Once an essential stop-over for Grand Tour travelers—including Herman Melville and Charles Dickens—Sorrento is as happening now as it was a century ago, thanks to the recent opening of several artisanal restaurants and well-edited boutiques. The port town is also a great jumping-off point for exploring the Amalfi Coast, including the cliffside village of Positano (a 40-minute bus ride from Sorrento), and the island of Capri, a 25-minute ferry ride away.
Admiring the trompe l’oeil frescoes at Sedil Dominova, a domed 15th-century building that was once a meeting place for nobles.
Picking up a bottle of locally made limoncello—a sweet, Italian lemon liqueur—and other local artisanal products at Piemme.
Watching artisans craft music boxes and elaborate inlaid tables at various workshops on Via San Nicola. (Often, you can purchase products directly from craftsmen.)