Charming Nymphaeum Syrene

The magical atmosphere of Bellevue Syrene is enhanced with new charming areas of timeless beauty.
 
An ancient Roman boat shed, embellished with sculptural shelves and dim lighting, becomes a unique location where unforgettable events can take place.

A marvellous nymphaeum, in which the original plumbing system has been restored, becomes a refined setting for water and light effects, that evoke the splendour of the luxurious villas which can be found all along the Sorrento Coast.
Bellevue Syrene stands on the foundations of one of these splendid residences, which among its guests even included the emperor Augustus, and retains a very strong bond with its illustrious past by preserving the most important findings. An example, in addition to the original pieces that beautifully decorate the suites, is the preservation of a section of the sewage system visible in the tunnel carved into the rock leading to the nymphaeum and the beach.

The reopening of these spaces was announced by the Bellevue Syrene Management during the prestigious annual congress of the Relais & Chateaux Italia family, which this year honoured the Sorrento Hotel with the choice of location. The enthusiasm aroused in this brilliant occasion in the guests of honour of the evening, from the seductive beauty of the environments which lets us glimpse new and original possibilities to promote a territory and a destination which is already enormously attractive and captivating but still has many exciting surprises.

Hiking to Punta Campanella

A corner of paradise suspended in history, a magical place of eternal beauty.
 
More and more lovers of trekking and nature walks do not give up on one of the most suggestive itineraries in the region, also suitable for beginners, which starts from Termini and offers the chance to try a more demanding route, which goes up to Monte San Costanzo. The reward is to admire breath-taking views, where the sky and the sea of the Mediterranean become one and you can breathe the ancestral charm of a mythical land that is still able to surprise those who venture for these paths with their eyes and heart open to beauty.

Only the sea separates the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula from the very close island of Capri, it almost feels as if you could touch it simply by extending your hand. It is the same sea crossed by Ulysses, the same sky crossed by the song of the Sirens, it is a small world crystallized in time, where it seems to echo the voice of the heroes and gods and we find the deepest and most authentic nature of man it is completed when you are immersed and surrounded by nature.

The very name of Punta Campanella refers to a historical event. The coast was vulnerable to Saracen raids, as proven by the presence of a watchtower dating back to the 14th century. A Saracen ship dropped a bell to the sea bottom taken from the church of Sant’Antonino. Since then, legend has it that every year on the 14th of February, the feast of the saint, the tolling of the bell resounds at the bottom of the sea.

The history of the site, however, is much older. The path of Punta Campanella was, in fact, a Roman road that led to the temple of Minerva, a former temple of Athena. Legend has it that it was erected by Ulysses to thank the goddess of having saved him from the song of the Sirens, inhabitants of the islands of Li Galli. Along the ridge of rock, at sea level, an ancient inscription in Oscan, a pre-Roman language, indicated to ships where to moor to offer libations to the goddess.

The lightest route takes about two hours, for a length of 4 km. The most challenging variant for Monte San Costanzo, on the other hand, leads to a height of 485 m above sea level. The route is dotted with indications painted on the rock by the CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.

Marc Chagall in Sorrento

The “Colori dell’Anima”, the colours of the soul, on display at Villa Fiorentino, in collaboration with the Imago Art Gallery of Lugano.
 
From oil on canvas to gouache on paper, colored pencil drawings on china ink on masonite, Chagall’s dreamlike and enchanting world in 120 pictorial and graphic works, including three lithographic and etching cycles, as well as suggestive stained church glass windows shown through a dedicated multimedia space.
Master of the European avant-garde, born in Belarus from Jewish descent, then naturalized French, escaped from the Nazi raids through the escape of 1941, Chagall has an intense and tormented life, but in his works the brilliant colors, the simplicity, the immediacy of the tale, they transmit joy and positivity while still maintaining a close bond with the elements that characterize his biography.

The heart of the exhibition hosted at the Sorrento Foundation are four works of particular value:
The cruche aux fleurs, oil on canvas of 1925, floral pattern emblem that accompanies for years the artist’s production, and Russian village, oil on canvas of 1929, homage to his birthplace. And then Le Coq Violet, dating from 1966 to 1972, oil, gouache and china ink on canvas, and L’homme rouge à la casquette, made in 1976, oil and gouache on canvas, mature and representative works of the master’s poetic.

The exhibition, inaugurated on July 15th, which is moving around the usual Sorrentine appointments with the great masters of the art, and which is gaining considerable success, will last until 15 November 2017.
 
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