The port of Sorrento, located in one of the coves of the Sorrento Peninsula, is next to Marina Piccola, a small seaside village with small beaches and a pier with a quay where pleasure boats are moored.
The port of Sorrento enjoys a strategic position on the Gulf of Naples, just a few nautical miles from the main attractions of the Amalfi Coast, as well as the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Numerous boat excursions depart from here. Once called “Marina di Capo Cervo”, after the promontory that overlooks it, the port is just a short stroll from Piazza Tasso and Sorrento’s historic center.
Even before its construction, which began in 1912, the port was a favorite landing point for travelers due to its proximity to the city center. A number of well-known hotels overlook the port, including the Hotel Tramontano, where the house of the poet Torquato Tasso once stood, and the magnificent Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria.
Hotel Il Faro is the only hotel located directly on the port of Sorrento. However, there are other types of accommodation such as flats and even boats.
How to get there
The port of Sorrento is easily accessible by car, on foot, by bus and by boat, of course.
- Getting to the port of Sorrento by bus
From the center of Sorrento, there are frequent buses to the port. These are the EAV buses, distinguished by their red and orange colors and smaller dimensions than the blue SITA buses. Tickets cost € 1,20 and can be purchased at tobacconists or Circumvesuviana train stations. It is not possible to buy tickets on board the bus.
- Getting to the port of Sorrento by car
Once you’ve reached Piazza Tasso, turn right past the church of Sant’Antonino and, immediately afterwards, start down the small, winding road (approximately 800 metres).
- Getting to the port of Sorrento on foot
You can either walk down the steps that start in Piazza Tasso, a short walk and then the steps again. Or go to the Villa Communale and take the lift down to the beach.
Ferry routes from the port of Sorrento
This is where the ferries and hydrofoils arrive and depart to reach the other towns in the Gulf of Naples and Salerno.
Today, the Marina Piccola in Sorrento is an important stopover for tourists: more than a third of all international tourism in Campania, the province of Naples, passes through this jetty. To keep up to date with routes, prices and departure times, please use the form above.
The bathing establishments of Marina Piccola are located next to the port of Sorrento.
Originally designed as beaches for hotel guests, they are now open to the public. The beaches stretch out towards the sea on stilts in a very characteristic way, as the strip of sand is very small. The north-facing position and cool water provide effective relief from the summer heat.
On this side of Marina Piccola there is a staircase cut into the tufa rock that leads to the Villa Comunale belvedere. Beyond the bathing area, a number of caves carved into the tufa rock indicate the site and remains of what was in Roman times the villa of Agrippa Postumo, whose nymphaeum overlooked the sea and which had a large fish pond.
Prices for a day’s parking range from € 20 to € 30, depending on the size of the car and the time of year. To save money on parking, you can find tips on parking your car in Sorrento on this page.
Where to eat
There are a number of restaurants and pizzerias in Sorrento harbor.
As well as small bars where you can enjoy a coffee before boarding the boat, or have an aperitif and enjoy the wonderful view, especially in the evening when the sun goes down. The Acqu’e Sale restaurant serves excellent pizzas, including gluten-free ones. For fish fans, there’s La Scogliera restaurant on the harbor quay. At the “Snack bar”, you can enjoy a delicious Neapolitan coffee, as well as ice creams and croissants (cornetto in Italian) for breakfast.