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Christmas in Sorrento

Christmas in Sorrento

(December)

Sorrento Christmas lights will be turned on from 23 November and the lights on the magnificent Christmas tree in the main square, Piazza Tasso, on 1 December. Remember that on the start of each hour the Christmas tree displays a light show of its own.

The Christmas holiday spirit is lifted with events and concerts taking place every weekend throughout December including and street artists and buskers.

Other venues not be missed are the Walt Disney Village featuring illuminated famous characters in the Piazza Sant’Antonino and in Piazza Lauro you will discover a Snow Village including penguins and polar bears. Traditional Nativity scenes can be admired in Villa Fiorentino together with Santa’s Village. Add to this all the decorations throughout the narrow streets and the shops and your Christmas atmosphere will be complete.

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Talking of Christmas shops …. Friends of Sorrento offers a perfect opportunity for couples or a group of friends to make Christmas shopping a present in itself. Your driver will offer seasonal greetings on arrival and take you in a very comfortable car to the hotel where a Friends of Sorrento Christmas present awaits. Carefully selected hotels minutes from the main square’s infamous Christmas tree with an itinerary tailored to provide a seasonal mix of culture, tradition and Italian style shopping will make this a truly memorable visit.

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Suonno D’Ajere – Concert at Sunset

Suonno D'Ajere in concert in Sorrenti

(August 28)

Gaze across the bay as the sun sets and the lights of Naples start to sparkle and listen to traditional Neapolitan songs brought to you by the Suonno D’Ajere trio. Their simple but evocative blend of voice, guitar and mandolin offers a programme based on Neapolitan music from the 16th century to present day. A perfect evening. There’s nothing more to add.

Location: Piazza delle Vittoria. 19.30 pm. Entry free

Performers
Irene Scarpato – Vocals
Marcello Smigliante Gentile – Mandolin and Mandola
Gian Marco Libeccio – Guitar

Alfabeto Runico – Concert at Sunset

Alfabeto Runico in Sorrento

(July 31)

Alfabeto Runico, created in 2016 by three classical musicians, will perform a concert inspired by “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Vernes. The concert is a “geopoetic” mosaic that fascinates the spectator overwhelming him in a kaleidoscope of styles, jazz, reggae, pop and folk. Last year they participated in a number of national and international festivals, and this year have scheduled dates throughout Europe.

Location: Piazza delle Vittoria. 20.00 pm. Entry free

Performers
Marta dell’Anno – Voice and violin
Andrea Resce – Double bass
Nicola Scagliozzi – Viola da gamba and double bass

Find out more about Alfabeto Runico here.

Sorrento Classic Music Festival

Sorrento Classic Music Festival

(July 26 to August 5)

The Sorrento Classica International Summer Music Festival and Masterclasses include a number of concerts at the Cloister San Francesco. Check in Sorrento for ticket availability and there is free admission to some events so arrive early for a better chance of finding a seat.

26 July
Pianist MAURIZIO MASTRINI (the only pianist in the world who plays music “on the contrary” and at the highest levels of international concertism) and “NUOVA” MONTENEGRO ORCHESTRA, conducted by Maestro PAOLO SCIBILIA.
The complete album “Essential” (MP&C International Music Recordings) will be performed exceptionally in the version for piano and orchestra;

29 July
AIMAN MUSSAKHAJEVA – violinist (“Sibelius”, “Tchaikovsky”, “Paganini” Awards – Deutsche Grammophon Records Artist), often alongside the great Vladimir Askhenazy and Mischa Maisky. In duo with pianist SARA ASSABAYEVA will perform “Virtuosity and Belcanto”, famous virtuosic pieces by Franck, Saint Saens, De Sarasate, Massenet, Bizet, De Falla;

31 July and 2 August
Masterclasses for cello, clarinet, harp, piano and chamber music, held respectively by the well-known masters Ilie Ionescu and Mariano Lucci (first parts of the S. Carlo Theater in Naples), Lucia Di Sapio (single holder of the Harp Chair of the Music Conservatory “S. Pietro a Majella” of Naples), Rossella Palumbo and Paolo Scibilia (piano teachers MIUR);
Free entry

4 August
at the Church of St. Francis, recital of one of the greatest organists of Eastern Europe, VOLODYMYR KOSHUBA, “Emeritus Artist” of the former Soviet Union, very active concert player and winner of numerous first international prizes. On the program “Great transcriptions and original pieces of romantic literature for organ”;

5 August at 22.15 pm
Midnight Candlelight Concert performed by the prestigious” Academy of Soloists, Kazhakistan State Chamber Orchestra, conducted by GUDNI EMILSSON. On the program, classic compositions by Haydn and Mozart.

Sorrento Incontra Festival

Sorrento Incontra 2019
(18 July to 8 August)

Sorrento Incontra – La luce dei Luoghi (The Light of Places) is a festival of music, dance, art and tradition performed on the terrace of the Villa Comunale named after Salve D’Esposito, another great Sorrentine author of pieces found in the repertoire of the great Neapolitan songs.

The calendar includes the voices of Flo, Gabriella Martinelli, Marina Mulopulos and Ginevra De Marco, the dance of Emanuela Bianchini, the rhythms of a Mediterranean storyteller like Enzo Gragnaniello, then the Gran Ballo di Pulcinella and La Santa Allegrezza, and, above all, the tribute of Alfonso Bruno and Imma Balduccelli to the poetry of the Aniello Califano from Sorrento, whose 100 years have passed since his death this year.

PROGRAMME: Free admission

July 18 at 7.00 pm
Tribute to Aniello Califano with the participation of guitarist Alfonso Fofò Bruno accompanied by the voice of Imma Balduccelli.

July 23 at 9.15 pm
Flo, theater singer-songwriter and actress, one of the most interesting and versatile personalities in world music.

July 24 at 6.30 pm
Gran Ballo di Pulcinella, a parade of masks, tammorre, dances and ancient rhythms of the popular tradition of Campania.
July 24 at 9.15 pm
The Holy Allegrezza, a show by Gianni Aversano and the Damadakà group , focused on the repertoire of religious traditions of the South.

July 31 at 7.00 pm
“The belly is a brain with a hole” is instead the title of the album that gives the title to the concert by Gabriella Martinelli who will sing stories, with irony and with her important voice that tells the places, the sounds and the colors that formed his artistic growth.

August 1 at 9.15 pm
Neapolis Mantra, a multidisciplinary work by the Teatro Comunale Tasso Production Center, conceived by the Italian-African director and choreographer Mvula Sungani, who sees the strength of physical dance together, with the participation by the ethico Emanuela Bianchini, Enzo Gragnaniello and the strength of his black voice, with fragments of poetic prose by other authors. A show of interaction and interpenetration.

August 6 at 9.15 pm
Marina Mulopulos, the Italian-Greek singer who for many years has been working experimentally on the voice as an instrument.

August 8, at 9.15 pm
Ginevra De Marco, one of the most popular exponents of the new folk Italian.

Sorrento Incontra’ official website. In Italian only.

Sorrento Summertime

Fiorentino Summer Time Brochure 2019 Sorrento

(4 July to 22 Sept)

A full programme of events taking place throughout the Summer at the wonderful setting of Villa Fiorentino. Concerts of Neapolitan music, Italian music, jazz music and theatrical evenings plus lots more. Too many to list here and it is suggested you visit Villa Fiorentino on the Corsa Italia for full details.

Most events cost 10.00 euros with some free.

Lemon Jazz Festival

Lemon Jazz Festival 2019 Sorrento

(July 6 to 14)

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 Festival offers a program as fresh as lemon thanks to the international names that will perform in the wonderful Villa Fiorentino.

6 July the Opening is by Tuck and Patty, a duo that has been collecting successes for more than 35 years They conquered jazz fans since their first album “Tears of Joy”, in particular with the cover of the song “Time after Time” by Cindy Lauper.

On Sunday, 7 July, Doug Lawrence and John Trentacosta, two figures of the American Jazz for an evening of cultural and artistic exchange between the city of Sorrento and Santa Fé (New Mexico), Saxophonist Lawrence boasts a career full of prestigious collaborations. His saxophone in fact played for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, just to name some. The New York drummer Trentacosta after academic training has collected continuous successes and remains a reference point for his kind.

On Friday, 12 July, the young Jezzmeia Horn will perform, nominated at the Grammy Awards, which is currently one of the most prestigious and appreciated voices of the Naturalness and look towards a modern approach to enunciation are some of the characteristics of its art.

Saturday 13 July will be the time of a young wonder, Francesco Cafiso, a name now known and consolidated on the scenery of International Jazz, which has conquered very young Sunday 14 July still great music with Scott Henderson in trio, an artist who doesn’t need presentations because he is known as one of the best guitarists in the world, already guitarist of Chick Corea and said as international star after the success of the Tribal Tech.

Starts at 9 pm and entrance to the concerts is free until places are exhausted.

For some reason a gin and tonic seems appropriate.

Alessio Arena – Concert at sunset

Alessio Arena Concert in Sorrento

(June 26)

Neapolitan singer and writer Alessio Arena will be performing live at the Piazza Della Vittoria on Wednesday 26 June. An evening offering a wonderful blend of languages ​​and musical traditions.
Starts at 20.00 and entrance is free.

Performers
Alessio Arena – Voice and guitar
Arcangelo Michele Caso – Cello
Michele Maione – Percussions

Alessio’s website

La Mortella Garden Concerts

William Walton Concerts Ischia

In Spring and in Autumn the chamber music recitals are held on Saturdays and Sundays in the indoor Recital Hall

In Summer, June to August, the Festival of Youth Orchestras with symphonic concerts are held every Thursday evening in the Greek Theatre. These concerts are always performed by young musicians (maximum age 32), following the express wishes of William Walton that La Mortella should help young talented musicians to spread their wings.

View the Youth Concerts programme here.

View the Chamber Music programme here.

For more information visit the official website.

Sorrento Opera Festival

Sorrento Opera Festival 2017

(Until 27 Oct)

A wonderful opportunity to hear soprano and tenor voices singing some of the great Italian Opera and Neapolitan Songs in the beautiful Correale Museum. A true musical experience in unique surroundings.

The Three Tenors – Opera Arias, Naples and Songs
Inspired by the popular performance of L. Pavarotti, P. Domingo and J. Carreras, The Three Tenors – Opera arias, Naples and Songs is an unmissable voyage in the Italian songs history with the powerful male voices of The Three Tenors. A concert full of emotions, romanticism and funny moments.
From April 27 – Tues, Wed and Saturday – Starts at 9.00 pm

For more details and booking click here.

Events at the 5* Excelsior Vittoria

Excelsior Vittoria Events

(June to Sept)

A wonderful opportunity to experience the 5* Excelsior Vittoria Hotel through a season of events from June to September. Jazz on the terrace, works of art, superb cuisine and charity dinners. Each event takes place in a unique setting that makes it a truly memorable experience.

A full list of events can be viewed on their brochure and we recommend you check availability well in advance.

Website

Marisa Cuomo Wine – A Tale of Passion

Marisa Cuomo Wine

Having seen the name Marisa Cuomo on a number of wine menus we organised a private tour to the winery in Furore. It’s located 45 minutes from Positano and 500 m above the Amalfi coastal road. This wine tour was to prove stimulating not just for our taste buds but for all the senses.

After turning off the coastal road we began the winding ascent to Furore with each bend offering picture postcard scenes of the coastline far below and mountains high above. Having been used to seeing rows of vines on a rolling landscape it was hard to see where the vineyards could possibly lie in such a vertical environment.

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However, following a warm welcome at the winery everything became clear as the Marisa Cuomo story unfolded during the introduction and visits to the cellars, hand-cut into the rock, and the steep, almost hidden, terraces. The main cultivation system is the ‘pergola’ with vines often planted on vertical rock faces with manual labour and donkeys still carrying the burden. Some of the wines are classed as Extreme and Heroic because of the challenging conditions.

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Bruna was our guide and her description sounded more like a novel than a tour. A story of romance, dramatic landscapes, physical struggles and passion to produce beautiful wines. In 1983 the vineyard was a wedding gift from Andrea Ferraioli to Marisa and like true love, flourished over the years. Their determination, together with generations of experience and physical toil has resulted in a cellar with a world wide reputation.

Marisa Cuomo Wines

In addition to vineyards in Furore, they have others located along the Amalfi coast. Ancient vines producing unique tastes influenced by the earth in which they grow and the mountain air they absorb. Tronto, Tintore, Sciascinoso, Ripolo, Pepella, Ginestra, Piedirosso, and Fenile are the grape varieties blended to create nine Marisa Cuomo wines listed below.

Furore Bianco, Furore Rosso.
Ravello Bianco, Ravello Rosso.
Furore Bianco Fiorduva, Furore Rosso Riserva.
Costa d’Amalfi Rosso, Costa d’Amalfi Rosato, Costa d’Amalfi Bianco.

Marisa Cuomo wines are available in the UK and stockists found with Google search

Tastings took place at the Ristorante Bacco, located opposite the winery with a table for two on a terrace open to spectacular views of the mountains and coastline. There was a choice of menus each with a selection of three wines to complement the dishes and ours included the award-winning Furore Bianco Fiorduva.

Bacco Restaurant

How the different landscapes and soils influenced the intricacies of each wine were explained to us as the dishes were served; citrus from lemon groves, minerals in more rocky ground and much more. It was an exceptional meal with superb wines in a truly wonderful setting followed by a relaxing drive back to Sorrento.

Whenever we open wine from Marisa Cuomo it is not only the flavours that rekindle memories of our visit but also the label. Each wine has its own illustration as if taken from a storybook, but a story based on real people and real places. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a romantic you should find this tale of passion and fortitude in a beautiful but unforgiving landscape fascinating.

Based on our experience Friends of Sorrento provides a private tour to Marisa Cuomo including time to visit Positano. See itinerary

marisa cuomo wine label illustrations

Full details about the Marisa Cuomo winery and their wines can be found at their website together with a selection of videos. Here’s a little taster.

Marisa Cuomo
Via G.B. Lama, 16/18
Furore
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Giuseppe Di Bella – Concert at sunset

Giuseppe Di Bella Concert Sorrento

(May 29)

The Sicilian singer and poet Giuseppe Di Bella will be performing live at the Piazza Della Vittoria on Wednesday 29 May.
Starts at 20.00 and entrance is free.

An evening of music reflecting the mix of cultural and ethnic identities to be found throughout Sicily.

Performers
Giuseppe Di Bella – Voice and Guitar
Salverico Cutuli – Contemporary accordion
Riccardo Gerbino – Multi-ethnic percussions

Naples Underground: The Art Metro

Few people know that beneath the busy streets of Naples lies an extraordinary subterranean art collection, open to any curious traveller for the price of a metro ticket.

Toledo subway station, Naples

Toledo station, designed by Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca and curated by Italian art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, has been described as “the most beautiful subway stop in Europe”. Wrapped around the entrance hall is an ornate mosaic designed by South African artist William Kentridge, depicting the Naples Procession led by San Gennaro. Figures from Italian history and blood-red musical scores are woven with maps of the city’s first underground rail system: all tiled by hand in the style of the Cosmati masters.

Materials and colours in Toledo station move down through black asphalt to ochre and finally azure, representing the earth’s strata. Descending the escalator, you can gaze up through the cavernous Cratere di Luce (Crater of Light) to the sunshine above. Moving walkways between platforms double as immersive installations. Ponder giant portraits from cultures around the world in The Human Race by Oliviero Toscani; walk on water through By The Sea…You And Me, shimmering oceanic panels by Texan artist Robert Wilson.

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At the kaleidoscopic Università station, Egyptian architect Karim Rashid has created a thoroughly psychedelic commute. In this steel hall of mirrors, pink and purple walls glisten like pulled sugar. 3D shapes animate as you walk by, exploring the language of our new digital era. Beyond the turnstiles you’ll meet Rashid’s Conversational Profile, polished black pillar-sculptures in the futurist style of Bertelli’s famous Continuous Profile of Mussolini. And at the exit stairways, each step shows a slice of a screenprint homage to Dante and his beloved muse Beatrice.

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If you’re visiting the Museo Archeologico Nazionale on your trip, go via the Museo station to see Mimmo Jodice’s mesmerizing, torchlit photos of ancient bronze statues. A perfect opener for the Farnese Hercules that greets you, fresh from killing his lion, in the museum’s atrium.

A highlight of the Quattro Giornate station on Line 1 is Marisa Albanese’s celestial Combattenti (Fighters). Sitting weightless above the escalators, the sculptures are dedicated to the women of the Italian Resistance—their unsung strength during the WWII uprising of Naples in September 1943.

There are currently 14 ‘art stations’ distributed along lines 1 and 6 of the Metro network, featuring more than 180 works by 90 international artists and architects.

Two new stations, dedicated to the city’s archaeological treasures, are currently in planning. Duomo station will be built around the excavations of a 1st-century temple and athletic race track; Municipio will showcase, among other precious artefacts, the preserved skeletons of three Roman ships.

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For more information and images of the art stations view this excellent video.

List of art stations:
Line 1: Garibaldi, Università, Toledo, Dante, Museo, Materdei, Salvator Rosa, Quattro Giornate, Vanvitelli, Rione Alto
Line 6: Mostra, Augusto, Lala, Mergellina

The metro is open 6:00 to 23:00 every day of the year.
A travelcard, valid for one day, costs 3.50 Euro.

SyArt Sorrento Festival

SyArt Festival 2019 Sorrento

(11 May to 9 June)

The SyArt Sorrento Festival is dedicated to contemporary artists from all over the world and is located at the Villa Fiorentino. Other works will be exhibited during the year in the Syart-space, a gallery linked to the event, located at the entrance of the Villa Comunale di Sorrento.

For more details visit the official website

D’Anton Design & Bistro

D'Anton Bistro in Sorrento

D‘Anton, the designer bistro, sits comfortably on the corner of Piazza S.Antonino in Sorrento, opposite the Tasso Theatre. From the outside, the tables and chairs present a typical image of a small cafe/bistro serving visitors cappuccino and traditional snacks with a classic view across a pleasant piazza.

D'Anton Designer Bistro Sorrento

However, inside is a collection of Objets d’art filling the room from top to bottom creating a unique ambience. Chandeliers, table lamps, bird cages, statues, paintings, mirrors, ceramics, glass, plant holders, cushions and more compete for attention as a source of inspiration for interior design projects. Try to imagine an Alladin’s cave that has a cocktail bar and food with many of its treasures available for purchase.

D'Anton Bistro Sorrento

Dishes of traditional offerings and original cocktails are presented in an equally imaginative way to compliment the surroundings. In the evenings the atmospheric lighting is perfect for romantic interludes.

If you are looking for a source of inspiration for interior design, an intimate table with a film-set decor, traditional snacks using local produce, cocktails with attitude (try the limoncello cocktail made from Francesca’s secret recipe), or just the perfect cappuccino then D’Anton is the place. Gabriel, pictured below, and Francesca will be pleased to welcome you.

D'Anton Bistro Sorrento

D’Anton Design & Bistro
Piazza Sant’Antonino
Sorrento
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29&30 at the Teatro Tasso

Concerts at Teatro Tasso in Sorrento

(April 25)

The band 29&30 (ventinove e trenta) will be playing at the Teatro Tasso in the Piazza Sant’Antonino on Thursday 25 April.
Starts at 19.00 and entrance is free.

Twenty-nine and Thirties started in 2015 in Naples with their songs written in the Neapolitan language. They capture the challenges and joy of life with a cheerful sound, combining the liveliness of reggae with the influences of other genres such as funk, dance and swing.

Since then the band has played in various festivals and presented rearrangements of classic Neapolitan songs. In 2018 the group began collaborating with Massimiliano and Valerio Jovine and Alessandro Aspide (Jovine Studio 3) for the artistic production of his first EP. Its release is scheduled for May 2019 and will include the participation of important artists of the Neapolitan music scene Neapolitan such as Ciccio Merolla, Brunella Selo, Fabiana Martone and Simona Boo. To date, the 29&30 has had over 50 live shows during which they shared the stage with the likes of Lelio Morra, Piotta, Tony Tammaro, Gigi Finizio, Pepp Oh, Jovine, Ultimo, ‘O Zulù, Valentina Stella , Oyoshe.

Band Members
Carlo de Rosa – Vocal
Pasquale Di Marino – Drums
Dario Di Pietro – Guitar
Francesco Verrone – Bass
Antonio Di Mauro – Keyboard
Alessandro Zinno – Saxaphone

Sunset dinner in the Marina Grande

Let me invite you for a sunset dinner in the picturesque harbour of the Marina Grande. Make your way to the Piazza della Vittoria, at the rear of the Tramomtano Hotel, and with the Bellevue Syrene on your right follow the cobbled lane. This will guide you through hidden villas and secret gardens, down well trodden steps and under an archway which opens to a magnificent vista of the harbour.

Marina Grande in Sorrento

In the next hour or so tables will start to fill every available space in and around each restaurant along the water’s edge. Dishes of grilled sardines, plump prawns, fish of the day, crab, lobster ….. will be whisked across the road from kitchen to outside tables. On this occasion we’ll have to ignore the temptation of the long established Trattoria da Emilia and the more recent Soul & Fish restaurant, at least until lunch tomorrow.

Because this evening we are dining at Delfino’s, right on the other side of the harbour, past the children paddling on the beach, the illuminated church and the lady making traditional lace products. From here you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the sunset with the relaxing sound of waves splashing under the boardwalk. The atmosphere is a little quieter with enough table space to allow some privacy for those ‘special’ occasions.

View of Marina Grande harbour

On one side is the fishing harbour and on the other, the bay of Naples with Vesuvius skirted by the lights of Naples just out of the picture on the right. The scene is set, so lets order aperitifs to toast the sunset while we wait for the highlight of the evening, the meal. I’m going for one of Delfino’s specials, Risotto with mussels, clams, squid, octopus and scampi, or perhaps Pasta with clams, zuccine and peeled shrimps, but those Dumplings with smoked cheese and peeled shrimps look tempting ……..

Sunset from Delfino's restaurant Sorrento

Its popularity with the locals and visitors throughout the year says enough about the food and service which are under the constant supervision of the family owners Andrea, Luisa and Roberto (the quiet one). Nothing more to add except it is advisable to book in advance for an outside table. Buon appetito!

Delfino in Sorrento

Restaurant Bagni Delfino
Marina Grande, Sorrento
tel: 081 878 2038


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Wine of the month

Friends of Sorrento brings you reviews on wines from Southern Italy courtesy of Richard Ballantyne, Master of Wine. This month’s recommendation is:
Sergio Arcuri 2014 Cirò Classico Superiore ‘Aris’.

Aris wine fom Sergio Arcuri

CalabriaCalabria is a little off the beaten track so you could be forgiven for having never heard of the wines from this region. We have discovered one outstanding producer whose wines are incredibly stylish and authentic.

Sergio Arcuri is a fourth generation wine producer in the DOC of Cirò where the grape variety of Gaglioppo is king. Sergio has a very small estate of 4 hectares which includes a parcel of vines planted in 1948, and another planted in 1980.

It’s these old vines that give his wine such depth and complexity. There is no oak in this wine whatsoever – it is fermented in cement tanks, then aged for 18 months in another cement tank underground to keep it cool from the blasting heat of the South of Italy.

Sergio Arcuri Ciro Aris
The wine bears remarkable similarity to top end Barolo for its fragrant notes of dried rose petals, dark berries, dried figs and prunes. The wine is remarkably fresh and lively with great acidity and framed with powerful, but ripe tannins.

The wine is made partly from the vineyard planted in 1948 with the remainder from vines planted in 1980, always from bush vines (Alberello) and it certified organic. Sergio eschews the use of sulphur dioxide in his winemaking, and this wine spends 18 month ageing in an underground cement tank.

Richard Ballantyne MW

This is a truly exciting discovery and we are delighted to introduce you to it. The wine is included in Richard’s 20% Off Italian Wines Offer until end of April. See details


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Art jewellery by Daniela Pollio

Ping Art Jewellery Sorrento
PING is the creative studio of Daniela Pollio in the heart of historic Sorrento. From this quiet corner on Piazza S’Antonino flows a wealth of creative art jewellery and miniature sculptures. Creations that could easily have fallen out of story book illustrations and dreams, or uncovered from mystical places and long forgotten civilisations.

Ping Art Jewellery Sorrento

Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, keyrings and miniatures all seem to have an affiliation with ‘earth’ and ‘people’. Inspiration comes from nature, books and everyday life, including the digital age. Each item lovingly put together and crying out to tell you about itself. Visit the studio, select the piece that captures your imagination and let its story unfold when admirers enquire. Its all part of the experience.

Grimilde & Mufasa
Grimilde is the Whitesnow’s stepmother, Mufasa is the Simba’s dad. The collection is dedicated to the pleasure of reading. A king and his Queen live in a cottage not a castle, with a lot of flowers with human faces. The crowns are on simple chairs not thrones. All the things go out of the books and materialise.
Daniela Pollio

Ping Art Jewellery Sorrento
Daniela Pollio Sorrento

Daniela Pollio
You can browse a publication of Daniela’s collections below and view examples of art jewellery and miniatures on her Instagram and Facebook pages.

The workshop and gallery is located at:

PING Art Jewellery
Piazza S’Antonino 9
Sorrento

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Collections
PING’s digital publication showing various collections created over the years with photographs and captions in English providing the ideas and inspiration behind each collection.

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Pets for life and posterity

dog-mosaic
This mosaic from Pompeii is on display at the Naples National Archaeological Museum*. Another can be seen in Pompeii itself at the entrance to the House of the Tragic Poet with an inscription, Cave Canem (Beware of the Dog) as a warning to strangers and guests.

Remains of a dog have also been excavated from the ruins complete with an inscribed collar demonstrating the devotion between dog and its young master. The dog’s name was Delta and the inscription related how he heroically saved his owner from a wolf attack.
* Image from Wikimedia

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The centuries have not diminished such an affinity with dogs, and while digital cameras record countless memories there is something special about a more permanent and tangible reminder of companionship.

Just 25 km from Pompeii in the heart of Sorrento, dog lovers can discover their own pet’s lookalike from a range of popular breeds produced in ceramic and delivered to their door. There is even a customised service to reproduce the colours and distinctive features from photographs of a beloved pet.

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Remind yourself of those fond memories of companionship with a pat on the head of your pet’s sculpture each time you pass. It’s not just dogs on show, but a menagerie of cats, rabbits and other animals from the smallest mouse to the grandest lion.

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If you would like more information about these ceramic pets please complete the form below.

Pets for life

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