Perching on cliffs that front the azure waters of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a beauty spot on the west coast of Italy...
The town straddles the Sorrento Peninsula, which is on the shin of Italy's boot. Visitors often combine a trip to Sorrento with the treasures of the Amalfi Coast which can be found along the southern shoreline of the peninsula. But there's plenty in Sorrento to captivate your attention for a week or two.
There are stylish bars, welcoming restaurants, shops draped with lemon-scented products, and backstreets where Italian life plays out with typical vigour. Sorrento hotels are something to behold too; there are many four- and five-star hotels that envelop guests in a world of luxury.
You can fly into the area by landing at Naples Airport (NAP), which is around a 45-minute drive away. The town of Pompeii, the city of Naples and the island of Capri are easily accessed from Sorrento.
Not sure where to lay your holiday hat? Use our guide to hotels in Sorrento to figure out where to stay...
There's a reasonable mix of accommodation types in Sorrento, with hotels, guesthouses and villas offering rooms to visitors. While Sorrento, much like the rest of Italy, is not cheap to visit, you can check into budget hotels in the town. It's the luxury hotels though which dominate the scene. The finest can be found in the town centre and in the hills that frame Sorrento. There are ultra-modern boutique-style hotels as well as grand palaces of hospitality that are dressed in history.
It's a fairly compact destination, so staying either centrally or just on the outskirts gives easy access to the sights and eateries. If you are looking for a cheap hotel, you could consider staying in nearby areas such as Via Capo and Sant'Agnello as a decent shuttle service runs frequently in and out of Sorrento.
Italians flock to the coast from inland towns and cities when the mercury rises in July and August. The roads of the peninsula heave with traffic and hotels will be extremely busy so book well in advance. Prices will soar alongside the temperatures, so consider staying out of this peak season if you want to bag a bargain.
If you like to swim or take a cooling dip when the sun shines, be sure to book a hotel with a swimming pool as there are only a couple of small beaches around cliff-top Sorrento.
Shopping, sunbathing and dining are not the only attractions in Sorrento...
You don't need to hire a car to get the most out of your holiday in Italy, though Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast prove quite irresistible. There's plenty to see and do in Sorrento if you do decide to ditch the wheels.
Top five attractions
There's a very small public beach here, plus private stretches that allow access and grant you a lounger and umbrella for a fee.
The fishing port of Sorrento has a slightly larger beach and some nice cafés.
Church of San Francesco
Dating back to the 8th century, the cloisters of this monastery are beautiful and offer a shady spot in which to drink in the history of this remarkable building.
The Sorrento Peninsula is synonymous with glamour and crowds, but you can escape it all when you pull on your walking shoes and discover the lofty routes that snake through the stunning landscape and past remote villages.
Journey to Capri
Catch the hydrofoil to the island of Capri. It takes only 20 minutes to reach Capri from Sorrento (ferry services are a little slower). Take the chairlift to Monte Solaro or a boat trip to the Grotta Azzurra, where the magical blue waters will take your breath away.
Want to know what's on when? Use our guide to annual events in Sorrento to plan your trip...
Sophisticated festivals dominate the calendar in this stylish Italian resort.
Festa di Sant'Anna; July: This four-day event sees observers asking Saint Anna (the Madonna) to bless the pregnant women who turn up in Marina Grande. The festival culminates in fireworks over the fishing village.
Sorrento Jazz Festival; August: The cool sounds of jazz drift on the lemon-scented air in Sorrento and make for a heady, groovy mix.
Christmas in Sorrento: The festive season usually sprinkles a little extra magic over any destination and Sorrento is no different. See wonderful displays of lights, nativity processions and fireworks, as well as making time to shop for unique Italian gifts.