Sorrento festivals

Events and festivals in Sorrento

At Easter time, Sorrento throws a solemn, Byzantine religious procession in honor of Good Friday.

Sorento hosts II Festival Internazionale del Folklore Sorrento (an Internaitonal Folklore Festival) on the second Friday in July, with songs, dances, and colorful costumes from folk traditions across Europe filling the city center streets.

In July and August, Sorrento hosts both Sorrento Classica, a classical music festival in indoor and outdoor venues across town—one of seveal regional sumerm concerts and performance series.

Early December brings an international film festival that lacks the star quality of Cannes or Venice, but is starting to gain a certain following.

For more information on any of these, contact the tourist office.

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How long does Sorrento take?

Planning your time: Sorrento has maybe 2-3 hours of mediocre sightseeing. To be brutally honest it is probably the least interesting town in this area. It is only famous for its location.

Sorrento makes an ideal base for exploring Campania thanks to its location at the nexus of regional public transit—pretty much the only place from which you can get anywhere without having to change mode of transportation: Trains direct to Pompeii and Naples; ferries to Capri; buses or ferries down the Amalfi Coast.

If you prefer the home-base style of travel, Sorrento is the perfect base. Figure on three days/two nights here (hit Pompeii on the train ride down from Naples—you can store your luggage temporarily at the Pompei train station—then spend one day each visiting Capri and the Amalfi Coast).

If, however, you prefer to travel from town to town, just treat Sorrento as a way-station to switch from train to bus or ferry; skip Sorrento entirely and sleep in a more interesting locale on the Amalfi Coast or Capri.

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