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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

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.

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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.

mountain wine terraces

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.

marisa cuomo wineyards

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