On the southern side of the Bay of Naples and approximately 30 miles from Naples itself, Sorrento is the Italy of travelers' dreams, joined to Amalfi along the Sorrentine Peninsula. This is high-end la dolce vita, with MICE hotels and restaurants, swimming pools somehow wedged into rock faces, mansions perched on bluff tops, views of the volcano Vesuvius, and crowded ferries that go to Naples and Amalfi, as well as to such legendary destinations as Capri, Ischia, and Positano. Sorrento also is famous for the production of the lemon liqueur, limoncello.
The closest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP), which unfortunately is on the far side of Naples from Sorrento, although there is a ring road. A little more than 50 miles north of Sorrento, the airport has service to many airports in both Italy and the rest of Europe, including to London Gatwick on British Airways, and seasonally to New York City on Italian airline Meridiana.
There are no convention venues per se, so MICE groups will probably head to the Terminal Napoli, which is right by the city's cruise terminal and has 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, with its largest room able to host 600 persons.
MICE hotels in Sorrento where your groups will be very happy include the 377-room Hilton Sorrento Palace, which has five meeting rooms and two ballrooms, with the largest, Sirene, together with its lobby, able to host 3,000 persons; the 191-room Capodimonte Sorrento, which has function space for up to 200 persons; the 113-room Imperial Hotel Tramontano, which has been around a long, long time—guests include Lord Byron, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and James Fennimore Cooper—and also has meeting space for 200 persons; the 98-room Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, which has space for up to 250 persons and a suite containing a piano formerly belonging to Enrico Caruso; and the 96-room Parco dei Principi, which has meeting space for up to 350 persons.
This is a unique area, and there are function venues to match. Choose from the Museo Correale di Terranova, which contains priceless art and furniture from the local homes of old and can host 90 persons in its Hall of Mirrors and another 90 in its landscaped garden; Museobottega della Tarsialignea, which has ancient and contemporary exhibits of Neapolitan wooden inlay art and is very much a living museum in that the craft is still taught there; Villa Antiche Mura, which has a special spot above the sea looking out toward Mount Vesuvius and has an elegant lobby, garden, and citrus grove for more than 100 persons and even a few guest rooms; Foreigners' Club, which was founded in 1934 as a place for travelers to rest and has the Mermaids' restaurant, or more correctly, the Ristorante delle Sirene, as well as a function hall able to fit up to 700 persons; and, high in the hills above Sorrento, the Villa della Porta, which has a 140,000-square-foot garden that was the creation of 16th-century naturalist Giambattista della Porta and has a Great Hall and other spaces for up to 400 persons.
No one eats badly in Italy—or at least they shouldn't have to. In Sorrento, eat excellent Italian food at such restaurants as very creative Il Buco; or Da Gigino, which opened in 1965, feels like it could belong to your favorite aunt, and has outdoor space on a cobbled, narrow street, as well as a main, cozy dining room. L'Antica Trattoria, which is even older (from 1930) has a wonderful vine-covered patio; small, private dining rooms; delicious, inventive cuisine; and a wine cellar. For fabulous views, there are Da Cataldo, which overlooks a harbor; and, as it names suggests, with panoramas of both the sea and olive groves, the grand La Vue d'Or, which also has a few moderate guest rooms.