Six Things to see to Sorrento

Posted on 06/18/2017

Six Things to see to Sorrento

Sorrento is one of the most picturesque cities of the Campania coast, a place where you can enjoy the fascinating landscapes and the places full of history. In this article we will explain the most important places in Sorrento, all this with a top six of the things to visit in Sorrento. Are you ready? Let’s start!

  1. Vallone dei Mulini has origin after the eruption of Campi Flegrei, it create a chasm in the rock. The place takes name thanks to the presence of a mill, and you can see the ruins in the valley, it includes Piazza Tasso and Porta degli Anastasi. The landscape that we can see is just a part of the chasm, before it was a wash house and then a sawmill, but after the building of Piazza Tasso, a part of the valley was closed. This action make the climate unliveable, but it influenced the development of the flora.
  2. Marina Grande is one of the most important beaches of Sorrento Coast and includes a picturesque and maritime centre with a beautiful street with steps made of stone. Marina Grande represents the fascinating village of fishermen with its coloured houses, ships and meshes on the shores. Sorrento in known also for the famous film with Vittorio De Sica e Sophia Loren “Pane, Amore e..” and boasts picturesque places, restaurant and beach resorts.
  3. San Francesco D’Assisi Church includes a conventual complex composed by the church, the cloister and the monastery. In 14thcentury Franciscan friars built a church, then it was restructured with a Baroque style. The church restructured in 18th century, preserving an architecture of that period, except the façade of marble that dates back to 1926 and the inlaid door. The inner parthas a central nave with a lot of decoration, boasting a statue made of wood that represents the Saint, that is represented also in a painting on the main altar. The Benedictine monastery rises near the church that was built in 7th century and later it was ceded to friars of the convent and now they lives still there. Noteworthy is the cloister that boasts a structure with arches, it is a beautiful fusion of different styles, result of restructuration of different periods, with a wonderful compositions of plants and flowers. The cloister is known also because it hosts exhibits and artistic events.
  4. Tasso Square is the main square of Sorrento, it is the centre of the city and it is also a fundamental stop for tourists. Originally the square was called Largo del Castello, because there was a castlebuilt by Ferdinand of Aragon in the 15th century. Later there was an urbanistic transformation, so during this action the castle was destroyed and so the square assumed its present appearance and was titled to the most illustrious citizen of Sorrento, Torquato Tasso, to him was also dedicated a monument, by the sculptor Gennaro Calì. The square is adorned with the statue of Sant'Antonino Abate, patron saint of the city. Among the historic buildings stand out the Correale house with a beautiful, majolica courtyard, the church of Santa Maria del Carmine with its rich Baroque facade and the Grand Hotel Vittoria, known for hosting in 1921 the great Enrico Caruso.
  5. The church of Sant'Antonino is dedicated to the patron saint of Sorrento and the peninsula. The saint protects the city from calamities and epidemics. Many miracles were often attributed to him, and the basilica was dedicated to him in the square. Built probably around the year 1000 on the oratory at the tomb of the saint, in the following centuries the church was restored and restructured that conquered its current baroque robe. The church presents the side aisles descending into the Crypt with resting vault on eight bare columns.
  6. Correale Museum was defined as "The Most Beautiful Museum of the Province of Italy" thanks to its interesting collection of minor arts of the '600 and' 700.The Museum is located in old residence of the Correale, Count of Newfoundland, and it was inaugurated in 1924. The Museum consists of 24 rooms with Greek, Roman and Medieval finds, 17th and 18th century furnishings, porcelain and Capitals of Capodimonte and other manufactures, Venetian glasses, Bohemian crystals, a group of neapolitan pastors of the '700, watches. Noteworthy are the collection of furniture and objects of local craftsmanship, the core of Neapolitan and foreign paintings and those of the landscapers of the so called "Posillipo School" some editions of the works of Torquato Tasso. The most important point is the beautiful garden surrounding the palace and the terrace - a belvedere overlooking the Gulf of Naples.



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