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.
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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From Palm Sunday to Easter Monday the Sorrento Peninsula lives its most devout, passionate and involved period of time, which reveals this territory’s most spiritual aspect.
Easter is a magical time to enjoy the Sorrento area, to discover its traditions and enjoy the mild spring weather.
The branches of olive trees are coloured and decorated with hundreds of ribbons and delicious miniatures of local products, such as animal-shaped cheeses and tiny salami are proudly held by the boys. The girls, however, carry elegant baskets or small flower branches or traditional palms made of sugared almonds whose historical origin is mixed with legend and goes back to the Arab presence on the coasts of Campania. This explosion of colours and happiness is brought to church for the blessing of the palms, and so the Holy Week begins.
After the blessing, the cheering people gather in the street on the night between Thursday and Friday for a sorrowful yet suggestive celebration: the White Procession in Sorrento or the “Grieved” Procession in the neighbouring municipalities, which retraces the path of the Mother in search of the imprisoned and convicted Son. The brotherhoods of the entire Sorrento Peninsula prepare months in advance for this event, and the choirs of men, women, and children fill the streets and announce themselves in the distance to the devotees in the street or overlooking from the balconies.
The churches prepare the Sepulchres, charming flower beds and white wheat filaments. The children plant the seeds in small pots and keep them away from sunlight to prevent them from becoming green so that the tomb of Christ is as pure as their hearts. The rites, songs, prayers, fill the wait for the most important day, the day of Easter, the day of rebirth, and it seems that only on this day spring has finally begunPastiera. So the following day, Easter Monday, is dedicated to walks, visits to museums, day trips to the beach or mountains. And to taste the typical dishes of this holiday, the first of which the fragrant and delicious , a golden pastry pie filled with wheat, cream, ricotta cheese, citron and the wisdom of women which has been handed down for generations.
Contact our front desk to know all the activities that animate the Holy Week in Sorrento and its surroundings.