The Sorrento Intarsia Technique

tarsia ligneaAn ancient and magical art that still inspires expert craftsmen.

Very thin wood layers of different colours, light sheets of mother-of-pearl, elegant drawings, decorative virtuosity, soft shapes, and perfect geometry. The intarsia technique in Sorrento is an artistic expression which has gained international importance since the mid-18th century and still today raises interest among collectors all over the world. By combining small, sometimes tiny, wood tiles elaborate polychromatic drawings can be achieved, which will then decorate chests, trays, paintings, tables, desks, and trunks. There are many workshops in Sorrento where you can find your unique piece. To fully appreciate the history and evolution of this seemingly minor art you might want to consider visiting the Muta – the workshop-museum of the Sorrento intarsia technique – with its ancient and contemporary collections and many events regarding the universe of the local craftsmanship. At 300 meters away from the Bellevue Syrene, the Muta is open every day from 10 am to 6.30 pm between April and October and from 10 am to 5 pm between November and March. The cost of one ticket is 8 euros.

Pane, Amore e… Sorrento

Sorrento and seventh art. A fitting union.
Sorrento owes its worldwide fame to a number of reasons: its ancient history strongly tied with élite tourism and its historical villas, the beauty of the charming, yet wild, landscape, with its rocky shore, dwelling place of the Mermaids, with their charming, yet dangerous, voice, its typical products such as citrus fruits, walnuts, olive oil and tomatoes which enhance the emblematic Mediterranean diet.
It is undeniable that the contributions made in different times by famous, or not, film directors and actors, who have chosen the town as their filming location, have immortalized Sorrento in the collective imagination, sometimes with authentic landmarks in the history of film.
It is the case of the well-known Scandal in Sorrento (Pane, amore e…) by Dino Risi, starring Vittorio de Sica and Sophia Loren, who filmed some of the most famous scenes of the movie in Marina Grande, the main beach in Sorrento located in the ancient fisherman village. Among the many Italian movies one worth of mention is Decameron by Pierpaolo Pasolini, filmed in 1970 in various locations of Italy, in particular of Campania, such as Naples, Ravello and the Sorrento Coast.
The charm of Sorrento has also attracted international film makers and cinematographers, such as the 2012 Danish movie Love is all you need by Academy Award-winning Susanne Bier, starring Pierce Brosnan, which is set in Italy and allows viewers to glimpse some of the most fascinating views of Sorrento, in particular the Sedil Dominova, the ancient loggia in which noble citizens reunited in assembly, an authentic jewel from medieval times. From her experience as a filmmaker in the Land of the Mermaids, Bier stated: “The film is the celebration of love, and Sorrento is the most romantic city in the world.”