Stay in Naples or Sorrento ?
People touring Italy for the first time are often confused between Naples and Sorrento. The truth is that both can connect you swiftly to Ischia, Pompeii and Capri. While one is a resort town that is filled with English speakers, the other is a large city. Naples tends to be a little cheaper and offers more accommodation than Sorrento.
Sorrento, which is a solid seaside town, on the other hand, is the best tourist area without too much noise and traffic. It also happens to have few places to visit and one church while Naples has many of them. Naples boasts massive counts of museums, culture and art galleries. Sorrento, however, has a beautiful seaside but is a little more expensive.
In Sorrento, the centre of the town’s life is in Piazza Tasso. Most of the streets are lined with shops, restaurants and luxury hotels that overlook the harbour. Here, shopping is open until 9PM where you get to shop without the anxiety of going out after dark like is the case in Naples. For the average tourist, Sorrento is more laid back and comfortable than Naples.
Stay in Sorrento or Capri ?
Writers and painters looking for solitude, musicians chasing inspiration and people hoping that life in an island would grant them peace have all stayed in the southern Mediterranean. At a time when almost everyone has managed to visit many parts of the world, Capri has, over the years, maintained its air of magic and allure.
Just eight miles away from this island is Sorrento, a town reckoned for an almost similar reputation. Over the years, it also has been a refuge to people looking for solace and inspiration. If you have been to Capri and consider it magical, Sorrento is undoubtedly romantic. One of the differences that would tell the seaside town and the rocky island apart is the nature of romance and magic.
When it comes to choosing the perfect place to stay, it will all depend on what you intend to do in Italy. If you are looking for a relaxed holiday, Capri should be your ultimate destination. It offers opportunities to ferry to Positano or Amalfi to peek at the Amalfi coast, and also ferries to Naples. However, if you are looking to take constant day trips from night paseo, explore great restaurants to enjoying the views, there is no point in staying in Capri.
Sorrento allows you to stay put, and also opens lots of day trip opportunities and cheaper prices. In terms of views, Capri offers you multiple choices, all breath-taking, allowing you to feel a sense of mystery. In summer, however, it can get very crowded. Sorrento is Capri’s complete opposite, lovely to stroll through in all seasons. It has pretty deep cloisters, beautiful orange and lemon groves and elegant gardens by the sea. In Europe, it is one of the most popular wedding venues, which is proof of its romantic appeal.
Stay in Positano or Sorrento ?
When it comes to choosing a place to stay between Positano and Sorrento, it all comes down to personal preference and your intentions within the area. Serene Sorrento is perfectly wedged on a ledge over the sea, creating the best springboard for sightseeing along the Amalfi coast. It may not have world-class sights but it offers tourists unmatched experiences in shopping and culinary options, as well as a spectacular cliffside setting.
Its back street gives it a peek at the culture and history, stretching to Greek times. In Positano, the views tend to be a little more dramatic. The town will also strike you with its ambience, relaxed, quaint and picturesque nature. If you are looking for an area that exposes you to beach life even without too many hotels, shops and restaurants, choose Positano.
However, if an area without a beach but has enough seawater to swim in while enjoying the sight of many hotels and shopping areas excites you, Sorrento should be your selection. The deal-breaker will be the means of transport. While Sorrento boasts easy access to transport should you wish to visit Pompeii and other areas, Positano does not. It means that if you do not have a personal means of transport, you will be safer in the seaside town.
Italy is, no doubt, an excellent destination for people looking to experience a mix of delicious and healthy foods, the beauty of the English language, spectacular hotels and the relaxing feel of the sea and beaches. When it comes to choosing one among the three towns, it might be easier to say; take an adventure and experience them all.