Sorrento, famous all over the world, is about 13 km from Castellammare di Stabia. Easily reachable from our holiday home also by train, with Circumvesuviana, in about 20 minutes. You can visit the city, the characteristic historic center, the monuments, the churches and dive into the sea of Sorrento.
The town of Sorrento is located along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Gulf of Naples, and rises on the north-western side of the Sorrento peninsula, to which it gave its name. From the city of Naples, with respect to which it rises to the south-east, it is about 25 km as the crow flies.
In the main square, Tasso Square, there are two statues: one is placed in the center of it and depicts the patron saint of the city, Antonino da Campagna, born around the middle of the sixth century; the other, located on the southern side of the square, depicts the great sixteenth-century Sorrento poet Torquato Tasso, author of the famous epic poem Jerusalem liberated.
Sorrento Old Town
The historic center of Sorrento still shows the orthogonal layout of the streets of Roman origin with thistles and decumans, while towards the mountain it is surrounded by the sixteenth-century walls.
There are the cathedral, rebuilt in the fifteenth century, with a neo-Gothic facade, and the church of San Francesco d’Assisi, with a remarkable fourteenth-century cloister, with an Arabian portico with arches that intertwine on octagonal pillars.
The Correale di Terranova museum exhibits collections of Greek and Roman finds and Capodimonte porcelain, with a section dedicated to 17th-19th century painting; from the park you can also enjoy a magnificent view of the gulf.
At the Punta del Capo, 3 km to the west, there are Roman remains believed to be of the villa of Pollio Felice (1st century AD). Another maritime villa is the “villa of Agrippa Postumo”, built by the unfortunate nephew of Augustus.
There are also remains of the Roman villa of Queen Giovanna d’Angiò at the homonymous baths, as well as other patrician villas on the long beach below the tuff coast, where there is also a fascinating nymphaeum from the same period.
Book our holiday home now and you can visit Sorrento and other nearby tourist destinations.
Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and suntan lotion.