Located in the Bay of Naples overlooking Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento has so much to offer – for free that is! Known for its quaint shopping streets, archaeological sites and enthralling views, there will never be a dull moment when visiting this coastal paradise.
Take a look at our top 10 free places to visit on a school trip to Sorrento.
1. Isle of Capri
Located off the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Isle of Capri is just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Sorrento. Blinded by the amazing views and soaring cliffs, ensure a full day is taken to explore the island. Particularly beautiful at sunset, the famous Faraglioni rocks are one of the iconic sites you can see. Choose to relax and take in the mesmerising views on the beach or stroll towards the natural arch – all free of course.
2. Piazza Tasso
If you enjoy a cultural buzz and traditional vibe, Piazza Tasso should be on your to-do list! Crowds flood to this central location, where the atmosphere is always lively thanks to its typically Italian restaurants and charming cafes. A real favourite with tourists and locals. Pull up a chair and relax with a drink, or stroll through the town and enjoy a spot of people-watching.
3. Villa Oplontis
The lesser-known archaeological site, Villa Oplontis, is a Roman villa located between the well-known sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Referred to as Villa Poppaea, it was preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, where you can still see its grand frescoes, swimming pool and extensive gardens. Renowned for its atmospheric feel of Roman history, this is one of the most under-visited hidden gems in this region.
4. Sorrento Cathedral
Sorrento has one of most awe-inspiring cathedrals, and whilst it may look simple on the outside, the inside exudes Roman Catholic grandeur. Its decorative interior, along with the beautiful statues and striking alter, are just some of the reasons why it’s a popular tourist destination. You’ll be enthralled by the architecture and history from the 11th century-built Roman place of worship. And with free entry, you can’t really go wrong!
5. The Marina Grande – Sorrento’s local beach
Whilst it’s not known for its beaches, you’ll be pleased to know Sorrento does have a local beach! A short walk from the city centre will take you towards the sandy beach area and the fishing harbour, where you can relax and take in the picturesque views or enjoy some beach ball games and activities – a treat for all.
6. Piano di Sorrento
Meander through the scenic town of Piano di Sorrento, situated very close to Sorrento itself. Famous for its beautiful natural surroundings, this is a great place to visit. Bursting with local shops and niceties, you can wander through the Corso Italia, not forgetting a pit stop at a local gelateria – satisfaction guaranteed!
A fascinating archaeological site, Paestum gives you the chance to walk through the archaic Greek temples and explore the fresco-filled museum. Located to the south of Salerno, it’s worth a full day trip to explore all nearby amenities. For students, this is a great place to learn about the history of the 550 BC built temples whilst taking a break to relax at the local beach
Famously showered with ash, Pompeii is a window into Roman life before the 79 AD eruption. As you walk through the site, you’ll view its well-preserved ruins, architecture and historic remains of the ancient world. Situated south east of Naples, we recommend a half day guided tour to soak up the history and visit significant sites such as the Forum, the Basilica and the Amphitheatre.
9. Baths of Queen Giovanna
Popular with the locals and tourists, don’t miss out on this remote beach on Sorrento’s coast. Located in the Capo di Sorrento, you’ll be mesmerised by the natural emerald green pool surrounded by the rocky cliffs – the perfect place to set up a picnic. Enjoy the attractive Roman ruins named after the late Queen Giovanna d’Angio who used this pool to bathe (P.S the natural archway is definitely worth a swim through).
Bring your swimming costumes and trunks
10. Museum Correale
Situated in a Patrician Villa, the Museum Correale is recognised for being one of the most beautiful museums in Sorrento. You’ll be in awe of its paintings dating from the early 17th century, as well as its lavish furnishings, eye-catching jewelled cases and ceramics. Surrounded by the beautiful citrus groves, this is unquestionably picture-perfect!