Sorrento is pretty popular on the tourist trail but if you steer away from the main drag of Corso Italia it's still possible to find a quiet spot here and there. That said, when you're looking for gifts to bring home, Corso Italia is your street: you'll find plenty of shops selling marquetry and other crafts, as well as an outlet for the fabulous Carthusia perfume of Capri.
The Citysightseeing Sorrento bus is a good way of getting to see how beautiful the surrounding area is too, but for the town itself there is no better way than simply walking…
How I’ve picked my things to do:
Every visitor to Sorrento will wander the Corso Italia and the parallel streets of Via Fuoro and San Cesario where the little craft shops offer perfect gift-buying opportunities. Walk along to Piazza Vittoria for lovely views (perhaps nipping in to the unusually monikered Circolo dei Forestieri (Foreigners' Club) for a pitstop.
Carrying on down the Via Marine Grande to the smaller of the two harbours you'll experience a totally different feel to the rest of Sorrento; for a start it's a working area where the boats still go out in the morning to bring back the catch of the day for the local restaurants. It's also where you'll find the delightful little church of Sant'Anna; look out for the ex-votos left by those wishing a 'miracle' for the ailments they or others suffer from. I'm also very fond of the marquetry museum, as it not only gives you a potted history of Sorrento in the past but has a wonderful collection of furniture and art, along with the work of contemporary artists.