Sorrento, Italy City Specific Information

Benvenuti a Sorrento!

Sorrento is a seaside town facing the Bay of Naples.  Known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is nestled between Naples to the north, the Isle of Capri to the west, and Positano and other Amalfi towns to the south.

While there are only about 20,000 residents, the number may double during the high tourist season.  Many Sorrentines are used to this additional foot traffic, and embrace the tourist culture.  Walking through Sorrento is like jumping into a post card.  The streets are lined with succulent lemon trees, grown to make the world famous Limoncello di Sorrento, and an abundance of olive groves dot the landscape.  There are sweeping views of the bay, Mt. Vesuvius, and the many sandy coves of the city.



In the evening, locals and other travelers can be spotted all over the city, hanging in the piazzas or at the numerous restaurants and boutiques grabbing an after dinner gelato or espresso, and taking in the live music at any number of venues.


Piazza Tasso is considered the center of activity in Sorrento, and is surrounded by cafes, shops, and produce stands.

Marina Grande is visible from most classrooms at the Sant’Anna institute.  Marina Grande is the old port of Sorrento, and is home to many seafood restaurants and rustic shops.

Marina Piccola is the main port of Sorrento, and sees all of the ferries coming to and from Capri, Ischia, and Naples.


The most commonly used form of transportation in Sorrento is the bus, or walking.  There is a local train, known as the Circumvesuviana, which runs from Naples, down the Amalfi coast.  Once in Naples, you can access the airport, or main train station which will connect you to Rome and all points beyond. Remember to validate your tickets and board the buses in the front or at the back and to exit at the middle.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take a ferry from Sorrento over to Naples for a different view of the landscape!

CIS Abroad Sorrento Student Guide

For a handy comprehensive guide to Florence, please visit our CISabroad Sorrento Student Guide, created by your very own CISabroad site directors! Here you can find:
  • Travel tips
  • Florence Bucket List
  • Ideas for local trips
  • Communication & culture tips
  • …and much more!

Local Authorities

Police / Polizia: phone 113
Carabinieri (military police): phone 112
Fire Department / Vigili del Fuoco: phone 115
Medical Emergency Service: phone 118