Campania is full of places to visit and treasures to discover. You can set off to discover Pompeii and the nearby cities of Herculaneum, Oplontis , Castellammare di Stabia . A long journey through history, in the scents and flavors of a land that over the centuries has been the cradle of civilization, not only history but also sea and natural beauty. There are many dream locations in the Gulf of Naples: Capri rests like a queen in the Tyrrhenian Sea together with Ischia and Procida. Then there is Sorrento. The Sorrentine Peninsula , also celebrated by Luciano Pavarotti with the song Torna a Surriento , in a very special interpretation of his. After spending your holidays in Pompeii, visiting Sorrento can be the icing on the cake before returning home and definitively concluding your stay in these sun-kissed lands.
What to see in Sorrento? It was built on a tuff ridge and is known worldwide for its citrus fruits. It is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations for its landscapes able to combine sea and mountains. A true place of the soul for painters and writers. It is said that in ancient times it was connected to Capri through the promontory of Punta Campanella. Many scholars still try to shed some light on the matter. Seen from afar even today the Blue Island and Sorrento seem almost to want to kiss. Your itinerary to visit the city can start from Piazza Tasso, the heart of the historic center and named after the poet of Gerusalemme Liberata.
From here you can proceed along Corso Italia, a long shopping avenue. Alongside major designer shops you can find numerous boutiques dedicated to crafts, restaurants and ice cream parlors. On one side of Piazza Tasso take a look at the Correale di Terranova Museum . You know, it houses paintings and art objects belonging to a long historical period, from the 16th to the 19th century.You can admire Italian and foreign porcelain, clocks and archaeological finds that date back to the founding of the city. Not far from Piazza Tasso you can also treat yourself to a visit to the Museum of Wooden Inlay inside the Palazzo Pomarici Santomasi. The building was built in the 1700s and restored in 1999. Look carefully at furniture and wooden objects built with the Sorrento marquetry technique .
This handicraft activity is a characteristic of the place, already practiced in the 16th century by Benedictine monks in the convent of S. Agrippino . Along the narrow streets of the historic center, stop to buy an inlaid wooden object. A music box for example. It could be an idea for an original gift, a unique piece. Always in the same area you cannot miss the Villa Comunale, it enjoys truly unique views. Your eyes will get lost between the blue of the sea and the sky, interrupted only by the almost drawn silhouettes of the nearby islands. Among the monuments to see there are also the church of San Francesco D’Assisi with an impressive eighteenth-century cloister and the Basilica of S. Antonino, patron saint of the city. Inside the church there is a very old nativity scene, dating back to 1700. Did you know the festivities forS.Antonino fall on February 14? Exactly, on Valentine’s Day, Sorrento is filled with lights, colors and many typical local sweets, displayed along the main streets. One more thing, when strolling along Corso Italia don’t forget to visit the nearby San Cesareo alley. Hundreds of tourists flock to this narrow street every day, kidnapped by the typicality of the many leather and limoncello shops.