Sorrento Italy for Cruisers

Find out why Sorrento Italy has been one of the most visited, celebrated and sang about cruise destinations in the Mediterranean

The Bay of Naples is one of those Mediterranean cruise destinations with an above average concentration of destinations to visit in a day.

Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi, Positano, Naples itself, Capri  and Sorrento… enough to give any cruise guest a light headache, and a big question mark hanging above their head: why don’t more cruise lines have overnights when docking in Naples?

Thanks to its spectacular natural beauties, mild Italy Sorrento weather and the fact it is fairly easy to reach from the cruise terminal in Naples, Sorrento Italy often ends up at the top of the list of things to do on that day.

Sorrento Italy is a relatively small, charming town perched upon a cliff and overlooking the sea, set in the midst of vineyards, lemon, orange and olive groves.

ALL SORRENTO ARTICLES: 

  • ITALY SORRENTO TRAVEL - general tips on different options of getting from Naples cruise dock to the town of Sorrento
  • ITALY SORRENTO TRAIN - Best directions on how to get from Naples cruise dock to Sorrento by railway train
  • SORRENTO FERRY  - Taking a hydrofoil from the port of Naples may be just the easiest way of getting to Sorrento
  • SORRENTO ATTRACTIONS - What to see and do in Sorrento in a couple of hours
  • SORRENTO WEATHER - What time of the year to visit Sorrento and what to wear?

Being so close to Pompeii Italy and Herculaneum, another ancient city, in the 18th and the 19th Ct, Sorrento became a good base for European aristocracy on their Grand Tour.

 Thanks to that, it was visited by many famous people: Lord Byron, Keats, Goethe, Lamartine, Stendhal, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Giacomo Casanova, Charles Dickens, Friedrich Nietzche, Henrik Ibsen and Walter Scott…

Well, who wouldn’t like to hang around a crowd like that right? That’s why Sorrento Italy soon became the holiday resort of choice for those who could afford it; it became the wealthy people’s playground.

Elegant villas and hotels were built to accommodate the crowds…

In the 19th Ct, Sorrento became one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Italy. And kept this status throughout the 20th ct too.

SORRENTO FACTS: 

Country: Italy

Region: Campania Province

Naples Area: 9km2 (3.5 sq miles)

Elevation: 50m (164 ft)

Population (as of 31 August 2007): 16,547 

Patron saint: St Antoninus 

Saint day: February 14

Only 50 kilometers away from Naples, Sorrento is easy to reach from the cruise ship dock. You can read about different options when it comes to transportation to Sorrento in our article Italy Sorrento Travel.

If you like to take transportation into your own hands, you will like our tips on Sorrento ferry hydrofoil travel as well as taking a Sorrento Italy train from Naples.

For a more relaxed day go for a sightseeing tour/shore excursion with a local and well-informed guide...


Although, traces of the past glitz and glamour can still be felt in Sorrento Italy, since the 50ies all the posh crowds have moved to Capri Italy. Today, compared to high-end Capri, Sorrento is more of a middle-range, family oriented travel and shopping destination.

There are a few Sorrento attractions to take a look at while you’re there too. But once you leave Sorrento, what will stay in your memory most is enjoying the al fresco cafes in the main square, enjoying some real gelatto, having a superb pizza, stocking up on some limoncello (the famous digestive made out of Sorrento lemons or shopping for the Sorrento music boxes or inlaid-wood furniture.

Even if you chose to do all of these we have listed, spending two hours in Sorrento Italy will be more than enough! So, we suggest do enjoy Sorrento but don’t make it the main interest on your short cruiser’s day in port.

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