The Sorrento peninsula, with its breathtaking panoramas and rich cultural heritage, is complemented by treasures such as Meta.
Meta is more than just a stopover on the way to the Amalfi Coast. It’s a place where every street, every beach and every building tells a story, offering visitors an authentically Italian experience. Meta, though less famous than its big sister Sorrento, is a charming little town well worth a visit.
Less expensive, but just as practical for a stay on the Sorrento peninsula, Meta has a strategic position, being home to the Circumvesuviana station. This train connects Sorrento with Naples, passing by iconic sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum, making excursions in the area extremely convenient.
What makes Meta even more special is the warmth and friendliness of its people. Unlike other tourist destinations where large hotels dominate, in Meta it’s mainly family-run accommodation that prevails. These establishments are often run by local families who, with their in-depth knowledge of the region, are always ready to offer excellent advice to guarantee their guests unforgettable excursions.
Meta’s strategic position makes it the ideal starting point for many adventures.
A few kilometers away, Sorrento dazzles with its Mediterranean charm, narrow streets and lemon-scented terraces. For those fascinated by history, a visit to Pompeii and Vesuvius is a must. Finally, for a truly memorable experience, an excursion along the Amalfi Coast offers panoramic views and hilltop villages that look like they came straight out of a postcard.
Unfortunately, Meta doesn’t have a port, so it’s not possible to embark directly for the islands or Naples. However, it is possible to go to nearby Piano di Sorrento, from where, during the summer, ferries leave for these destinations. Another option is to reach the port of Sorrento by bus or Circumvesuviana train. For those who like to walk, Sorrento can be reached in around forty minutes on foot. However, it is advisable to avoid Corso Italia, as it is a very busy road. Instead, take the roads below, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.
How to get there
Getting to Meta from Naples is really quite simple.
The most popular way is by Circumvesuviana train, which takes you directly to the heart of Meta on a picturesque journey lasting around an hour. For those who prefer the road, the journey by car also offers magnificent scenery. Take the A3 freeway and follow the signs to the Sorrento peninsula, and you’ll be in Meta in no time, ready to explore its wonders.
Lodging in Meta is a wise choice for those wishing to get away from the tourist hustle and bustle of Sorrento while still benefiting from all amenities.
The town offers a diverse range of accommodation options, from traditional hotels to more intimate B&Bs. What makes Meta particularly attractive is the opportunity to enjoy an authentic experience, immersed in local life.
Many local families offer accommodation, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that’s very different from conventional tourist areas. By choosing to stay in Meta, visitors can enjoy a perfect blend of comfort, hospitality and authenticity. For a more personal experience, Casa Nannina welcomes you like a member of the family, with comfortable rooms and a warm atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
What to see
Meta, beyond its natural beauty, is steeped in rich history and culture.
The Chiesa Santa Maria del Lauro is a magnificent example of Italian religious architecture, with its graceful arches and frescoes recounting stories of yesteryear. In the historic center, the Chiesa dell’Assunta and the Cappella degli Angeli Custodi are also worth a visit, each with its own spiritual and artistic aura. Another notable point of interest is the Casa Rossa, a historic mansion that served as the set for the famous films Pain, amour, ainsi soit-il and Pain, Amour et Jalousie starring Sophia Loren.
But the real magic of Meta lies in the authentic experience it offers: getting lost in the narrow streets of its historic center is a pleasure in itself. The atmosphere is imbued with echoes of the past, where you can almost imagine fishermen walking up these cobbled streets, returning home laden with the day’s catch to their families. The many antique portals that adorn these alleyways are undeniably beautiful and bear witness to the town’s rich architectural heritage.
As for Meta’s liveliest district, it’s undoubtedly Il Casale, a charming little hamlet bursting with life. Here, you can find convivial bars where you can relax and enjoy an aperitif, while observing the local life unfolding around you.