Sorrento (Campania - Italy)
Sorrento area tourist area
Sorrento is a partially mountainous coastal municipality of 16.609 inhabitants, located at 50 meters above sea level Metropolitan City of Naples, Its territory covers an area of 9,90 sq. km.
Sorrento is a municipality in the metropolitan city of Naples, in Campania.
It is located at 46,5 km away from Naples city, and is located on the north-western side of the peninsula that takes its name.
The center stretches harmoniously over a high tufaceous terrace, rich in lush vegetation and characterized by cliffs with an average elevation of 47 meters above sea level.
The houses are surrounded by greenery and surrounded by orange, lemon and olive groves.
The reliefs forming the long ridge of the Sorrentine peninsula.
Sorrento it is a quiet center, enjoyable in every season due to the mild climate, the scent of the gardens and the panoramic terraces overlooking the sea.
The tourist fame of the town is born nell'800, but its historical life has more ancient roots: the Surrentum name is perhaps to be connected to the legend of the sirens, and theories of a Phoenician foundation of the city.
What is certain is that in Roman times was the favorite residence of the aristocracy.
The historic center still shows the orthogonal layout of the streets of Roman origin with thistles and decumans, while upstream is surrounded by the sixteenth-century walls.
The center of the town is Piazza Tasso, Which takes its name from the author of "Jerusalem Delivered", born in Sorrento in 1544.
It dates back to the fifteenth century Duomo, with a neogothic facade, which has undergone several changes over the years.
The choir has refined inlaid wood, the technique in which the city has a proud history.
The relics of the past are preserved in the Correale Museum, housed in the eighteenth-century dwelling of the Correale, "the most beautiful museum in the province of Italy", according to Amedeo Maiuri.
Important is the archaeological section, with the famous Base of Augustus, Is the medieval section with marble works of the tenth and eleventh centuries.
In Correale di Terranova museum collections of Greek and Roman finds are on display Capodimonte porcelain, with a section dedicated to 17th-19th century painting; from the park you can also enjoy a magnificent view of the gulf.
Eighteenth century is the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, with a remarkable fourteenth century cloister, with an arabesque portico with arches that intertwine on octagonal pillars, from which we reach the Villa Comunale, A garden overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular view of the Bay of Naples.
From the villa, a paved road leads to the Marina Piccola, equipped with numerous bathing facilities and a port from where they leave ferries and hydrofoils to Ischia, Capri, Positano and Naples.
The largest beach is Marina GrandeTraditional destination of walks of Sorrento.
At the Punta del Capo, 3 km to the west, there are Roman remains believed to be of the Pollio Felice's villa (I century AD).
Another maritime villa is the "Villa of Agrippa Postumo", literally located under today's Hotel Bellevue Syrene.
The villa was built by the unfortunate nephew of Augustus.
Churches and convents
- Cathedral of Saints Philip and James
- Basilica of Sant'Antonino
- Church of Saints Felice and Baccolo
- Church of San Paolo
- Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine
- Convent of Santa Maria della Sapienza
Palaces and villas
Proceeding towards the locality Capo di Sorrento, you can not help but notice, on the Corso Italia, the Villa Fiorentino left as an inheritance by the Florentine - Cuomo al Sorrento Town.
The construction was completed in 1936 and extends from the ancient walls up to Corso Italia.
It is used for exhibitions, concerts and other public events while the garden is used as a playground.
In center of Sorrento, a few steps from Piazza Tasso, rises Villa Silvana, elegant Art Nouveau dwelling, from the early twentieth century, with a terrace from which you can see the gulf.
The villa is surrounded by exotic vegetation (palm trees, cycas, camellias, banksiae roses, yucca, agave, aloe, and succulents).
The descent to the sea is possible through a long series of steps, interspersed with panoramic terraces surrounded by lemon trees, pines, vines and figs.
Hotels and other types of accommodation as well as restaurants and bars, have relevant numbers.
The economy of Sorrento is founded largely on the tourism, thanks to the natural cultural and seaside vocation of the pretty town, but also agriculture is flourishing thanks to the very fertile soil and the ability of local farmers.
It is based on high quality and mostly organic products.
Still relevant citrus production, olive oil, wine, nights and processing of dairy products.
Also famous is the local craftsmanship such as cabinet making and the inlay on wood materials (wooden Tarsia) and the processing of linens and laces, although they no longer have the vast commercial success of the past.
Likewise, the shipbuilding industry that once was the pride of the whole Sorrento peninsula and provided merchant ships for the large local (and not only) shipowners of the past and medium and small boats for tourism or fishing, today only marginal numbers, as well as in neighboring municipalities.
Food & wine
Sorrento and its geographical area, boast an ancient dairy tradition and offer magnificent itineraries in search of ancient flavors and historical wines, through products and producers, an expression of the territory.
Two of the most famous typical specialties are the "lemon delight", A dessert created by a local Master not many years ago (heir of the centuries-old pastry art of the Neapolitan area) and the Limoncello, a well-known liqueur in the world, obtained from ancient recipes, from the famous lemon peels Sorrento lemon IGP, from alcohol, water and sugar.
We then move on to the Oil DOP Peninsula Sorrento (first of all the excellent extra virgin olive oil), stopping in real temples of taste and wandering around wineries and oil mills.
A few kilometers away, we find the famous Gragnano pasta and Agerola dairy products; unforgettable, are the braids with olives and other specialties of the Monti Lattari.
Absolute excellence can also be found in the immediate vicinity Massa Lubrense e Vico Equense (true enogastronomic paradise) where, in particular, small "artisans of taste" make great products, such as sausage and salami of pork and orange peel, and magnificent dairy products: the burrini, the caciottine stuffed with a delicate mash of butter, the caprignetti (small balls obtained from a cream of goat's cheese, cacio-ricotta) which, after being sprinkled with aromatic herbs, are kept in oil.
The most esteemed of all, however, is the renowned Provolone del Monaco DOP, seasoned cheese with spun paste with a characteristic melon shape, slightly elongated or pear-shaped, without a head.
The dairy products of the area are still made in an artisanal way and there are several gastronomy shops and producers where you can taste and buy them. typical products, but also be spectators of the production cycle.
Text taken from:
- The Sorrento Peninsula - Campania Region
- Wikipedia (Creative Commons)