Sorrento, which gets its name from Sorrentina Peninsula , it is considered a very unique place. Sorrento is a town with less than 18,000 inhabitants and is set in a magnificent geographical and environmental location on a tuff terrace that falls upon the coast with rocky slopes. It is a very pleasant place with natural landscape and enriched by its prosperous citrus cultivation, by the vast panorama of the Gulf of Naples , the “Vesuvio” and the “Campi Flegrei” and the “Flegrei” islands, the extraordinary seafaring transparencies and an exceptionally clear blue sky. All of the above make the city one of the sanctuaries of international tourism. The great hotel infrastructures, the excellent quality of the services offered, the wide and articulated variety of recreational and cultural activities as well as sports make it a particularly attractive location. Sorrento attractions include the Duomo, built in the 11th century, the St. Francesco Church and cloister at the entrance of the” Villa Comunale” from which we can admire the beautiful panorama of the peninsula, the Marina Piccola Port and the” Correale di Terranova” Museum with majolica’s objects, statues, paintings by Neapolitans and international painters (ex. Rubens), Capodimonte porcelains and ancient watches . Piazza Tasso is a very famous square with its carriages, its historic centre and its narrow alleys paved with stones. A very picturesque port is the Marina Grande port, filled with fishermen who seem to belong to a different era.
What to see in Sorrento
There are numerous villa’s worth visiting, including the “Agrippa Postumo Villa”, the “Punta del Capo Villa (also known as Bagno della regina Giovanna)” and the villa set at the Campanella peak , which may be imperial property. In the antique centre, we find a Duomo with a curious three-floor bell tower where several medieval remains from Christian Sorrento are kept. Other attractions include the Saint Francesco Cloister, which dates back to the year 1500, located near the Villa Comunale where Sorrento summer concerts and performances are held in the month of July; The Saint Antonio Basilica, where generations of sailors have various items hung up on the walls, including two sperm-whale ribs…., in the sacristy a rich Neapolitan nativity scene from the 18th century is kept.;” Sedile Dominova”, one of the most typical buildings in Sorrento’s historic centre; The” Correale di Terranova Museum”, where one can admire numerous different archaeological fragments, a rich interior design with precious majolica’s and ceramics, various works of art and a collection of nativity scene figures.
There are many events that attract tourists throughout the year. The Christ procession (holy week), Sorrento’s Musical Summer, the National Horseback Riding Competition (August-September), various sea parties, tennis tournaments and numerous art awards and the cinema encounters.
Sorrento Out of Season
Sorrento does not only mean summer and sea. Between the months of October and April this marvellous corner returns to the pioneers that discovered it years ago. These are the months in which the Peninsula of Sorrento offers great emotions. It is out of season that the Peninsula of Sorrento gives lost emotions. Christmas in Sorrento is a festival of lights and cheerfulness. The cribs show , in which the Neapolitan creativity expresses the best of itself, is unique; an art masterpiece not to be missed.
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