Sorrento is a beautiful town perched on a cliff high above the sea with views of Vesuvius and the islands in the Bay of Naples . Use this website to help you plan a visit to this elegant southern Italian resort and find your way to the best beaches and some lovely villages and towns along the Sorrentine peninsula that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Piazza Tasso named after famous Sorrento poet

Torquato Tasso's statue
Piazza Tasso is the hub of Sorrento, in the middle of the main shopping street, Corso Italia, and looking over Marina Piccola, Sorrento’s port.
Surrounded by bars and restaurants, the square has stops for the local buses and a taxi rank. It is also the resting place for the horses that pull carriages that can be hired for sightseeing.
The piazza is named after Torquato Tasso, regarded as the greatest Italian poet of the Renaissance, who was born in Sorrento on 11 March, 1544. He is commemorated with a large marble statue in the square, the work of Gennaro Cali in 1870.
Tasso’s most famous work is his epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata (Jerusalem Liberated) in which he gives an imaginative version of the battles between Christians and Muslims at the end of the first crusade during the siege of Jerusalem .
The house where he was born is a few streets away from Piazza Tasso in Via Vittorio Veneto and now forms part of the Imperial Hotel Tramontano, where the words of the beautiful song Torna a Surriento were composed on the terrace by the poet Giambattista De Curtis.
Piazza Tasso

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