Easter holidays in Sorrento

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.

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The lemon of Sorrento

As yellow as the hot Summer sun. Indigenous to India and Indo-China, the lemon is a symbol and a representation of Mediterranean countries.
Known for its therapeutic properties and considered sacred in Islamic countries, the fruit of the colour of the sun spreads throughout the West around the year 1000 thanks to its Arabian importation to Sicily.
Oval typical of the Mediterranean vegetation, it owes its name to the Persian “limu”. The earliest European cultivation was planted in Genoa in the first half of the 15th century, also its appearance in the Azores goes back to this date.
The yellow fruit comes to America at the end of the 15th century, after Christopher Columbus’s discovery, thanks to its introduction by the Spanish.

The development of lemon cultivations in the regions of Southern Italy, from Sicily to Campania, occurs after the discovery of the numerous beneficial properties of the fruit. In fact, it reveals itself a miraculous medicine of scurvy, a pathology caused by lack of C vitamin the lemon, instead, is rich in.
In the Italian territory the lemon cultivation boasts a long tradition and an incomparable quality level. Needy of modest cares and suitable for poor soils, the lemon tree cannot stand the cold but it does not need any particularly high temperatures to give its fruits. Thanks to these characteristics, it has well adapted itself to the mild and temperate climate which characterizes the seaboards of Southern Italy which soon, since antiquity, began a prosperous production of the citrus tree. For centuries, in particular from 1400 to 1800, Italians exported huge quantities of lemons at a world level, above all to Northern Europe and America.

Among the so many varieties present in the national territory, the lemon of Sorrento IGP. An integral part of the landscape of the Sorrento Coast, fragrant scent of the atmospheres of the Coast, the “femminiello comune ovale di Sorrento”, with a medium- thick peel, rich in essential oils, is one of the elements making part of the cultural identity of inhabitants in the Sorrento Coast. Sorrento lemon plantations and the ones of the Amalfi Coast, which in the course of centuries have increased in number and width, represent one of the main resources for inhabitants in the area, who have removed steep and impenetrable soils from the impassable nature of coasts, to fit them on the cultivation of lemon trees. Protected by the logo of the Protection Authority, the lemon of Sorrento IGP is one of the most precious products of Campania, so that its production is very often sold before its harvest. It represents, for Sorrento and Amalfi agriculture, one of the most profitable and performing resources under the economic point of view.

Besides numerous therapeutic properties, which make it an efficient remedy to depurate one’s body, to improve immune defences, to protect vascular walls, to be a very good hypotensive and a natural antirheumatic, the yellow fruit boasts a wide use in various fields. Basic ingredient of Mediterranean cooking, it is used for the preparation of delicious first and second courses, but also of tasty alcoholic and soft drinks and of very good cakes.

The Sorrento Orange

The Sorrento Peninsula, and Sorrento in particolar ,is noted for its citrus production. The cultivation of oranges and lemons has ancient traditions and represents centuries of principal economic resources for the territory. The famed citrus from the peninsula are in fact exported to the major Italian markets and to the rest of Europe.
The Sorrento orange, like the famous lemon, are cultivated according to the traditional way of protecting the plants from the wind and the cold using a wooden scaffolding system – usually chestnut wood is used – with a height of 7 metres and a pergola-cover of straw.
Growing the fruit under these pergola’s gives the product a particolar uniqueness, a particolar maturation, that allows the fruit to be sold throughout the different seasons and therefore has earned a wide respect in comparison to other Italian citrus products.
The production along the Sorrento Peninsula see’s principally two ecotypes of tree: The Sorrento Yellow and the Equense Yellow.
Both types of plant have a vigorous growth and reach a height of 7 metres. The fruit they produce have an intense yellow-orange colour with a peel of medium thickness. The Sorrento oranges reveal numerous sections rich with seeds which give a generous amount of sweet juice.
The harvesting period for the Sorrento orange is done in the period from May to August. Like the lemon, the orange is also used as a base for a delicious liqueur and is noted as one of the typical local products.