Charming town Sorrento is situated on terrace overlooking the magnificient and colorful Amalfi coastline. The view from Sorrento stretches back to the north, encompassing Vesuvius, the city of Naples, and the island of Ischia.
The name of the town has its origins from Greek word meaning “Flowing” due to its form that appears to flow over the limestone tuff on which the town stands, defining the edge of the cliffs. When its legendary origins derive from the word Mermaids or Siren , mythical feminine creatures with celestial voices, whose hands and songs lured unsuspecting sailors and their ships to the terror of the rocks.
There are a lot of legends that speaks about different invasions, legends that the people of Sorrento have for their patron Saint Antonino and their well-grounded faith. Visiting the crypt of the Basilica, dedicated of course to St. Antonino, you will be moved by the number of votive offerings to the patron saint, and reading from them true stories of simple people, influenced over the centuries by various cultures.
The Greeks (who gave the city its urban layout that is still clearly visible today in the historical centre), the Oscans, the Romans and the Etruscans have lived here. Later came the subjugation to Byzantium, the sack by the Longobards, the conquest by the Normans, the good influence of the Aragonese. The beginning of the 18th century saw a time of cultural, economic and social rebirth for the whole of Sorrento peninsula, at the top during the 19th century. Important guests such as Byron, Keats, Scott, Dickens, Goethe, Wagner, Ibsen and Nietzsche came to stay in Sorrento looking for sun and inspiration.
Today this old and colorful town boasts a number of important religious sites such as the archbishop’s palace, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, the Church of St. Maria del Carmine, the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi, the Cathedral and the Monastery of St. Maria delle Grazie. Also well worth visiting are the Correale Museum of Terranova, the Sedile Dominova and the Via della Pietà.
Sorrento is famous for its lace work and wood engraving, a tradition that dates back to the sixteenth century. Oranges, lemons, walnuts, olives and a great variety of cheeses are produced here. The wine production is quite remarkable. Local jewellers make exquisite coral necklaces in various styles and dimensions. All these goods can be found in the little shops tucked away in the Sorrento alleyways.
Sorrento hosts different important cultural and gourmet events. One of the most important events is summer starts from July to September, the World-class festival Sorrento Summer of Music. Great names from the international music scene perform alongside emerging talent throughout the summer. Plenty of classical music and chamber music, but also jazz and other genres. During all the summer there is a big choice of festivals, village festivals, fishing festivals and etc. When in October up to the hills of Sorrento takes place the Grape festival. In the stands set up along the streets of the village you can taste different kinds of fine grapes, as well as the fine wines produced by some of the best wineries in the Campania region. In December Sorrento invites to participate in very tasty Sausage Festival, where will be ignited as every year a bonfire in sign of devotion to the saint protective of the sight.Along the road illuminated for the feast the characteristic stalls where taste roasted sausage, “friarielli” and local wine.