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.

Shopping in Sorrento

shopping a sortrento

A stroll in Sorrento among shop windows and historical buildings while savouring a handmade ice-cream.

Shopping is certainly one of the most fun things to do on holiday, especially the search for the most original and significant souvenir to take back home Sorrento is the ideal place for this quest because of its abundance of typical products ranging from wine and food to local artisanship and roads entirely dedicated to shopping and strolling. Via San Cesareo, the heart of the historical centre with its 16th and 17th century buildings is the real core of local shopping; it is an explosion of voices and colours, plentiful stands exposing their products and offers its guests the best of what Sorrento has to offer. Lemons, oranges, chilli peppers, typical liqueurs such as Limoncello and Nocino, ornate sandals, handbags, scarfs, colourful ceramics and precious inlaid chests, bars, small restaurants, ice-cream shops. And while you go through this vibrant and merry itinerary you may bump into a real jewel of 13th century architecture: the Sedil Dominova, an elegant medieval loggia where noble citizens held assemblies. Parallel to via San Cesareo is Corso Italia, the most elegant road in town, with its shops dedicated mostly to fashion: clothes, accessories, footwear, leather goods and cosmetics for every demand and for every budget, from designer brands to low cost. As in via San Cesareo, here too it is possible to be fascinated by the exquisite fa├žades of the historical buildings.