The shopping streets in Sorrento
Apart from the natural beauty of the architectural and monumental buildings, when you are in Sorrento you cannot resist the shopping, souvenirs are sold all around town as are the typical products of Sorrento.
Parking in sorrento
Before completely dedicating yourself to the shops, it is important to know where to park in Sorrento. Believe or not Sorrento has a small number of inhabitants, but parking is not difficult, there are several parking stations in town, what they do not have many of is free parking. Actually there are very few white lined parking spaces, if you are lucky enough to find one, you can park all day without paying.
The important thing to remember is when you do come to Sorrento in your car, from 19:30 and on Sundays, the historical centre is closed to traffic.
Parking on the Streets of Sorrento
The white lines for free parking in Sorrento are situated at:
- Via Rota (fairly distant from the Centre);
- Via Parsano (5 mins from Corso Italia).
For all the rest of the centre of Sorrento, there are blue parking stripes, which means you need to buy a ticket from the automatic ticket machines which are situated on the streets of Sorrento at a cost of €1 for 30 mins and €2 for 1 hour or more.
Parking a Scooter or Moped in Sorrento
If you decide to come to Sorrento on scooter, between Piazza Lauro and Via Degli Aranci there are many parking spaces for the two wheelers, being careful to park correctly or you may risk a fine.
The Shopping in Sorrento
Once parked, you can finally relax, a stroll down the historical centre of Sorrento or the many stores, where you can purchase gifts, souvenirs or typical sorrentine products.
Corso Italia in Sorrento
The best place to begin your shopping is in the heart of Sorrento Piazza Tasso, one of the biggest and busiest Piazza’s in Sorrento.
Corso Italia is considered the centre of the nightlife in Sorrento, during the day when all the stores are open it is possible to just walk down, window shop or stop for a refreshing drink in one of the many bars on the Corso, many of which have outdoor seating.
What to buy while in Sorrento
From Corso Italia following the small characteristical lanes which go to the historical centre of Sorrento, it is possible to admire hundreds of small boutiques that sell handmade products like sandals made of leather, gastronomical products and souvenirs.
All the above are only a few of the products to acquire when visiting Sorrento. Other than sandals, souvenirs, one of the most popular is the Limoncello, a liquer usually served at the end of dinner in restaurants from the Bay of Naples to Sorrento, Capri, Ischia and the Amalfitana Coast. In Sorrento there are many stores that dedicate exclusively to the Lemoncello who actually offer different varieties of the liquer they also offer lemon flavoured chocolates, sweets and other souvenirs.
Inlaid Wood in Sorrento
Apart from being beautiful, Sorrento is the ideal place to purchase that perfect gift for friends and family. The most popular of gifts would have to be a piece of inlaid wood. The art of inlaid wood from the sorrentine craftsman which was handed down generation to generation.
Walking through the historical centre of Sorrento you will easily come across one of many stores dedicated entirely to this unique craftsmanship, incredible designs and many objects to decorate your home.