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Tips on Avoiding Sorrento Tourist Traps

Sorrento Tourist Traps

Perched on the rugged cliffs of the Sorrento Peninsula, the beautiful city of Sorrento is home to excellent food, good shopping, and ferries going to Capri, Ischia, Napoli, Positano, and Amalfi. But like anywhere, Sorrento has its share or tourist traps that aim to gouge the unsuspecting.

Taxi Fare Rip-Offs

Not unique to Sorrento, many taxi drivers will charge excessive fares to go short distances. In fact, some tourists are charged 12 to 15 euros to go just one mile. The best solution is to agree on a price up front, or better yet, take the bus, pay just one euro for a 60- minute ride, and get a feel for the local culture. Another option is to walk and get the exercise that comes from walking down the cliff to the marina.

Capri’s Blue Grotto

One of the most renowned tourist stops in Campania is Capri’s Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a natural sea cave that turns a brilliant blue because of a light-reflecting phenomenon. However, be aware that the ride in small rowboats piloted by colorful locals is short, and the cost high.

Unannounced Closures of Some Attractions

Pompeii, a popular destination for tourists staying in Sorrento, is often closed or delayed for opening to the public. When delayed, tour buses arrive for the usual opening times, and when the gates finally open, chaos ensues. Do check with the Pompeii office before making the trek to avoid frustration.

Money Exchange Fees

Throughout Europe, in the more popular tourist destinations, commission rates are applied to money exchange transactions.  Sorrento is one of these locations where you could be charged anywhere from three to 18 percent, depending on the amount of money involved, so bring ample cash or use your credit card.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Sorento tourist traps.

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