Island of Capri
Off the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Gulf of Naples, the island paradise of Capri is a luxurious beach holiday destination as well as another popular day trip from Sorrento. Take the ferry from Sorrento's marina and spend the day exploring the highlights of the island.
Discover the luxurious boutiques if Capri Town and Anacapri, sample some of the delicious local seafood in one of the many restaurants, take a boat trip to the famous Blue Grotto or make a visit to one of the villas.
Island of Ischia
The idyllic island of Ischia is a tranquil hidden gem, and lesser known and visited than its nearby sister of Capri. Ischia is a large island with six individual towns, so it would be impossible to visit the entire island in a single day. That said, there are a number of fun and interesting sights and activities that can be included in a day trip from Sorrento.
Tour the island by a rented scooter, take a dip in one of the island's historic thermal baths, or climb to the summit of Mount Epomeo for spectacular panoramic views of the Sorrentine Peninsula and even a glimpse of Mount Vesuvius to the east - just a few things you can do on your day trip to Ischia.
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano and one of the most popular day trips from Sorrento. Take a guided trip or venture on the Circumvesuviana train and take the Vesuvius Express up to 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) before the crater and walk up the rest of the way. In good weather, you get spectacular views of the Bay of Naples.
See the smouldering steam in the caldera, and try to imagine the scene in 79 A.D, when Vesuvius unleashed its reign of terror on the terrified citizens who remained in the surrounding town of Pompeii.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was completely buried under metres of volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now the most popular day trip from both Naples and Sorrento, an entire day can be spent exploring Pompeii's intact ‘living’ exhibition of the Roman civilisation and its lifelike casts of the victims of the volcano.
Take a guided tour combined with Herculaneum or venture off and explore the ruins under your own steam, travelling by the Circumvesuviana train direct from Sorrento.
Sorrento is also known as the gateway to the spectacular sights of the Amalfi Coast, a must-visit destination on any visit to this region. Visit Positano, the most photogenic town on the coast with its colourful cascade of houses stacked precipitously on the steep hill, the hilltop town of Ravello or the historical monuments in Amalfi.
Take a guided tour, explore the coastline by boat, or even spend a few hours hiking the Path of the Gods, said to be one of the most scenic and beautiful trails in all of Europe.