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Ravello Festival

Ravello Festival 2020


A Summer festival of orchestras, ensembles, duets, individual performers, ballet, modern dance and much more. All taking place in that divine setting between sea and sky called Ravello. A truly unique experience.

Official programme to be advised.

SyArt Festival 2021

Syart Festival Sorrento 2021-

(July 9 to Sept 5)

The SyArt Gallery presents the fifth edition of SyArt Sorrento Festival, an international exhibition event dedicated to contemporary art. The event will host artists from fourteen countries in the splendid Villa Fiorentino, home of the Sorrento Foundation.

The festival includes Museo Outdoor with art installations located in strategic locations throughout Sorrento by a number of artists including the street artist TvBoy and the artists, Vincenzo Mascia, Dalya Luttwak and Carmen Novaco.

This video from the last festival demonstrates the range of contemporary art on display.
Video credits: Journalistic service:Lorena Sivo. Video:Giovanni Iacono

SyArt’s own Gallery is opposite Villa Fiorentino and has a variety of Art on display. Information about the 2020 festival together with more videos and images can be found on their website.

via S. Francesco

San Carlo Opera House in Naples

Opera lovers visiting Sorrento should take the opportunity to visit the magnificent San Carlo Opera House in the heart of Naples. 2021 offers a wonderful programme of ballet, classical concerts as well as operas including Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and Carmen. You can view the full programme at the official website. This video will give a flavour of what you could enjoy during your visit.

San Carlo Opera Website.

Sorrento Opera Festival

Sorrento Opera - The Three Tenors

(April to October)

A wonderful opportunity to hear soprano and tenor voices singing some of the great Italian Opera and Neapolitan Songs in the beautiful Correale Museum. A true musical experience in unique surroundings.

The Three Tenors – Opera Arias, Naples and Songs
Inspired by the popular performance of L. Pavarotti, P. Domingo and J. Carreras, The Three Tenors – Opera arias, Naples and Songs is an unmissable voyage in the Italian songs history with the powerful male voices of The Three Tenors. A concert full of emotions, romanticism and funny moments.
From April 13 to October 30 – Tues, Wed and Saturday – Starts at 9.00 pm
Free welcome drink in the garden from 8.00 pm

For more details and booking click here.

Pompeii and Paestum by Vintage Train

Vintage train to Pompeii and Paestunm

(Once every month)

Travel back in time with this unique opportunity to visit Pompeii and Paestum in a vintage 30’s locomotive and carriages. The journey starts from Naples and stops at Pompeii and Paestum with enough time to explore each site. We can arrange private transfers to and from Naples/Pompeii stations to make your ‘travel back in time’ as comfortable as possible.

It runs once every month throughout the year, the dates and times can be found on the official website together with images of the vintage coach.

Train tickets cost 20 euros for adults and 10 euros for children aged 4-12 years, free for children aged 0-4 years, accompanied by at least one paying adult and no seat guarantee. Tickets for entry to both the Pompeii and Paestum Archaeological Parks cost 15 euros for adults and 7.5 euros for children. There is a guide to purchasing tickets on the website. Other train journeys include Calasetta from Naples.

The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa

The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa
Train enthusiasts may also be interested in The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa just outside Naples and about an hour by car from Naples. This video gives you an idea of the venue and full details can be found on the Museum website. They also provide a monthly train service from Naples to the Museum in a historic train with vintage carriages.

Sorrento escorted holiday with wine tours

An exclusive tailor-made 8 day holiday including a balanced itinerary of tours, activities and the opportunity to taste some of its most famous wines. The itinerary will take you through the many different landscapes along the Amalfi coast. Visit historical sites, dramatic and incredibly beautiful coastlines, villages surrounded by lemon and olive groves, vibrant towns and cities with traditional trattorias and Michelin restaurants, and of course meet the people and experience their lifestyle.

What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • 4/5* Hotels
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Private tour and tastings with 3 course lunch at vineyard on Amalfi coast
  • Private tour of Naples
  • Private tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Discover Capri by boat
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

12 to 19 June and 11 to 18 Sept 2021
Price from £2295.00 pp based on two people sharing a double room
Group size: Minimum 4 adults.
Other dates available on request

Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello.

Evening: Free time.

Day Two


We start with a private guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a three course lunch.

Evening: Free time.

Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.

Day Four


After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a morning visit to ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach.

Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way up to Furore for a private tour of a unique winery with grapes taken from terraced vineyards along the Amalfi coast. The terraces are too steep to venture far but you will be intrigued by the story behind this winery with its romance, a constant struggle against the elements and the delicate balance between man and nature to produce wines so beautiful. Read our review of a recent visit.

After visiting the cellars you stroll across to the restaurant for a superb three course meal with wine pairings. The intricacies of each wine and how the surrounding landscape influences their taste will be explained in detail and questions willingly answered. All this taking place with the sky, sea and mountains of the Amalfi coast as a background.

Evening: Free time.

Day Five

Streets in Naples
A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.

Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.

Day Seven


Today we cross the Bay of Naples to view, up close, the natural beauty of the island of Capri including the Faraglioni rocks and grottos. There will be opportunities for swimming and snorkelling from the boat and time to go ashore to enjoy the island’s many attractions and breathtaking views. Take a stroll through the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri and be amazed by the exclusive boutiques or relax with a glass of wine.

Evening: Free time.

Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Here is a small selection of hotels available including traditional, contemporary or smaller boutique style depending on your preference for character, views and location. Details and images of these and other hotels can be seen on our featured hotels page.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Tramontano Hotel Sorrento

4* Tramontano

Central, cliff edge location, superb views across Bay of Naples

Ambasciatori Hotel Sorrento

5* Ambasciatori

Cliff edge location with superb views across Bay, 10 mins walk from centre

Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class

Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Online Window Shopping in Sorrento

Online Shopping Sorrento

Sorrento Shopping Online

Many boutiques and designer outlets on the Amalfi Coast have online stores, and we’ve chosen some of our favourites. Browse the Autumn-Winter collections for your next outfit or find a present for a loved one.

Sorrento Shopping Holiday

Online Wine Tasting Class

Vesuvius wine tours

Wine Tasting Masterclass from the Amalfi Coast
Saturday 12 December

We asked a good Friend of Sorrento, Cristian Fusco, to provide wine tasting that would sample some of the finest boutique wines from the Campania region. Cristian is head sommelier at La Sponda, the Michelin-starred restaurant at 5* Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. Previous experience includes the 5* San Pietro Positano in Positano, Zafferano restaurant in London and Theo Randall at the InterContinental hotel. To share his passion for wine with visitors from around the world Cristian, with his partner Jenny, founded Swirl the Glass to provide wine tours and tastings from Positano.

Qualifications include certifications from the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS) and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

The Wine Selection

The wines are chosen from Campania’s three major wine producing regions,
Avellino, Tuarasi and the area around Vesuvius.

Wine 1
Fiano di Avellino DOCG white

Wine 2
Vesuvius/Lacryma Christi DOC white

Wine 3
Taurasi DOCG red


Treat yourselves this Christmas with our Wine Tasting Masterclass on Saturday 12 December at 7.00 pm. Each wine tasting box costs 175 euros and includes 3 bottles of boutique wine. The box is suitable for up to 4 persons per household, with a maximum of 6 households to allow for interaction.

To register your interest please complete the form below by 1 November and we will contact you to organise payment by the closing date of 8th November. Wine delivery is UPS tracked from Italy and includes wine notes and pairing suggestions.

Places are limited, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Bring Italy into your home this Christmas with Friends of Sorrento’s specially commissioned Wine Tasting Masterclass.

If you have already used the ZOOM App for socialising online then it is as simple as booking a session online. For those who are not familiar with the Zoom App, here is the website. A good internet connection is essential.

Maximum 4 per household
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wine holidays from Sorrento

CuCù Restaurant

CuCu Cocktail Bar Sorrento

CuCù is nestled about 100m from Sorrento’s main square on the pedestrianised part of the Corso Italia. Its grand cocktail bar is an attraction in its own right and like an old friend invites you in for a glass or two. It sets the tone of the decor in which the Great Gatsby would not look out of place. High vaulted ceilings, geometric patterned tiles, foliage, designer wall coverings, quirky paintings and elegant furniture.

CuCu restaurant

The CuCù has an individual style not only in decor but also in its menu with each dish prepared and presented like a live art performance, innovative and exploratory. The open kitchen allows you to observe the chefs preparing their latest creations and adds to a wonderfully informal and entertaining atmosphere. This environment encourages visitors to relax and to try something different, in a cocktail glass and on a designer plate. Incidentally, CuCù does mean Cuckoo.

CuCu Restaurant Sorrento

CuCù Restaurant
Corso Italia 151

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Cocktails at Cornelia

Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento

Cornelia’s Cocktail Bar brings colour and fun to any evening. Just a short walk through Sorrento’s maze of narrow lanes it shines like a beacon for those seeking creative cocktails. Who’s Cornelia I hear you say. She was the sister of Torquato Tasso, a 16th century Italian poet who was born in Sorrento (his statue is in the main square) and best known for his poem Gerusalemme liberata, depicting a highly imaginative version of the battles between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade. Enough history, now the Art of Cocktails.

Cornelia Cocktails Sorrento

This hideaway is a haven for mixologists continually blending flavours and colours into the early hours of the morning to create cocktails that will please the eyes, nose and taste buds. If you prefer your cocktails to be mysterious, romantic, traditional or just cute then you will fully appreciate the range of creative recipes in addition to the many classics on the menu.

Add to this some tasty platters of Crudo ham, Grana cheese, cherry tomatoes and stuffed buffalo mozzarella and you can see where the night is going. Cin Cin Cornelia!

Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento
Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento
Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento
Cornelia Cocktail Bar Sorrento

Cornelia Cocktails
Via San Nicola, 3
Website and Cocktail Menu

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Prosit | Full of local flavour

Prosit restaurant Sorrento

Prosit, an abbreviation of (Prosciutteria and Italiana), is located on the quieter part of the Corso Italia just beyond the Villa Fiorentino. Racks of Parma ham and a cold counter full of traditional meats and cheeses may lead you to believe this is just a shop for local produce. Indeed it will be no surprise to learn that the family owners of this new venture have been involved in providing quality food to Sorrento since 1939 and in the late 60’s introduced the first “modern” supermarket in the whole Peninsula.

The quality and presentation of produce, from a charcuterie board to a full course menu, reflects three generations of sourcing and preparation of the finest local ingredients. With such an excellent selection of regional meats, cheeses and wine, Prosit offers visitors the opportunity to sample the very best of local produce in comfortable surroundings.

Traditional craftsmanship and materials have been used to create eating environments suitable for different occasions, friendly informal or more intimate. Perhaps a charcuterie board or simple pasta in the upstairs dining area or a more substantial lunch or dinner in the downstairs restaurant. Whichever you choose, the bar will always be on hand to serve a cool beer, glass of wine or cocktail… Mine’s an Old Fashioned. Salut!

Prosit Cocktail Bar Sorrento

8 Corso Italia

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Palazzo Jannuzzi

Palazzo Jannuzzi
The Palazzo Jannuzzi is located in the main square, Piazza Tasso, and was refurbished in 2011. The Jannuzzi family produced an excellent video which records the transformation of the original building to its modern equivalent. It also includes wonderful vintage photographs of the main square.

The yellow, grey and black colour theme is used in a different combination for every room and gives each its own identity. The clean lines and contrasting colours achieve a modern environment softened by the personal touch of the owners in the choice of furniture, fabrics, ornaments and paintings.

Palazzo Jannuzzi Bedroom

The personal touch and attention to detail is again reflected in the practical layout and individual design of the shower rooms and other facilities. This includes the lift with its glass sides and visible engineering making it more like a work of art.

Palazzo Jannuzzi

The Breakfast Room is worthy of a separate mention. See Breakfast at Jannuzzi’s.

Palazzo Jannuzzi Website