Fodor's Expert Review Marina Grande

Sorrento Marina/Pier

Close to the historic quarter (but not that close—many locals prefer to use the town bus to shuttle up and down the steep hill), the port, or borgo, of the Marina Grande is Sorrento's fishing harbor. In recent years it has become unashamedly touristy, with outdoor restaurants and cafés encroaching on what little remains of the original harbor. Most establishments down here are geared to the English-speaking market—expect a "good evening" rather than a "buona sera" as you enter. The marina still remains a magical location for an evening out on the waterfront, but if you're interested in a dip—given the dubious sea-water quality here and the cramped conditions—head out instead toward Massa Lubrense and Nerano. Don't confuse this harbor with Marina Piccola, at the base of the cliff, below Piazza Tasso and the Hotel Excelsior Vittoria; that's the area where ferries and hydrofoils dock.

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Via del Mare
Sorrento, Campania  80067, Italy

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