of Tragara, the high panoramic promenade lined with magnificent villas; Monte Solaro, the highest viewpoint on the island; and the panoramic terraces of the Augustus Garden, a few minutes’ walk from the main town square. For the adventurous, enjoy a trip to the Blue Grotto or a boat ride out to the Faraglioni Rocks, at an additional cost - the symbol of Capri and world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage - before enjoying a panoramic hydrofoil ride back to your port of arrival.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Average Activity Level IconActivity Level: This tour requires an average level of fitness and mobility.

Tour Duration: Approximately 9 hours, including a 6 hour tour of Capri and transfers

Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: National holidays
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel lobby
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Mercedes Car or Van
Cancellation Policy
  • No penalties for cancellations made up to 4 days prior to service; cancellations made within 4 days will be charged 100% penalty. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.
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Island of Capri Walking Tour - Guided Full-Day Tour

Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri is one of the world’s most exclusive destinations and a favorite among aristocrats, socialites, and VIPs. Enjoy a private tour of the island and visit some of its most famous sites, including the Belvedere of Tragara, the high panoramic promenade lined with magnificent villas; Monte Solaro, the highest viewpoint on the island; and the panoramic terraces of the Augustus Garden, a few minutes’ walk from the main town square. For the adventurous, enjoy a trip to the Blue Grotto or a boat ride out to the Faraglioni Rocks, at an additional cost - the symbol of Capri and world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage - before enjoying a panoramic hydrofoil ride back to your port of arrival.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Average Activity Level IconActivity Level: This tour requires an average level of fitness and mobility.

Tour Duration: Approximately 9 hours, including a 6 hour tour of Capri and transfers

Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: National holidays
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel lobby
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Mercedes Car or Van
Cancellation Policy
  • No penalties for cancellations made up to 4 days prior to service; cancellations made within 4 days will be charged 100% penalty. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.
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