Tag Archives: visit sorrento

If you visit Sorrento, don’t forget to stop at an inlaid wood store!
Sorrento inlaid wood work it is a decorative composition obtained by cutting, inserting and putting together different coloured pieces of wood to create a design or picture. These pieces are then set into a surface to create a design that is usually level with the surface.
The art of handmade inlaid wood work is an old and noble Italian tradition typical of Southern Italy, especially the Sorrento area, and can only be performed by skilled and highly trained artisans whose craft is handed down from generation to generation. The first records of inlaid art go back to the Middle Ages where it was known as “Certosina Woodworks”. During the Italian Renaissance the artisans and their apprentices reached high artistic levels by copying the drawings of the many famous contemporary artists of that era. This age-old craft continues to flourish to the present day. In order to produce the inlaid design the artisan first creates, from the veneer, wood sheets no thicker than 6 millimetres each, using different kinds of wood to realize the different colours of the final design.marquetry

The pieces are then put into some hot sand for a few seconds which scorches (singles) the edges and creates the shading. Finally the inlaid pieces are combined to create the composition of the desired drawing. The inlays are all produced by hand according to traditional methods some at remarkable levels of skill reached by the craftsmen. Each particular work is a unique piece and its value is proportional to the quality level obtained. The quality level is measured by many important factors: refinement of design, choice of woods, delicacy of the hand work and the perfect execution of the final stages of gluing, dressing and refinements.
The Sorrentine peninsula boasts a secular tradition in the art of marquetry. From the first half of 19th century, talented Sorrentine artisans were the first to acquire such technique, which spread extensively all over the Neapolitan territory.

Useful vocabulary

inlaid wood> legno intarsiato

marquetry> intarsio

surface> superficie

artisan> artigiano

by Sorrento lingue,Italian language & Culture courses

Read more

Learn Italian in Sorrento and visit Amalfi Coast

Getting to Amalfi Coast

                        Study Italian in Sorrento

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Heading to the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi coast in winter? It can be a wonderful time of year to come… but if you’re planning to visit Sorrento and Amalfi Coast there are some things you have to keep in mind!

When is the off season in Sorrento and the Amalfi coast? From the end of October to April (excluding Easter).

What to expect in the off season? When most people think of Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, it’s summer scenes that come to mind: sipping drinks next to the hotel pool, taking boat rides along the coast, and sunbathing on the beach. And for those activities, winter isn’t such a great time to come.

But there are a couple of caveats about summer in Sorrento and the Amalfi coast.

First, be aware that, misconceptions to the contrary, beaches aren’t really the area’s major asset: the coastline tends to be rocky and sheer, so town beaches are relatively small and, in summer, packed. Sunbathing aside, high season in Sorrento and on the Amalfi coast comes with huge crowds and high prices. Yes, you can get away from the crowds by going beyond the “big three” of Sorrento, Amalfi Town, and Positano… but if you take the buses along the coast, for example, prepare to squeeze (and sweat).

During winter? You don’t have to deal with any of that. Not to mention that weather, while too chilly for sunbathing, might be balmier than you’d expect: average temperatures for Sorrento in December, January and February, for example, range from a low of about 40°F/5c to a high of 55°F/12c (which sounds pretty nice to us!). Yes, there’s more rain than usual—November is the rainiest month of the year—but there are still plenty of crisp, sunny days, too.
The weather might not always be perfect in the winter… but the coastline is still beautiful!
Some inconveniences aside, the Amalfi coast can make a great destination in the winter, especially when the weather is sunny, and if you’re not determined to lie on a beach or a boat.
If you come to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast in the low season: please have a list of sights you’d like to see, or day trips you’d like to go on, in case the weather is particularly chilly or rainy, like the museums of Salerno or Naples (very close to Sorrento) and know that, no matter what, you’re experiencing the Sorrento peninsula and Amalfi coast in a way that almost nobody else gets to.

by Sorrento lingue,Italian language & Culture courses

Read more:

Study trip to Sorrento and Amalfi Coast

Getting to Amalfi Coast

Limoncello, the original recipe

Tags: , , , , , , ,