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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Visit il Duomo - the elegant cathedral in the heart of Sorrento

Entrance to il Duomo from Corso Italia
The main church in Sorrento is il Duomo, also known as the Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo, which is right in the centre of town in Corso Italia.
Il Duomo dates as far back as the 11th century but was completely rebuilt in the 15th century in Romanesque style.
It is well worth going to have a look at the magnificent interior, which has three naves separated by pillars and an ornate ceiling.
Il Duomo houses some rare 14th century bas-reliefs, paintings by artists of the 17th century Neapolitan school and a fine 16th century archbishop’s throne in marble.
The choir in the apse provides some wonderful examples of the decorative inlaid woodwork, intarsia, that is a Sorrentine artisan tradition, being used to illustrate religious subjects.
Next to the cathedral is a bell tower resting on an arch with four columns, which dates back to medieval times, and an elegant Bishop’s palace.

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