Travel: Museums in the Sorrentine Peninsula

The popular and religious traditions are part of the social fabric and are kept in museums in the Sorrentine Peninsula to enhance the historical roots of this magnificent peninsula.

You will also go to the discovery of the local culture by visiting museums in which they the testimonies of the ancient arts of Sorrento are collected:

Correale Museum

The museum is located in a villa that is also a beautiful garden with wonderful views overlooking the sea, both of which were donated to the city from Alfredo and Pompeo Correale. Open to the public on May 10, in 1924, it houses important collections of marble and Greek, Roman and medieval statues and found in cities and surrounding areas, the collections are arranged on three floors with a total of 24 rooms and the attic has been recently recovered as exhibition space.

On the ground, beyond the Hall and the Chapel of the founders Correale, it retains a section of Sorrentine marquetry of the nineteenth century, an archaeological and a Romanesque section. A special mention deserves the collection of Sorrento of the nineteenth century which occupies an entire room and is full of tables, cabinets and boxes, finely carved.

Also interesting is the library which has several editions of the works of Torquato Tasso, a poet who was born in Sorrento and here even the death mask of Tasso is preserved.

George Vallet Museum

The Territorial Archaeological Museum of the Sorrentine peninsula entitled to the archaeologist and scholar Georges Vallet, is housed in the rooms of the magnificent villa Fondi di Sangro in via Ripa di Cassano in Piano di Sorrento. The villa and its beautiful park, purchased by the city, are recovered with a philological restoration and reconstruction. Besides being a fine example of neoclassical architecture, it is located in an extraordinary panoramic position overlooking Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, just above the sea, above the Marina di Cassano.

Museo della Tarsia Ligne

The building that houses the Museum of Wood Inlay has a workshop facility and the eighteenth-century architecture of the province. The ground floor is developed in a series of small rooms in which an exhibition and sale of modern collection which consists of objects and furniture inlaid with decorative themes related to the culture of our time are held.

On the second floor, the historic collection is introduced by a photographic documentation on the activity of marquetry masters from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

The exhibition of furniture and other objects of the nineteenth century outlines technical and decorative aspects of the individual schools and inlay shops that operated in Italy at the time, which it is necessary in order to better grasp on the characteristics of Sorrentine marquetry.

Before continuing the visit of the sections about local inlaid production, a large exhibition of paintings, prints and old photographs can reconstruct the environment that made the outline for the development of inlaid woodwork.

The evolution of the manufacturing techniques, the documentation of the materials used, the study of the decorative themes and design details that enhance the design of inlaid furniture and objects Sorrento offer the occasion for such sections.

This museum gives continuity to the history of inlaid from Sorrento with the design and marketing of local products that have characterized Sorrento from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Antiquarian Silius Italic

It houses in three halls about 200 artefacts of various civilizations Greek, Etruscan, Italic, witnesses of the vitality of the ancient urban settlement between the seventh and third centuries BC.

In the exposition there are black and red Attic ceramics and Etruscan bronzes, vases and bowls of Ionic and Corinthian amphoras, jewellery, weapons, and other tools belonged to Oscan and Italic populations. The modern construction, through educational panels, also reconstructs the events of the Necropolis of Vico Equense, where, since 1965, and in various stages about 200 tombs built of limestone blocks, the typical local volcanic stone were found.

Mineralogical Museum

Less than fifty meters from Piazza Umberto I, in the centre of Vico Equense, you can immerse yourself in the visit of the Mineralogical Museum established in 1992 by Fondazione, an organization born from the collaboration between the Discepolo family and the town of Vico Equense.

Built to house the rooms in his large collection of minerals from around the world gathered in 50 years of research by the engineer Pasquale Disciple, the museum has seen its business grow substantially during its heritage exhibition.

The central core of the exposed collections are still the 3,500 minerals, out of a total of 5,000 samples of the Discepolo collection, belonging to 1,400 different species from around the world. These exhibitors are so dedicated to the oxides, native elements, sulphides, sulphates, carbonates. Interesting, also, is the vision of the section dedicated to the minerals of Monte Somma-Vesuvius and to those who take bright fluorescent colour under the action of ultraviolet light. In 1997 the section that boasts paleontological specimens of reptiles of the Permian (250 million years), like the “Mesosauro” and “Notosauro” was set up. Among the other samples on display two “Dinosaur Eggs” are shown along with other fossils of plants and animals, relating to the major eras of the evolution of life on Earth.

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