Escape the Crowds in Sorrento

Sorrento is one of the loveliest and liveliest towns along the Mediterranean coast of Italy. From the hub of activity in Tasso Square through the rush of tourists wandering along the Corso Italia, this is a great place to enjoy the activity and the energy of a bustling cruise port. But for independent travelers there always comes a time when you want to just get away by yourselves and enjoy the history and beauty in a calmer atmosphere.

If that urge hits you in Sorrento you might want to visit the wonderful Terranova Museum (located at spot #256 of our Discovery Walk in Sorrento). On the edge of Tasso Square and running in front of the Carmine Church you’ll find the street Via Correale. Turn down this street and on your right  is a nice pizzeria called Tasso Restaurante Pizzeria and if you’d like something to eat or drink this is a good choice.

Continue along the street it will eventually bend around to the right where, in less than one-quarter of a mile you’ll reach museum. In the 16th century this villa was one of the centers of Sorrento’s social life hosted by the two Correale brothers, Alfredo and Pompeo. When the brothers died the villa with all of the artwork, and wonderful gardens were bequeathed to the town.

As museums go, this is a small and relaxing one filled with marble statues from the Greek and Roman periods in the region as well as valuable pieces of 18th century furniture and porcelain pieces in Neapolitan and Sicilian styles. And one of the most fascinating rooms is dedicated to the old masters of the Sorrentine marquetry craft of inlaid wood designs.

After you enjoy the villa and its works of art be sure to go out into the gardens behind the building. And if you have the time for a nice stroll look for the path that leads straight ahead and out of the garden. This is a nice shady walk that will take you through trees, other gardens as well as orange groves.

It eventually bends around to the left and leads through a low arched tunnel and onto a terrace located behind a nice hotel. The terrace there offers great views of the water as well as restaurant service from the hotel in case you’re hungry.

Eventually the path leads through a low arched tunnel and onto the terrace located behind a nice hotel. The terrace there offers great views of the water as well as restaurant service from the hotel in case you’re hungry.

To download A Discovery Walk in Sorrento or any of our other 17 self-guided walks to your own iPod or other MP3 player go to www.discovery-walk.com.

Happy travels!

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