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.