Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)
The Correale di Terranova Museum is housed in the 18th century Palazzo Correale, named for the aristocratic family who has owned this estate since the early 15th century when a smaller villa stood here. Visit their private collection of paintings, Murano glass, Bavarian crystal, Capodimonte and Sevres porcelains, and Greek and Roman archaeological finds; afterwards, take a stroll through the expansive garden.
Most Sorrento walking tours and shore excursions begin in Piazza Tasso, with visits to the baroque Santuario della Madonna del Carmine and nearby Palazzo Correale, before exploring the maze of shop-lined streets in the historic district and the sleepy fishing hamlet of Marina Grande on the water’s edge below town. Sorrento is located about an hour from Mt. Vesuvius and the Pompeii and Herculaneum archaeological parks, making it the perfect base for day trips.
Things to know before you go
- The Correale di Terranova Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers via an internal elevator.
- The palazzo is a short walk from Piazza Tasso, lined with restaurants and cafès.
- Views from the palazzo and garden are spectacular, so bring your camera.
- A visit here is especially interesting for art lovers.
How to get there
The Correale di Terranova Museum is in Sorrento’s historic center, a short walk from the main Piazza Tasso. Sorrento is located along Italy’s southern coast between Naples and the Amalfi Coast, and is a transport hub for ferries, trains, and buses to and from Naples and other destinations along the coast, including Capri and Positano.
When to get there
Sorrento can be packed with visitors during summer, so duck into the quieter Correale di Terranova Museum during the height of the cruise and tour bus crowds at midday for a welcome respite.
Piazza Tasso at the Heart of Sorrento
Sitting astride the steep gorge running beneath the center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso is the pulsating heart of this bustling seaside towns. This lively, café-lined square is where locals and visitors alike gather for drinks or a meal, and admire the square’s baroque church and dramatic view to the sea below.
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- Piazza Tasso
- Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)
- Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)
- Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)
- Sorrento Foundation (Fondazione Sorrento)
- Via Capo
- Punta del Capo
- Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)
- Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)
- Spaggia Grande Beach
- Marina Grande
- Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)
- Coral Museum (Museo del Corallo)