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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.