The cruise ships are not able to dock, you will be tendered ashore to Marina Piccola.
Mini buses are at a 5 min walk to the right from the Marina Piccola and can take you up to the city center. 1 Euro. Most times there are free shuttles to Piazza Tasso, the transportation hub for the city.
The walk from the marina to town takes about 20 minutes and is mostly uphill, involving some 200 steps.
Printable map to take along.
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In the lanes of the old city center, still untouched in spite of the progress and mass tourism, have survived churches and ancient monasteries, keepers of valuable memories. Centuries old palaces and Durazzo portals evidence the splendor of the noble families of Sorrento. Via S. Cesareo, the lively "decumanus", is the beating heart of the town, with its many-colored shops, where tourists from every part of the world crowd. But the real architectonic jewel of the town is the fourteenth century Cloister of San Francesco, with crossed tuff arches of Arabian derivation, where the traditional concerts of the "Estate Musicale Sorrentina" take place.
The tourist office is at Via Luigi De Maio, 35 - Sorrento.
Sorrento offers a hop-on, hop-off bus tour in the greater Sorrento area, as well as excursions to Ravello, Minori/Maiori and Positano.
Get a full view of the town on the little white train, which plays Neapolitan music interspersed with tourist information.
Catch a ferry or hydrofoil from Marina Piccola to Capri, Naples, Positano or other destinations. Both the ticket booth and the departure point are steps from the tender drop-off. The hydrofoil to Capri should take about 25 minutes.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Pompeii and Herculanium: Pompeii is a short 30-minute train ride from downtown Sorrento. Simply walk to the train station and purchase a train ticket to Pompeii. Debark the train when you get to the Pompeii Scava Station.
As to the train the Herculaneum, it is very easy. Any train from Sorrento will get you there. The station is Ercolano Scavi. There is a fairly steep little walk of 6-8 blocks to the site. Make sure you catch the right train to get back to Sorrento. Just ask.
The center of Sorrento shopping is undoubtedly Via S. Cesareo, the beating heart of the town.
Sorrento is famous for its large lemons and the drink known as "Limoncello" a lemon based alcoholic beverage that is very sweet and equally potent.
Il Leone Rosso Cafe at the Corso Italia 200, half way between the main square and the train station offers free quality WiFi and even better cappuccino.
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Opening Hours and Holidays:
Most shops and businesses in Italy open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings, and in the south the day can begin and end an hour later.
In the north some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday opening is becoming more common.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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