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Location

In the hills near Sorrento

Villa Carolina is located in Priora, a small and quiet village in the hills of Sorrento. The center of Sorrento is just 4 kilometers away, and we have a shuttle service to and from the center, or there are public buses. For those who love to walk, there is a trail running between Priora and the center of Sorrento which takes just 15 minutes by foot.

Getting to Sorrento

From the Naples Piazza Garibaldi train station

Piazza Garibaldi is Naples' main train station, where all trains including the high speed lines arrive and depart.

Downstairs, the Circumvesuviana station is where the local Naples - Sorrento trains arrive and depart.

The ticket for Sorrento costs €3.60 and trains depart every 20 minutes for a ride lasting an hour. Trains usually depart from track 3.

By car

Take the A3 autostrada highway Napoli (Naples) - Salerno to the Castellammare di Stabia exit, and continue towards "Sorrento".

By public transportation

From the Naples Capodichino Airport

By bus
From the Capodichino arrivals terminal, take the Curreri bus directly to Sorrento. View the bus schedule on the website: http://www.curreriviaggi.it/
Circumvesuviana
If there is a wait over an hour for the Curreri bus, you can also take the Circumvesuviana train, a local line running between Naples and Sorrento.
Public transportation schedules

Getting to Villa Carolina

Getting to Villa Carolina from the center of Sorrento

By car

After passing the bridge marked by the "Sorrento" sign, continue straight. At the intersection, turn left, and at the roundabout turn right onto Via degli Aranci. Continue along the road and at the intersection turn left following the signage for "Massa Lubrense -Sant'Agata". After about 1 kilometer, turn left at the intersection onto Via Nastro Verde, following signs for "Sant'Agata"..

After about 3 kilometers, many GPS systems will direct you to turn left onto Via Crocevia, but disregard these directions and continue straight for a few meters, turning left where you see the sign for "Priora". Continue along this road until you reach the village's main square, with the church to your left. Continue straight for a kilometer, passing a sports field. Continue down Via Priora for another 500 meters, turning left onto Via Santa Maria del Toro. You're here!

Please note:

Via Santa Maria del Toro is only 2.10 meters wide. If you are driving a large car, you'll have to park along Via Priora and come down on foot (less than 100 meters). Let us know in advance, and we'll arrange for a place to park your car.

For small and medium cars, there is a small parking area in the villa. As there are not many parking spaces, please let us know ahead of time if you will need to use one so we can reserve it for you.

By public transportation

Once you arrive in Sorrento, call us and we'll transport you to the villa!

Alternatives

Cooperativa Tasso buses depart from Piazza Tasso for Piora (the final stop on the route). The stop in Sorrento is at the beginning of Corso Italia, opposite the shoe store on the corner of the piazza and the road. The ticket costs around €1.20 and can be purchased on board.

You can also take the Sita Sorrento - Sant'Agata (Via Nastro Verde) bus which leaves every 40 minutes from the Sorrento train station. You must purchase a ticket before boarding at the ticket office or the newspaper stand in the station.

Shuttle and bus to/from Sorrento

Download the schedules for the shuttle and the local bus.

Car and scooter rental

Autoservizi De Martino is our preferred car rental partner. Mention that you are staying at Villa Carolina for the exclusive 5% discount for our guests!

Walking Trails for Sorrento from Villa Carolina

Near Villa Carolina there are a number of walking trails running between the village of Priora and Sorrento or Massa Lubrense. The road was only built at the beginning of the last century; before that time, locals in the countryside would use these trails to reach the town markets.

From Piora to Sorrento along Via Sant'Antonio

This lovely trail runs along gardens and scenic overlooks, winding downhill to Sorrento near the Hilton Hotel in less than 20 minutes. This is just the final leg of a longer trail which begins in Torca, a village near Massa Lubrense at the tip of the the Sorrento peninsula. It was often used by women balancing large baskets of farm goods on their heads as they travelled to Sorrento to sell their wares at the market. Along the route, notice the arch where there was a tax collector stationed exacting payments for the goods to be sold.

The trail is quite strenuous on the return trip from Sorrento towards Priora, so we strongly recommend taking a bus back or calling for our shuttle service.

From Priora to Sorrento along Via Capodimonte

This trail passes right in front of the entrance to Villa Carolina, so you just need to follow it downhill and you'll come out near the Capodimonte Hotel in Sorrento.

From Priora to Massa Lubrense along Via Montecorbo

The trail leads to the town of Massa Lubrense, passing first through Santa Maria Annunziata, a delightful hamlet overlooking Capri where there is one of our favorite restaurants, "La Torre". In Massa Lubrense, you'll come out near a small chapel with colorful glass windows. Here you can continue on to Marina della Lobra to take a walk along the Mediterranean.