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Living Sorrento

Sorrentois an extremely beautiful town offering a lively nightlife as well as historical monuments and museums. If you are here for your holidays, we also recommend Naples. Being so close by (only an hour drive away), it is a place where folklore, local traditions and unique historical remnants extraordinarily coexist with a major modern twist.

What you can see in Sorrento

Among the scent of lemons, the fragrance of fruit and flowers, and the crystal clear water wrapping around a dynamic coastline, Sorrento blossoms under the Italian sun.

With its warm and lively colors, its characteristic inner roads and Mount Vesuvius watching over it all from a distance, Sorrento offers so much for so many, especially those with the time to take it all in.

It’s no coincidence that throughout the centuries artists such as Goethe, Dickens, Nietzsche and D’Annunzio chose Sorrento as their destination for their holidays and homes.

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The very center of the town is Piazza Tasso, the nearby Corso Italia and the ancient San Cesareo alley, all surrounded by promenades for walking and shopping, restaurants, bars and pubs.

The town center also contains the Dome, dating back to the 15th century, the Valley of the Mills, deriving its name from the mill used in the past for grinding wheat and the Complex of the Convent of San Francesco. Its 14th century Cloister is among the most ancient monuments in Sorrento and includes architecture styles of different ages as well as remnants of pagan temples.

Make sure you don’t miss the Museum of Wood Inlay and the Museum Correale di Terranova. The former hosts a rich collection of paintings, furniture, and wooden objects carved by inlayer masters of the 19th Century. The latter museum, within the Correale family Villa, has an archeology section, a paintings section and a porcelain section. On the second floor, there are paintings from the School of Posillipo, formed by Neapolitan and foreign artists.

We also recommend the Pollius Felix Roman Villa, situated at the Cape of Sorrento. This villa dates back to the 1st or 2nd Century A.D. and the size of the property spreads over an approximate 30.000 sqm area. The entire complex is made the most of the beautiful aspects of the surrounding landscape.

For nature lovers, there is a multitude of trekking routes all over the Peninsula where nature is still preserved and flora and fauna are able to be observed in their natural states. The territory of Massa Lubrense alone offers as much as 22 pedestrian paths among the archeological remains, ancient towers, and stunning views on the sea. In addition, the Bay of Ieranto in the Punta Campanella Precinct and the famous Path of Gods, which, even though from different perspectives, offer both a magnificent view on the Isle of Capri and should not be overlooked.

What to see in Naples

The city center of Naples, formerly called Parthenope, has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Here, in such a relatively small territory there is an incredibly high number of castles, royal residences, monumental buildings, historical churches and classical remains that make it a real open air museum.

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Walking on foot from the Spanish Quarters to the Quarter of Forcella is called the Spaccanapoli, which means, ‘it cuts the whole city in a straight line.’ This pathway is an artery of very ancient origin and, while walking down it, you’ll get the feeling of being taken by the hand and guided along the millennial history of the city. Nothing could be more genuine or authentic while visiting Napoli than walking through it taking the Spaccanapoli way.

Hiding in the narrow streets of Naples, you will find Sansevero Chapel, a small jewel rich with esoteric and religious symbols. Located inside it, the “Veiled Christ” is one of the most mysterious and fascinating work of art of the city. It consists of a marble human sized statue representing a dead Jesus, tortured and covered with a transparent marble shroud. It is told the marble veil on Jesus’ body was actually a fabric veil that has been turned into rock by a special liquid that Prince of San Severo, a very famous alchemist, invented.

There also are lots of noteworthy museums, among which the Archeological Museum of Naples, one of the most important museums in the world for the quality and quantity of its materials, such as the findings from the excavation of Pompeii and the Capodimonte Museum, with pieces of work by Botticelli, Goya, Titian and Caravaggio. Also worth visiting are the Civic Museum hosted by the Maschio Angioino Castle and the San Carlo Theatre, the most ancient opera theatre in Europe.

 
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