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Christmas in Sorrento

On the first day of December, the magnificent Christmas tree in Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Tasso, is switched on to herald the start of festivities that last until 7 January. Every building and tree on the square is decorated with lights to create a magical setting and holiday spirit that flows through the surrounding streets and narrow lanes.

Santa’s Village, a Snow Village, traditional nativity scenes, stalls and musicians all waiting to be discovered. Add Christmas-themed events including concerts, shows and the festive mood is complete, well almost.

Finding the perfect Christmas present is all part of the festive spirit and there is no shortage of ideas in Sorrento. From Italian fashion boutiques along Corso Italia to artisan shops in the lanes of the old town, you will find that ‘something special’ for your nearest and dearest.

Should the idea of visiting Sorrento at Christmas get your jingle bells ringing, then we can offer a customised itinerary with time for shopping in Sorrento, Positano and Naples or Capri.
View our Festive Itinerary

We thank ProWalk Tours for sharing video clips from their excellent “Sorrento, Italy Christmas Lights Walking Tour” from 2021. View the full 50 minute walk, and others, on ProWalk’s YouTube Channel.


SyArt Festival 2023

(June 10 to Oct 15)

The SyArt Gallery presents the seventh edition of SyArt Festival, an international exhibition event dedicated to contemporary art. The event will host artists from a number of countries in the splendid Villa Fiorentino, home of the Sorrento Foundation. The festival includes art installations located in strategic locations throughout Sorrento by a number of artists. Our feature on the SyART Gallery can be viewed here.

This video from the 2019 festival demonstrates the range of contemporary art on display.
Video credits: Journalistic service:Lorena Sivo. Video:Giovanni Iacono

SyArt Festival

SyArt Gallery

Sorrento Classica Festival

Sorrento Classica Festival 2023

(July 23 to Sept 9)

The 16th Sorrento Classica International Summer Music Festival 2023 includes twelve evening concerts at the beautiful Cloister San Francesco in the heart of Sorrento.
Concerts start at 21.15 except for 28 July which starts at 22.30.
Admission 15.00 euros single seat, subject to availability.
Ticket office and Presale at entrance to San Francesco Cloister. Tel: 3485946808


23 July
ROBERTO GIACOBBO, Narrator. International String Orchestra.

25 July
GIORGIO PASOTTI, Narrator. MAURIZIO MASTRINI Piano. Sorrento Classical Orchestra.

28 July
10.30 SMETANA TRIO, The National Trio of Czech Republic, “Midnight Candlelight Concert”.

30 July

1 August
IL CINQUETTO, Ensemble Orchestra Professors of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples.

3 August

7 August
JIA LI, Piano. “Euro Asian Piano Journey”.

11 August
PEPPE SERVILLO, Voice, Solis String Quartet.

13 August

15 August
FORTE TRIO, The State Trio of Kazakhstan.

21 August
Orchestra Toscana Città di Grosseto. HAEJI KIM, Violin. PAOLO SCIBILIA, Director.

9 September

SyArt Contemporary Art Gallery

SyART is a gallery dedicated to the promotion of up and coming contemporary artists, national and international, and is located at the entrance of the Villa Comunale in the heart of Sorrento. With visitors from all over the world, Sorrento offers artists a perfect location from which to showcase their work.

Many of these works are for sale directly from the gallery with packaging and delivery arranged if required. A wider selection is also available online under the title Affordable Art with prices from 250.00 euros.

Artist: Antonio Di Viccaro
Artist: Emanuel Zoncato

SyArt’s influence extends beyond the gallery’s four walls with works of art erected in public places, or Sorrento’s Open Museum, such as Piazza Sant’Antonino pictured below. Art installations can also be found in hotels and restaurants, examples being the Il Buco restaurant, Art Restaurant CuCù and Antonino Esposito Pizza e Cucina.

Artist: Carmen Novaco

The gallery is also the driving force behind the SyArt Festival and 2023 sees its seventh year and takes place at the beautiful Villa Fiorentino from June to October. Rossella Savarese and Leone Cappiello organise the festival and are responsible for its promotion nationally and internationally. Their vision and passion for contemporary art together with support from the Sorrento Foundation and like minded partners have resulted in the festival attracting worldwide attention.

Rossella Savarese: Gallery manager & Art Curator
Leone Cappiello: Founder

This recognition is demonstrated by the number of artists from many countries submitting their work for the opportunity to exhibit at the festival. Successful entries not only benefit from the associated publicity and public wiewing but also for continued exposure in the SyArt Gallery long after the event. It has become evident that the SyArt Gallery and Festival are ‘must see’ attractions for visitors and sit perfectly with Sorrento’s art and cultural heritage. Incidentally, SyART is an acronym for Sorrento Young ART.

You will find more information about Rossella and Leone, the Gallery, artists and online Affordable Art at SyArt Gallery

Festival details can be viewed at SyArt Festival

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!

Friday evenings at 8.30 pm to 10.00 pm until 30 September (except 15 July to 29 Aug)

Tickets cost 50.00 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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Art Exhibition

Art Exhibtion

(4 June to 9 July)

Il Mare chiama chi ama il mare:
The Sea calls those who love the sea.

An exhibition at the Villa Fiorentino celebrating a love for the sea through the creative eyes of 14 artists. In 2019 the first edition of “The Sea calls those who love the sea” was held in Naples at the Casina Pompeiana and this year has been brought to Sorrento.

Catherine Bilabini, Milanese painter
Dino Maccini, piacenza mosaicist
Veniero, painter also of Piacenza
Sergio Williams, Neapolitan painter
Isabel Lemaitre, Belgian painter
Mariagrazia Manfredi, ceramist
Betty Surico, ceramist
Gianfranco Capodilupo, photographer
Antonio Schisano, ceramist
Marco Gargiulo, photographer
Raffaele Mellino, ceramist
Alexander Ottone, ceramist
Brunello Sepe, sculptor
Olga Iossa, special Neapolitan guest

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.

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.

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

Ravello Concerts

Ravello Concerts 2021

(May to October)

Visitors have a choice of concerts featuring works from classical selections to enjoyable jazz performances.

The concert start time from 15 Sept to 9 Oct will be 6.30 pm to take advantage of the public bus service at the concert end, which is reduced in Winter and Spring.

The concerts from 12 May to 11 Sept will be performed at 8.30 pm for concert goers to have time to appreciate thoroughly Ravello and to enjoy music in the cool of the evening

2021 Programme

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.