Sorrento is often considered a good cleaner, cheaper, and more centrally located to the Sorrento and Amalfi coasts alternative than staying in Naples. It is not plagued by the same poverty or graffiti of its nearby neighbor across the bay. While notorious in movies as a land of gangsters, Italy is actually a generally safe nation with a low rate of violent crime. Women travelers can generally take in the sights of Sorrento without too much worry, but should expect the occasional advance from friendly Italian men, Of course it is advisable to be cautious after dark, especially on less traveled streets.

Women should carry their purses slung over their neck and arm in front of them. Men may wish get a small travel bag,  like a Man Purse, and do the same.  This way your valuables are in front of you and close to your body.  If you decide to wear a money belt note that it's humid in Italy and it may become uncomfortable after several hours. Photocopies of travel documents and credit cards should be kept separate from the originals and key telephone numbers maintained to contact banks if credit cards are stolen or lost.

When using a rental car be sure to lock the doors while visiting tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations and airports. Do not leave valuables in your car (take them with you) or leave luggage in full sight. Even if there is nothing valuable in your luggage the damage caused by a break-in could prove costly.

There are several Farmacias (pharmacies) around the town where you can buy over the counter medications and other medical supplies, they are indentified by an illuminated Green Cross sign outside. The pharmacists are also able to provide advice on treatment for minor ailments/injuries.