Stunning, historic, picturesque and cinematic are just a few words that barely begin to do the coastal town of Sorrento justice. A perfect honeymoon destination located in southwestern Italy, there's so much to do, see, taste, and experience. Follow our guide for a once-in-a-lifetime experience (packed into just three days) in Sorrento.
Try to combat jetlag and exhaustion from your flight by sleeping in (just a little) and waking up to the gorgeous sights, sounds, and smells of sunny, seaside Sorrento. Grab a cappuccino and croissant and head off to your first adventure as a married couple—just don't forget the sunscreen!
Take a private boat tour to the stunning island of Capri. There's nothing more romantic than spending a day on the sea with your new spouse, taking in one of the world's most picturesque places. There are group tours you can take, but it's worth splurging on a boat for just you two. Experiencing the Blue Grotto is something that every couple should do at least once, so why not kick off your marriage with it? Although during high season it can be very crowded and touristy, you'll still want to spend some time on the island itself. To get away from the crowds, take a scenic walk for a late lunch to Le Grottelle, a quaint family-owned place that isn't overpriced.
You should arrive back in Sorrento by around 7 p.m., which leaves you plenty of time to enjoy a nice night. If you ate a late lunch in Capri, you may not be too hungry yet, so take a stroll down Corso Italia, the main road through town. It's one of the great shopping streets in Italy—you'll find everything from unforgettable handmade ceramics to high-end clothing. If you're up for dinner, try Ristorante Pizzeria Tasso, where you can share a true Neapolitan pizza as well as traditional Italian fare. And of course, you'll want to end your night with gelato!
There are numerous tours to Pompeii and/or Mt. Vesuvio from Sorrento. Whether you want to do a full-day tour and do both stops, or just a half-day and see Pompeii is up to you. For this, we'll suggest that you do the full-day tour and see both sights. First, you'll check out the ancient ruins of the city of Pompeii. Following the eruption of Vesuvio, the city was covered for years before being excavated. What was found was a bustling Roman city with a complex water system, an amphitheater, city center, and more. Though it can be very hot in the summer months, Pompeii is a must-see for anyone staying in the Naples/Sorrento/Amalfi Coast area.
After Pompeii, your tour will take you up towards the summit. For those of you who want some adventure, you can reach the actual top of the mountain by foot if you choose. If so, you'll experience some of the more stunning views in the area.
After your tour returns, you may need a bit of rest (especially if you hiked to the summit!) After a quick hotel breather, return out for your final night on the town. One of our top suggestions for dinner is Da Gigino, especially if you worked up an appetite earlier. Pizza in the Naples region is simply off the charts, and nobody does a better authentic pie in town than Da Gigino. They have a planet of varieties to choose from and the pies are big enough to share for two if paired with a salad or appetizer. For dessert, try Puro for excellent gelato and coffee.
Spend your last Sorrento morning beachside, savoring the early morning quiet and long swims in the Mediterranean. Once you've had your fill of sun and sand, it's time to head into the heart of town.
Sorrento is a great launching off point for seeing other areas of Italy, but there's nothing wrong with spending the day in town, either. For a nice, laid-back but delicious lunch, try La Fenice. Grab a table outside and enjoy your lunch while basking in the fresh air. If you like seafood, they offer many specials based on the day's catch. After lunch, take a stroll down Via San Cesareo and its surrounding blocks. The narrow, cobblestone street is filled with shops and restaurants—you'll have to walk the length of it multiple times to notice all of its great stores. End the day by heading over to Piazza Della Vittoria. Sit on the grass under a tree and take a moment to look out over the stunning view of the Gulf of Naples, with Mount Vesuvio and Ischia on the horizon.
It's your last meal in town, and there's no better place to do so in Sorrento than L'Antica Trattoria. Make a reservation ahead of time, if needed. You'll enjoy one of the best meals in the city, in a stunning setting covered by beautiful trellises adorned with colorful foliage everywhere you look. The zucchini flower is a top appetizer, and the chicken roll stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, and cream of peppers is a can't-miss. If you don't opt for dessert at L'Antica Trattoria, Gelateria Davide is luckily close nearby, one of Sorrento's top gelato destinations.