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Sorrento Classic Music Festival

Sorrento Classic Music Festival

(July 20 to August 6)

The Sorrento Classica International Summer Music Festival and Masterclasses include a number of concerts at the Cloister San Francesco. There is free admission to events taking place on July 20, August 4 and 6, subject to seat availability. Concerts begin at 21.15 pm so arrive early for a better chance of finding a seat.

For further information on all the concerts and masterclasses view the official programme.

Art Night in Sorrento

(Saturday 30 June)

Sorrento Art Night

A Night of Art is full of free events taking place in the most picturesque venues of Sorrento and continues until 3 am. Here is the programme of all events from early evening to early morning.

SORRENTO CLASSICA
Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, at 8.00 pm, Chorus Cai
Rosario Church, at 8:30 pm Rossella Parisi
Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, 9:30 pm Valeria Ioviero

FESTIVAL OF STREET ARTISTS
Over 70 street performers from 8.00pm to 3.00pm Entertainment along the streets and in the main squares of Sorrento

EXHIBITIONS
Villa Fiorentino the exhibition dedicated to Francis Bacon will remain open until 3 o’clock
SyART Gallery in Via San Francesco on show Warhol, Haring and Adami

ENTERTAINMENT
Sorrento Comic: At 10:30 pm in Villa Fiorentino Marco Palmieri with the participation of Sex and the South in “Tonight I offer you … you’re the only one missing!”, Godmother of the evening Rosaria De Cicco

FASHION & ART at the Museo Correale
Museum open and with free admission until late at night
From 7 pm at the Correale Museum vernissage of fashion, culture and entertainment until 2 pm. Presents Patrizia Pellegrino with the participation of Stefano Masciarelli.
Defilè of: La maison Sarli New Land; Maison Impero Couture; Maison Celestino; Jewels of the master goldsmith Gerardo Sacco.

CULTURE
Books under the stars: From 17.00 to 24.00 at Sedil Dominova presentation of a book every hour: 17.00 “Blood Ties”; 6 pm “The streets of the Méhari”, 7 pm “The city and its mysteries”, at 8 pm “When women talk”, at 9 pm “All the colors of black”, at 22 pm “Confessions of a Fashion blogger”

GASTRONOMY
Sorrento to taste: A real journey through the typical flavors of the Sorrento peninsula to Bastione Parsano with tastings and free tastings but also selling typical products of Campania.
At 20, 21, 22 and 23 there will be 4 cooking shows by chef Daniele Riccio who will have the gnocco alla sorrentina as protagonist.
At the bar Antonio Antonio Cafiero will offer on the course Italy of lemon ice cream from 2 to 3 at night.

The event is organized by the Municipality of Sorrento with the artistic direction of the DL Events Association and in partnership with the Sorrento Foundation, the Correale Museum and the Pro Loco of Sorrento to create a network of elegant and entertaining events able to enrich with grace the already full Sorrento summer

Rooftop cocktail bar + live music

Mediterraneo Hotel Sky Bar Sorrento

(May to October)

Every Tuesday from Sunset to 11:45 pm enjoy live music at the Hotel Mediterraneo’s Vista Sky Bar with wonderful views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. This rooftop bar provides a perfect spot to watch a glorious sunset with jazz, bossa nova and pop music performed live by Biagio Valcaccia duet or trio.

Add a cocktail or two, some finger food and the mood is set for a relaxing evening.

The Mediterraneo is a pleasant 25 minute level walk from the centre of Sorrento through a residential area.

Non guests are welcome but we highly recommend booking in advance. Please note that a table and sofa reservation could be subject to minimum spending.

Booking enquiries

Lemon Jazz Festival

Lemon Jazz Festival Sorrento

(July 21 to 29)

A week full of zest at Villa Fiorentino with five evenings of jazz.

Sorrento is preparing to celebrate the flavors and colours of its land with an event that has become an appointment awaited by many for the great music and the beautiful location. The LEMON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018, for its second edition, offers a program as fresh as lemon thanks to the international names that will perform in one of the most suggestive frames of the coastal city, the neoclassical Villa Fiorentino.

It opens on July 21st with the band of STANLEY CLARKE; the American bassist is supported by a highly sought-after group of prodigious musicians who combine their virtuosity with a style that is now historical and inimitable, in which fusion, funk and improvisation merge. Four times winner of the Grammy Awards, Clarke remains one of the most influential and admired musicians from the seventies to today.
Starts 21.00. Tickets

July 22nd sees the quintet of ROY HARGROVE; the Texan trumpeter (also winner of two Grammy Awards) is considered a sort of heir to Miles Davis. His well-tested line up is getting a well-deserved public consensus and excellent feedback from the specialized critic.
Starts 21.00. Tickets

July 27th is the turn of the band of over Atlantic YELLOWJACKETS, historical group active since the early 80 ‘. The two founding members, Russell Ferrante and Will Kennedy, are joined by the saxophonist Bob Mintzer and the talented Australian bassist Dane Anderson.
Starts 21.00. Tickets

On July 28th GEGÈ TELESFORO will perform and his project Fun Slow Ride. Singer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, but also journalist, entertainer, author and radio and television presenter. Gege Telesforo has always been a versatile artist, and above all a refined vocalist.
Starts 21.00. Free admission

It closes July 29 with sonority typically jazz / rock / progressive sonority. With over fifteen years of intense live activity, the TRIO BOBO, has now acquired a very solid interplay. Faso and Christian Meyer, rhythmic bones of Elio and Le Storie Tese, meet guitarist Alessio Menconi.
Starts 21.00. Free admission

In addition to music, also pictorial art and tastings of local products where the taste and beauty of lemon reigns

Waiting for link to be confirmed for full details and tickets.

For some reason a gin and tonic seems a good idea.

Michelin Star Restaurants

There are 17 Michelin star restaurants within a 30 km radius of Sorrento, 4 more between Ravello and Salerno, 3 in Naples, 3 on Capri and 2 on Ischia. A full list of names and locations is provided below.

Diners will experience superb cuisine at immaculate tables set in beautiful surroundings and in many cases with breathtaking vistas. A vacation for all the senses.

As you would expect the dishes are true works of art, pleasing to the eye as well as the taste buds. For the moment the delicate aromas and subtle combination of flavours must be left to your imagination, but here is a small selection of culinary masterpieces to feast your eyes on.

The Chefs are obviously masters of their skills with a respect and passion for the ingredients and regional influences, seasoned perhaps with life experiences and memories. This can be demonstrated, in my opinion, by this video showing the preparation of the pasta dish, Pacchero with tomato sauce, by two top Chefs, Marco Parizzi from Parizzi di Parma and Giuseppe Aversa from Il Buco in Sorrento.

Enjoy Chef Aversa’s presentation which is full of humour, passion and respect for ingredients from the south. There are English subtitles.

Giuseppe Aversa Il Buco Restaurant Sorrento

This video was produced as part of a centenary celebration for Pasta Di Martino, a pasta making company. It is located in the town of Gragnano, world famous for the production of dried pasta and home for numerous manufacturers. Some provide factory tours and tastings for visitors and Gragnano is only 25 km from Sorrento.
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Michelin Star Restaurants in and around Sorrento
In addition to these 25 star restaurants there are another 38 with mentions.
Full details can be found in the Michelin Guide for Sorrento

Two star
Don Alfonso 1890. Sant’Agata
Quattri Passi. Nerano, Marina del Cantone
Torre del Saracino. Marina Equa, Vico Equense
L’Olivo. Anacapri

One star
Terrazza Bosquet. Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento
Il Buco. Sorrento
Don Geppi. Sant’Agnello
Taverna del Capitano. Marina del Cantone
Relais Blu. Termini
Antica Osteria Nonna Rosa. Vico Equense
Maxi. Vico Equense
La Serra. Sirenuse, Positano
La Sponda. Positano
Zass. Positano
Piazzetta Milù. Castellannare di Stabia
Il Refettorio. Conca dei Marini
President. Pompeii
La Caravella dal 1959. Amalfi
Rossellini’s. Ravello
Il Faro di Capo d’Orso. Maiori
Re Mauri. Salerno
Casa del Nonno 13. Salerno

Mammà. Capri
Il Riccio. Anacapri

Indaco. Ischia
Il Mosaico. Ischia

Palazzo Petrucci. Naples
Il Comandante. Naples
Veritas. Naples

Buon appetito!

Music in Sant’Agata

intricanti music festival 2018

(July 7 & 8)

The Intricanti Music Festival 2018 brings two concerts to the Residenza Cerulli in Sant’Agata sui due Golfi, Massa Lubrense. We have provided a rough translation of the two groups of performers but think the videos will speak louder than words. They are well worth viewing.

Start at 9.30 pm. Free admission subject to availability.

Musica Da Ripostiglio

Saturday 7 July

Luca Pirozzi – voice, guitar, banjo
Luca Giacomelli – guitar, choirs
Raffaele Toninelli – double bass, choirs
Emanuele Pellegrini – drums, percussions, choirs

Musica da Ripostiglio

The aspiration of the group, nominated for Grammy Awards 2018, would have been to arrange the songs of singer-songwriter Luca Pirozzi in a chamber music, but given the times they run, they preferred to change the trend and their music has become from “Ripostiglio”.
A musical reality born from the twenty-year artistic association of Luca Pirozzi and guitarist Luca Giacomelli, to which were later added by Raffaele Toninelli on double bass and Emanuele Pellegrini on drums. There are four of them and show, making the audience entertain with a repertoire halfway between the light-hearted and the busy, between the unpublished and the cited, a unique act able to involve viewers of all ages in an original and exciting.


Virtuosi Di S.Martino in Rumors

Sunday 8 July

Roberto Del Gaudio Dramaturgy
Music development Federico Odling

with Roberto Del Gaudio – voice
Federico Odling – cello
Vittorio Ricciardi – flute
Francesco Solombrino – violin
Carmine Terracciano – guitar

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With Rumors, the chamber ensemble founded in Napol inel 1994 presents a playful and irreverent journey in the world of 60-70s song.
Decades of great revolutionary drive, of great promises of change, of great utopian prophecies, accompanied by a variegated and almost obsessive soundtrack made of songs, rock, disco, “commitment”. And just around the most famous songs of those years the Virtuosi develop a surgical treatment in style Dr. Frankenstein, grafting musical and text shreds on scores of others: Rino Gaetano meets Erik Satie, John Lennon who marries Squallor, Bob Dylan summoned to Zecchino d’Or, not to mention Pink Floyd in 007 sauce and the hymn to Abba’s militant feminism. To present this concert-show is a new character of invention, the manager of Virtuosi, in a daring series of stories and curiosities related to those mythical years, groups, stories. A paradoxical reinterpretation proposed by flute, piccolo, violin, viola, cello, classical guitar, with voices and sensations addressed to the parody of some icons of contemporary music, from Patty Pravo to the Beatles.