Sorrento's Historical Buildings Walking Tour. (Self Guided), Sorrento

Sorrento has a rich culture and history. The influence of different historical periods can be seen in the center of the town, where a number of notable buildings have withstood the test of time. In Sorrento you can also find a number of beautiful churches and monasteries, which keep the history and the valuable memories of the city alive. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Sorrento's picturesque religious sights and historic gems.
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Sorrento's Historical Buildings Walking Tour. Map

Guide Name: Sorrento's Historical Buildings Walking Tour.
Guide Location: Italy » Sorrento (See other walking tours in Sorrento)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chiostro di San Francesco (St.Francis Church and Convent)
  • Teatro Tasso (Tasso Theater)
  • Chiesa di Sant'Antonino (Church of Saint Antonino)
  • Sedile di Porta (Gate Door Seat)
  • Church of Carmine
  • The Cathedral’s Bell Tower
  • Cattedrale di Sorrento (Cathedral of Sorrento)
  • Sedile Dominova (Dominova Seat)
  • Chiesa Del Rosario (Church of Rosary)
  • Ancient Walls and Parsano Bastion
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Chiostro di San Francesco (St.Francis Church and Convent)

1) Chiostro di San Francesco (St.Francis Church and Convent) (must see)

The Church of Saint Francesco dates back to the 8th century, but it has since been reconstructed. In the 14th century the church was rebuilt in the Baroque style and dedicated to the Franciscan friars. Next to the church are the monastery and the cloister, also dedicated to San Francesco. The cloister is an amazing mix of many architectural styles and is a sight to behold.

***Next to the Church of San Francesco there is a small door that will lead you to a magical place: the cloister of San Francesco, crossing the threshold you immediately feel a mystical atmosphere, silence and peace are the first thing you notice leaving behind the narrow door. A particular light illuminates this place especially during certain hours of the day where the sun's rays create a suggestive contrast with the shadows of the colonnade. At the center of the cloister stands a tree with an oblique trunk that frames the many weddings that are celebrated in the hottest periods of the year. To the right of the particular plant the bell tower rises above the walls.

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Teatro Tasso (Tasso Theater)

2) Teatro Tasso (Tasso Theater)

Theater Tasso is located in the Square of San Antonino. The theater has been closed for almost a decade and has undergone some reconstruction, although it retains its original 16th-century architecture. Here, in 1920, the first performances on the peninsula took place. Teatro Tasso offers different musical shows and interesting programs to suit everyone's taste.
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Chiesa di Sant'Antonino (Church of Saint Antonino)

3) Chiesa di Sant'Antonino (Church of Saint Antonino) (must see)

The Church of Saint Antonino was erected in the 11th century in the place of a former oratory. The basilica has a mix of architectural elements, like the columns that were probably taken from a Roman villa, and the south portal that was built in the Byzantine-Romanesque style. The crypt contains some small pictures dating from the 18th century. All these elements together make the church unique and attractive.
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Sedile di Porta (Gate Door Seat)

4) Sedile di Porta (Gate Door Seat)

Sedile di Porta is a historic building located in the Piazza Tasso. It was built near the main gate of the city, when the area that is now Piazza Tasso was called Largo del Castello. Because the building was located close to the gate, it received the name di Porta. Over the years, it has served as a prison and guard house, and today the Sedile is home to the Sorrento Club.
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Church of Carmine

5) Church of Carmine

The Church of Carmine likely dates back to 240-230 A.D., around the start of the persecutions against Christians in Sorrento. At the end of the 16th century the church was rebuilt in the Baroque style. Here you can see the image of Madonna, which is a duplicate of the Vergine Bruna of Naples, as well as a lot of beautiful artwork from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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The Cathedral’s Bell Tower

6) The Cathedral’s Bell Tower

The Bell Tower has great historic importance, because its small arched rooms and the vault on Via Peta, at the entrance of the Bishop's Palace, served as a place for the people of Sorrento to meet. The columns and shapes at the base of the tower have Romanesque-Era influences. The upper part of the tower was probably rebuilt to its current size in the 15th century.
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Cattedrale di Sorrento (Cathedral of Sorrento)

7) Cattedrale di Sorrento (Cathedral of Sorrento)

The Cathedral of Sorrento dates back to the 15th century and was built in the Romanesque style. It has a great collection of pieces made by artists of the Neapolitan School, dating back to the 18th century. The church holds the baptistery of Turquato Tasso, who was christened here. It was restored in 1933. Other valuable pieces include the marble archiepiscopal throne, dating back to 1573, and the ceiling, which is ornamented with beautiful paintings.
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Sedile Dominova (Dominova Seat)

8) Sedile Dominova (Dominova Seat)

Sedile Dominova is the only evidence in Campania of the old nobles known as Sedili. The building dates back to the 16th century. It has a square shape with two arches that provide a view of the interior walls decorated with interesting frescoes.
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Chiesa Del Rosario (Church of Rosary)

9) Chiesa Del Rosario (Church of Rosary)

The Church of Rosario, also known as The Church of the Santi Felice e Baccolo, is considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Sorrento. It is a very important historic place, as it functioned as the Cathedral of Sorrento from the 12th to the 15th centuries.
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Ancient Walls and Parsano Bastion

10) Ancient Walls and Parsano Bastion

Ancient Mura, or the Ancient Walls, are an important landmark of Sorrento. The walls were erected by the Greeks and were restored in 1562. The magnificent walls protected the city from invasions in medieval times. Today they are a popular tourist attraction.

***After being recently restored, the Bastione di Parsano (Parsano Bastion) was open to the public. Superb cross-section of the fortifications that surrounded the town and the heart of the city of Sorrento, the Bastion of Parsano itself, retains its ancient charm and, preserving its unaltered appearance, allows you to admire a part of Ancient Sorrento.

It is inserted in the context of the reinforced and almost entirely rebuilt walls, following the Saracen invasion of 1558, but it has some peculiarities. The adjacent Porta di Parsano, which allows the passage from Via degli Aranci to Corso Italia (passing through Piazza Antiche Mura and Via Sersale), in fact, is relatively more recent because it was built during the seventeenth century.

However, during the execution of some excavations, some remains (still visible now) came to light that date back to a previous door built even in Roman times. This testifies to the fact that for almost twentieth centuries, the historic center of Sorrento - at least in terms of extension - has remained almost unchanged because it is bordered by a wall, as well as by deep valleys (such as the so-called Vallone dei Mulini) which, in fact, represented the boundaries of the city itself.

In fact, the Porta di Parsano, together with the Porta di Marina Grande, is the only supersite compared to the existing ones until, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Porta del Piano disappeared (which was considered the Main Gate, both because it allowed access to the now disappeared Castle, both because it was positioned along the main access road) and the Porta di Massa (which, precisely, allowed access to those coming from Massa Lubrense and, therefore, from the extreme edge of the Sorrento Peninsula).

Splendid to visit during the day, the Bastione di Parsano turns out to be, in any case, particularly suggestive at night. ***PH***

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