If your family's been itching for a chance to tie on your hiking shoes, this seven-day itinerary is the choice for you, especially if you have teenagers who want to keep moving when they aren't posing in front of impressive photographic backdrops. You'll walk the cobblestones of bustling Naples and ancient Pompeii and hike the hills of Mount Vesuvius before you head to sunny Sorrento for sea kayaking along the cliffs and bays of a protected marine reserve. Finish off on the Amalfi Coast with a hike through a lush valley and winding route through town.
The city's focal point is Piazza Tasso, a central square built over a gorge that splits the town. Other notable sights in and around Sorrento include the nearby Bay of Marina Piccola, the ruins of Villa Pollio in Capo di Sorrento, the church monastery San Francesco d'Assisi, the 11th-century Duomo, and the Basilica di Sant'Antonino. The latter houses the remains of Saint Anthony, Sorrento's patron saint, who died in the 7th century.
Piazza Lauro is a modern square in front of the station situated on the main street, Corso Italia. Walk down this route, and you'll reach the bustling heart of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso.
- In the square are two statues in memory of famous residents. Look behind the horses and carriages to find the Italian poet Torquato Tasso, and in the middle is a statue of Saint Antonino, the city's patron. Piazza Tasso is now filled with restaurants and bars where locals and tourists mingle for an Aperitivo in the early evening. However, it was originally constructed as a viewpoint over the mills powered by the water flowing through the Valloni (the small gorges naturally eroded).
- Walk up Viale Enrico Caruso and admire the Valley of the Mills for yourself!
- Behind Piazza Tasso are beautiful palaces and porticos along the road Via della Pietà. This road is one of the oldest parts of Sorrento. The two palaces Palazzo Correale and Palazzo Veniero, both have unique interiors and courtyards.
- Continue back along Corso Italia toward the downtown area of Sorrento. Besides the many shops, you'll also encounter the city's main cathedral, Cattedrale dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo. The design is Baroque and features wooden panels decorating the interior. This woodwork is a typical craft in the area, and locals are proud of their work — so much so that you'll also find a museum dedicated to it, the Museo della Tarsia Lignea (Inlaid Wood Museum).
- Enjoy exploring the streets of the historic town center before walking down to Villa Comunale. Take the Via Reginaldo Giuliani and be sure to make a stop at the amazing 14th-century monastery, the Cloister of San Francesco. It's very close by to the Villa Comunale overlooking the ocean. The public park has a large terrace and is a fantastic spot to relax on a sunny day.
- The last highlight of the day is the Marina Grande. It's a short 10-minute walk through the Piazza della Vittoria to the viewpoint over the fishing village. At the scenic lookout, you'll see many restaurants and small fishing boats in the harbor.
Itineraries with Sorrento Walking Tour
Take two weeks to explore Rome and some of Italy's most popular coastal cities with this itinerary designed to make traveling with babies and toddlers simple. Private tours to Roman highlights like the Vatican, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill will make sure you can move at your own pace before you head to the coast. In Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, plentiful free time allows for maximum flexibility and time to lounge on the famous beaches. Finish your trip in Naples, where everyone can enjoy making pizza and exploring the ruins of Pompeii.
Parents who want to travel with small children without disrupting their fellow explorers can turn to this 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Rome's archaeological and religious sites on private tours, with plenty of time to relax in the parks, then head to Sorrento for some time on the beach and boat cruises. Wrap up the trip in Naples with a pizza-making class and visit the islands of Ischia and Procida before you head home.