Italy, Amalfitana – Enjoyin Sun in the South of Italy III
Sorrento is a beautiful town with many little stores where you can buy souvenirs, ceramics, or embroidery. A minor disadvantage here is the lack of a beach where you could enjoy swimming in the see for the town sits on cliffs. However, instead of idling on the beach you can take a cruise along the shoreline.
There are two harbors in Sorrento, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. Villa Comunale is situated above Marinou Grande. From the former you may enjoy a beautiful ista over the port and boats parked there. To reach the other habor, you simply go from Piazza Tasso down Via Luigi de Marion. It is at this port where all cruises start and from where ferrys depart to Capri or Naples.
Moreover, we highly recommend you to pay a visit to Museo Correale di Terranova surrounded by lemon groves and featuring a belvedere from where you can see the Gulf of Naples. The museum displays 17. and 18. century paintings by Neapolitan artists. What you may see as well is valuable ceramics (European, Japanese, Chinese), glassworks, clock collection, and even Bohemian crystal. The museum displays also important archeological findings from the region.
San Filippo e Giacomo is a cathedral in Sorrento founded in the 11th century. It saw a Romanesque facelift in the 15th century. Inside the cathedral you may see different works of art from different centuries.
Druhou významnou památkou města je Sant’Antonio basilica is another important sight in the town. It boasts the 9th century oratorium devoted to St Antonio, the patron of the town. To built the basilica material from surrounding buildings was used, notice Roman columns. Inside is a crypt. People brought here silver gifts and primitive paintings to express their gratitude that the patron saved them from terror at sea. It has been said that St Antonio saved a child from a whale who swallowed it. Inside the church, there are bones which are attributed to the legendary whale.
Archeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Territoriale della Penisola Sorrentina)is another place in Sorrento you must see. Located in a classical Villa Fiorentino it displays items dating to the Prehistory to the Roman era which were found in the nearby town of Massa Lubrense. These are usually daily items or statues.
Text: Maxim Kucer
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