Villa Carolina is located in Priora, a quiet hamlet in the hills of Sorrento, Italy. The centre of Sorrento is just 4 km away, and can even be reached on foot along a scenic trail.
We suggest you arrive by car or rent a car during your stay to able to explore the area independently, as public transportation runs infrequently. You can also rent a scooter. Our guests can use our free parking.
Directions to Villa Carolina, Sorrento, Italy
From Naples Capodichino Airport
From Italy's Naples airport, take the Curreri bus to Sorrento. Buses run frequently and the ticket costs EUR 10. From Sorrento, take our shuttle service (see below).
Free shuttle service from the Sorrento train station.
From Italy's Naples Piazza Garibaldi train station, take the Circumvesuviana local train to Sorrento. Trains run frequently, but are often very crowded. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, opt for a private transfer.
Circumvesuviana schedule link:
The most convenient option is booking a private transfer from the station to the airport. We especially recommend this option if arriving in late evening or travelling with a number of bags.
From 1 to 3 passengers: EUR 90
From 4 to 6 passengers: EUR 130
How our shuttle service works
Our shuttle service runs each afternoon from 3:30 to 8 pm for arriving guests. Just call us the day before your arrival and we will come pick you up at the Sorrento train station, where both buses and trains arrive. If you arrive in the morning, leave your bags at the luggage deposit inside the station and take a walk around the centre of Sorrento!
Take the A3 Napoli - Salerno highway to the Castellammare di Stabia exit and follow the signs to "Sorrento”. After passing the bridge with the "Sorrento" sign, continue straight. At the intersection, turn left and then right at the roundabout, which will take you to Via degli Aranci.
Continue along this road, then turn left at the intersection following the signs to "Massa Lubrense - Sant'Agata". After about 1 km, you will be at an intersection where the Ristorante Verdemare and Hotel Metropole are located to the left. Turnleft on Via Nastro Verde following signs to "Sant'Agata".
After about 3 km, many navigators will instruct you to turn left on Via Crocevia, but instead continue straight for a few meters and then turn left where the sign to "Priora" indicates.
Continue along this road until arriving in the main square of the village, with the church to your left. Pass straight through the square for another kilometer, pass the sport field, and continue down along Via Priora for another 500 meters to Via Santa Maria del Toro. Turn left and you've arrived!
Via Santa Maria del Toro is only 2.10 meters wide, so if you are driving a large car you will have to park along Via Priora and then walk about 100 meters to our entrance. Let us know ahead of time so we can arrange for a convenient place to leave your car.
For small and mid-sized cars, we have a small parking area at the villa. Places are limited, so let us know if you will need to use the parking area so we can save a spot for you.
Walking Trails to Sorrento from Villa Carolina
There are a number of walking trails near Villa Carolina that connect the hamlet of Priora to Sorrento and Massa Lubrense. The road along the coast was only built at the beginning of the 1900s, so these trails were used by local farmers to reach the nearby town markets for centuries before there was a paved road.
From Piora to Sorrento along Via Sant'Antonio
This is a lovely scenic walk downhill through gardens to Sorrento. The trail ends near the Hilton Hotel, and takes less than 20 minutes. From Priora, walkers take the final stretch of a longer trail from Torca near Massa Lubrense, which was once used by local women balancing large baskets of farm products on their heads to take to market and sell in Sorrento. Notice the archway along the route, where an official would check the goods and charge the women duty tax.
From Priora to Sorrento along Via Capodimonte
This trail passes directly in front of the entrance to Villa Carolina, so can be easily followed downhill to where it ends near the Capodimonte Hotel in Sorrento.
From Priora di Massa Lubrense along Via Montecorbo
This trail leads to the town of Massa Lubrense, passing by the charming hamlet of Santa Maria Annuziata that looks out over Capri. One of our favorite restaurants, La Torre, is located here. In Massa Lubrense, the trail ends near a small chapel with stained glass windows, and here you an decide to continue for another stretch to Marina della Lobra for a walk along the seaside.