10 best views of Sorrento, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast



Italy is one of my favourite places and yet, until last week, I’d only been there twice. So another visit, this time to Sorrento on the Bay of Naples, was long overdue. Somehow being surrounded by orange and lemon groves, walking around in sandals in April, surrounded by the bluest of seas really gave me that carefree holiday feeling.

I’ll be sharing posts about the Amalfi Coast, Herculaneum and Pompeii and more soon, but I wanted to share some photos from my trip first of the spectacular views on offer around the craggy coastline.

Sometimes it’s worth paying a bit extra for a location – like the view from our hotel across the bay to Vesuvius. We stayed in a hilltop village called Sant’Agata, a few miles above Sorrento. As you can see, the weather was terrible the whole time ;)

If you’re looking for a 360 view over the bay of Naples, Capri and the start of the Amalfi coast, head up to the ‘Il Deserto’ monastery in Sant’Agata. It’s a little tricky to find and only open to the public for a couple of hours every morning and evening, but the views from the bell-tower are incredible.

Sorrento sits on the cliffs at the far southern tip of the bay of Naples and it’s a great jumping-off point for trips to the islands (Ischia and Capri), but you can also get a fast boat to Naples in just under 45 minutes for around 12 euros (single). We didn’t actually go to Capri as the price of the boat trip put us off.

Another view of Capri from Herculaneum (Ercolano)



If you’re in this area, you can’t miss a trip to the Amalfi Coast. It’ll be you and thousands of others, but don’t let that put you off. It’s probably the most spectacular coastline I’ve seen in my travels.

Lovely Amalfi


The very striking cathedral in Amalfi

A not-very-flattering photo of me at Pompeii, Vesuvius in the background


Look out for lots more tips about the area soon!


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna says:

    such a lovely area of Italy! I’ve only been to Pompeii but would love to visit the Amalfi coast as well! #wanderfulwednesday

  2. Ahh, your pictures reminded me of my visit to the area. I had a wonderful time exploring Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii. I wish I had more time in the area and wish to return in the future. #wanderfulwednesday

    1. Claire says:

      I’d be happy to return, such a beautiful area!

  3. Beautiful photos! I was just there last year and your photos bring back a lot of great memories.

  4. I’d love to visit the Amalfi Coast one day. Those views are definitely hard to beat!

  5. Just beautiful! That blue sky as a backdrop is so dreamy.

  6. I can definitely count the Amalfi Coast as one of my favourite places in Italy! If you want views the walking Path of the Gods is pretty good, did you find it?

    1. Claire says:

      No, but I’d like to hear more!

  7. Lovely views! I’m a little sad now we cancelled our honeymoon to the Almafi Coast, choosing instead to head to the Balkans for a big road trip! I swear I’ll make it here one day! #WanderfulWednesday

    1. Claire says:

      Hopefully you’ll make it one day!

  8. During my recent trip in Campania, I visited Mount Vesuvius. I sneaked myself up to the crater, bypassing the gate and avoiding the ticket fee (not for the money but for the adventure’s sake in its own right). I just published today on my blog the story of the first trespassing attempt, starting all the way from Pompei overnight, which was, after all, unsuccessful as I got busted by a military patrol. I’d be glad to hear impressions in case anyone’s keen to read through this story: http://www.variouscuriousstuff.com/2017/09/18/an-attempt-to-climb-mount-vesuvius-overnight-starting-from-pompei/

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