With its vegetable garden, new vegetarian menu and several ecological options, Laqua Countryside is an eco-friendly resort in the heart of the Sorrento Peninsula.

How Laqua Countryside helps the Planet

Our resort in Ticciano, on the Sorrento Peninsula, is set in the childhood home of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. Love for the land and fresh produce were key to our eco-friendly project, which aims at safeguarding the environment.

First of all, Laqua Countryside prides itself with a private vegetable garden of more than 1,000 square meters, and which provides many of the vegetables used in the dishes on the menu. To cut down on any water waste, only rainwater is used for irrigating. Our eco-friendly resort uses a heat pump system as well as thermal insulation coat to minimize energy loss.

All materials themselves adhere to the philosophy of recycling and reuse, as they mostly come from the original building prior to the renovation. From the ground up, this is a construction project that fully embraces respect for the Planet and its resources.

What would an environmentally friendly resort be without a distinct vegetarian tasting menu? Gourmet dishes carrying the excellence of 1 Michelin star and the freshness of local produce.

The “Carpe Diem” menu at Laqua Countryside is a triumph of ingredients grown in our garden with love and care. Along with “celeriac with hazelnut and lemon”, guests can enjoy “beet bresaola with red fruit and red onion”. And you’ve got to try the “onions, vermouth and miso”, a boldly flavored main course that packs all the goodness of Nature.

A culinary experience you can also enjoy outdoors; catch a glimpse of the garden that provides the same gourmet dishes on the menu.

Gourmet Eco-Sustainability

From the garden to the kitchen with the Chef

The beauty of Laqua Countryside is a bundle of elements of unquestionable charm; Ticciano and its splendid location on the Sorrento Peninsula, the 6 rooms with a family flavor, along with being totally surrounded by unspoiled Nature. In fact, it is precisely the latter, the star of the new experience dedicated to food lovers.

It starts with a trip through our bountiful vegetable garden, where you can sense all the care devoted to its cultivation. Then continue to the kitchen, where Executive Chef Nicola Somma will prepare a delicious dish with freshly harvested ingredients, sharing with you all his secrets as a star chef. You will assist in every step of its preparation, which you can then enjoy at the end of this adventure from the garden to the kitchen.

You’ll be given a handmade apron, a symbolic participation certificate signed by Chef Cannavacciuolo, and a memento of an unforgettable morning.

Reconnect with the land
and beauty of the
most pristine Nature

Photos credits: Francesca Pagliai



Laqua by the Lake, in the heart of Pettenasco, is the perfect place if you don't quite know what to do on Lake Orta... 3 days of pure romance, adrenaline and well-being.

Our SPA on Lake Orta

day 1

One suggestion of what to do on Lake Orta in 3 days would be to include an experience in our exclusive “The Longevity Suite” SPA. Intimate and relaxing, a place where all sources of stress are gently eased out.

Start your morning with a rejuvenating cryosauna session. What’s this, you ask? Imagine … a total body treatment that lasts from 3 to 5 minutes in an electrically cooled cabin reaching temperatures between -85°C/-121F and -95°C/-139F. Its multiple benefits include more energy, better sleep and mood, and you can burn up to 600 kcal per session.

Your journey towards well-being and relaxation continues with our Holistic massages, a bit of pure full-body indulgence. And what about your skin? Want fresher and toned skin? One of our fully personalized anti-aging beauty treatments is just what you need.

What can you do on Lake Orta in 3 days if you are with the one you love? We’ve got the answer for that too! Why not add a few romantic experiences to make your stay at Laqua by the Lake even more memorable.

After a day of well-being and outer beauty, start your second day with a lavish and exclusive breakfast on the spectacular lakefront. After that, enjoy a dip on the terrace in a double Jacuzzi covered with fragrant rose petals, complete with a bottle of Champagne and a stunning view of the nature around you.

Finish the afternoon on a high note with a gourmet aperitif by the lake. Delicious finger foods, straight from our Bistrot kitchen, served in an intimate private gazebo.

A romantic getaway from the city

day 2

An adrenaline rush on Lake Orta

day 3

And for your third day on Lake Orta, how about a bit of an adrenaline-fueled adventure? The activities you can add to your stay at Laqua by the Lake have all been designed to create spectacular and exciting memories.

Don’t miss out on our Lampuga air jetboard, an all-electric surfboard that can reach 50 km/h. Whiz around the water and savor that feeling of freedom, not just on the jetboard. Go water skiing, wakeboarding, or wake-surfing.

But if you want something without the speed, take a ride on our Stand-Up board. Want something more? Discover the area by hiking and taking an e-bike for a totally eco-friendly experience. All of these activities will give you the chance to enjoy the real “jewel” … the incredible Nature all around you that will make your experience even more remarkable and memorable.

Now that you know what's possible on Lake d'Orta in 3 days, all you have to do is just join us.



A gorgeous country estate nestled among the vineyards, an old Etruscan village
and 6 apartments detailing the story of the Olympian Gods.
Laqua Vineyard is the latest addition to our luxurious Laqua Resorts Collection,
just a few miles from Pisa in Tuscany.

A new luxury resort in Tuscany

Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia Primatesta opened their Collection Resorts in 2021, with three ultra-elegant yet family-friendly properties. Just one year later, the fourth has been added; Laqua Vineyard in Tuscany, among the vineyards of Terricciola, a town a few miles from Pisa.

Taking a closer look, the historic country estate, home to our Resort, is located in Casanova delle Spinette, a quaint little Tuscan hamlet. The atmosphere is that of stepping back to basics, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Vacation in Nature; immerse yourself and rediscover the freshest and most genuine products the Territory has to offer. Guests can feel right at home in one of the six apartments named after Greek gods for a mythological-hued retreat.


Laqua Vineyard and all its offers


Photo of Francesca Pagliai

Our Laqua Vineyard is not just a luxury resort in Tuscany, with its elegant décor and enchanting panoramic views of the countryside. It is, first and foremost, a place to reconnect with yourself and the territory. It is a marriage of exquisite wines and the expertise of Antonino Cannavacciuolo's gourmet cuisine, best experienced in the Cannavacciuolo Vineyard Restaurant, located right inside the Resort.

A moment of relaxation everyone deserves, complete with a dedicated spa area. This all-encompassing Resort, just a few miles from Pisa, offers loads of pampering and opportunities to recharge where couples and families can discover a corner of Italy all over again. Each apartment is very much like home, with its own living area, private kitchen, and cozy rooms overlooking the Tuscan vineyards. 

Laqua Vineyard in fields of lavender and sunflowers 


The Laqua Vineyard resort lies immersed in unspoiled Nature and portrays the most authentic and well-hidden Italy. A jewel to be discovered, just like the village of Casanova, the town of Terricciola, and Tuscany's gorgeous countryside. During the summer, you can enjoy the endless fields of lavender and sunflowers on a bike, car, or motorcycle. A spectacular display of incredible colors.

Vineyards and wineries scattered throughout the area also provide a glimpse of the region's heritage. And speaking of wineries, Laqua Vineyard's ristorante gives guests the chance to experience the exquisite wines from "La Spinetta," a local winery in Terricciola, our Tuscan luxury resort with which already has a long-standing partnership.



Experience an authentic
Italian love story






Positano, the vertical city, is located just 20 minutes from Sorrento. It is the first village you come across when traveling along the coastal SS 163. Perched overlooking the sea with its colorful houses, Positano is a delightful village you can explore on foot down steps and narrow streets. Perfect for visiting all year round for relaxation, shopping, food, and culture.

Exciting, lively, and colorful, Positano offers dreamy beaches, breathtaking views, luxury shopping, and stunning surroundings to explore.

Where can you go for a swim and get some sun, or maybe an aperitif? Certainly, the Spiaggia Grande (the main beach), stretching for 300 meters at the foot of the perched village. Or Fornillo, a more sheltered and secluded beach, protected as it was 500 years ago by watchtowers against pirates coming from the sea.

Positano is also beautiful from the sea. Grab one of the boat taxis that leaves from the Spiaggia Grande and explore the hidden bays and coves. Be sure to visit Cavone.

Finally, who can resist shopping? Positano is famous worldwide for its handmade leather sandals and colorful caftans, symbols of “Positano Fashion” since the ’60s. The history and culture of this picturesque village are kept in the Roman Archaeological Museum, a Roman site located beneath the Oratory of the Chiesa di SS. Maria Assunta.

Positano panorama


Just a stone’s throw from Sorrento, Vico Equense is the largest town along the Sorrento peninsula. It is considered one of the most beautiful destinations on the coast with its unique blend of the Lattari Mountains and the blue sea, overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in the world.

The landscape is postcard perfect. The historic town center is on a rocky ridge overlooking the sea, dominated by the rose-colored facade of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Annunziata.

Vico Equense is the perfect destination, especially for those who love the sea, traditions, history, culture, and excellent cuisine. And don’t forget that in the small village of Ticciano, the Michelin-star Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo was born here.

So, what can you do for a day in Vico Equense? Begin by basking in the sun on the beaches of Marina di Aequa or Tordigliano, overlooking the famous islets of Li Galli (“The Sirenusas”), where, according to legend, the mermaids lived. Or you can enjoy the healing waters of the thermal baths in Scrajo, which were already well-known and appreciated by the Romans.

History buffs will want to visit the Antiquarium Silio Italico; located in the town hall, this museum has more than 200 artifacts from the ancient civilizations of this area – Greeks, Etruscans, Italics – which bear witness to an ancient settlement built here in the 7th century BC.

In the evening, Vico comes to life with its trendy bars and the exciting nightlife in Marina di Aequa.


This village, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is in the province of Salerno, less than 40 km from Sorrento. It is one of the lesser-known towns along the coast (and, therefore, one of the most intriguing to explore).

In addition to the colorful handmade ceramics, Ravello is also known as the City of Music. For 65 years, it has hosted the Ravello Festival, an international classical music festival held each year in July. You just have to experience one of the concerts at dawn. Simply breathtaking, on the terrace of Villa Rufolo overlooking the silent sea.

But Ravello is also zealous and proud of its local traditions, as demonstrated by its Museo del Corallo and its religious and architectural heritage. Don’t miss a visit to Villa Rufolo, which even bewitched the musician Richard Wagner. Or to the Duomo of Ravello, one of the oldest former cathedrals in Italy as it dates back to 1086. Another must is a stop at the “Terrazza dell’Infinito” at Villa Cimbrone; a unique observation point 400 meters above sea level, where you can lose yourself while looking at the horizon, which seems to never end.


Nerano is the paradise of the sea, of authentic cuisine, and of peacefulness. This quaint little village is located on the extreme tip of the coast and can be reached by boat or by car from Sorrento and Naples.

Its main beach, the bay of Nerano, is stony and overlooks transparent, fresh seawater ranging from turquoise to ultramarine blue. In addition to the full-service bathing facilities, you can also enjoy wide stretches of accessible beaches, perfect for relaxing and soaking in the splendid views.

Seaside restaurants make it possible to try the incredibly delicious spaghetti “alla Nerano” with zucchini, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Monaco provolone cheese.

For the more adventurous, the Baia di Ieranto is worth a visit; starting from the town center, a 2 km path leads to a protected bay directly overlooking the Faraglioni of Capri.


To experience the silence and mountainous soul of the Sorrento Coast, you should visit the village of S. Agata sui Due Golfi. The village gets its name from the fact that it overlooks the gulfs of Salerno and Naples. From the Monastero del Deserto, at almost 400 mt above sea level, you can admire the magnificent view of the Sorrento peninsula, Vesuvius, the Flegree Islands – Ischia and Procida – as well as Capri.

The center of the village is dominated by the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Inside the church, there is an altar dating back to 1600 with mother-of-pearl and marble inlays.

Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi also merits a visit for its exquisite cuisine. Cheese lovers can visit one of the local dairies to taste the typical products from the Monti Lattari, which get their name from this region’s long and important dairy tradition.

View of Procida from above



View of Procida from above

Procida, the Italian Capital of Culture 2022

It is the smallest island in the Gulf of Naples and probably the least known in comparison to the most popular tourist destinations of Ischia and Capri. Procida is an authentic pearl of the Campania archipelago, an enchanting place which carefully safeguards its own identity and traditions, away from the classic itineraries and can easily be seen on foot in just one day.

But not only that, Procida is also the Italian Capital of Culture 2022, the first island to win this coveted honor.

Thanks to its 44 cultural projects, 330 days of programming, 240 artists and 40 original works of art, throughout 2022 Procida will be the perfect place to surround yourself with its natural beauty and rediscover the age-old traditions of a community that is itself part of the island’s cultural heritage.


The Island of a Thousand Colors

Easily to reach by ferry from Sorrento (but only in summer) and Naples, Procida will captivate you from the very first moment you step into the port of Marina Grande. All of the small colorful houses overlooking the crystal clear sea will give you the impression of being inside an authentic outdoor painting. Welcomed by the thousands of enveloping colors, you’ll want to explore the island and get lost amongst the numerous narrow alleys that adorn this beautiful little corner of paradise.

The beating heart of Procida, Marina Grande is the shopping and tourist center. Full of cafés and restaurants, you can enjoy the typical local cuisine as well as go shopping along the most famous Via Roma.


Terra Murata and Palazzo D’Avalos

Along original passageways and alleys with a magnificent view overlooking the sea, you can walk to Terra Murata, an ancient medieval village encircled by walls built in the 16th century to protect the population from being attacked by the sea. Here is the historic center of Procida. With a short walk uphill, you can reach the Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo and the Palazzo D’Avalos (an imposing structure visible from the mainland and famous because it was a prison until 1988).


Corricella: the Fishermen’s Village

Your daily visit must include a tour of the island’s oldest fishing village, Marina della Corricella. It is famous for being the film set of Massimo Troisi’s “Il Postino.”

Overlooking the blue sea of the enchanting Gulf of Naples, the village will offer you a relaxing stroll. You’ll enjoy the famous fishermen’s cottages with their pastel colors and “Vefi” or unique balconies covered with Arabic arches.

If you love the peace and quiet, as well as the scents of the sea, this is the perfect corner of the island for you. And don’t forget to stop for a fresh-fish dinner at one of the few restaurants in the area. You’ve got to do this!


Beaches Not to Be Missed

We have to mention the wonderful beaches of Procida with their fine sand, made famous by the iconic 1999 film “The Talented Mr. Ripley” starring Matt Damon and Jude Law. After all, Procida, first of all, is the sea.

The island has many beaches, almost all accessible, small bays and coves perfect for exploring the area.

Among the most famous on the west side is the famous Pozzo Vecchio beach with its black volcanic sand and the beaches of Ciraccio and Chiaiolella. The latter is the largest and busiest of Procida, ideal for families with children and those who want to enjoy a boat ride to explore coves and caves visible only from the sea. But most of all, it is the best place for a swim under the warm colors of one of the most spectacular sunsets on the whole island.

Young girl eats overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento



Young girl eats overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento

What’s good to eat in Sorrento and along the Sorrento Peninsula?

Flavors from the sea and land, unique traditions, the best of Mediterranean cuisine, and world-famous dishes. We are talking about the Cuisine of Sorrento and its surroundings, fragrant, tasty, but also delicate and robust. This is because the strip of coast of the Sorrento peninsula is nestled between the Lattari Mountains, where the delicious Fiordilatte and Provolone del Monaco DOP cheeses are made. And the sea, offering fish, shellfish and seafood prepared and served in thousands of different ways.

t is difficult to single out just one dish as the “star” of the Sorrentine cuisine. This is a territory of big flavors and talents, as demonstrated by the pastry art of Sal De Riso and by the fame of the star Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, who was born right here, in the charming Ticciano, a small village of Vico Equense, only 7 km from Sorrento.


Anchovies, Squid, Cuttlefish, Octopus and Seafood – Freshness at the Table

Pezzogna all’acqua pazza (typical white fish with tomato, garlic, parsley and white wine), impepata di cozze (peppered mussels), and seppioline ripiene (stuffed cuttlefish) are three typical recipes, just to mention a few. But the cuisine of Sorrento is a real celebration of seafood, from appetizers to first and second courses, with fresh ingredients and a hint of something special, the fragrant Sorrento lemons, tomatoes, and DOP olive oil.

The fish, arriving fresh every day, is served grilled, marinated, or fried. Succulent shellfish as a first course with spaghetti, or as a delicious sfizio, sautéed with garlic, oil, parsley and a generous handful of hot pepper.

Octopus is the star of Sorrentine cuisine. In particular polpetti affogati, small octopuses simmered for two hours in an earthenware pot with tomatoes then served with chopped parsley still steaming.

Another delicious dish: local cod, eaten poached with a bit of lemon juice, salt and fresh parsley. It is of superior quality compared to Atlantic cod because it is completely fat-free.


Meaty goodness

The inland areas of Sorrento and neighboring towns are famous for pork. Try the sausages with a side dish of friarielli, the slightly bitter broccoli typical of the Campania plain, and the starters made with local cured meats. Don’t forget to try the grilled fillet and goat meat.


Local fresh fruits and vegetables and high-quality specialties

The prince of Sorrento cuisine is the Sorrento tomato: cultivated throughout the region, it is large and round, with a very delicate flavor. Together with fiordilatte cheese from Agerola (similar to fresh mozzarella) and basil, it is the famous Caprese salad.

The fertile soil, mild climate and terraced cultivations also offer flavorful eggplants, peppers, and zucchini. One of the most famous territorial first courses is creamy Spaghetti con le Zucchine with shaved caciocavallo cheese.

And what about the Sorrento walnuts, with their crisp white nut and thin skin? They are a real delicacy. Try them in Nocino, a typical liqueur, or Spaghetti con le Noci with garlic and anchovies.

The ever-present ingredient in Sorrento dishes is DOP olive oil from Sorrento. Fruity, with greenish reflections, this oil is made from olives harvested by hand in the olive groves dotting the Sorrento peninsula.

In the end, the very famous and fragrant Sorrento lemons, the true symbol of this beautiful land. Appeciated all over the world, they are large and juicy, and in addition to adding personality to each dish, they are also eaten here as a salad with olive oil and salt.


Homemade pasta

In Sorrento and its surroundings, pasta is homemade. Osterias, restaurants and typical eateries offer many types of homemade pasta. The most famous is Le Lagane, wide strips of pasta served with a chickpea purée, and of course, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. So delicious with tomato sauce, grated parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese, and then baked in the oven and garnished with fresh basil.


Provolone del Monaco DOP and fresh Fiordilatte

Agerola cows, native to these areas and at risk of extinction, are today a protected breed thanks to the exceptional quality of their milk. This delicious milk has been used for centuries to prepare Provolone del Monaco, a cheese used to enrich all recipes and enjoyed on grilled bread, and Fiordilatte, often mistakenly confused with buffalo mozzarella.

Fiordilatte comes from raw cow’s milk from the Agerola breed of cows and must be made within a maximum of 16 hours after milking. It has a fresh and delicate taste and is the ingredient of Pizza Margherita. It can be eaten by itself, either braided or in small balls, or cooked in delicious dishes such as Fiordilatte in Carrozza, fried with egg and bread, or as a Caprese.


Desserts: from the Delizie al Limone to the Babà

Perhaps desserts are among the most famous typical products of Sorrento and its surroundings. The Delizia al Limone, the Cannoli alla Sorrentina and the Melanzane di Cioccolato come from this area. As well as the confectionery tradition from the convents which left sweet testimonies such as the paste reali.

But that’s not all. Here you can try a delicious Torta Caprese made with almonds and chocolate, the Baba often served with Limoncello cream, the Pastiera, and even Sfogliatelle, Frolle e Lisce and the Cannoli.


Liqueurs and wines: DOC and other varieties

At the end of the meal, how about a Limoncello, Meloncello, Liquore al Cioccolato, Liquore al Pistacchio or another homemade liqueur? And we can’t forget about the wines! Sorrento and its peninsula are proud of their ancient roots. Wines were already being made here in Roman times. Over the centuries, the wine tradition of this region has evolved into quality wines, bearing the name Penisola Sorrentina DOC.

Be sure to try a sparkling red wine (Piedirosso, Aglianico), and the so-called Vino di sabato or Saturday’s wine. This is a full-bodied and native wine coming from the farms and vineyards around Vico Equense. It is mainly made according to traditional techniques. As for white wines, perfect for fish dishes are Episcopio di Ravello and Tramonti di Apicella, very fresh and delicate.

Panoramic view of the Sorrento Coast



Panoramic view of the Sorrento Coast

The Sorrento Peninsula in Summer

Sorrento and its Peninsula in summer are a paradise of sea, sun, good food, and thousands of wonderful fragrances this region has to offer. Whether it’s a swim or lying on the beach, an excursion to Capri or one of the many festivals, or even a walk leading to some of the most beautiful views … here are the top choices for spending an unforgettable time here along the Sorrento peninsula in summer.


A Day on the Beach

From Castellamare, the first town you come across on the Sorrento peninsula coming from Naples to the stone-filled bays of the Amalfi coast and further down towards the protected areas of the Parco del Cilento on the border with Basilicata … a stretch of tuff coastline overlooking the sea, with cliffs, ridges of Mediterranean scrub that plunge directly into the water and many small coves of pebbles protected by rock walls. Some of these are very well-known and popular, while others are waiting to be discovered. On foot, walk down the steep trails directly from the Strada Statale 163 that connects Sorrento with all the towns on the coast.

Sorrento and the Sorrentine Peninsula in summer attract both international and Italian tourists. Foreigners, especially British and Americans, in search of the splendor narrated famous by the first travelers who made these areas well-known during the days of the Grand Tour, and Italians in search of fun, good food, days on the beach, and lots of sun.

Among the most popular beaches in Sorrento are Marina Piccola, which also has a free area, and Marina Grande, which faces a fishing village very famed for the fresh fish dishes of its restaurants. Generally speaking, the beaches of Sorrento and its surroundings are stony and the less populated bays are free. We suggest you bring rubber shoes, some water and something to eat. Along the statale road, paths lead down to the beaches and small shops where you can stock up on snacks and tasty sandwiches. Try them stuffed with tomatoes and Mozzarella or with Provola cheese.


A Day Trip to Capri from Sorrento

For a summer day, a fantastic outing away from Sorrento is the Island of Capri. From the port of Sorrento, hydrofoils and ferries to Capri depart regularly. In summer, they are often very busy, so we recommend booking the return trip as well. You can also book private tours aboard one of Sorrento’s traditional boats providing various options, including aperitifs or dinner on board and romantic sunset cruises.

So what should you do once you’ve landed on Capri? There are many choices. A few must-dos include a visit to the Grotta Azzurra by boat with perhaps a stop at the famous Faraglioni, and a visit to Monte Solaro and Villa San Michele on the mountain of Capri, which can be reached by chairlift. From here, the view extends as far as Salerno. And then, the struscio” in Piazzetta, the hub of sophistication and the good life, is a must. After stopping at one of the tables in the square, you can continue to the Giardini di Augusto and Via Camerelle, Capri’s shopping street par excellence, and probably one of the streets with the highest concentration of high fashion boutiques in the world.


Punta Campanella and its Marine Park

re Monte San Costanzo è facile, basta semplicemente seguire i segnali in bianco e rosso dipinti sulle rocce. Da qui, oltre 400 m sul livello del mare, la fatica viene premiata dal panorama che permette di ammirare tutta la penisola.


The Summer Festivals of the Sorrento Peninsula

The Sagra dei Sapori Contadini in Ticciano, Vico Equense

What could be better than a real food and wine tour in the hometown of star chef Antonio Cannavacciuolo? We are talking about the Sagra dei Sapori Contadini, held every year the week before Ferragosto (August 15th) in this small village on the slopes of Monte Faito. An opportunity to discover another side of the Sorrentine peninsula, far from the summer clamor.

The festival, which often involves its most famous citizen, the celebrity Chef of Vico Equense, is a journey of flavors and dishes from the past. From the goat prepared “alla ticcianese” to the local wine, families prepare dishes with traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation. All this together with music and dancing.


The Sagra del Riavulillo in Vico Equense

During the first week of August, Vico Equense also hosts the Sagra del Riavulillo Festival. The Riavulillo (little devil) is a small Caciocavallo cheese made according to local artisan methods, full of hot peppers and black olives, or with green olives and cured meats like prosciutto crudo and prosciutto cotto. Tradition has it that this caciocavallo can be enjoyed melted over an open fire directly on slices of toasted homemade bread. An authentic delicacy served with local wine, live music, and lots of fun.


Art in Sorrento in Summer – The Sorrento Festival Syart

Every year, from July to September, the enchanting location of Villa Fiorentino in Sorrento puts on the Sorrento Festival. This international event is dedicated to contemporary art. Artists from all over the world come and share their vision of life through works of art, themed exhibitions and photography, sculptures, paintings and art works.



Sorrento lemons, Campania’s lemony gold

Sorrento lemons are the symbol of the Campania region and are P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) certified.

Lemons are one of the most iconic symbols of the Campania region and the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento lemons, in particular, are P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) certified. This particular citrus fruit symbolizes a local ecotype of the Citrus Limon species (common lemon), also known as Limone di Massa or “Massese”, or as Ovale di Sorrento.

But what are the characteristics and unique qualities of Sorrento lemons? And what are the beneficial properties of this extraordinary citrus fruit?

Lemons of Sorrento PGI, what are the peculiarities?

Sorrento Lemons are a medium to large oval-shaped citrus fruit. The peel is quite thick and has a citrine yellow hue. The Sorrento lemon’s exterior is one of the peculiarities of this incredible kind of citrus fruit; the peel is in fact rich in essential oils, making it extremely fragrant. The pulp is very juicy, and the juice contains a high level of acidity as well as vitamin C and mineral salts. Sorrento lemons belong to the “femminello” family, i.e. they are particularly fertile lemons, and differ from other citrus varieties of the Amalfi Coast both for their organoleptic properties and above all for the way they are grown.

Sorrento lemons are native to the Sorrento Peninsula, from Vico Equense to Massa Lubrense and the island of Capri and Anacapri. In particular, the Protected Geographical Indication label applies only to Sorrento lemons grown in Massa Lubrense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento and Vico Equense, as well as Capri and Anacapri on the island. This area is characterized by green slopes stretching out to the sea, where reed structures are built, called “paglierelle”, which are supported by wooden poles; in fact, this is the technique used to grow Sorrento Femminello lemons. This process, while protecting the plants from the elements, allows the fruit to slowly ripen as the organoleptic properties improve. This gives the lemons their distinctive GIP quality, whereas lemon groves have become territorial symbols and are known as the “pergolato sorrentino” or arbor.

Sorrento Lemons: historical facts and benefits

Sorrento lemons can be traced back centuries; in fact, their presence in the Sorrento area has been confirmed by historical documents dating back to the 1500s, while their genetic predecessors to the Romans. Numerous paintings and mosaics found during the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum testify to the presence of lemons very similar to the present-day “massesi” and “ovali sorrentini”. This implies that Latin ancestors were already using these fragrant and succulent citrus fruit at their own tables. However, the most significant sources regarding the Sorrento lemons date back to the Renaissance even if it was not until the 1600s when it became evident the lemons were cultivated in this particular manner, as demonstrated in the acts of the local Jesuit Fathers.

As for their benefits, one of its peculiarities is that they contain vitamin C. This is essential for the absorption of iron contained in green leafy vegetables and legumes. The peel has considerable amounts of vitamin C as well as being rich in fiber and calcium. The peel also contains limonene, a molecule from which the distinctive citrus fragrance is dependent and which is the principal component in lemon essential oil. The intense yellow color, is linked to the presence of beta-carotene, another beneficial element found in lemons. This is a precursor to vitamin A, which is essential for eyesight and for cell growth and healing processes, as well as having excellent antioxidant qualities.


Discover Vallone Dei Mulini, The Abandoned Place Everybody Takes A Picture Of.

Abandoned Vallone Dei Mulini Became a Real Web Star Thanks To Its Unique Characteristics.

Vallone dei Mulini is a valley in the area of Sorrento and Amalfi. This valley is an abandoned place everybody takes pictures of. However, this spot is a risky one because of its continuous rockfalls.  Placed behind Piazza Tasso, Vallone has dominated the city center for centuries. But what is the history of this evocative natural landscape? Why did it make headlines?

Vallone Dei Mulini’s Origins

If you look at it from above, the valley seems a deep grove in the mountain. This grove originated almost 35,000 years ago, in the aftermath of the first great volcanic eruption that was a jolt to Campania.

This valley is part of a system of five valleys, which crossed the Sorrento Peninsula in ancient times and marked the cities borders. Besides, the Vallone Dei Mulini was originally connected to Marina Piccola and the Port. The valley represented an important meeting point for locals, especially for farmers and fishers. 

An old windmill gives its name to the valley, where a sawmill also existed. The sawmill, which local waters fueled, supplied local artisans with wood for their handicrafts, which were usually built according to the rules of Tarsia Sorrentina.

In the valley, a public wash-house was also present, where local women did their laundry.

In 1866, the municipality built Piazza Tasso, which cut out the Vallone Dei Mulini from city life and isolated it from the rest of the world. The City Council also set up a system of channels that direct the waters close to Marina Piccola.

Why Is the Valley This Famous?

Despite this is not one of the most popular sites, the American website BuzzFeed discovered the beauty of the Valley and later included in the list of the thirty most fascinating abandoned places on the planet.

Today, the only way to access the Vallone is the small gate you can spot from the road that connects Piazza Sant’Antonio with the port. However, wheater conditions do not allow men to live in Vallone anymore. The humidity has indeed reached 80% as a constant value. Yet, this microclimate has favored the development of a rich and wild vegetation, among which a rare example of fern. 


Sorrento Marquetry: Wood Craftsmen’s Art

Local Wood Craftsmen in Sorrento Are Famous Worldwide Because They Produce Wonderful Handicraft, also known as Sorrento Marquetry.

Sorrento’s marquetry (Tarsia Sorrentina or Tarsia di Sorrento) is an ancient art. Local craftsmen have always engaged in this particular woodworking. This kind of work is as meticulous as complex. The result? High-quality objects and pieces of furniture.  But what are the origins of tarsia sorrentina and the techniques used to produce such kind of art?

History of Tarsia di Sorrento 

Tarsia Sorrentina’s first appearance in history dates back to a period between the sixth and seventh centuries. At the time, people could find this art in Benedictine monasteries.

Later, we find examples of tarsia in the Reinassance and during the 19th century, when Tarsia gained its momentum. Indeed, Tarsia spread beyond national boundaries.

Why did the 19th century saw the tarsia sorrentina flourish? 

Because this was the period of the Gran Tour, when artists from all over the world visited Italy.

The Gulf of Sorrento was one of artists’ favorite destinations. Their presence not only raised the demand for handicrafts but also influenced and inspired local artisans. Tarsia Lignea Sorrentina became a very appreciated and well-known artistic tradition all over Europe. 

What are the characteristics of Sorrento Marquetry?

As its name suggests, Sorrento Marquetry was born as a kind of inlay. This art aims to produce images (i.e. landscapes, portraits, still-life, etc.) from wafer-thin pieces of wood, whose color and consistency differ. Craftsmen alternate these pieces of wood and foils of other materials, as ivory or nacre, over which they put metals or semiprecious stones.

Despite European cities entered in a strong competition with Tarsia Sorrentina, just like the city of Nice, Tarsia always distinguished itself because of two of its characteristics:

  • Techniques selection;
  • Choice of materials;

Indeed, the art of Tarsia di Sorrento requires the commitment of more than one professional figure. This is because local craftsmen rely on very rigorous techniques.
First and foremost, transformers model the pieces of wood, as in a patchwork, and they start to put them together to make drawings.  Then, a “ricacciatore” (an artist specialized in “editing” the drawings, ed.)  perfect the drawing. Then, a trimmer paints the handicraft, using some spray paint.