Sorrento is located on a tuff coast and is reflected in the Gulf of Naples, fascinating tourists and visitors, attracted by breathtaking views and landscapes. The town gives its name to the Sorrento Peninsula, a large area extended from Vico Equense to Massa Lubrense. This area, thanks to its geographical shape, suspended between the green hills and the blue of the seas, has always been a great attraction in the South of Italy. It is also the ideal destination for Italian visitors and foreign tourists, that want to plan excursions to Capri, Ischia, Pompeii, Amalfi, Positano, Ercolano, Paestum and Vesuvius.
The Historical Centre
The historic old town of Sorrento is spread over a
number of old streets reflecting the ancient Greco-Roman structure of
the city. Today, alleys and narrow streets are full of shops, craftsmen
and small laboratories making it a very pleasant stroll to savor in the
atmosphere of the true of Sorrento. Walking along via San Cesareo your
attention will be captured by the throne seating of Porta and Dominova,
Renaissance painted domes, under which nobles of Sorrento met to
administer city affairs. Here each year, at Christmas, a distinctive
Neapolitan Nativity scene is created. At the end of via San Cesareo you
will find the Museum of Wooden Marquetry, where masterpieces of this
ancient art are exposed.
Basilica of Sant' Antonino
Basilica of Sant' Antonino. It was dedicated to
the Patron Saint and was built with a typical basilica structure, with a
nave and two aisles around the year 1000, then it was restored and
rebuilt between the XVIII and the XIX centuries. The structure
preserves, by the way, paintings of 1600, fragments of an ancient
majolica tiled floor and a remarkable example of Neapolitan crib of
1700, which was attributed to the students of the Sammartino School with
statues which were dressed up with clothes realized with precious
fabrics and enriched with precious laces. In a crypt below Sant'
Antonino’ s grave is located .
In Sorrento Cathedral there are so many examples
of the local art, famous all over Italy: the inlaid woodworks . The
cathedral of the town overlooks the street Corso Italia and it’s adorned
with furnishings realized with ancient techniques of inlaid woodwork.
It was built at the beginning of the fifteenth century in a romantic
style and later it was restored several times until the restoration of
1924 during which its front was rebuilt entirely . The church, in
addition to the baptistery where Torquato Tasso was baptized , maybe the
most famous citizen of the town, contains a great number of paintings
of the Neapolitan School of the eighteenth century and is characterized
also by a grand bell tower.
The San Francesco Cluster
A few metres from Piazza Sant'Antonino, in the
vicinity of the Villa Comunale - rises a historic triptych set in a
volcanic tuff wall known around the Peninsula Area as "conventual
complex of San Francesco d'Assisi". The elements which characterize the
triptych are: the Church, the Monastery and the Cloister. The Cloister
is a perfect fusion of different architectural styles, on two sides of
the porch we find crossed tuff arches, stylistic expression of the late
fourteenth century; instead, on the other two sides impressive round
arches on octagonal pillars are erected. During the summer period, the
Cloister is transformed and becomes the background for works of art
exhibitions and of the Sorrentine Musical Summer, an extraordinary
continuation of appointments bound to music with the presence of artists
coming from all over the world.