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SyArt Sorrento Festival 2020

SyArt Sorrento Festival 2020

(July 11 to Sept 6)

The SyArt Gallery presents the fourth edition of SyArt Sorrento Festival, an international exhibition event dedicated to contemporary art. The event will host forty artists from fourteen countries in the splendid Villa Fiorentino, home of the Sorrento Foundation.

The festival includes Museo Outdoor with art installations located in strategic locations throughout Sorrento by a number of artists including the street artist TvBoy and the artists, Vincenzo Mascia, Dalya Luttwak and Carmen Novaco.

This video from the last festival demonstrates the range of contemporary art on display.
Video credits: Journalistic service:Lorena Sivo. Video:Giovanni Iacono

SyArt’s own Gallery is opposite Villa Fiorentino and has a variety of Art on display. Information about the 2020 festival together with more videos and images can be found on their website.

SyArt
via S. Francesco
Sorrento
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Sorrento Cooking Class Online

Chef Carmen Online Cooking Class

Imagine being able to invite a top Italian chef to help prepare an authentic Neapolitan meal in your kitchen. Dream no longer, because recent developments in live communication technology now makes this possible.

Chef Carmen is one of many talented cooks in Sorrento and runs a very successful Cooking School which was featured in the American Food Network’s “Recipe for Success”, as one of the most successful cooking vacation in the South of Italy. Her character, humour, patience and boundless energy makes cooking even more enjoyable.

If you have already used the ZOOM app for socialising online then it is as simple as booking a session, selecting the dishes of your choice and stocking up on the required ingredients. A bottle of your favourite Italian wine will also be a useful addition during proceedings. You will need all the ingredients to hand with necessary kitchen tools ready 5 minutes before logging on.

There are 4 live online classes available a week at 18.30 Italian time (17.30 UK) and last 2.5 hours. A minimum number of two participants are required for a class to take place and here’s the choice of dishes available for the classes.

Chef Carmen online meal one

Monday
Potatoes Gnocchi Sorrento Style
Traditional & Lemon “Tiramisu” Cake


Chef Carmen online meal two

Wednesday
Ravioli Caprese
Chicken Roll Genovese Style


Chef Carmen online meal three

Friday
Pizza Margherita
Eggplant/Aubergine Parmigiana


Chef Carmen online meal four

Sunday
Fettuccine Bolognese
Fish fillett in potatoes crust & Acqua Pazza


Unless you wish to keep your new found culinary skills a secret you could organise a private class for family or friends with a minimum of 8 participants. Private classes are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The cost is 30.00 euros per person and full details can be seen on Chef Carmen’s website. For those who are not familiar with the Zoom App, here is the website. A good internet connection to your kitchen is essential.

To see Chef Carmen “in action” here is video of an online class taking place from the kitchen of her Cooking School in Sorrento. Buon appetito!

Sorrento + Gardens

La Mortella Gardens

Sorrento’s streets are full of trees dripping with oranges and lemons, tall palms rise above buildings and provide shade for the piazzas. Bougainvillea cascades everywhere and each piece of spare ground seems to support an olive or lemon grove. Flower pots are found at entrances, balconies, rooftops and courtyards and all these add colour to an already colourful town. Add to this parks and public gardens to be found on the Amalfi coast, Ischia, Capri and Caserta and you have the perfect destination for lovers of plants and gardens.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • 4* Hotel in Sorrento
  • Room upgrades
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Amalfi coast with visits to Villa Cimbrone and Rufolo in Ravello
  • Ischia with visit to La Mortella gardens.
  • Caserta Palance and the English Gardens
  • Capri with visits to the Augustus Garden and Villa San Michele
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Breakfasts, 3 three course lunches, farewell ‘Torna Presto’ dinner
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
Eight days, May and September 2021
Based on two people sharing a double room with breakfast.
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 18 adults
Price on request


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

Villa Rufolo Gardens

After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a drive along the Amalfi coast with time to visit ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach. Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way to Ravello where the garden paths at Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo waiting to be explored.

Evening: Free time.


Day Three

Mortella Gardens

A ferry takes you across the Bay of Naples for a tour around the ‘Green’ island of Ischia including the magnificent panorama of the “Bay of Citara” and a guided tour of the magical Mortella Gardens.

Evening: Free time.


Day Four

Marina Grande Sorrento

A free day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings or take one of our optional tours and activities, see list below. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.

Evening: Free time.


Day Five

Caserta Palace and Parks

A full day to explore the magnificent 18th century Royal Palace (Reggia) which is a listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often referred to as the Versailles of Naples. Spend the morning exploring the grand rooms, some of which have been used for several famous movies such as Star Wars, Angels and Demons and Mission Impossible III.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the park with its waterfalls, lakes and the very famous English garden. Perfect settings for an Italian style picnic which you could prepare the night before from the Patisserie ‘Bar Rita’ which is just two minutes from Sorrento’s main square.

Evening: Free time to explore Sorrento.


Day Six

Island  of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: ‘Torna Presto/Come back soon’ dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.


Day Seven

Vesuvius and Bay of Naples

A day for doing your own thing and to take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. The Sorrento office will provide all the information needed.

You could also consider taking one of our optional tours and activities including a mini cruise along the Amalfi coast or guided tours to Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum or Vesuvius.

Evening: Free time.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have visited beautiful gardens and parks as well as opportunities to explore Pompeii, Positano and Naples. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Accommodation

Four star central hotel to be advised shortly.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Half day guided tour of Vesuvius
Pompei and wine tasting
Cruise along the Amalfi coast
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this tour, please use the form below or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Sorrento + Shopping

Shopping in Sorrento

A unique opportunity for a group of friends to visit the shops in the beautiful Neapolitan Riviera. Very smart accommodation located in the heart of Sorrento will provide the chance to explore Sorrento’s own range of shops and to visit the boutiques in Positano, the exclusive designer outlets on Capri and of course Naples itself. The air conditioned limousine and your own personal shopper will escort you to a selection of shops that suit your tastes.

Availability
April to October 2021.
Price on request based on a minimum 8 places.


Shopping List

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • Private airport transfers
  • 4 nights BB at a 4 star superior accommodation in central Sorrento
  • Shopping excursions in Sorrento and Capri with personal shopper
  • Shopping excursion to Naples with personal shopper
  • Private Amalfi coast tour with stops at Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit
  • Optional activities for ‘non-shopping’ partners such as golf, site-seeing

Day One

Arrive in Naples, where you will be met by your private limousine which will take you to your accommodation where you can enjoy a welcome drink before a period of relaxation. In the evening some free to start exploring Sorrento where the shops are open from 10 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 10 pm.


Day Two

At breakfast you will meet your personal shopper who will ask about your favourite fashion styles and any specific requirements. Then onto the ferry for a quick crossing to Capri where you will visit the exclusive designer shops for which Capri is world famous. After a break for lunch there will be time to explore some of Capri’s many other attractions before returning to Sorrento.


Day Three

Today gives you the opportunity to relax and discover the breathtaking views of the Amalfi coastline with its dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. First stop will be Positano where you will be able to wander through the narrow lanes which also has a reputation for its fashion boutiques. You continue to Amalfi with some free time for site seeing and then a beautiful drive up to the village of Scala to enjoy a lunch (included) in a traditional trattoria. Finally, you reach Ravello with is spectacular views and enough time to visit the ancient Villa Rufulo and its gardens. Return to the hotel late afternoon for relaxation and an evening of free time.


Day Four

Off to Naples with your personal shopper to visit the large stores, designer boutiques and the famous narrow streets full of shops of all descriptions. There will be time for lunch and a tour of the main attractions. Return to Sorrento for a period of relaxation before dinner.


Day Five

Depending on flight times there may be time to try on those shoes you saw in Sorrento before the limousine takes you to the airport.

Further details

To express an interest in this tour, please use the form below or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Sorrento + Wine

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Wines of Campania

This tailor-made 8 day Wine themed holiday offers an exclusive opportunity to visit wineries in the Campania region to taste some of its most famous wines. From Sorrento you will experience vines on the slopes of Vesuvius, inland towards Avellino and the Apennine mountains and on terraces perched high above the Amalfi coast, each location as unique as the wines themselves.

You can read a brief introduction to the wine region of Campania by Master of Wine, Richard Ballantyne.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • 4* Hotel in the heart of Sorrento
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Wine tour and tastings at vineyard near Vesuvius
  • Wine tour and tastings with 3 course lunch at vineyard in Avellino
  • Wine tour and tastings with 3 course lunch at vineyard on Amalfi coast
  • Tour of Pompeii
  • Tour of Naples
  • Tour of Positano
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Breakfasts, 3 three course lunches, farewell ‘Torna Presto’ dinner
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
Eight days, April to June and Sept to October 2021
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 18 adults.
Price on request


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and wine. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a light lunch with typical local produce.

Evening: Free time to explore Sorrento.


Day Three

Streets in Naples

A guided tour of Naples to experience the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city. Start with a visit to the Archaeological Museum before meeting your guide for a walk through the streets of Napoli to experience ‘daily life’ and a chance to see the incredible architecture and sculptures. There will be opportunities to taste authentic Neapolitan pizza, visit other landmarks and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Free time.


Day Four

Amalfi Coast

After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a morning visit to ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach.

Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way up to Furore for a private tour of a unique winery with grapes taken from terraced vineyards along the Amalfi coast. The terraces are too steep to venture far but you will be intrigued by the story behind this winery with its romance, a constant struggle against the elements and the delicate balance between man and nature to produce wines so beautiful. Read our review of a recent visit.

After visiting the cellars you stroll across to the restaurant for a superb three course meal with wine pairings. The intricacies of each wine and how the surrounding landscape influences their taste will be explained in detail and questions willingly answered. All this taking place with the sky, sea and mountains of the Amalfi coast as a background.

Evening: Free time.


Day Five

Marina Grande Sorrento

A free day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.

Evening: Free time.


Day Six

grapes

A visit to a vineyard in the Avellino wine region that has helped Campania to be recognised the world over for its wine varieties and quality. A three course lunch with wine pairings will follow a private tour our of the vineyard and cellars.

Evening: Free time.


Day Seven

Island  of Capri

A day for doing your own thing and to take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. The Sorrento office will provide all the information needed.

We could organise one of our optional tours and activities including a mini cruise to Capri or along the Amalfi coast, take a half day visit to Herculaneum or learn the secrets of making the perfect pasta, see the list below.

Evening: ‘Torna Presto/Come back soon’ dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region, visited Pompeii, Positano and Naples. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Located only 10 minutes walk from the centre of Sorrento this four star superior hotel has superb views overlooking Sorrento and across the Bay of Naples. A very comfortable traditionally styled hotel with all the facilities a guest requires together with easy access to Sorrento itself. Situated close to the main road for the Sorrentine peninsula the hotel provides a good base from which to explore the villages, harbours and beaches in and around Massa Lubrense. The Capodimonte is part of the Manniello group of hotels which include the Ambasciatori, De La Ville and The Royal.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Guided tour of Capri
Cruise along the Amalfi coast or around Capri
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this tour, please use the form below or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Sorrento + Christmas

Christmas in Sorrento

Christmas shopping in Sorrento

Friends of Sorrento offers a perfect opportunity for a group of friends to make Christmas shopping a present in itself. This is Friends of Sorrento’s Christmas Shopping Package at a 4 or 5 star hotel in the heart of Sorrento.

It offers immediate access to shops in the old quarter and Sorrento’s main street, Corso Italia, with shops offering designer label fashions, accessories, jewellery, perfume, arts, crafts and much more. The shops open until late so there’s plenty of time for window shopping in the evenings when the lights and decorations create that magical atmosphere of Christmas. We also take you to the fashionable shopping areas in the Bay of Naples including Positano and Naples itself.

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Christmas Shopping List

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • 3 nights in a choice of 4 & 5 star hotels in Sorrento
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • Private transfers from Naples airport in executive style
  • Welcome drinks and Christmas present
  • Private tour of the Amalfi coast with shopping in Positano
  • Private tour of Pompeii and Naples
  • Restaurant recommendations with special discounts for members
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
29 November to 20 December 2020
Minimum group size 4 people
Price on request


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time to settle into the hotel before setting off to enjoy the magnificent Christmas Tree and Decorations in the main square and throughout the town. Time also for some window shopping.


Day Two

You can’t come all this way without taking in a little culture and the day starts with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. In the afternoon you continue to Naples to visit Via San Gregorio Armeno, a street dedicated to nativity crib scenes (Presepi), followed by the fashionable shopping areas.

Evening: Return to Sorrento to rest those tired legs before venturing out for dinner.


Day Three

It’s 10.00 am and your driver will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Ravello, Amalfi and finally Positano to explore its narrow lanes and chic boutiques.

Evening: Free time to return to the shops and make that final purchase decision! Enjoy a meal in our recommended restaurant and take a Passeggiata to absorb Sorrento’s family Christmas atmosphere.


Day Four

In four days you would have been surrounded by the Sorrento’s festive spirit, shopped Italian style, savoured local cuisine and taken in a little culture. Now its time to take those presents and memories back home ready for your own traditional Christmas.
Buon Natale!


Further details

To express an interest in this tour, please use the form below or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Neapolitan Riviera

An exclusive tailor-made 8 day holiday including a balanced itinerary of tours, activities and relaxation. The itinerary will take you through the many different landscapes on the Neapolitan Riviera. Visit historical sites, dramatic and incredibly beautiful coastlines, villages surrounded by lemon and olive groves, vibrant towns and cities with traditional trattorias and Michelin restaurants, and of course meet the people and experience their lifestyle.


What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • ABTA and ATOL protection
  • 4 star hotel
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Guided tour of Naples
  • Guided tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Capri
  • ‘Torna Presto’ dinner
  • Optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Availability
August to October 2020 subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
April to October 2021.
Price on request


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a three course lunch.

Evening: Free time.


Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.


Day Four

Amalfi Coast

It’s 9.00 am and your driver will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Try to resist the temptation to stay too long in Positano if you want to explore Amalfi and Ravello at a leisurely pace. Recommendations for restaurants will be available and booked if required.

Evening: Free time to continue your exploration of the many hidden gems in historic Sorrento including museums, restaurants, boutiques and tasting limoncello in its many forms, including gelato. Find a spot where you can witness the twinkling lights of Naples across the bay where you will visit tomorrow.


Day Five

Streets in Naples
A guided tour of Naples and an introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city with a chance to see its incredible architecture and sculptures. After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit the Piazza del Plebiscito and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed and if required organise optional tours and activities, see below.


Day Seven

Island of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: ‘Torna Presto/Come back soon’ dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Accommodation

Corallo Hotel Sorrento

The Hotel Corallo, located in the town of Sant’Agnello, is a 4 star hotel situated on a clifftop with panoramic terraces and views of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and the Sorrentine peninsula. The centre of Sorrento and Tasso Square with its characteristic alleys, is just 2 km away and can be reached on foot or by public transport.

In 1910 this elegant patrician house became “Hotel Cappuccini”, a meeting point for artists and intellectuals such as the great Luigi Pirandello, who stayed here in the 1930’s.

The recent renovations have enhanced an exclusive blend of past and present ensuring the hotel provides a beautiful backdrop for a relaxing holiday.

Other hotels available.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Cruise along the Amalfi coast or around Capri
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

To express an interest in this holiday please use the form below or phone: +44 (0) 1446 771220.

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Friends of Sorrento in partnership with Sam Smith Travel

Sorrento + Opera

Opera at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, evening concerts in Ravello on the Amalfi coast, jazz on the terraces of Sorrento, classical and traditional music in venues throughout Sorrento. In between performances, enjoy a little bit of culture with visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum or take a cruise along the Amalfi coast. Fine cuisine and wine with glorious scenery completes the picture.

Please keep this to yourself but Madama Butterfly will be performed at San Carlo next May. We were fortunate to see Tosca in 2016, an experience never to be forgotten. In a meantime here are some videos as a taster of what you could experience with this holiday.
San Carlo Theatre and Ravello concerts.

If this sounds like your kind of holiday then complete the form below and we will send the itinerary as soon as finalised or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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Sorrento + Rome

Rome is just a one hour train journey to Naples or a three hour drive to Sorrento and with regular UK flights to Rome and Naples, a two city holiday is a very attractive option. With two days to explore the Eternal City and five based in Sorrento to discover the Neapolitan Riviera this holiday offers a perfect blend of culture and the Dolce Vita.

If this sounds like your kind of holiday then complete the form below and we will send the itinerary as soon as finalised or phone: +44 (0)1446 771220.

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158 Studio | Contemporary jewellery

Serpent earring from 158 Studio in Sorrento
158 Studio is located in the heart of historic Sorrento and brings together a collection of contemporary jewellery from leading Italian designers including Co.Ro.Jewels, Cristina Fava, Francesca Bianchi, Vitti Ferria Contin, Dario Scapitta and many more. Patterns and textures found in natural and man made materials provide the inspiration for many of the pieces on display.

158 Studio bracelet
158 Studio bracelet

Some of the creations are miniature sculptures and works of art in their own right. Everyday materials are transformed into decorative pieces with colours, shapes, patterns and textures emphasised to create a unique fashion accessory. The latest technology using 3D printed Nylon brings lightness and flexibility to others.

158 Studio necklace
158 Studio necklace

More traditional materials of gold, silver, pearls and gem stones are also used to produce a range of contemporary fashion jewellery suitable for all occasions and moods. There is a wonderful diversity of innovative designs, each one a statement piece reflecting the personality of the person who wears it. What statement would you like to make?

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158 Studio Earring
Nicoletta Passarelli in 158 Studio

158 Studio
Nicoletta Passarelli will be pleased to show the latest designer collections during your visit to Sorrento. Until then you can view and purchase items on line.

More examples are on display on Instagram and Facebook.

158 Studio
Via San Francesco, 21
Sorrento

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

(April to October)

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 18 – Tues, Wed and Saturday – Starts at 9.00 pm

For more details and booking click here.