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.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sorrento hotel was favourite of Caruso

Entrance to the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

The brilliant tenor Enrico Caruso was born 139 years ago today in Naples.
Caruso sang to great acclaim at opera houses all over Europe and America during his sadly all too brief career. His 1904 recording of ‘Vesti la giubba’ was the first recording ever to sell a million copies.
Caruso loved Sorrento and his stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is recognised by a plaque at the entrance gate to the hotel just off Piazza Tasso.
The photograph of Caruso in front of the view from the Excelsior Vittoria’s terrace in 1921 went on to become one of the most famous images that was taken of the tenor.
The hotel subsequently furnished Suite Caruso with the piano and writing desk used by the opera singer during his visit.
The plaque commemorating Caruso
The suite inspired the song ‘Caruso’ to be written by Italian pop singer Lucio Dalla in the late 1980s while he was staying at the Excelsior Vittoria.
Opera fans on holiday in Sorrento might also be interested in visiting nearby Ristorante Museo Caruso in Via Sant’Antonino, a restaurant that commemorates the life and career of Italy’s most famous opera singer.

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