Planning a Trip
Sorrento is well connected through the Circumvesuviana Railway (Stazione Circumvesuviana on Corso Garibaldi in Naples, off Piazza Garibaldi; tel. 800-053939; www.vesuviana.it), which will take you all the way to Sorrento in about 50 minutes for about 3€ ($4.20/£2.10).
Water travel is our favorite mode of transportation along this coast, and you can easily reach Sorrento by ferry and hydrofoil (though only in the summer season). Linee Marittime Partenopee (tel. 081-55513236), Navigazione Libera del Golfo (tel. 081-5527209), and Linee Lauro (tel. 081-5522838; www.alilauro.it) make daily runs to and from Naples as well as to and from Ischia and Capri; Caremar (tel. 081-5513882; www.caremar.it) offers daily service to and from Capri. Ferries arrive and depart at the Marina Piccola in downtown Sorrento.
SITA (tel. 081-5522176; www.sita-on-line.it) maintains regular bus service between Naples and Sorrento, as well as between Sorrento and Amalfi and Salerno. Curreri Viaggi (tel. 081-8015420) makes seven daily bus runs to Sorrento directly from Naples airport (Capodichino), with stops in Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, and Sant'Agnello. The ride to Sorrento takes about 1 hour and costs 6€ ($8.40/£4.20). Note: During the summer, traffic on the coastal road is absolutely abominable and can more than double the regular time.
If Sorrento is your only destination, forget the car -- traffic is chronically bad and, in summer, becomes downright horrible; you can always rent one here should you decide you need one. If you must use a car, take the exit CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA off autostrada A3, then follow signs for VICO EQUENSE, META DI SORRENTO, and SORRENTO; these will lead you to route SS 145, the Sorrento peninsula's coastal road.
Yellow shuttle buses (tickets 1€/$1.40/70p for 90 min. from tobacconists and newsstands) connect the harbor with Piazza Tasso in the center of town and with the Circumvesuviana Railroad station. Taxi stands can be found at the harbor (tel. 081-8783527), on Piazza Tasso (tel. 081-8782204), and in the adjacent village of Sant'Agnello (tel. 081-8781428).
The AASCT tourist office is at Via Luigi De Maio 35, off Piazza Tasso (tel. 081-8074033; fax 081-8773397; www.sorrentotourism.com). It's open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm; in July and August it's also open Sunday from 9am to 12:30pm. Besides a good city map, it carries copies of the excellent free magazine Sorrentum.
You'll find a pharmacy on Corso Italia 131 (tel. 081-8781226). The hospital is on Corso Italia 1 (tel. 081-5331111). For an ambulance, dial tel. 118. You can call the police at tel. 112, 113, or 081-8075311; and you can reach the fire department at tel. 115. You will find several ATMs in town; one is at the Deutsche Bank (Piazza Angelina Lauro 22). The post office is at Corso Italia 210 (tel. 081-8781495); it's open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm. For Internet access, go to Sorrento info (Via Tasso 19; tel. 081-8074000).