Set In a picturesque position on a Tuff rock terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is the main town on the Sorrento coast. Known as a holiday resort since Greek and Roman times, the city enchants tourists with its breathtaking views, citrus groves, sea aroma, the Bayside, the historic center, religious architecture, ancient craft traditions, and delicious cuisine.
The port of Marina Piccola lies in a small cove where the Valley of the Mills meets the sea and is one of the most important ports in the Campania region.
The streets to the port. Seeing from Piazza Tasso
The construction of the harbor began in 1912. Since ancient times, Marina Piccola has been used for mooring fishing boats and merchant ships, as it is located a few steps away from Piazza Tasso in Sorrento’s center. When they had finished building the port, habitation in a more modern style replaced the old and poor fishers’ houses on the pier to offer the tourists who arrived or passed by the shores of Sorrento a more beautiful view.
The port of Sorrento
Overlooking the harbor stands the exclusive Grand Hotel Excelsior Victoria, erected in 1834 and built in the same place where the villa of the Roman Emperor Augustus stood.
Next to the water, on the harbor itself, is the famous Bar-Restaurant Ruccio. In 1953, a film starring the incredible Sophia Loren, “Pane, Amore e fantasia” (bread, love, and fantasy), was shot.
The entrance of the Bar Ruccio
At the side of Marina Piccola is the beach area of Sorrento. Years ago, the narrow stretches of beach lined with black volcanic sand were only for the customers of the hotels above the Tuff cliffs. But later, they opened their doors to all locals and tourists. As the beach line is very narrow, there are wooden bridges, stone piers over the water, and a sundeck area with sun loungers and umbrellas. The beach clubs have restaurants and bars open for lunch and dinner, where you can eat fresh seafood and enjoy the sunset over a cocktail.
View from Villa Comunale garden.
Overlooking the beach area is Villa Comunale. The villa’s garden is the only public place accessible to the spectacular view of Belle Vedere. One can easily reach Marina Piccola by stairs carved into the tufa rocks or the elevator from the villa garden.
The elevator in the garden of Villa Comunale
View of the Tuff cliffs
The port of Marina Piccola enjoys a strategic position in the Gulf of Naples. Just a few nautical miles away from the main tourist attractions.The Sorrento and Amalfi coast and the islands of Ischia, Capri, and Procida. In addition, hydrofoils and ferries connect Sorrento with the center of Naples and the main archeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Port of Sorrento Night View