Goethe, Nietzsche, Gorky and Byron spend their holidays in Sorrento. The local beauties were first noted by the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius. Founded by the Phoenicians, today Sorrento has a reputation of a centuries-old aristocratic resort, which is popular among the tourists and shows its beauties to the tourists - from the wide lungomare promenade to the narrow stone streets.
The main part of Sorrento monuments date back to the Middle Ages. The Palazzo and churches, the Cathedral of the 15th century, mansions on the Piazza Tasso, basilicas and the Franciscan monastery - Sorrento is famous throughout the world by the abundance of architectural styles.
As for the beaches in Sorrento, there are few of them at the resort. There are located Marina Piccola small beach, Marina Grande in 15 minutes from the downtown and the largest sandy beach of Punto del Capo near the city.
But Sorrento can be a suitable place for exploring the towns of the Campania region. From Sorrento are organized tours to Pompeii, Capri and Ischia.
Lack of spacious beaches doesn’t allow Sorrento to be a suitable place for family holidays in Italy. But as for the night life, clubs and discos the situation is quite different. The two main clubs are Fauno Notte and Matilda Club. The first will suite mature people, as well as those who want to see the traditional dances. In Fauno Notte perform tarantella dancers. Live music in Sorrento can be found in Albergo Cocumella, where are regularly held concerts, as well as in the convent of Saint Francis on Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo. Modern music is available in the Circolo dei Forestieri bar.
You can get to Sorrento in several ways. The most interesting and vivid is by sea on a ferry or boat. Several daily water cruises depart to Sorrento from Naples. The tourist can choose from such operators as Linee Marittime Partenopee, Navigazione Libera del Golfo or Linee Lauro.