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Marina Grande

This charming port has served as Sorrento’s connection to the sea for almost 2,000 years and is still in use by local fishermen.

Marina Grande is a small traditional fishing port that sits underneath the limestone cliffs on which the old town of Sorrento is perched. Away from the traffic of the streets above, this  sheltered bay enjoys a much gentler pace of life. Come here for a swim or watch local fishermen at work.

Despite its name, Marina Grande (great marina) is actually the smaller of Sorrento’s two main harbors. It is also the older marina. A large stone wall once stood between the city and the tradesmen and noblemen who came to Sorrento by sea. Despite this fortification, Turkish pirates invaded Sorrento in 1558 and ransacked the city. Most of the old city wall has gone, but its gate and the reinforced Bastion of Parsano still stand.

Have an alfresco breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the harbor-side restaurants. Then stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the sights. Fishing boats come and go, so there is always something to see. One of the nicest times to visit is around sunset when fishermen are cleaning their nets and tending to their wooden boats. The wider views across the Bay of Naples from here are splendid at sunset too.

On a sunny day, lounge on the shore and wade in the sea from the harbor’s small beach. It is rocky and consists of volcanic sand, so bring a mat or camping chair for comfortable relaxation.

To escape the sun or rain, browse the small collection of shops and visit the Church of St. Anna. The holiday for this patron saint is July 26; on the Sunday following this date the entire marina becomes a fairground. Join the crowds during the festival to see the fireworks and processions.

To reach Marina Grande, take a bus from the city center or, if you are feeling energetic, walk the long series of stone steps that lead from the old town to the hamlet. You’ll pass through the arched Greek Gate, a good photo opportunity.


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Lodging Near Marina Grande

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$101
Grand Hotel Aminta

Grand Hotel Aminta

Via Nastro Verde 23, Sorrento
4.6
of 5, from 888 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set 200 metres up among olive and citrus trees, this hotel three kilometers west of Sorrento centre offers views of Naples Bay, Mount Vesuvius, and the Lattari Mountains.

$93
Hotel Regina Sorrento

Hotel Regina Sorrento

Via Marina Grande 10, Sorrento
4.6
of 5, from 106 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sorrento City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Grande and Piazza Tasso. Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea and Chiesa di San Francesco are also within 5 minutes.

$124
Continental

Continental

Piazza della Vittoria 4, Sorrento
4.6
of 5, from 247 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sorrento City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea, Piazza Tasso, and Marina Grande. Chiesa di San Francesco and Villa Comunale Park are also within 5 minutes.

$224
Grand Hotel La Favorita

Grand Hotel La Favorita

Via Tasso angolo Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Sorrento
4.8
of 5, from 200 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sorrento City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chiesa di San Francesco, Piazza Tasso, and Marina Grande. Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea and Villa Comunale Park are also within 5 minutes.

$145
Hotel Plaza

Hotel Plaza

via Fuorimura n.3, Sorrento
4.8
of 5, from 312 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sorrento City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Deep Valley of the Mills and Piazza Tasso. Marina Grande is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

$218
Maison La Minervetta

Maison La Minervetta

Via Capo, 25, Sorrento
4.9
of 5, from 109 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sorrento, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wonderwall Art Gallery, Piazza Tasso, and Marina Grande. Wooden Marquetry Workshop-Museum and Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea are also within 15 minutes.

$160
Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Via Capo 15, Sorrento
4.5
of 5, from 393 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The hotel is perfectly located amid the dramatic hills and cliffs above Sorrento. It's a 10-minute walk to the cathedral and a short ferry ride to the colorful fishing village of Marina Grande. In less than an hour by train or car, guests can also visit Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii.

$75
Hotel Il Faro

Hotel Il Faro

Via Marina Piccola 5, Sorrento
3.5
of 5, from 89 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sorrento City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Port of Sorrento and Piazza Tasso. Marina Grande is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.