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Christmas in Sorrento

Christmas in Sorrento


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.


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.


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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Villa Fiorentino

Villa Fiorentino Events 2019

(All year)

View the the official programme of events taking place at the Villa Fiorentino throughout the year. This includes an exhibition of more than 90 works of art by Henri Matisse.

Here is a more detailed review courtesy of Villa Fiorentino website, translated by Google.

The first exhibition will be the third edition of “SORRENTO IN ARTE” by the Associazione Pittori Sorrentini, presided over by Raffaele Iaccarino.
The collective will remain open to the public from 2 to 27 February, free admission.

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th March there will be the XVI edition of the EXHIBITION OF CAMELIA, curated as always by the Garden Club Penisola Sorrentina. Camellias from the gardens of the Sorrento Peninsula will be exhibited as potted camellias. The last day will be dedicated to school children. Free admission.

From 9 March to 6 April it is the turn of the anthological painting by Nico Taminto entitled “IN THE SIGN OF MAN – A RULE OF ART”. The works realized in 50 years of activity will be exhibited. Free admission.

From April 10 to May 1 on display the excellence of the artisan Sorrentine Peninsula in the event “MANU FACTUM”. The members of PenisulArt will each bring their own piece to represent all the sections: crib art, violin making, jewelery, fashion, ceramics, ceramics, inlay, cabinet making, metals, poor art, artistic glass, photographers, sewing, painting, modeling and sandals. Free admission.

From May 3 to May 6 a three days dedicated to “THE ART OF TEXTILE AND EMBROIDERY”, review curated by the Cooperative “La Sirena arl” chaired by Mrs. Carmela Scala, in collaboration with the Association “Il Punto Sorrento”. Free admission.

From 11 May to 9 June the third edition of SyART FESTIVAL – SORRENTO LOVES ART will take place, an event dedicated to artists from all over the world that has an annual cadence and that has seen in the last edition 32 artists representing 5 nations.

The flagship event of the cultural vintage of the Sorrento Foundation is represented by the exhibition “HENRI MATISSE – IL MAESTRO IN SCENA”, which will be exhibited in the rooms of the villa, over 90 works that retrace the 35 years of career of the French painter With particular attention to the imprint that the artist gave to the theater and to the creations to effect From 15 June to 17 October, admission fee.

And as usual the last part of the year will be dedicated to the most magical party of the year with “CHRISTMAS IN VILLA FIORENTINO”, with rich news. From December 1st to January 6th 2020.

A rich year to live under the banner of culture and tradition for guests who will visit Sorrento, but also opportunities for the citizens themselves who want to enjoy Villa Fiorentino as a place of art and leisure for leisure.

Classic Cars Tour of Sorrento and Amalfi

Classic Car Club Napoli in Sorrento

(1 to 4 Nov)

Magnificent machines from the Napoli Classic Car Club touring the beautiful Amalfi Coast and beyond. An opportunity to see a unique collection of classic cars as they tour the Sorrento Peninsula with visits to Sorrento, Positano and Capri. They will be based at the Exclesior Vittoria Hotel in the centre of Sorrento so there should be opportunities to see them arrive and depart on a number of occasions.

For details view the official programme.

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


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.

Massa Lubrense Summer Events

Massa Lubrense Events 2018

(June to Sept)

Massa Lubrense, also known as the legendary Land of Sirens, is only a 20 minute bus ride from Sorrento so a day out to this beautiful area is easy and well worth the trip.

Massa Lubrense is an area with 18 beautiful villages each offering different and unique landscapes. Sant’Agata sui due Golfi, set on the hill overlooking the bays of Naples and Salerno, the Bay of Jeranto and the Punta Campanella, directly opposite the island of Capri, are typical examples. The countryside is criss-crossed with sign posted paths through ancient hamlets, lemon orchards, olive groves, oak woods and sunny coasts. The perfect picnic scenario.

Take a look at their excellent Summer Events programme to see if you can combine a visit to coincide with a concert, festival, walk or arts and craft displays.

For those interested in guided walks there is a list of Summer Excursions starting from Massa Lubrense on the back page. More information on the many walking trails in this area, including map sources, can be found in our Walks feature.

Sunset Concerts in Sorrento

Concerts at sunset in Sorrento

(May to Aug)

A wonderful opportunity to watch the sunset with live music in the beautiful romantic setting of the Piazza della Vittoria, just behind the Tramontano Hotel.

Concerti al Tramonto (Concerts at Sunset) start at 8.00 pm and you could enjoy the experience before a romantic dinner in the picturesque fishing harbour of Marina Grande. Make a note of the dates and listen to the performers.

Tuesday 29 May. Music by Respiro. Youtube
Tuesday 26 June. Music by Lamori Vostri. Youtube
Tuesday 31 July. Music by Gatos Do Mar. Youtube
Tuesday 28 August. Suonno d’ajere. Youtube

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Francis Bacon Transformations – Exhibition

Francis Bacon Transformations - Exhibition - Sorrento

(20 May to 21 Oct)

The Municipality of Sorrento and the Sorrento Foundation present the exhibition:
Francis Bacon. Transformations
(The Barry Joule Collection of Francis Bacon artworks from 7 Reece Mews, London, UK).

The works on display, donated by the artist to Barry Joule, a friend and associate of Francis Bacon, whom he defined as “not only a close friend, but also a teacher of art history and a wonderful teacher; an eclectic philosopher of life “, will consist of rectoverso drawings, a group of paintings from the Surrealist period (thirties) as well as several documents collected over time by the collector.

The collection of the works, donated by Bacon shortly before his last trip to Madrid, in 2004 was partly donated to the Tate Gallery in London, for which some of the works will be in the catalog, and to the Picasso museum in Paris as well as the National Gallery in Ottawa, Canada, a native of Joule.

May 20 to October 21

Monday to Friday
10 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday
10 am – 1 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm

Full ticket € 10.00 – reduced € 7.00 (under 16 – over 65 and groups)

Full details and booking information can be found on the official website

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Canta Napoli Sorrento

Canta Napoli in Sorrento

(Until 31 Oct)

Opera, Pulcinella e Neapolitan Songs
The fusion of Neapolitan tradition and the great Italian Opera takes place in the heart of Sorrento, in the splendid Villa Fiorentino, a neoclassical pearl that stands out in the main street.

Soprano and Tenor will perform the masterpieces that have made Italy famous all over the world, in this unique occasion accompanied by an hilarious living Pulcinella that moves on the notes of tradition: mandolin, violin, cello and piano!

In this unique concert, in the elegant frame of the Neoclassical Villa, artists of unquestioned quality will leave you breathless. Pulcinella will accompany you to discover the most famous Opera arias from La Traviata, Rigoletto and Tosca, and the Neapolitan tradition, with the beautiful O Solo Mio, Funiculì Funiculà and Torna a Surriento.

This unforgettable concert will leave a wonderful memory of your journey to Sorrento!

Every Tuesday and Saturday evening at 9 pm until 31 October

Tickets cost 35.00 euros for front seats and 25.00 for back seats.

Full details and booking information can be found on the official website

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Leonardo Da Vinci in Sorrento

Leonardo Da Vinci in Sorrento

(5 Mar to 15 Nov)

A wonderful opportunity to view and touch replicas of machines invented by Leornardo Da Vinci. Theses include several fully functional machines such as the predecessor of the parachute, a bicycle, a hydraulic saw and many other inventions.

Reproductions of Leonardo’s masterpieces and codes are also on show together with multimedia videos and film footage about his life. All this in the evocative setting of the Convent of San Francesco in the heart of Sorrento.

From 5 March to 15 November

Tickets cost 8.00 euros for adults and 6.00 for children aged 4 to 15 years, senior citizens over 65 years, school children and for groups of at least 20 people.

Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition in Sorrento

Full details and booking information can be found on the official website

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