THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES TO VISIT ALONG THE SORRENTO PENINSULA

THE BEST VILLAGES IN AND AROUND SORRENTO

POSITANO: ELITE, CHIC, COLORFUL

Positano, the vertical city, is located just 20 minutes from Sorrento. It is the first village you come across when traveling along the coastal SS 163. Perched overlooking the sea with its colorful houses, Positano is a delightful village you can explore on foot down steps and narrow streets. Perfect for visiting all year round for relaxation, shopping, food, and culture.

Exciting, lively, and colorful, Positano offers dreamy beaches, breathtaking views, luxury shopping, and stunning surroundings to explore.

Where can you go for a swim and get some sun, or maybe an aperitif? Certainly, the Spiaggia Grande (the main beach), stretching for 300 meters at the foot of the perched village. Or Fornillo, a more sheltered and secluded beach, protected as it was 500 years ago by watchtowers against pirates coming from the sea.

Positano is also beautiful from the sea. Grab one of the boat taxis that leaves from the Spiaggia Grande and explore the hidden bays and coves. Be sure to visit Cavone.

Finally, who can resist shopping? Positano is famous worldwide for its handmade leather sandals and colorful caftans, symbols of “Positano Fashion” since the ’60s. The history and culture of this picturesque village are kept in the Roman Archaeological Museum, a Roman site located beneath the Oratory of the Chiesa di SS. Maria Assunta.

Positano panorama

VICO EQUENSE: HISTORY AND EXCELLENT CUISINE

Just a stone’s throw from Sorrento, Vico Equense is the largest town along the Sorrento peninsula. It is considered one of the most beautiful destinations on the coast with its unique blend of the Lattari Mountains and the blue sea, overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in the world.

The landscape is postcard perfect. The historic town center is on a rocky ridge overlooking the sea, dominated by the rose-colored facade of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Annunziata.

Vico Equense is the perfect destination, especially for those who love the sea, traditions, history, culture, and excellent cuisine. And don’t forget that in the small village of Ticciano, the Michelin-star Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo was born here.

So, what can you do for a day in Vico Equense? Begin by basking in the sun on the beaches of Marina di Aequa or Tordigliano, overlooking the famous islets of Li Galli (“The Sirenusas”), where, according to legend, the mermaids lived. Or you can enjoy the healing waters of the thermal baths in Scrajo, which were already well-known and appreciated by the Romans.

History buffs will want to visit the Antiquarium Silio Italico; located in the town hall, this museum has more than 200 artifacts from the ancient civilizations of this area – Greeks, Etruscans, Italics – which bear witness to an ancient settlement built here in the 7th century BC.

In the evening, Vico comes to life with its trendy bars and the exciting nightlife in Marina di Aequa.


RAVELLO: MUSIC, INFINITY AND PEACE

This village, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is in the province of Salerno, less than 40 km from Sorrento. It is one of the lesser-known towns along the coast (and, therefore, one of the most intriguing to explore).

In addition to the colorful handmade ceramics, Ravello is also known as the City of Music. For 65 years, it has hosted the Ravello Festival, an international classical music festival held each year in July. You just have to experience one of the concerts at dawn. Simply breathtaking, on the terrace of Villa Rufolo overlooking the silent sea.

But Ravello is also zealous and proud of its local traditions, as demonstrated by its Museo del Corallo and its religious and architectural heritage. Don’t miss a visit to Villa Rufolo, which even bewitched the musician Richard Wagner. Or to the Duomo of Ravello, one of the oldest former cathedrals in Italy as it dates back to 1086. Another must is a stop at the “Terrazza dell’Infinito” at Villa Cimbrone; a unique observation point 400 meters above sea level, where you can lose yourself while looking at the horizon, which seems to never end.


NERANO: THE BLUE AND THE PEACEFULNESS

Nerano is the paradise of the sea, of authentic cuisine, and of peacefulness. This quaint little village is located on the extreme tip of the coast and can be reached by boat or by car from Sorrento and Naples.

Its main beach, the bay of Nerano, is stony and overlooks transparent, fresh seawater ranging from turquoise to ultramarine blue. In addition to the full-service bathing facilities, you can also enjoy wide stretches of accessible beaches, perfect for relaxing and soaking in the splendid views.

Seaside restaurants make it possible to try the incredibly delicious spaghetti “alla Nerano” with zucchini, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Monaco provolone cheese.

For the more adventurous, the Baia di Ieranto is worth a visit; starting from the town center, a 2 km path leads to a protected bay directly overlooking the Faraglioni of Capri.


SANT’AGATA SUI DUE GOLFI: SUSPENDED BETWEEN THE SEA AND MOUNTAINS

To experience the silence and mountainous soul of the Sorrento Coast, you should visit the village of S. Agata sui Due Golfi. The village gets its name from the fact that it overlooks the gulfs of Salerno and Naples. From the Monastero del Deserto, at almost 400 mt above sea level, you can admire the magnificent view of the Sorrento peninsula, Vesuvius, the Flegree Islands – Ischia and Procida – as well as Capri.

The center of the village is dominated by the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Inside the church, there is an altar dating back to 1600 with mother-of-pearl and marble inlays.

Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi also merits a visit for its exquisite cuisine. Cheese lovers can visit one of the local dairies to taste the typical products from the Monti Lattari, which get their name from this region’s long and important dairy tradition.