Sorrento Foundation (Fondazione Sorrento)
The Sorrento Foundation organizes art exhibitions, literary readings, musical performances, and other happenings at the elegant 20th-century Villa Fiorentino on Sorrento’s Corso Italia. Take a break from the bustling streets and shops of this resort town, and enjoy one of the events held throughout the year.
Sorrento walking tours and shore excursions typically include a stroll along Corso Italia, the city’s chic shopping street that runs through the town center from lively Piazza Tasso. About halfway along the route, Villa Fiorentino’s white facade and lush gardens draw the eye—this former residence of a prominent Sorrentine family is now home to the Sorrento Foundation, the city’s premier cultural association. Stop by to take in one of the temporary photography exhibits, or catch an evening musical or poetry performance.
Sorrento is a popular day-trip destination from Naples and the historic fishing villages along the Amalfi Coast.
Things to Know Before You Go
Exploring Sorrento on foot requires a significant amount of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Villa Fiorentino isn’t accessible to wheelchairs.
Casual clothing is appropriate for the daytime exhibitions; evening shows have a smart casual dress code.
The villa is known for its gardens, so don’t forget to take a walk through the grounds.
How to Get There
Villa Fiorentino, headquarters to the Sorrento Foundation, is located in the historic center of Sorrento along Corso Italia, a short walk from Piazza Tasso and other top attractions.
When to Get There
The villa is open to the public only when exhibitions or events are held. Before going, check the foundation’s schedule online, or ask at Sorrento’s tourist information office.
Correale di Terranova Museum
If you’re looking for art in Sorrento, but the Sorrento Foundation isn’t holding an exhibition, consider visiting the Correale di Terranova Museum, the city’s most important private art collection. Housed in a historic villa overlooking the sea, the museum displays the Correale family’s collection of 17th- and 18th-century Neapolitan paintings, decorative arts, and archaeological artifacts.
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- Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)
- Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)
- Piazza Tasso
- Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)
- Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)
- 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)