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The Sorrento Peninsula is one of the most beautiful areas of Campania and is considered one of the top-notch gems of Italy. It is located in the promontory that divides the Gulf of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno and is nowadays a mainly touristic location. The Peninsula is crossed by the Lattari Mounts which develop towards the sea and ends with Punta Campanella. The landscape is characterized by hills, valleys and a crystal-clear sea. The coastline is high, jagged and rocky, made out of soft limestone creating precipices and crevasses. The presence of man shaped the land to create terraces where oranges, lemons, vines and olive trees are cultivated.

As if nature wasn’t enough, the Sorrento Peninsula offers an incredible variety of typical products which makes it also a viable choice for a gastronomic tour. Among these excellencies one must try the superb mozzarella from Agerola, the “monk’s provolone”, Gragnano pasta, the renowned Limoncello and the many fish specialties.

The municipalities of the Peninsula are Meta di Sorrento, Piano di Sorrento, Sant’Agnello, Massa Lubrense, Vico Equense and, of course, Sorrento. It is also worth mentioning Sant’Agata sui due Golfi, located on the Monti Lattari and marking the crossing point between the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast.

One of the most beautiful locations of the peninsula is the Pollio Felice’s Villa, an ancient luxury residence built by the homonym Roman aristocrat in the 1st century a.D. The villa can be reached through a narrow road descending towards the sea.

The Sorrento Peninsula as we know it today is the result of centuries where numerous civilizations brought their traits: Etruscans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Longobards, Normans, Aragoneses…

The economy of the peninsula is mainly based on tourism, followed by the production of citrus fruits, nuts, oil, cheeses, cakes, wood carving and lacemaking.

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- Sorrento is a small town but is the one which gives the name to the area. It is like a natural paradise offering one of the most impressive and evocative scenery of Campania, with lush vegetation and a beautiful turquoise sea. The city is nested up on a tuff cliff with deep crevasses leaning towards the sea. Heart of the city are the Via San Cesareo and the Tasso square. Interesting landmarks are the Sedile Dominova (a loggia where Sorrento’s nobility gathered), the Museo Correale, the Basilica di Sant’Antonino and the beautiful 14th century Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi. The beauty of the location, a pleasant climate and the beautiful sea made Sorrento one of the most visited locations in the world.

- Piano di Sorrento, located in the middle of the peninsula, is a small but very active town. Places worth visiting here are the Villa de Sangro di Fondi, the Basilica di San Michele Arcangelo and the typical hamlet of Marina di Cassano.

- Meta di Sorrento was in the Middle ages considered part of Piano di Sorrento and gained autonomy only in 1819 and as such survived until the Fascism. In 1927 was merged with Sorrento, Piano e Sant’Agnello and took the name of Grande Sorrento (until 1946). The historic centre is really worth visiting as well as the Basilica.

- Sant’Agnello is a small town built on a tufaceous cliff on the sea. Its peculiarity are the numerous villas built in different historical periods. Important landmarks are the Chiesa dei Santi Prisco e Agnello and the Basilica di San Giuseppe.

- Massa Lubrense is a natural oasis located right in front of Capri and characterized by numerous paths leading to old farmhouses, beautiful archaeological sites and unrivaled vistas. 18 beautiful hamlets are included in its territory, one more beautiful than the other. The most beautiul beaches are La Pignatella, la Spiaggia di Marciano, Cala di Mitigliano, il Fiordo di Crapolla, la Spiaggia di Puolo e Marina della Lobra.

- Vico Equense is located between the Monti Lattari and the Gulf of Naples and is a terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Landmarks worth visiting are the Chiesa di Santissima Annunziata (built right over the sea), the Giusso castle, the Antiquarium Silio Italico museum, the necropolis and the ancient town of Aequa.

Among the beaches of the Peninsula there are some beautiful ones worth mentioning: Meta Lido, Alimuri, Marina di Cassano, Caterina Beach, La Marinella, Tordigliano, Scrajo, Spiaggia della Tartaruga, Marina del Cantone, Recommone, Lido Resegone, Ieranto and Lido Metamare.

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The Sorrento peninsula was already inhabited in ancient times (Neolithic), but it was with Greeks and Etruscans that it met civilization. The name Sorrento, based on recent studies, could be linked to the Greek verb συρρέο (meaning ‘flow into’) and refers to the two rivers surrounding the city. Popular tradition has the name dating back to the Latin term Sirenides, with reference to the mythical place where according to the legend lived the Sirens met by Ulysses during his journey.

The history of the peninsula ended up being the same as the one of the city giving its name to the area.

The exact foundation of the city is not entirely clear, mainly because of conflicting reports: what is sure is the city depended for a certain period of time from the Greek city of Siracusa (5th century b.C.). The city was then occupied by the Samnites and clashed with Rome before being conquered, entering the Roman Republic’s possession. Sorrento flourished during the Imperial age (until Hadrian’s reign) thanks to the numerous noblemen moving to the area in search for a nicer climate to build their villas.

With the fall of Rome (476 a.D.), the Sorrento peninsula was inherited first by the Ostrogoths and then by Byzantines. Langobardic raids from the neighboring Duchy of Benevento couldn’t win the city, with Byzantines strongly nested in Sorrento until the last years of the Exarchate.

During the 11th century, the city was threatened by Amalfi, at this point independent from the Byzantine Duchy of Naples.

In 1039 Sorrento was conquered by Guaimar V (lord of the independent Princedom of Salerno) but the city was granted a notable autonomy. The same happened in 1137 when the city was besieged and conquered by the Normans: political independence was limited, but Sorrento kept its aristocratic privileges and direct control over its possessions.

Following the Norman reign, Sorrento ended up in the hands of the Anjou (French) and then Aragona (Spain, 1434).

The counter-reformation was a period of decadence for Sorrento, which was the rise and settling of several religious orders to the detriment of that nobility which had characterized the city for centuries.

Ottoman raids on the coast in 1558 were a hard blow for Sorrento and the realization of the vulnerability of the city encouraged the government to improve the walls and build a series of maritime watch towers as a defense against enemy ships. On the internal front, the city had to deal with the uprisings of farmers led by the Genoese Giovanni Grillo, who even managed to unsuccessfully besiege Sorrento in 1648.

In 1799 (January 23) the city entered the Parthenopean Republic established after Napoleon’s descent in Italy, but the French domination was short (June 13, 1799) and the city went back into the Neapolitan reign. Ferdinand IV Bourbon kept his throne until 1806 when his decision to ally with Russia and Austria against Napoleon determined a second invasion of the kingdom. Joseph-Napoléon was not loved by the people and the French rule caused a quick impoverishment of lower classes.

The return of Bourbons after Napoleon’s defeat in Waterloo started a new flourishing in the peninsula and the city, where manufacture and commerce lived a new life. The tracking of the Castellammare-Meta road (1832) finally allowed reaching easily the city without the need of climbing the mountains.

The Risorgimento was enthusiastically lived by the people of Sorrento and starting in 1865 the city underwent a great rebuilding leading to the alteration of the city plan (identical to the one established by Romans) with the construction of the Corso Italia (1866), a great road along which numerous palaces were built by the noble families.

Since the unification, Sorrento followed the events with the Kingdom of Italy through the two world wars just to become a particularly appreciated holiday destination because of its beautiful sea and the unique locations.


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