Sorrento Car Hire

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Car hire is not essential in Sorrento as the destination is well served by public transport. Indeed, there is a regular bus service throughout the day and the Circumvesuviana train line runs from Sorrento to Naples via popular destinations such as Pompeii. However, if you prefer to travel by car, hiring a car is the best option as taxis are exceptionally expensive in this region.

Hiring a car is not only a convenient way to navigate the town but it gives you the freedom to visit destinations outside of Sorrento such as Positano and Pompeii.

Most people heading to Sorrento will hire a car from Naples International Airport (NAP) so they drive to Sorrento as opposed to relying on public transport. A number of major car rental companies have kiosks at Naples International Airport:

  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Sixt
  • National
  • Avis
  • Budget

In order to get the best deal on your Sorrento car rental, it is a good idea to reserve your vehicle in advance. Be sure to take advantage of car rental comparison sites which can compare the costs of renting a car from a number of major hire companies.

To rent a car in Sorrento you will need to be at least 23 years old and in possession of a valid driving licence. Some companies will hire out cars to those as young as 21 but will charge an additional fee.

What To Do In Sorrento

Despite its coastal location, Sorrento is not particularly famous for its beaches. This is due to its clifftop location. Nevertheless, there are some pleasant beaches to be found around both of Sorrento’s marinas, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande. While these are the main beaches, other beaches can be found around the cliffs. Most of the beaches will charge you a nominal entrance fee but there are some free sandy beaches with decked jetties in the nearby area.

The Duomo, Sorrento’s Cathedral is perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark. Situated on the Corsa Italia, the cathedral has an impressive but unassuming exterior. However, upon entering the cathedral travellers are often surprised by how colourful and exuberant the cathedral’s interior is. Indeed, the cathedral is beautifully designed and has stunning frescoes created by local talent.

Another religious building of note is the Basilica di Sant’Antonio. This is the oldest church in Sorrento and is named after the town’s patron saint. The church is home to a number of interesting roman artefacts, some medieval paintings and, bizarrely, a pair of whale ribs as the patron saint is famed for rescuing a child from the stomach of a whale.