Sorrento: Gulf of Naples
This is a beautiful place to base yourself when exploring some of the most popular sites in Italy’s Campania region. With great connections to surrounding islands, towns and cities, this destination is perfect for any traveller.
DAY 1 - POMPEII
DAY 2 - HERCULANEUM AND VESUVIUS
After seeing the destruction caused by Mount Vesuvius I recommend climbing the still active volcano which is visible from almost everywhere in Sorrento. You can either hike all the way up or take a bus to the top then hike around 20 minutes to the crater. These buses are available from both Pompeii and Herculaneum.
DAY 3 - CAPRI
Ferries leave regularly from the port of Sorrento to Capri. When heading down to the port you can take an elevator built into the rock for just 1 euro, this is called The Sorrento Lift. I recommend taking a full day to explore this island but some of the must-sees include: the chairlift to Monte Solaro from Anacapri (there’s a bar at the bottom and top if you need some Dutch courage): head down to the blue grotto – you can either go on a boat tour around Capri to see this or take a local island bus which drops you off at the steps to head straight onto one of the row boats which takes you directly into the cave.
You can take the hydrofoil from the port of Sorrento over to the volcanic island of Ischia with the journey time only slightly longer than that of Capri. This is a great location to relax and explore at your leisure. One of the main attractions is the Aragonese Castle. The castle is extremely atmospheric and full of history, art and unnerving stories...
DAY 5 - POSITANO AND AMALFI
You can take a public bus along the coast from Sorrento which allows you to stop at as many towns as you like however the two cliffside towns of Positano and Amalfi are the most popular. An alternative is a private minibus which provides a tour guide for your journey however it can be an experience in itself to explore these towns on your own.
DAY 6 - NAPLES
DAY 7 - SORRENTO
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