Sorrento Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sorrento

Sorrento, the coastal town in southwestern Italy, overlooking the Bay of Naples from the towering cliffs high above, is known not just for its beautiful marinas and sweeping views. Architecturally, the city is just as rich and has a bunch of man-made attractions fit to impress. Among them Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square in the historic center which houses, among other sights, the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church. To appreciate Sorrento in its variety, follow this orientation walk and see other attractions the city has to offer.
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Sorrento Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Sorrento Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Sorrento (See other walking tours in Sorrento)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Piazza Tasso
  • The Valley of the Mills
  • Chiesa di Sant'Antonino
  • Piazza Sant'Antonino
  • Sedile di Porta
  • Palazzo Veniero
  • Palazzo Correale
  • Corso Italia (pedestrian shopping street)
  • Sedile Dominova
  • Cattedrale di Sorrento
  • Congregazione Dei Servi Di Maria
  • Antiche Mura
  • Piazza della Vittoria
  • Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo
  • Chiesa di San Francesco
  • Villa Comunale Park
Piazza Tasso

1) Piazza Tasso (must see)

Piazza Tasso is the main square situated in the heart of Sorrento. It's the most visited place in the city. The square is named after one of Italy's most famous poets, Torquato Tasso. In the piazza, you can find interesting shops and bars and the beautiful Church del Carmine.
The Valley of the Mills

2) The Valley of the Mills (must see)

The Valley of the Mills is a spectacular natural valley located in the historic center of the city, behind Tasso Square. In this area you can admire the historic remains of a mill, sawmill and public wash-house. The site also offers stunning natural views.
Chiesa di Sant'Antonino

3) Chiesa di Sant'Antonino (must see)

The Church of Saint Antonino was erected in the 11th century in the place of a former oratory. The basilica has a mix of architectural elements, like the columns that were probably taken from a Roman villa, and the south portal that was built in the Byzantine-Romanesque style. The crypt contains some small pictures dating from the 18th century. All these elements together make the church unique and attractive.
Piazza Sant'Antonino

4) Piazza Sant'Antonino

Piazza Sant'Antonino is a beautiful, large, green square in Sorrento with a lot of orange trees and flowers. It is named after the patron of the city, Saint Antonino. In the square there is also a church dedicated to Saint Antonino.
Sedile di Porta

5) Sedile di Porta (must see)

Sedile di Porta is a historic building located in the Piazza Tasso. It was built near the main gate of the city, when the area that is now Piazza Tasso was called Largo del Castello. Because the building was located close to the gate, it received the name di Porta. Over the years, it has served as a prison and guard house, and today the Sedile is home to the Sorrento Club.
Palazzo Veniero

6) Palazzo Veniero

Palazzo Veniero is of great historic and cultural importance to Sorrento, because its architecture represents the Byzantine and Arab style of earlier years. This unique building has three main arched windows painted with decorative motifs in gray and yellow tufa.
Palazzo Correale

7) Palazzo Correale (must see)

The Correale Palace is a unique historic sight, dating to the 14th century. The facade of the building has small arched windows decorated with different shapes and designs. One of the most beautiful windows is in the Gothic style. The arched portal is Neapolitan, designed with Durazzo - Catalan ornaments that include architectural influences from the time when the palace was built.
Corso Italia (pedestrian shopping street)

8) Corso Italia (pedestrian shopping street)

One of the world's finest pedestrian shopping streets, Corso Italia is extremely popular with tourists both foreign and Italian and is a lively place as well as safe and clean. This ancient cobbled street leads to Via Tasso, providing an experience for all your senses with its exciting colors, aromas and sounds along the way – but there are restaurants and more shops in all the narrow side streets between the Corso Italia and the Mediterranean. Consider walking along the street at night just to enjoy the atmosphere and get to restaurants. It is nearly impossible to miss anyway!
Sedile Dominova

9) Sedile Dominova (must see)

Sedile Dominova is the only evidence in Campania of the old nobles known as Sedili. The building dates back to the 16th century. It has a square shape with two arches that provide a view of the interior walls decorated with interesting frescoes.
Cattedrale di Sorrento

10) Cattedrale di Sorrento (must see)

The Cathedral of Sorrento dates back to the 15th century and was built in the Romanesque style. It has a great collection of pieces made by artists of the Neapolitan School, dating back to the 18th century. The church holds the baptistery of Turquato Tasso, who was christened here. It was restored in 1933. Other valuable pieces include the marble archiepiscopal throne, dating back to 1573, and the ceiling, which is ornamented with beautiful paintings.
Congregazione Dei Servi Di Maria

11) Congregazione Dei Servi Di Maria

The Church of Mary’s Servants is the seat of the Congregation of Mary's Servants. It was built in the 18th century in the Baroque style. Here you can see a wooden statue of Christ, crafted by an unknown artist, as well as two unique wooden statues of Madonna and Saint Joseph, dating back to the 15th century.
Antiche Mura

12) Antiche Mura

Ancient Mura, or the Ancient Walls, are an important landmark of Sorrento. The walls were erected by the Greeks and were restored in 1562. The magnificent walls protected the city from invasions in medieval times. Today they are a popular tourist attraction.
Piazza della Vittoria

13) Piazza della Vittoria

Piazza della Vittoria offers visitors a tremendous view over Sorrento's bay. There are benches where people can sit and just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them. It is believed that the square is located where, many years ago, a Roman temple dedicated to Venus once stood.
Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo

14) Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo

Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo is the perfect place to relax away from the noise of the city. It is located near the beautiful Church and Cloister of San Francesco. Sometimes there are concerts and interesting exhibitions held in the square.
Chiesa di San Francesco

15) Chiesa di San Francesco (must see)

The Church of Saint Francesco dates back to the 8th century, but it has since been reconstructed. In the 14th century the church was rebuilt in the Baroque style and dedicated to the Franciscan friars. Next to the church are the monastery and the cloister, also dedicated to San Francesco. The cloister is an amazing mix of many architectural styles and is a sight to behold.
Villa Comunale Park

16) Villa Comunale Park

This landscaped park commands stunning views across the water to Mt Vesuvius. A popular green space to while away the sunset hours, it’s a lively spot, with benches, operatic buskers and a small bar.

Walking Tours in Sorrento, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Sorrento

Create Your Own Walk in Sorrento

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sorrento is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Sorrento's Historical Churches

Sorrento's Historical Churches

In Sorrento you can find a number of beautiful churches and monasteries, which keep the history and the valuable memories of the city alive. Take this tour to discover Sorrento's picturesque religious sights.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Historical Sites

Historical Sites

Sorrento has a rich culture and history. The influence of different historical periods can be seen in the center of the town, where a number of notable buildings have withstood the test of time. This tour is a perfect way to discover Sorrento's historic gems.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.2 Km or 0.1 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Beside the tremendous natural views, Sorrento offers a variety of historic and cultural sights. Museums, theaters and culturally significant buildings open their doors to visitors. This tour will guide you to Sorrrento's most interesting sights that you absolutely should not miss.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles