Sorrento is famous throughout the world for its coastal beauty and surrounding landscape which makes it the ideal holiday resorts.
The city is also known as ‘Città delle Sirene’ – ‘City of Mermaids’ in English – it’s believed the name Sorrento comes from the mythical creatures from the voyages of Ulysses.
Things to See and Do
The square is dedicated to the famous poet, Torquato Tasso, who was born in Sorrento in 1544 (a statue of the poet is in the middle of the ‘piazza’). It’s the most alive place in Sorrento, where the entire city gets together. There you will find most of the bar and restaurants where you can stop for a coffee or a drink and still enjoy the sight of the coast.
S. Francis of Assisi Church
The church was built in the 16th-century and it’s located in Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo and next to the Villa Comunale Park. It’s most famous for the 14th-century cloister, located just next to the church, where you can admire an Arabic portico and interlaced arches. It’s open to the public and it’s where most married couples have their civil service ceremony or photos taken.
Correale Museum of Terranova
The museum is located at east of the city centre and keeps Greek and Roman remains and an assortment of 16th to 19th century Neapolitan arts and crafts. The garden is also a must for the sigh seeing of the coast and selection of plants and flowers.
A standard ticket is 8€ and 13€ including a guide. Check their website if you wish to purchase it in advance.
This is the only ancient noble mansion you can still admire in Campania. Built between 1200 and 1300 was the symbol of the Sorrentine aristocracy and administration of power. Outside the building, you will notice the beauty of the grey tuff and yellow and green tiles. Inside you can find and admire frescoed walls, majolica tiles, balustrades made of marble and the badge of the city of Sorrento.
Entry is free and close to Piazza Tasso.
How to get there
If you plan to stay with us, you’re in luck as its just an hour drive from Villa Di Martino. By car take the highway A3 Napoli-Salerno, direction Napoli. Take the exit Castellammare di Stabia and proceed on the SS145 to Sorrento.
Circumvesuviana gets you to the city by departing from Pompei Scavi – Villa dei Misteri and the national rail service ‘Trenitalia’ by departing from Naples.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be updating these pages with a summary of things to do, places to eat and drink along with other ‘need to know’ details, so keep checking back! In the meantime why not check out our latest journals here.
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