The structure preserves; paintings from the 1600's, fragments of an ancient majolica tiled floor and a remarkable example of a neapolitan nativity scene made in the 1700's, which was a tribute to the students of the Sammartino School with statues that were dressed up with clothes fashioned with precious fabrics and enriched with precious laces.
In a crypt below is located Saint Antonino’ s grave. He was born in Campagna, a town near Salerno, came to Sorrento after a period in which he lived between Castellammare di Stabia and Monte Faito, and died here on 15 February, 471. Among the miracles which were attributed to him, it’s important to remember, when he saved a child who was swallowed by a whale. This fact explains the presence of two cetacean bones in the hall of the basilica. There was a deep bond between the Saint and the sea and its inhabitants, as the collection of ex votos given to the church by the sailors who escaped shipwrecks shows.
Sedil Dominova – Sorrento
small lounge preserved the marble inscriptions that now are at the museum
Correale di Terranova in Sorrento. In the area opposite Sedile Dominova
once stayed a small fountain. From this fountain, the square was given
it's name, “ Schizzariello,” which means a 'little squirt (of water)'.
of the Addolorata
also known as
Church of the Vergine dei Sette Dolori of Sorrento.
The Sorrento holy building was constructed according to the Sorrento patricians’ express will. This is a particularity which got the Church of the Addolorata itself to be considered, for a long time, the Sorrento nobles’ church.
Beautiful example of Baroque,
the religious building is rich in stuccos. Its entrance portal is
made in grey tuff (typical stone of the Sorrento Coast). The
plan of the Church, instead, is in Greek cross, whilst its floor is paved
with 18th century red bricks. Inside it, on the high
altar, it is possible to admire a statue of the Madonna Addolorata
(of the 18th century, too). In order to furnish it,
the nobles decided to apply to one of the most famous painters of the
time: Carlo Amalfi.
Carlo Amalfi, himself, in
fact, though born in the Sorrento Coast, was particularly appreciated in
Naples which – at that time – was the capital of the Reign of the
Among his works, in fact,
there are also the ones which adorned the Hall of the Great Council
of the Law Court inside Castel Capuano, besides a
series of frescos in which King Charles of Bourbon riding a
horse and the earliest legislators of the Reign are depicted.
Thanks to his cooperation with the prince - famous for his alchemy studies – the painter learned to use water-oil colours which were used, among other things, for the paintings of the famous Temple of Pietà in Naples (belonging to the di Sangro family) and in particular for Prince Raimondo’ s portrait.
Convento di San Francesco (Saint Francis’ Convent). Saint Francis’s convent is made up of three structures: the church, the convent, and the very famous cloister. The church itself is much older: originally it was an ancient oratory founded by Saint Antonino, the Patron Saint of Sorrento, who dedicated the church to St. Martin of Tours In the 14th Century, Franciscan Friars transformed it into a church, which was later reconstructed in the baroque style and embellished with stucco decorations, but with a front in white marble that was built in 1926.
Next to the church there’s the splendid cloister of the 14th century that was founded in the 7th century and which today is still inhabited by Franciscan friars. The cloister is a marvelous atmospheric mix of many architectural styles, from the pagan era to the Middle Ages, and is a delightfully peaceful place to visit. The building has a rich variety of architectural styles melted together to form one work, an ideal setting for art exhibitions, festivals, musical evenings are also sometimes held there.
The church of Santa Maria Assunta is the most recognizable
landmark in Positano located right in the center of Positano, in the small
Flavio Gioia square. the church has a decorative dome, brightly-colored,
constructed of Vietri majolica, that really stands out, built in a moorish
style and is a typical example of the architecture found in this area.
the famous Bizantine wooden panel, depicting the Virgin Mary and Her Child. The town's name Positano (which means "put it there" in latin), derives from the story of this panel. The ancient legend tells that the icon was stolen by the Saraceni (pirates of the time), but when the pirates tried to leave Positano's shores with the panel, a terrible sea storm suddenly arose, and prevented their passage. During the storm, the pirates heard a cry from heaven saying: "posa, posa" (put it back). The fearful pirates set the decorated panel back on Positano's shores, and miraculously, the storm ceased giving them the opportunity to flee the Coast.
Praiano's ancient name (Pelagium) means "open sea", infact in this fishermen town the view on the sea and on Positano and its surroundings is spectacular. This town started developing in the XII century and then specialized in production of the "filo torto", linnen, coral and anchevies. Praiano is surely one of the most genuine corners of the Amalfi Coast, away from the most touristy areas and rich with history, culture, views and comforts.
The main two churches were built after Lepanto battle at the end of the 16th century:
Church of Saint Luca the Evangelist, located in “Praiano Alto”, the Patron of Praiano, was built in elegant baroque style in 1588 on an existing structure dating back to 1123, then consequently restored in 1772. Beside the façade, which has been recently restored, there is the bell tower which is made up of three levels.
Inside, the church is divided into three naves with six altars on each side. The central nave is covered by a barrel vault and the sides by cross vaults. The majolica tiled dome makes this church unique as it is uncommon on the Amalfi coast.
The floor inside the church is also done in this unique style which dates back to 1789 and depicts St. Luca surrounded by flowers and birds. From the rich patrimony there is the precious silver bust of the Saint kept in the sacristy and also two beautiful paintings, one dating back to the second half of the fifteenth century painted by Giovanni Bernardo Lama which represents the circumcision; the second one was painted by Padovano De Martino dating back to 1582 and it represents Our Lady of the Rosary.
Amalfi - The Cathedral of St. Andrew, (Duomo di Sant'Andrea) is a highly unique cathedral full of interesting sights. Built in the early 1200s, the cathedral features a dramatic location atop a steep flight of stairs, an Arab-influenced exterior, and the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle in its crypt. Connected to the cathedral is an older basilica (now a small museum) and the fascinating Cloister of Paradise, both containing medieval murals.
Cathedral looms impressively over the small Piazza Duomo from atop 62
broad stairs. Its facade, an 1800s approximation of the original, is an
Arab-Sicilian riot of stripes, arches and mosaics. The bell tower on the
left has a highly elaborate top, comprised of a central cupola
surrounded by four turrets at the corners, all decorated with green and
The interior of Amalfi Cathedral is sumptuously Baroque but the
underlying architecture is Romanesque. The triumphal arch in the apse is
supported by two ancient columns from Paestum. The paintings on the
walls and ceilings (by Andrea D'Asta and Castellano in the 18th century)
depict the life and miracles of St. Andrew.
The Cloister of Paradise, entered at the left side of the cathedral's
portico, is one of the highlights of Amalfi Cathedral. Built between
1266-68 to house the tombs of Amalfi's wealthy merchants, it features
slender double columns and Moorish-style arcades made of pure white
marble. In the center is a Mediterranean garden; the surrounding
walkways are full of notable historic art.
The Duomo of Ravello
Besides the cathedral, there are many other churches, including the 10th century church of San Giovanni del Toro (Saint John of the Bull) dating to before the year 1000.
Church of St Michele Arcangelo -
The church designed around a central lay-out with a cupola and a
surrounding octagonal floor-plan that fans out into six radial niches
with apses preserves baroque altars in painted wood and a choir also in
wood over the vestibule at the entrance.
Inside is an extraordinary tiled pavement created in 1761 in Naples a design attributed to Francesco Solimena, it depicted the biblical episode of Adam and Eve being banished from the Earthly Paradise, and executed by the master Leonardo Chiaieses, tilemaker from the Abruzzo region. This stunning floor painting depicts Adam and Eve in the earthly paradise, immersed in a surreal landscape, featuring imaginary and mythological animal forms such as the Unicorn.
The lateral altars containing paintings by Nicola Malinconico, De Matteis and del Po are also considered to be of great artistic importance.
Worthy of note on a minor altar inside the church is a wooden sculpture
from the 15th-century Neapolitan school that depicts the
Virgin with the dead Christ.
The two bell towers and presbytery were completed in 1878.
Il Santuario della Beata Vergine del Rosario - Pompei
(The Sanctuary of the Blessed Vergine of the Rosary)
The project was conceived by the architect and priest Monsignor
Spirito Maria Chiapetta who also directed the works. The
two aisles which have three altars in every side, extend up in the back
of the apse in an ambulatory enriched with four semicircular small
chapels. The whole of constructions is harmonised by contrasting
structures, in a perfect balance of masses, just studied so that they
would not undergo the effects of a displacement due to any cause. The
internal area, measuring 2,000 sq.m., can receive around 6,000 faithful.
The cubic capacity is of 40,000 meters.
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