Sorrento is a beautiful town perched on a cliff high above the sea with views of Vesuvius and the islands in the Bay of Naples . Use this website to help you plan a visit to this elegant southern Italian resort and find your way to the best beaches and some lovely villages and towns along the Sorrentine peninsula that are perhaps less well known to tourists.


Marina della Lobra

Fishing village with beach 

The pretty, seaside village of Marina della Lobra, with its stretch of sandy beach that is rare for the area, is a lovely place to visit.

From the town of Massa Lubrense, which is further out along the peninsula from Sorrento, you can walk down to the seafront along a winding road. When you reach Marina della Lobra, there are restaurants and bars, a beach that is free to the public and places where you can hire boats.
Boats in the harbour at Marina della Lobra

Now a fishing village, Marina della Lobra used to be a small port that was popular as a summer residence for wealthy Romans. Marco Vipsanio, the son in law of Emperor Augusto, is said to have built his villa here.

During the summer, you can take a boat trip from the harbour to explore the coastline and get a closer view of Capri and the Amalfi coast. Or, you can escape the crowds and enjoy a relaxing swim in the sea.

The most important monument is the church dedicated to Santa Maria della Lobra, which dates back to the 16th century, when it was built over the ruins of a former Roman temple. The church organ is supported by two ancient columns that may have been salvaged from the original temple and the church still has a 17th century wood carved ceiling and an 18th century majolica floor. The adjacent 17th century cloister was built when there was a Franciscan convent on the site.

A few buses run between Marina della Lobra and Massa Lubrense, so check the timetable if you would prefer to ride back up the hill rather than walk.

How to get to Massa Lubrense:

The local Linea A (Line A) buses operated by EAVBUS run all the way out to Massa Lubrense from Sorrento during the summer. The SITA coaches that connect Sorrento with resorts such as Positano and Amalfi further along the coast call at Massa Lubrense all the year round. The journey from Sorrento to Massa Lubrense’s main square takes about 15 minutes.